10 Lessons from Hajj

19 SEP 2015

A Webinar, I attended for the first time in my life today, provoked me to spread the words and ideas of what Mohammed Faris thought about when he went for Hajj. He pondered upon the facts derived from events of Hajj …so, ponder with me as you read below… 🙂

Lesson 1:      The Power of Intentions.

* The word “Hajj” means a “journey with a purpose”. A person who goes to Hajj declares his intention loudly “Labbaik Allah humma labbaik!…” ( “I’m here, My Lord, I’m here..”). If we come to think about it, Hajj also symbolizes our life. The intentions that we make in the journey of our life; be it as big as to achieve a degree or be it as little to turn on the T.V and waste time there- every intention has a purpose.

*Allah declared the purpose of life to worship none other than Him, “.. I haven’t created mankind & Jinn except that they worship me..”

*Concept behind making of intentions is that we just make it for our Deen rituals- hoever, these intentions are to be implied upon our time spent in the day’s 24hrs… why do you go to work? why do you spent time on Facebook?

*Make your intentions clear as your intentions before Hajj are, in order to be a productive, progressing muslim.

Lesson: 2     Sanctity of Ihram.

* We are so careful while wearing Ihram, “make sure not to put on any perfume… cut hair/nail.. use a perfumed soap…” and ofcourse we know the consequences if we break the rules of Hajj, right? Similarly, the rules of Deen are to be applied in our routine practice.

*The two cloth of Ihram signifies that we are supposed to be presented to the Lord of the worlds very simply and decently, not forgetting to the white color and cloth also shows unison in the Muslim ummah. Rather, we love to dress up and make-up lavishly in the world when we have to be buried in just two cloth?

* By wearing Ihram, one also keeps the end in mind. It literally dawns upon oneself that he lives in a deception of this world and that he may drop dead anytime.

Lesson: 3   The Ka’aba: Our Permanent Address.

*Allah chose to say, “Baet(house)” to the Ka’aba in the Holy Qur’an. It is the first house put to mankind. A symbol of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah), a symbol of unity of Muslim Ummah, an icon of values and principles.. and the same values we need to apply as facing ka’aba five times a day makes us realize this, the day to day action should be applied to the concept behind which ka’aba was built upon.

Lesson: 4   The Sa’ee- A Struggle for Miracle

*Remember the story of Haajra (A.S)? when she ran from one mountain Safa to another mountain Marwa for quenching thirst of her son? ran for 7 times in the horrid heat- this is what made Allah sprout 12 beautiful and present day fountains of ZamZam water. What does this indicate? Do we get our wishlist fulfilled or rather our goals in life completed just by sitting ther and doing nothing or do we have to do hardwork? of course! great things happen with struggle.

*When it comes to Deen, the consistent hardwork persuades us to work for Deen and makes our focus just to set an example of ourselves to follow as we struggle for the Deen adn implement in our lives.

*Ponder on what are you struggling for? Why going school? Why working 9-5 or maybe even extra hours? think about goals and set Deen as your priority.

Lesson: 5     Minaa- The Womb of Humanity

*Since, Hajj is considered an event after which the Muslims are set free of their sins as new born babies are, the time before they are actually born is the womb. In Hajj, Mina is the womb where crowds of people gather from all around the globe- just for one purpose- to serve fellow human, serve the Ummah for the sake of Allah!

*Mina is where one learns to have unity, faith and generosity within oneself. The whole concept of “WE” as one solid Ummah then enhances and we then start enjoying being in company of those who serve, pray, deal nicely and kindly with others andd of course start practicing the skills there and then!

Lesson: 6   Arafaat- Day of Remembrance

*A day when we confess that the way we have been living; neglecting and taking for granted the blessings we were provided by Him. It feela like the Day of Judgement wheb every soul is after his own clearance, asking forgiveness and mercy from the most Beneficient.

*Arafaat makes us realise the promise every soul has done before being transferred to human body, and that was promised to be fulfilled.

*It makes us ask ourselves, “where are you headed?” “Are you being true servant of Allah?” And thus reflect on the purpose of our life. Reassessing ourselves without which we would be lost.

Lesson: 7   Muzdalifah- Sky is the limit!

*We are suppose to sleep under the beautiful black starry sky, with no tents or camps above us. The most beautiful feeling ever!

*After experiencing Arafah, deciding on your goal and focusing to become determined, your Lord tells you that the sky is your limit. You can be highly progressive as a Muslim if you tend to abide by the rules of Quran and Sunnah.

*Another chance to ponder upon your responsibilities in life and how you can fulfill them.

Lesson: 8 Jamaraat- Pelting the evil within

*Revising the incident once more here, remember what the Shaitaan told to Ibraheem (A.S)? He advised him to stop what he is doing and it can be a dream.. He did this at three places.

*After attending Jamarat ourselves, we tend to feel that this is the same evil withib us that we have to stop from spreading-an evil that may enrage us to fire of Hell eventually. The greatest jihaad is against our own soul, and this is true as when we stop being productive we become like zombies that either lie down watching t.v all day, or stalk facebook or gossip with friends.

*Think of killing your nafs (soul) when you are stoning the Shaitaan at that time. Apply this in your life forever.

Lesson: 9 Sacrifice

*People think killing animals is horrendous, however its a ritual that signifies some important aspects in mankind:

1)By killing these animals Allah has cleared the fact that we are superior to the animals, we can have them and slaughter them at our own will.

2)After the slaughtering is done, there is a big responsibilty upon us to carefully and accurately divide the amount that is shared with our family and friends and to the poor. Thus, creatibg a concept of sharing and not wasting or abusing them.

3)One of the most important lesson sacrifice teaches us is the mere thought of what are we ready to sacrifice for? Our ego, pride, money and as little as our words that may hurt anyone? Would we sacrifice our sleep to wakeup in the Fajr prayers? Our time to spend in way of doing dhikr? Our comfort to serve humanity?

Lesson: 10 The Farewell Tawaaf- ready to face the world!!

*Farewells are usually sad. This last ritual of Hajj is also a farwell, as well as a promise that whatever lessons we learned during our journey of Hajj we will simulate the same to other people and teach them by becoming an example of how a believer should be.

*As it goes, this journey of Hajj takes you back in time of Ibraheem (A.S) and his practices and Muhammad (S.A.W.W) and his last sermon preachings.

*Last farewell also reminds us there is always an end to somethibg that started. We will die, get resurrected on Day of Judgement and then enter Jannah to abide therein InshaaAllah!

Concluding the Webinar, the gist of what seemed to me, we have to implement these teachings and facts in our life first, become a good practicing muslim and so carry on with life.

Assalam o alaikum!


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