Hajj and Umrah a station of Commemorations

Muslims perform Hajj to complete their obligation that Allah has ordered them to accomplish for faith revival. The performance of Pilgrimage reminds Muslim Ummah of the rituals that were once part of our Prophet (PBUH) and his follower’s customs. Each ritual is a direct commemoration to the devotion, sincerity, dedication, patience, and sacrifice of our spiritual ancestors and first generations of Muslim.

 

“And [mention] when We made the House a place of return for the people and [a place of] security. And take, [O believers], from the standing place of Abraham a place of prayer. And We charged Abraham and Ishmael, [saying], "Purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who are staying [there] for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer]." [2:125]

 

Quran is the book of guidance that comprises the clear teachings of Allah regarding the obligatory practices of Deen Islam. The practices that attribute the custom of forefathers include:

 

  • Ihram commemorations

Wearing Ihram reunites the Muslims with the fact that nothing is of high distinction in sight of Allah but everyone is equal. It entirely is indication of worldly life in order to get purified prior meeting the worshipping Lord. When a person dies, He is covered in a plain white Coffin, the same ritual is observed by Muslims of all creeds by wearing ihram made up of two garments. The supplications (Dua) Muhrim makes while the pilgrimage indicated the constant glorification of Lord that he ought to do in his entire life, purpose of his creation.

 

  • Tawaf Commemorations

While circumambulating the sacred house of Kabah the Muslims follow the footsteps of the first generation of Muslims. When the companions of Prophet came to perform Pilgrimage they fell ill because of the fever, hence the polytheist targeted them for their ailments. To reply to their hate mongering propaganda the Muslims were advocated to remain steadfast to disappoint the pagans. In their honor, the Muslims mostly jog in performing this divine ritual and exposed their right shoulder from ihram.

 

  • Arafaat commemorations

Muslims pay tribute in Arafat to the victory of Muslims over the pagans and their forefathers. It was the success of truth over falsehood that perished on the day thereupon it has become the symbol of unity and at the place of Arafat al the Muhrims gather together to glorify the Supreme Lord. It also reminds the occurrence of Dooms day when all the people will be presented in front of Allah Almighty and committed deeds will be judged as per intentions.

 

  • Al Jamarat and commemorations

Muhrims stoned Satan at Jamarat that is the indication that Allah is mightier than the devilish lullabies. Reminding this fact to one’s self is the true shield that will stick the Muslims on righteous path and prevent not to astray. The averted Muslims at the end will be the one who will face the wrath of Allah.

 

“So We said, "O Adam, indeed this is an enemy to you and to your wife. Then let him not remove you from Paradise so you would suffer.” [20:117]

 

  • Animal sacrifice

The animal sacrifice is in respect of the historic Islamic event in which Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) succeeded in his commitment to Allah Almighty. The Holly Book of Lord states it as:

 

“So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), We called out to him, "O Abraham! You have already fulfilled the vision!" thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was obviously a trial. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice.” [37: 103-107]

 

Al the committed rituals revive Muslim Imaan if accomplished with absolute intention only then the Hajj will be an accepted Pilgrimage in sight of Allah..