Recommendations to Pilgrims and Visitors of the Holy Mosque - I

Recommendations to Pilgrims and Visitors of the Holy Mosque - I
  • Publish date:11/10/2011
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We would like to offer certain recommendations to the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosque in implementation of the Quranic verse in which Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {And cooperate in righteousness and piety} [Quran 5:2]

These recommendations are also in line with the Prophetic Hadeeth in which the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: “Religion is Naseehah (sincere advice), to Allah, His Book, and to the Muslim leaders and the Muslim public.”[Muslim]
Recommendations:
1-    Fearing Allah The Exalted in all conditions and cases. Piety is the source of all good morals and it is one of the Divine recommendations to His Messenger,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ). Allah The Exalted Says (what means):
·       {O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul…} [Quran 4:1]
·       {And We have instructed those who were given the Scripture before you and yourselves to fear Allah...} [Quran 4:131]
In many of his Khutbahs (sermons) the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), used to command people to fear Allah The Almighty.
Piety means doing what Allah The Almighty has imposed on His slaves and keeping away from His prohibitions out of sincerity and love for Him. This should also be with the aim of winning the reward of Allah The Almighty and being saved from His punishment, in accordance with the way that Allah The Almighty and His Messenger,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), legislated for us.
‘Abdullaah ibn Mas‘ood, may Allah be pleased with him, who was one of the senior scholars of the Companions of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said, “True piety and fear of Allah The Almighty mean obeying Him without any form of disobedience, remembering Him without any form of forgetfulness, and thanking Him without any sign of ingratitude to Him.”
‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “Piety cannot be obtained only through fasting all day and praying all night, and then committing sins in between, but piety can be obtained through keeping away from what Allah The Almighty has prohibited and doing what He has made obligatory. Anything good after that is an additional good.”
The revered Tabi‘ee, Talq ibn Habeeb  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “Piety is to act in obedience to Allah, on a light (guidance) from Allah seeking the reward of Allah, and to refrain from disobeying Allah, on a light from Allah, fearing His punishment.”
These are precious words and they mean that the Muslim has to learn his religious affairs and know what will make him sinful if he does not know it. In this way, the Muslim will worship Allah The Almighty with insight. This is the practical application of the Two Testimonies of Faith (I bear witness that there is none truly worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ).)
The first testimony of faith entails believing in Allah The Almighty alone, and dedicating worship to Him alone, as well as doing everything for His sake alone, hoping for His mercy and fearing His punishment.
The other testimony of faith entails believing that Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), is the Messenger of Allah The Almighty to humankind and the Jinn, in addition to believing in his sayings, adhering to his Sharee‘ah and keeping away from whatever contradicts it. Those two testimonies form the foundation of the religion of Islam. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
·       {Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge - [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, The Exalted in Might, The Wise.} [Quran 3:18]
·       {And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful.} [Quran 2:163]
·       {Say, [O Muhammad], "O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, [from Him] to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity except Him; He gives life and causes death." So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His words, and follow him that you may be guided.}[Quran 7:158]
2-    All pilgrims and visitors to the Holy Mosque, as well as all Muslims, are advised to observe the five daily prayers on time. Every Muslim must revere these prayers and perform them tranquilly, because they constitute the greatest pillar of Islam after the Two Testimonies of Faith. They represent the post of Islam and the first thing about which the Muslim will be reckoned. Whoever leaves the daily five prayers is a disbeliever. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
·       {And establish prayer and give Zakah and obey the Messenger - that you may receive mercy.} [Quran 24:56]
·       {Maintain with care the [obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.} [Quran 2:238]
·       {Certainly will the believers have succeeded: * They who are during their prayer humbly submissive}[Quran 23:1-2]
·       {And they who carefully maintain their prayers - * Those are the inheritors * Who will inherit al-Firdaws. They will abide therein eternally.}[Quran 23:9-11]
The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said:
-      “Between a man and disbelief and Shirk is the abandonment of prayer.”[Narrated by Muslim in the chapter of “Calling the One who leaves the prayer a disbeliever”]
-      “That which differentiates us from the disbelievers and hypocrites is our performance of prayer. He who abandons it, becomes a disbeliever”[Ahmad, Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa’i, At-Tirmithi, and Ibn Maajah]
-      “Whoever observes prayer (punctually fulfilling its conditions), it will be light, evidence, and salvation for him on the Day of Resurrection; but whoever does not, it will not be for him light, evidence, or salvation; and on the Day of Resurrection, he will be associated with Qaaroon, Pharaoh, Haamaan, and Ubayy ibn Khalaf (a great enemy of Islam from among the Quraysh).” [Ahmad]
Some scholars interpreted this Hadeeth saying,
"The person who abandons prayer will be raised with such a foursome because his neglect of prayer may be due to his preoccupation with his property, his presidency, his work, or his trade. Hence, if he was preoccupied with his property, he will be resurrected with Qaaroon; if with his position as a leader, then he will be resurrected with Pharaoh; if with his work, then with Haamaan; and if with his trade, then with Ubayy ibn Khalaf, the trader among the disbelievers of Makkah."

Recommendations to Pilgrims and Visitors of the Holy Mosque - II

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