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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"IM LEAVING FOR HAJJ" CHRONICLE

BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIRAHEEM!

I am very emotional today... unable to speak really! I cannot believe that inshAllah tomorrow I wil leave for Hajj... I remember all those times that Mom watched the Hajj transmission live on national tv... The sounds of Labbaik echoed throughtout our home... Maybe its walls still resonate  these sacred words! Mom performed Hajj twice in her lifetime mashAllah! When she was very young... Very innocent... Spiritually mature!
She recognized the depth and essence of the pilgrimage and all it's rites... She found herself performing those rites in her daily life as well!
Today, when I am leaving for Hajj, I wonder what is going through my children's minds... I do not have to wonder much however, they are mashAllah vocal with their thoughts and feelings! They know they will miss me... They worry about their breakfast, lunch and dinner:)

What they remain unaware of is that one day we all have to live without our loved ones! They depart without prior warning! They don't leave meal plans behind! I just hope that when I do leave, my children know that all my life I was preparing for that one Final Departure; that they know that Mom had spent her time in  preparation for this journey... Just as we think when we miss our Mom!
No matter how much we write or read or speak, we can never completely explain the emotions we feel at such a point! I want to stay quiet! Not say anything at all! Suddenly, there seem to be such few words for everything!
I am in a state of disbelief, excitement, nervousness and anxiety! What is it that I feel the most??!!! I just cannot say!
Alhumdulillah my sisters have performed Hajj! Only my brother and I remain! I hope he is next inshAllah!
I pray that my father gets to see the Harmain Shareefain once more in his lifetime inshALlah! I pray that the entire Muslim ummah gets the opputunity to perform their Hajj and Umra IA! And to beg forgiveness from the Almighty!
I still don't know what I really want to write... I have just been crying at intervals since last night!

My husband will be performing this hajj InshAllah on behalf of his late brother! I am so emotional about that! When he last wwent for hajj his ailing brotehr was bed ridden and asked my husband to make special dua'a for his hajj! The day has come... inshAllah my dear Little Friend will live that dream for his beautiful brother who showed much sabr during his fatal illness!

ya Allah please accept my hajj and of my fellow hajjis as well, Ameen!
ya Allah please make this pilgrimage smooth and easy for all of us, Ameen!
ya Allah please make this hajj mabroor and mabrook and maqbool for us, Ameen!
ya Allah please help us return safely to our homes, and children , Ameen!
ya Allah please help us retain and spread the lessons of hajj among our friends and family, Ameen!
ya Allah please help us retain the "anwaaraat" of this Blessed journey, Ameen!
ya Rabb, please make us your obedient servants and give special rewards to our parents, our ancestors and all the other muslims who ever lived in this world, from our hajj, Ameen, ya Rabbulaalimeen!

Monday, November 8, 2010

HAJJ CHRONICLES II

The next entry in my Hajj journal is somewhat as follows:







BISMIHI


HAJJ CLASS II 26.10.10


MOLVI ABDUR RAUF


SAKHARVI


*follow the books provided:


It is very important to read the literature provided. Do not consult any other books which are commonly available yet not always authentic.






*apply Sunnah (teachings of the holy Prophet Pbuh):


Make sure to observe Sunnah as much as possible. Even the holy Quran instructs us to follow the ways and teachings of the Holy Prophet Pbuh.






*apply “mushaahida” (common sense):


While facing confusion during performing any rites we can look around to observe what other pilgrims are doing and do the same. Yet, we should not follow them blindly, rather we should apply common sense to figure out whether those acts seem correct or not, and whether they are like those that have been explained to us during our Hajj classes.






*listen carefully:


Listen attentively and make mental/written notes of all that is being taught…






1- rites of the ihram:


-cleanse yourself physically and spiritually;


-wear the ihram, make the intention and recite the talbiyah (Labbaik);


-correct all past mistakes to gain spiritual contentment (pay off any loans, cover up on missed salaah and siyaam, ask forgiveness from the Creator and the Creation);


-note down all your financial matters and hand them over to heir;


-before leaving for the journey, offer two rakaahs nafl for “teht-al-safar”;


-whenever we recite the talbiyah we should try doing it thrice, followed by duaas asking Allah swt for Jannah and forgiveness from hell fire;


-DO NOT SKIP SALAAH AT ANY POINT IN THE JOURNEY; we are making the pilgrimage because it is fard ibaadah at least once in a lifetime, while salaah is fard five times a day! NO REASON TO SKIP SALAAH AT ALL!!!






-Three kinds of Hajj:


*Ifraad: if we make the intention of performing this type of hajj, then we are not supposed to perform umra on arrival, neither do we have to sacrifice an animal for hajj nor do we remove the ihram till hajj is concluded.


*tumattu’a: while performing this type of hajj we remove the ihram after performing umra upon arrival, and make sacrifice after to conclude hajj rites.


*qiraan: we do perform umra upon arrival but do not remove ihram till we perform sacrifice as last hajj rite.






-it is best to perform ghusl before ihram.






-apply whatever little fragrance you do after ghusl.






-very simple limitations for women, subhanAllah!


No particular garment of ihram for women;


Avoid intentional hair breakage;


Should not let anything touch our face for too long.






-Always make sure to perform wudu properly.






-READ AND REMEMBER THE “MAKROOH”, “MAMNOON”, AND “JAAIZ”. (The not appreciated acts, the impermissible acts and the permitted acts).






-Best among all actions during hajj is to constantly recite the talbiyah.






-treat Jeddah as the gateway to the Haram Shareef.






-Once we are past the “book monument” (the point from where Muslims and non-Muslims separate ways!), we will be rewarded abundantly for the smallest act, gesture or intention of kindness! SubhanAllah!






- make much duaas.


- avoid using fragrant soaps and towels.


- There is no preferred time for performing umra;


And there is not any preferred entrance to the Haram Shareef.






-recite the dua’a meant for entering the Great Mosque as well as the one meant for itikaaf.


- No talbiyah after we begin making the tawaf.


- In fact, we should discontinue talbiyah till we conclude our umra, inshAllah!


- do recite the Kalma-i-Shahadah once the intention for tawaf has been made, it is a means to gain huge rewards from Allah swt!


- When passing by the Rukn-i-Yemeni, recite masnoon duaas (duaas found in the Sunnah), and other duaas, because it is at this point that angels say amen to the dua’a we make!


- move on for say’ee after completing the tawaf and offering two rakaahs of salaah near the Maqaam-i-Ibrahim.


-recite two nafl salaah and offer gratitude to Allah swt after umra is completed inshAllah!


-multazim is the lap of Allah swt! SubhanAllah!


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