Hajj: The Best Symbol for Our Universal Brotherhood!

Epigraph: And remember the time when We assigned to Abraham the site of the House and said, ‘Associate not anything with Me, and keep My House clean for those who perform the circuits, and those who stand up and those who bow down and fall prostrate in Prayers; And proclaim unto mankind the Pilgrimage. They will come to thee on foot, and on every lean camel, coming by every distant track.’ (Al Quran 22:27-28)

Kaaba: The very First House of God

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, in 2012

The Hajj (Arabicحج‎ Ḥaǧǧ “pilgrimage“) is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims which must be carried out at least once in lifetime by every adult Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support his family during his absence.[1][2][3] It is one of thefive pillars of Islam. The gathering during Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world.[4][5][6] 

Millions of pilgrims arrived this week in Mecca, called in the past as Becca, for Islam’s annual Hajj (pilgrimage), which officially started on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Around four million were heading to Mina, where they will spend their night before heading to the Mount of Arafat in the early hours of Thursday. The dates of Hajj are determined by lunar calendar and therefore move by approximately ten days against the solar calendar, every year.

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17 replies

  1. To be pushed and crushed in a stampede and to have to hold on to your young and elderly least they be swept away and lost. What other madness can you possibly be part of unless you were at a football frenzy or some rush to get to wash in the Ganges river at an auspiciousness point in time. …

    When people I know come back from the Hajj or Omra they are usually quiet and withdrawn …

    Be still and know that I am God says the God of love.

    • Dear Mike, please do not comment on what you do not know. By the grace of Allah I have been to Hajj 3 times and to Umrah another 2 times. It was always a great experience. The crowd always moves in the same direction and everyone takes care of each other, as directed by tradition.

  2. Is it true that one of the Ahmadia Jamat leader has said something to the effect that, “You should go to Rabwa for Hajj.”

  3. @Mike Wyat

    your comments always………reveal perfect desperation,rotten jealousy, profound embarrassment and ecstasy of complete defeat.

    Please keep it up

  4. Thank you M.S. Sheikh for asking. There is no sch thing and the answer is “No.”

    1. The promised Messiah a.s. could not perform Hajj because he was engaged in Jihaad in India against the opponents and also because the malvis had issued religious edicts (Fataawaaz) against him that he was to be killed.
    There was no safe passage for him to go to Makkah. So Hajj was not applicable to him. So what did he do?

    One of his close friends was going for Hajj. The Promised Messiah a.s. gave him a long paper of prayers to be recited at the holy place “Ka’abah”. That was done in his life time.

    2. Bashiruddin Mehmood Ahmad rz.a. (The son of the promised Messiah a.s.) performed Umrah and Hajj in MAKKAH.

    3. Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan sahib Rz.a. also performed hajj in MAKKAH and even he was allowed (helped) to enter the sacred house. i.e. Ka’abah. (helped by Faisal).

    4. Many Ahmadis are performing Hajj every year in Makkah.

    5. By having Qadian, the Ahmadis love for Makkah and Madinah is not reduced. By having Rabwah (Chanabnagar), the love for Qadian , Makkah and Madinah is not reduced.

    6. By having center in LONDON, the Ahmadis love for Rabwah and other places is not reduced. Al Hamdu Lillah.

    7. There is a lady doctor to writes poems. She wrote “Aik Rabwah say ka-ee (many) Rabwah banaa saktay hain hum.”

    Trans: From one Rabwah, we can create many places like Rabwah.

    And that is being done all over the world. Mosques are being built all over the world and new centers of Ahmadiyat are appearing.

  5. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that when the messiah isa ibn maryam returns, isa will pray in ash-sham and perform hajj.” [abu nu’aym and bukhari]

    clearly this has not happened; thus the messiah is yet to return.

    Also the prophet (saw) said that Imam Mahdi will be given bay’at in makkah between the kabah and the station of ibraheem. [abu dawud and ibn majah]

    again this has not happened yet so it means that imam mahdi has not appeared yet either.

  6. Rafiq I did comment exactly on what I know. Stop and listen to people instead of being so caught up in the emotion of the occasion.

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