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Alhamdulillahi wa-ka-fa wassalaatu wassalaamu
‘alaa Sayyidinil Mustafa. Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa’alaa aalihi
wa ashabihi wabaraka wasallama tasleeman kaseeran kaseera.
Qaalallahu Tabaraka wa Ta’ala : A’oozu billahi minash
Shaytaanir Rajeem. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem :

 “…And those who have Imaan are more intense in their love for Allah…” [Surah Baqarah 2 : 165]

‘Ulama-e-Kiraam, respected brothers and also, sisters at the Madrasa, As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa-Rahmatullah

In Thursday night’s programme, I had mentioned that, Insha-Allah, we will discuss tonight, an incident in the life of Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih), a great Wali of Allah.

Sheikh Abu Bakr Kattaani (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) had reported that once, at the occasion of Haj, a group of Sufis gathered…

subheading-iconHaj


As we know, Haj is an occasion where people of all calibres, from all walks of life, draw together : the wealthy, the poor, the businessmen, the industrialists, kings, rulers, highly qualified Aalims, Muftis, Qaaris and, of course, great Sufis.

Allah Ta’ala has made Haj such an occasion which cuts across the boundaries of race, colour, language and class, bringing all kinds of people together. However, despite the apparent unity, people generally look for people of like mind, qualification, character, etc. They seek out those who will discuss issues and items which are relevant to them or which meet their interests.

The Ulama will seek out those who are discussing Deen, those who have made a thorough and in-depth study of the Qur`aan and Sunnah. Kings, Rulers, diplomats and envoys will meet, discuss and deliberate the political and economic climate of their countries and other related matters or concerns.

If a person is business orientated then there too he will be found looking for contacts in the business arena; those who will introduce him to some very good businessmen in Makkah Sharief or Madina Sharief, with whom he can establish a business relationship and association to do some importing, exporting, etc.

Some businessmen are found occupied in business pursuits even there. This is neither Haraam (forbidden) nor sinful, but this should not be the purpose of Haj and Umrah. The purpose should be to perform Haj for the pleasure of Allah. If by the way, a person did business, then this is a different issue.

 

subheading-iconFor the Pleasure of Allah


Unfortunately, our intention for Umrah and Haj is no longer for the Pleasure of Allah; it is rather for material gain or some other worldly reason. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) had mentioned : “Near the time of Qiyaamah the rich ones from amongst my Ummah will perform Haj for the sake of travel and holiday; the middle class will perform Haj for commercial purposes, thereby transporting goods from here to there while bringing commercial goods from there to here. The Ulama will perform Haj for the sake of show and fame; the poor will perform Haj for the purpose of begging.”

The reality of this Hadith is quite manifest. Some are allured with shopping, with the purchase of gold and silver…giving preference to walking around bazaars and shopping centres despite having been granted the blessed opportunity of walking around the Baitullah. Some wile away precious time in other idle pursuits and even sin…

Many give preference to casting evil glances at every woman who is unveiled than to the sight of the blessed Ka’bah Sharief. Others give preference to watching the filth on the Television screen rather than casting their gaze on the blessed green dome or conveying Salaam to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)    at his grave.

Then again, many are the ones who flaunt the number of trips they have made to the Hijaaz, thus nullifying the reward of their Ibaadah due to the sin of riyaa (show). Many, who are themselves wealthy enough to give Zakaat, are found clad in the garb of the poor and needy … begging and sometimes even stealing.

People, in general, have forgotten the purpose of Haj and Umrah. As a result of our defective and insincere intentions, the spirit, significance and beauty of Haj just passes by without leaving any impression on our lives.

However, true and sincere ones are to be found, who have come as lovers of Allah, seeking the pleasure of their beloved Allah Ta’ala, the object and goal of their lives.

These are the Sufis, the Auliya Allah, the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala) …whose presence is a source of multiplied spiritual blessings. They too, look for those who have, within their hearts, the Muhabbat (Love) of Allah Ta’ala and who have gathered there for no other purpose but to give expression to the love they bear for Him and gain His pleasure.

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