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THE HAJJ : THE MIRACLE IN ISLAM
You and every organ in your body are responsible for your deeds. While you are in this ‘house of correction’ get ready for the ‘house of justice’.
“Exercise deaths before you die..... GO TO HAJJ!”
Hajj represents your return to God, the Absolute, Who has no limitations and none is like Him. To return to Him signifies a definite movement toward perfection, goodness, beauty, power, knowledge, value and facts. On your way toward the eternal, you will never approach God. He is to guide you in the right direction and not to be your destination!
ISLAM is different from Sufism. A Sufi lives ‘in the name of God’ and dies ‘for the sake of God’. But, a Muslim strives to approach Almighty God.
To God we belong, and to Him is our return. Al-Baqarah: 156
Our goal is not to ‘perish’, but to ‘bloom’. This is done not ‘for God’ but rather to bring us ‘toward him’. God is not so far away from you. Try to reach Him! God is closer to you than yourself!
We are nearer to Him than (his) jugular vein. Al-Qaf: 16
On the other hand, everyone beside God is too far to be reached!!!
O man, return to your origin. Go to Hajj and visit your Best Friend Who created you as the best creature. He is waiting to see you! So, leave the palaces of power, the treasures of wealth and the misleading temples.
The show begins at Miqat. At the point, the action (mankind) must change his clothes. Why?
Because one’s attire covers the person as well as his character. In other words, an individual doesn’t wear clothes, but rather, the clothes cover Him!
Clothes symbolise pattern, preference, status and distinction. They create superficial borders which cause separation between people. In most cases, separation between people gives birth to discrimination. Furthermore the concept of ‘I’, not ‘we’, emerges! ‘I’ is used in the context of my race, my class, my clan, my group, my position, my family, my values, and not ‘I’ as a human being.
So many borders have been created in our lives.
Humanity is divides into races, nations, classes, subclasses, group and families. Each one has its own distinct status and values, names and honours. And for what? All this just to show ‘oneself’..... But under so much ‘make-up’!
Now take off your clothes. Leave them at Miqat. Wear the kafan which consists of plain white material. You will be dressed like everyone else. See the uniformity appear! Be a particle and join the mass, as a drop, enter the ocean.
Don’t be proud, you are not here to see somebody,
But be humble,
You will be seeing God,
Be the one, who realises his mortality,
Or a mortal who feels his existence.
At Miqat, regardless of your race or tribe, you must doff all the covers you wore in your daily life as:
A WOLF (symbolising fierceness and oppression)
A RAT (symbolising slyness)
A FOX (symbolising craftiness)
A SHEEP (symbolising slavery)
Leave all these in Miqat and assume your original shape as a ‘man’. Just one ‘Adam’ as you be at the end, as one ‘dead’! Wrap yourself in 2 pieces of cloth. One covers your shoulders and the other goes around your waist. No special style.... and the caravans from all over the world which are travelling to hajj will congregate at Miqat. They will meet at the same time and at the same place. On his way to God, man is not just to be but he is to become what he should be.
To God is the final goal (of all). Al- Nur: 42
How wonderful! Everything is moving: evolution, death and life, life and death, contraction, change and direction.
Everything (that exists) will perish except His own Face. Al-Qasas: 88
And God is the Absolute Being, perfect and eternal! Ar-Rahman: 29
Hajj is also a movement. Man decides to return toward God. All of his egos and selfish tendencies are buried at Miqat. He witnesses his own dead body and visits his own grave. Man is reminded of the final goal of his life. He experiences death at Miqat and resurrection after which he must continue his mission in the desert between Miqat and Mi’ad.
The scene is like the day of judgement. From one horizon to the other, a flood of whites appears. All the people are wearing the kafan. No one can be recognised. The bodies were left in Miqat and the souls are motivated here. Neither names nor races, nor social status, make a difference in this great combination. An atmosphere of genuine unity prevails. It is a human show off God’s unity.
Fear and pleasure, excitement and charm, perplexity and rapture all appear as minute particles in a magnetic field. God is in its centre (qiblah). Only man shows himself. He is situated in one direction which is toward god. In this desert all the nations and groups merge into one tribe. They face one kaa’bah.
Once you remove your clothes and all the signs which distinguish you as an individual, you may enter into the heart of the crowd. In the state of ihram, try to forget the things that remind you of your life.
Everyone melts himself and assumes a new form as a mankind. The egos and individual traits are buried. The group becomes a people or an ummah. All the ‘I’s have died in Miqat, what has evolved is ‘we’.
At last, one is all and all is one. Everyone is equal. The society of polytheism is converted into one of monotheism or tawhid. This is the ummah or the society which is onto the right path. It should be a society which is perfect, active and led by Islamic leadership (imamah).
To be continued.... :)