Some lessons from Hajj 2010

  1. Our houses are better than any five star hotels the world has to offer.
  2. There are no people more comforting to our heart than our own family.
  3. There is no companionship like the companionship of Zikr and the recitation of Quran.
  4. During the pilgrimage, we are commanded to constantly travel from one place to the next, with limited rest and little comfort. Hence, our shoes are always warm; our backpack is light, and our minds continuously awaiting the next call to move. This is exactly what we find in one of the ahadith where the Prophet (Peace be upon him) says to live in this world like a traveler. Hajj served as an excellent boot camp for this hadith.
  5. All the Muslim nations of the world are one ummah. So, we should make dua for the whole ummah instead of narrowing our duas to our ethnic, regional or psychological boundaries. When the ummah will benefit, your country, race or people will benefit automatically.
  6. We should surround ourselves with the righteous. Verily, from amongst the righteous are the (true) scholars (who fear Allah), the students of knowledge, and the lovers (of knowledge). If such blessed companions surround you in this world, then we can hope from the mercy of Allah to join us with the ones who are even better than them in the hereafter.
  7. When we were born we started our life with the statement of sincerity (kalimatu Ikhlas). Then we established Prayer, and as years went by we followed our prayer with the fasting in Ramadan. Then, when we were old enough to earn money, we gave from it Zakkah in order to purify our wealth. And finally, when we had done all that Allah blessed us to fulfill one of the greatest obligations upon us; the pilgrimage to His house in the blessed valley of Makkah. And now, we hope that the last statement on our tongues at the time of death is none other than the statement of iklhas that we started our lives with.
  8. The true test of hajj starts upon our return to our work, our homes and our daily lives. We ourselves are responsible for having our hajj accepted or having it waste away.
  9. If patience were a drink, we would need a whole ocean of it for hajj. Not all of that ocean will be exhausted at hajj and that is good because we will need to drink from that ocean constantly until the end of our lives if we are to maintain our hajj.
  10. It is not the following of mere rituals that will take you to Jannah. But it is firm belief along with the depiction of complete submission  (or the attempt thereof) in word, and action that will bring about Allah’s mercy upon you until it covers you completely, and only then can you hope to enter jannah.
  11. Prophet (Peace be upon him) said that Hajj is (the standing at) Arafah. And what is in Arafah except exerting ourselves in constant duas to the Almighty. So perhaps it is safe to say that one of the main events of Hajj is to make lots of duas for verily Allah loves to hear His servants supplicate to Him. And this; making lots of duas, is something we can and should carry on in our daily lives. 
  12. We are followers (of Sunnah) and not innovators. Whatever the Prophet (Peace be upon him) did or ordered, we will do that to the best of our abilities throughout our lives and in all the matters. And whatever the Prophet (Peace be upon him) prohibited us from doing we will abstain from it completely. We will continue to do so until we meet him in the hereafter smiling and under the mercy of Allah.
  13. Allah has given the Muslim much honor, so we should strive to maintain and increase that honor for ourselves and for the ummah. Also we should realize that this honor is not a result of any worldly reason, but it is because of the piety of the heart and the fact that limbs of Muslim should continuously be strained in the path of Allah.
  14. Verily, our strength as an ummah lies within the understanding and following of the Quran and authentic Sunnah. Without a trace of doubt, the duas of our righteous and oppressed will not be left unanswered for long, and our honor shall return as soon as we find ourselves turning to Allah in sincere repentance and submission.
  15. Hold tight to Quran & Authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace be upon him).

Five ways to look at Hajj

Obligation: “And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses”[Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

Reward: “The performance of `Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ones. And the reward for Hajj Mabrur (pilgrimage accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)

Rebirth: “Whoever performs hajj (solely for Allaah) and in the course of it abstains from sensual and sinful acts, he will return as pure as on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Al-Bukhari) V.2, hadeeth #596

Boot camp: Patience, sacrifice, gratitude, ethics, morals, worship, and obedience are some of the (many) trainings we receive at Hajj.

Unity: At Hajj we witness the strength, the unifying force, the beauty, and the potential of the Muslim ummah.