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Hajj: Its Meaning and Implications

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Hajj: Its Meaning and Implications Dilawer Ali Dahraj Al-Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "He who performs (Hajj) with no obscenity or evil practices will come out as a newly born baby free from all sins." [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) is also reported to have said that actions bear more rewards if done with understanding and sincerity. Today, millions of Muslims perform al-Hajj, but to many it is simply a ritual that is to be performed once in a lifetime. And apparently this attitude does not bring any noticeable changes in the state of our ummah. In this article, we will insha'Allah try to understand the purpose behind the specific actions performed throughout Hajj. Talbia ????????? ?????????? ?????????? ????????? ?? ??????????? ?????????? ?????????????? ?????????????? ???? ???????????? ?? ??????????? Labaik, Allahumma Labaik. Labaika La Shariika, laka Labaik, Innal Hamda, wa ni'mata Laka walMulk, La Shariika Lak. Here I am O Allah, Here I am. ...read more.


Al-Qur'an mentions, "And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam from their loins, their seed and made them testify as to themselves (saying): 'Am I not your Lord?' They said: 'Yes! We testify.' " (7:172). This happened when Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala) gathered us all in one large assembly before the birth of any of us. It is also very important to note that this event took place when Man was made Allah's vicegerent (khalifa) on this earth. At that time, Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala) asked the rhetorical question "Am I not your Lord?" By replying in the affirmative, we have established a covenant with Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala) to accept only Him as our Lord. In other words, He made sure that as Khalifa we don't forget the real owner, and act as if we are the owners. Satan, the accursed, also resolved that he would persuade Man to take his own desires as his god or have Man worship someone other than Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala). ...read more.


Animal Sacrifice It is obvious that once we declare that we will not worship anyone other than Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala), the people with vested interests in other systems will definitely retaliate. In such a situation, we must be ready to sacrifice ourselves and our wealth without hesitation. Sacrificing an animal prepares us for such times. When we sacrifice an animal, we really are sacrificing possessions beloved to us. Shaving/Trimming Hair In Arab tradition, slaves used to shave their heads to announce their freedom from their masters. Similarly, during al-Hajj, after performing the actions mentioned above, the shaving of the hair symbolizes that we are free from the systems that are devoid of the guidance of Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala). Other Actions We now take off Ihram, take a bath, perform Tawaff and Saiy of Haram to cap off our training. Today, when we go for Hajj, we are mostly concerned about the complicated fiqh issues. This is a very humble effort to remind all of us the real purpose behind the actions that are performed throughout Hajj. I pray that each and every one of us is able to perform Hajj, and to change himself/herself accordingly. Ameen. ...read more.

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