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In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful. 

Hajj Season - God fearing

 

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Translated by: Dr. Faheem Bukhatwa

 

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Thanks be to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and peace and prayers be upon the most honorable of all messengers.

 

Last Friday the Imam talked about the story of building the Haram Mosque (Kaaba), and about all the grace and benefits of doing Hajj (pilgrimage) to it.

 

All Muslims are looking forward to the approaching of the month of thel-Hajjah; the new crescent announcing the start of the month; and at that time; groups of people who are making the Hajj worship; will start arriving at the ancient mosque. They arrive with steps of obedience and in response to Allahs command; as HE said to Abraham may peace be upon him: {and proclaim to mankind to do Hajj, they will come to you walking and on every lean ride and they will come from every deep and far}. Indeed, they will come to witness what is good for them, and to call the name of Allah. And they will be looking into the wisdom, secrets, meanings and values of Hajj and its holy rituals.

 

The  greatest lesson to learn from the hajj worship is the singularity of Allah for whom this haram mosque was built; and it was made to be the destination for all people to head to; to perform a worship for Allah alone and for no one else.

The pure and clear belief of singularity of God is the bases for humanity to inherit earth. The Islamic nation only became powerful through believing monotheism. And it became weaker and it declined because of the lack of this belief.

Belief in Allah alone means putting all hope in Allah alone; and fear Allah alone, and asking for help from Allah alone. And only to rule by the rules of Allah. It is an absolute belief that must contain no doubt.

 

For that reason Allah found the haram mosque. The black stone at the mosque is a way of identifying a starting point for ritual of walking round the mosque (tawaf). The black stone its self is not a source of grace. For no stone has grace. This black stone has been found through scientific analysis that is different to all stones and rocks on earth. The messenger (PPBU) said: {the black stone will be a witness for the Hajjs (pilgrims) in the day of judgment}. Omar ebn-al-Khattab said about this stone: I know you are but a stone that has no benefit nor does any harm. And except for that I saw the prophet of Allah (PPBU) kiss you I would never do so. Every Muslim should know beyond doubt that as he or she walk round the mosque (doing tawaf), kiss the black stone and receive the right corner of the mosque, should know that the one who can do you good or bad is Allah alone. And any alteration in this belief is falling into the traps of having associates with Allah (traps of shirk). The very thing this haram mosque was built to eliminate. That is the reason the messenger commanded Abu-Baker to call into the people on the day of sacrifice during Hajj that after that year; no polytheists or pagans should do Hajj, and no one will go round the mosque in the nude.

 

The second point to know about Hajj is that Allah specifies what and how people should behave and obey Allahs commands. HE warns from being lazy or ignoring any of the worship rituals. This emphasizes and enforces the importance and holiness of the Hajj worship.

 

The third point to learn becomes clearer during the Hajj worship is that it is the place and the time to help and feel for others; being compassionate to the poor and needy, and giving in charity to them. Allah says: {let them witness benefits to them, call Allah's name in specific days, for what HE bestowed upon them of the useful animals. Eat of it and feed the needy the poor.} Hajj 28. The contented one is the one who does not ask despite his hunger and need. And the proud one is the one who is poor; yet he does not ask others.

 

Point 4, become clear in the value of obedience and fear of Allah, and its large effect. It is the scale by which deeds and people are evaluated. Many ayas (verses) in the Koran relating to Hajj kept reemphasizing this. Allah says: {take supplies, and the best supply you can take is fear. Fear me; you who have brains}. Allah also says: {fear Allah and know that Allah has tough punishment} bakara 196. and HE says: {this who is in a hurry, it can be done in two days, there will be no sin for that, and whoever is late; there is no sin for those who fear} bakara 203, and Allah said: {of what you sacrifice, indeed, it is not its meat and blood that will reach Allah, but will reach HIM from you is the fear you have for Him}. Dear Muslims, fearing Allah is the collection of all goodness.

 

Dear Muslim, if you worship Allah, following his enlightenment, expecting and hoping for Allahs reward. And avoid what Allah prohibited based on enlightenment from him, for indeed you have materialized the fear of Allah in its details in the reality of your life. It is through it that you do your obligations towards your creator, and towards your fellow Muslims.

 

It is becoming acquainted with others, being friendly, and cooperating with them, with no regard to colour, language, titles, race, nationalities what makes the difference in Allahs scale. There is only one scale that evaluates the peoples grace with Allah: {the most generous of you is the one that fear Allah most.} Hujurat 13. It is with fear of Allah that humans are elevated and become graced and honored. Just as Suhabe was elevated, and Salman was honored. And, without it one can become dishonored and disrespected, just as Aba-Lahab was because of his disbelief in Allah and being pagan and one who associate others with Allah.

 

All praise be to Allah, and all thanks be to Allah. And may Allah reward you generously and may HE forgive all your sins.

 

 

Notes:

  1. Adhan - The call to prayer.

  2. Ansar (or Al-Ansar): The inhabitants of the city of Al-Medina that received and supported the messenger (PPBU) when he immigrated from Mekkah in the very early years of Islam.

  3. Assalam Alaikum - The Islamic greeting, literately means: Peace be with you. Used when approaching or leaving. When used during approaching it will be like saying: I bring no harm to you . and when said during leaving somebody it will mean: No harm will come to you after I leave.

  4. Aya (or Ayah): is a verse of the Koran. It also means a miracle or a sign from God.

  5. Arafa (or Arafah or Arafat): is a mountain outside the city of Mecca that represents the climax of the Hajj worship. All doing Hajj must stay at this location on the same day.

  6. Badr - The place of the first significant battle between the Muslims and the pagans of the Quraish. It is located in Saudi Arabia.  

  7. Caliph - A Muslim ruler. See: (Khalifa) 

  8. Dajjal - Antichrist or the False Massiah.

  9. Dawah - The proliferation of Islamic teachings through word and deed.  

  10. Deen (Din) - Religion or way of life. 

  11. Duaa: a prayer in the form of talking to Allah; praising him and asking him for help.

  12. Fatwa - Legal verdict given based on the Qur'an (Koran) and the Sunnah which are the recorded sayings and deeds of Muhammad.

  13. Ferdose: is the highest level of the all the gardens of Eden or paradise.

  14. Fiqh - Religious law.

  15. Hadeeth: is something reported that the messenger have said. It includes all the speeches and ceremonies he gave. It is usually narrated or told by one of his companions. There is a list of hadeeths approximately 14000 that are reported and checked to be genuine. No more hadeeths are acceptably added to this list.

  16. Hajar - The Black Stone set into the corner of the Ka'aba in Mecca. It is said to be a stone from Heaven.

  17. Hajj - The pilgrimage to Mecca which takes place in the last month of the Islamic calendar.  One of the five pillars of Islam.

  18. Hasana or hasanas: is the reward for a good deed. a hasana is a point or a merit for a good deed.

  19. Hadith - The sayings and not deeds of the prophet Muhammad recorded by his followers.  Considered authoritative and perfect.

  20. Hajj: is the worship of pilgrimage.

  21. Hijra (or Hejrah): the event of the immigration of the messenger from Mekkah to Madina. This event marks the start of the Islamic calendar. the Islamic calendar has 12 months based on the lunar cycle, each is 29.5 days. Hijra is also used as a name for the Islamic dating system.

  22. Ibadah - Worship. All the words and deeds with which Allah is pleased. These deeds could be prayer and charity.

  23. Iblis - (Ibleese): On of Satan's names.

  24. Ibn (Ebn): the son of. Used by Arabs as part of an individual's name. Example: Ali whose father is Omar or the son of Omar, would be called: Ali Ibn Omar.

  25. Imam (or Emam)- The leader for a prayer. In the Shiaa sect, an Imam is the individual who has the religious authority.  

  26. Iman: belief or faith

  27. Injil (Enjeel) - The Bible. The book inspired to Jesus for the Christians.

  28. Islam - Submission, the religion of all the prophets of Allah culminating in Muhammad.

  29. Jannah - The heavenly garden, Paradise.  The place of the faithful in the afterlife.

  30. Jihad: is striving in the line of Allah in many forms. Includes a very wide scope varying from improving oneself to fighting a defensive war in protection of Allah's word. The greatest Jihad is the fight one's self against temptations. It also means "holy war."

  31. Jinn - Supernatural, invisible beings race of beings, below angels.  They were made from fire. Like humans, there amongst them are the faithful and the non beleivers and Jinn shall be judged on Judgment Day.

  32. Ka'aba: A cube shaped building in Mecca containing a stone laid there by Abraham and Ishmael. Some say Ka'aba was first built by Adam, and some say by Abraham. It is the holiest place for Muslims. It is where all Muslims face in their daily prayers. Ka'aba also makes a major part of the pilgrimage in a ritual known as Tawaf.

  33. Khalifa: is the Muslim ruler. Head of the Islamic empire. Exact translation: "Successor".

  34. Khutbah  - A sermon given in a Mosque, usually on Friday.

  35. Kufr - Denial or Disbelief. A term Muslims use for anyone who denies existence of Allah or the prophecy of Muhammed.

  36. Koran - Also spelled Qur'an.  The holy book of Islam revealed to Muhammad by Allah through the Archangel Gabriel.  Koran literally means "the recital."  It is the final revelation of Allah given to the prophet Muhammad. It consists of 114 surahs (or chapters.)

  37. Madinah - (Medinah): A city in the Arabian peninsula (in the country known now as Saudi Arabia). A city where the messenger had to immigrate to. Then it was called Yathrib.

  38. Masjid - A center for Muslim activity.  It is referred to as a mosque.

  39. Masiah - A sin, or a sinful act

  40. Mecca or Makkah: is the holiest city for Muslims. It contains the Ka'aba mosque with the famous black cubical shape. Mecca is the birth place of the messenger (PPBU).

  41. Mosque - A Muslim house of worship.

  42. Muhajir - (Muhajireen) Immigrant, one who leaves his home town due to lack of religious freedom. It was first used to describe early Muslims immigrating from Mecca to Median and Ethiopia.

  43. Muhammad - the final messenger and prophet of God whose message abrogated all previous revelations.  He received the Koran through the angel Gabriel over a 23 year period. Born in Mecca and died in Medina at the age of 63. His full name: Muhammad ibn Abd-Allah

  44. Muslim - One who holds faith to the religion of Islam.

  45. Nafilah: a voluntary prayer other than the five obligatory prayers; performed at any time.

  46. Nasara - Christians.  Nasrani: A Christian individual. Nasraniah: Christianity.

  47. Ommah: is the Arabic word for a nation. It usually refers to the Islamic nation unless otherwise specified.

  48. Paradise - Another word for heaven.  A garden of bliss, fruits, rivers and all forms of pleasures imaginable and imaginable. No suffering, disease or death. Service is provided by angels. All live  in it an ever lasting youthful life. Promised by Almighty Allah to all faithful, true Jews, true Christians and True Muslims. Paradise is one of two places every person will go to, either Paradise or Hellfire.

  49. PPBU (P.B.U.H.) : Peace and Prayers Be Upon him. A statement Muslims use any time they mention the name of the messenger or make a reference to him.

  50. Qadar - Fate. Preordainment is the teaching that all things, good and bad, are preordained to occur.

  51. Qadr - (night of Qadr): The night when the first revelation of the Koran took place. Most likely it happened during one of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. Or when the Koran was brought down to the nearest heaven in one go, and from there it was brought down in bits and few verses at a time over a period of 23 years. This night is considered the holiest night for Muslims with tremendous advantages.

  52. Qibla - The direction which Muslims turn for daily prayers, towards Mecca.

  53. Quraish - An ancient Arab tribe to which the messenger Muhammad belonged.

  54. Ramadan - The ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is the month of the fast. The holiest month in the Muslim colander.

  55. Salat - Prayers. Generally it covers all forms of worship, but more specifically refers to the Muslim rituals which is performed to worship Allah five times daily.

  56. Shiaa: A sect of Islam that teaches that a religion leader (Imam) should be the political ruler and must be direct descendants of the messenger (PPBU). Therefore, disapproving of all Muslim leaders who ruled After the messenger (PPBU) except Ali, the messenger's grandson.

  57. Shirk - Associating another god with Allah.  Or associating anyone or anything with Allah. Or using anyone or anything as a medium to Allah. The opposite of Monotheism or Tawheed.  

  58. Siam  or Soam- Fasting

  59. Sunni: is a the title of  those Muslims who are suppose to be following the life style of the messenger. This differentiates them from the Shiaa of Iran.

  60. Sunna (Sunnah): Is how the Messenger PPBU lived, what he did or said. It includes the way he dressed, ate, drank, prayed, interacted with other people and fought. Basically, sunnah is the life style of the messenger PPBU. It is considered the second source of legislation in Islamic laws and it is considered to be an important reference to be used for concluding arguments and disputes. It is also a title give to the main stream Muslims who make 90% if all Muslims.

  61. Surah - A chapter of the Koran.  

  62. Tawaf: part of the pilgrimage (Hajj) ritual. It involves walking round the Ka'aba Mosque in anti-clock wise direction a number of seven circles.

  63. Tauhid - Tawheed - Monotheism, in Islam is the teaching that there is only one God who alone is worthy of worship. The first requirement of becoming a Muslim. It is included in the testimony of faith for new Muslims when declaring that God is one: (No God but Allah)

  64. Taqwah - Proper fear and veneration of Allah.  A divine spark that enables the person to understand God.

  65. Taurat: The old Testaments and scriptures of Mosa.

  66. Ummah - the word means: a Nation. Usually refers to the Islamic nation unless otherwise stated.

  67. Umrah - (Amrah): A mini hajj. A Minor form of pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike Hajj which can only be done on the 12th month of the Islamic year, Umrah can be performed at any time.

  68. Wathoo (wadoo): a washing up ritual done by Muslims before each of the five daily prayers known as ablution.

  69. Zaboor - The Psalms

  70. Zakat - The third pillar of Islam.  Alms giving, charity that is given to the poor.

 

 


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