Hajj – In the Eyes of the Caliph

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Source: Review of Religions, July 2020 volume

Compiled by Shahzad Ahmed and Ahmad Nooruddeen Jahangeer Khan

In 1866, Hazrat Hakeem Maulvi Nooruddin (ra), the first successor to the Promised Messiah (as) embarked upon a historic journey to visit the holy city of his Beloved Master, Muhammad (sa). In his quest for religious and spiritual knowledge, Hazrat Hakeem Maulvi Nooruddin (ra) spent several years in the sacred cities of Makkah and Madinah and twice had the blessed opportunity to perform the Hajj. Describing the moment when he first witnessed the Ka’bah, it is mentioned in one of his biographies:

‘On his arrival in Makkah, he was met by another pious man, Muhammad Hussain Sindhi, who immediately asked his son to escort Maulana Hakeem Nooruddin (ra) for the initial circuit of the Ka’bah (the House of Pilgrimage) known as a Tawaaf-e-Qudoom and it is rendered immediately upon arrival in Makkah. Maulana Hakeem Nooruddin (ra) had heard that any prayer made on the first sighting of the Ka’bah is accepted. Keeping this tradition, Maulana Hakeem Nooruddin (ra) prayed: “Oh my Lord, I am ever in need of thy mercy and blessings and I have a host of prayers, so my Lord, grant me the wish that whenever I pray and implore Thy mercy and blessings Thou bestow on me that favour.”’

Maulana Hakeem Nooruddin (ra) says in his book, Mirqaatul Yaqeen:

‘I believe in God, and in His great mercy, Who accepted my prayer. Whenever I came across atheists, non-believers, and philosophers in debates, I always triumphed over them on account of the acceptance of the prayer that I made on the first sighting of the House of God.’ [1]

Returning to Makkah from Madinah

‘After his sojourn in Madinah, he returned to Makkah. While travelling from Madinah to Makkah in 1868-69, a thought crossed his mind – why not enter Makkah via the route the Holy Prophet (sa) once adopted to enter Makkah via Kada’. Pilgrims do not take that route. This event is mentioned on page 128 of Hayaat-i-Noor: “I dismounted the camel and entered Makkah on foot via Kada’. It is a matter of sadness that now a few people take this route to Makkah.” He stayed a while in Kada’, and when all the passengers had gone away, he dismounted his camel and followed in the footprint of his Master (the Holy Prophet (sa)) and entered Makkah via Kada’ and spent the night with an elder of the place.’ [2]

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