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Monday, October 29, 2012

After Hajj

Firstly, the sincerity of intention should remain even after the performance of Hajj. There should be no pomp or show. One should not wished to be called or recognized as a Haajji.

The Kaaba
Many people adopt the habit of talking frequently about their journey in order that people may come to know of their Hajj. This is a deceit from Shaytaan who ruins the ibaadah of the person who is unaware ot it.

It is therefore, of great importance that the pilgrim does not talk about his Hajj without necessity, as it may lead to riyaa (show, insincerity).

However, if necessity arises and one must talk about his Hajj, then he is at liberty to do so.

Secondly, it is noted through experience, that many pilgrims return with nothing but the sad memories to reflect upon, and this darkness filters through their tongues to the extent that they talk only about the hardships they have encountered during Hajj.

The pilgrims should strictly refrain from this. On the contrary, they should talk about the greatness of the sacred places, the spiritual gains, the enjoyment in devotions of Haramayn - Umrah, tawaaf, salaam on the Sacred Grave, Salaat in Masjidul Haraam and Masjidun Nabawi, etc.

If one looks at his journey of Hajj carefully he will find that the spiritual benefits far outweighs the physical hardships. Every second spent in these sacred places is imcomparable with anything in the world.
Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām

The journey of Hajj is a long journey; hence, difficulties are certain to arise. When we travel in our country, do we always travel with comfort and ease? Do we never encounter difficulty?

Considering the fact that 2-3 million pilgrims perform the rituals of Hajj at one time, I think the difficulties encountered are insignificant.

Moreover, the pilgrims are rewarded abundantly by Allah ta'aalaa upon every difficulty encountered on their journey, whereas the same is not the case whilst we undertake other journeys.

Those people who engage in these types of conversation become the cause of discouragement to others who have not yet had the opportunity to perform Hajj.

These unfortunate pilgrims fall into the category .... and who stop (men) from the way of Allah, and from the Sacred Masjid, .... mentioned in soorah Hajj in the Qur'aan.

Al-Masjid al-ḤarāmThey should take heed that if people are discouraged by their conversation and postpone their Hajj, then those who have discouraged them will be equally responsible.

Thirdly, the sign of a 'Mabroor Hajj' or 'accepted Hajj' is that upon one's return, his life changes from worst to good. He becomes totally punctual in fulfilling the commands of Allah ta'aalaa.

His love and inclination towards the hereafter increases and love for the worldly pleasures decline.

Therefore, it is essential that the pilgrim should endeavor to fulfill the obligations laid down by Allah and avoid all the things forbidden by Him.

7 comments:

  1. very valuable lesson..
    Its lyk a new journey begins after rebirth (Hajj).. refraining from riyaa is indeed very difficult.

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  2. Hajj is one time obligation for every Muslim who is financially and medically fit. So it's important for the hajis to be careful enough to protect what they earned during this ibaddah.

    Excellent post dear!

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  3. BaarakAllah Feek feeki? may Allah bless us with doing everything just to please Him ameen

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  4. well said. I know a few people that announce it to the world when they come back from Hajj.

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  5. This is totally relatable. Although we call our God differently, and we are bounded by different cultures, what you said about sacrifices and not being vain or pompous about them is very true. The closest I can relate about your Haji is fasting. This is actually a good post!

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  6. i hope i will be there one day before i die:)

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  7. Asalamu alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu,

    @avecwings - JazakAllah khair for your true words.

    @TariqMian - Thank you for your wise words.

    @zouz Alqaqa - Aameen to your prayer.

    @Binti Wa Kiislamu - SubhanAllah.

    @littleyana - Thank you very much for your kind words, do visit more often inshAllah.

    @Ayumi Comot - InshAllah Allah willing.

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