Asalamu Alaykum Everyone,
Hope you are all well. Eid Mubarak in advance! I hope you all have a blessed Eid with your family, inshaAllah. For me personally, the best part of Eid is having that Eid Breakfast with my family when my Dad and Brother’s have come home after praying Eid Namaaz (Prayer).
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- “In it are clear signs (such as) the standing place of Abraham. And whoever enters it shall be safe. And (due) to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way. But whoever disbelieves – then indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.” (Quran- Ali Imran, 3:97)
We are in the beautiful and blessed month of Dhul Hijja, the 12th month according to the Islamic year. Hajj (Pilgrimage) is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Hajj is obligated by Allah (SWT) upon every Muslim who is physically and financially capable and is obligatory only once during the lifetime of a Muslim. Hajj is performed during the first ten days of Dhul Hijja. Today is the most significant day in the Islamic calendar; it is The Day of Arafat. The Day of Arafat is on the 9th Dhul Hijja, this is the second day of Hajj and the day before Eid –al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).
One has to remember that The Day of Arafat is a significant day for every Muslim. It is significant in many aspects for the Hajj Pilgrims as they travel from Mina to Arafat and it is also significant for the Muslims who are not performing Hajj. The Hajj Pilgrims will be travelling from Mina to Arafat (the place near Makkah, Saudi Arab – where the Mount Arafat is located). Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal-e-Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy) is the place where the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) stood and delivered his last, farewell sermon on 10th Hijri (632 AD); in accordance with the Islamic calendar.
The following verse of the Quran was revealed upon Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on the day of Arafat. Therefore, this is the day when Islam has been fulfilled and it has been chosen as the religion of mankind of all time by Allah (SWT), the Almighty.
- Allah (SWT) says, “Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My blessing upon you, and chosen Islam as Deen (religion and way of life for you).” (Quran- Al-Ma’idah, 5:3)
Hajj is a journey of a life time and the submission to Allah (SWT); submission with the purest of Heart and intentions. It requires physical, mental and spiritual strength. Allah (SWT) always knows what is in your Heart. Given that an individuals’ Hajj is accepted by Allah (SWT), one will return from Hajj completely sinless as a new-born baby, inshaAllah. The reward of Hajj Mabroor (an accepted Hajj) is Jannah (Paradise). SubhanAllah!
- Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “He who performs Hajj seeking Allah’s pleasure and avoids all lewdness and sins (therein) will return after Hajj free from all sins, just as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Hadith- Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)
After sunset today, every Muslim from all around the World will be celebrating Eid-al-Adha. Let us take this opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of Eid-al-Adha. Let us remember the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The following verse of the Quran describes Prophet Abraham:
- “Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Quran- An-Nahl, 16:120-121)
One of Prophet Abraham’s main trials was to face the command of Allah (SWT) to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah’s Will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah (SWT) revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superseded all others; that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.
“Here I am before You, my Lord, as a slave.” I am preparing for Umrah, inshaAllah. I pray that Allah (SWT) continues to keep me protected and guided on the righteous path. I pray that with the Will of Allah (SWT), I am amongst those individuals who go on this journey of a life time very soon and that I perform Umrah and Hajj for the sake of Allah (SWT), inshaAllah. Ameen Summa Ameen.
Which of you lovely people has performed Umrah/ Hajj? It would be lovely to hear about your experiences.
Jummah Mubarak from the UK. 🙂
Reminder: There are many virtues of The Day of Arafat- take the opportunity of this blessed day to seek Mercy, to seek Forgiveness, and to seek Freedom from the Hell Fire.