Lessons of Ḥajj

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Wednesday 6th July 2022 / 7 Ẓūl Ḥijjah 1443H. 

Lessons of Ḥajj

As millions of Muslims are preparing to embark on the Plains of ‘Arafah, what can we here in the UK do to make the most of these most blessed of days? 

I received a message from a friend which I found to be very beneficial and would like to share it on my broadcast list today. 

For those of us not able to perform Ḥajj this year, take a moment to reflect on the beautiful words of Imām ibn Rajab, رحمه الله.

Whoever is not able to stop at ‘Arafah, then let him stop at the limits Allāh has set.

Whoever is not able to spend the night at Muzdalifah, then let him spend the nights in obedience to Allāh, so as to come close and attain nearness to Him.

Whoever is not able to slaughter at Mina, then let him slaughter his desires, so that he can reach his objective.

Whoever was incapable of reaching The Kabah because it was too far, then let him proceed towards The Lord of The Ka’bah, for He is closer to him than the jugular vein.

(Al Latā’if al-Ma’ārif, pg.633)

Such beautiful words from Imām Ibn Rajab, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه.

Fasting on the 9th of Ẓūl Ḥijjah expiates the sins of the previous year and the coming year. Although the fast is not necessary, for those who are able to, the rewards are great.

Finally, the theme of ‘Eid ul-Aḍḥā is ‘sacrifice’. As well as ensuring you have your Qurbānis carried out, it is important that you sacrifice your desires and wishes that are against the beautiful teachings of our religion. Make sure your clothing and and all your actions over the ‘Eid period are in accordance with the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎. 

May The Almighty make this coming ‘Eid ul-Aḍḥā an occasion of happiness and joy for Muslims around the globe and may He, through His Infinite Grace and Mercy, keep all of us in His Protection, Āmeen.

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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala