HAJJ – A GRAND DISPLAY OF UNITY AND UNIQUE LEVELLER OF MANKIND
This Monograph Hajj – A Grand Display of Unity and Unique Leveller of Mankind – explains the concept of Hajj pilgrimage in its historical background and spiritual context. It also details outs step by step, the various rites and rituals associated with this pilgrimage.
The rites and rituals as enjoined in Islam are not merely ceremonies to be performed mechanically, but they also carry a profound spiritual significance to guide mankind to the path of piety and righteousness. As for instance Salaat (five daily prayers) prevents us from sinful and blasphemous deed. Saum or fasting from dawn to dusk continuously for one month is a great exercise in patience, restraint and self-control. Zakaat or the Poor Due inspires us to be charitable and to help the needy and the poor and mitigates their suffering in order to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Similarly, the pilgrimage for Hajj inspires Muslims to submit completely to the will of Allah (SWT) as was done in Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his elder son Prophet Isma’il (AS). Simultaneously, it inculcates among Muslims a strong feeling of fraternity, equality and unity.
The spiritual benefits of the Hajj pilgrimage accrue if the rites and rituals relation to Hajj are performed sincerely and precisely the same as they were perfumed by Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). The meaning and significance of various ties relating to the Hajj pilgrimage, such as the adopting the state of Ehraam at specified Miqaat, stay at Mina, stay in the plains of Arafaat, which is the most significant ritual of Hajj, stay at Muzdalifa on the way back to Mina, Rami etc., have been explained in an easy and understandable language. Further, the Monograph also highlights the prohibited acts and behaviour during the whole duration of Hajj pilgrimage. Any indulgence in these prohibited acts results in penal sacrifices and reduces the impact of Hajj on the pilgrims.
The readers will find the Monograph handy and easy to follow during the Hajj providing authentic guidance for correct performance of the rituals.