The Fruit of Hajj Mabroor - III

The Fruit of Hajj Mabroor - III
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Many are the examples of response in Hajj. Our Lord, The Blessed, The Exalted, calls us to leave our countries and families, and we respond to His call. He calls us to perform Tawaaf round the Sacred House, and we respond to His call, and although the houses are numerous all over the land, we leave all houses and head to His House. He calls us to touch and kiss or point to the Black Stone, and we respond to His call, given our knowledge that it is but a stone which neither gives benefit nor harms. Nevertheless, because the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) touched, kissed and pointed to it, we do accordingly, in imitation of his conduct  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ). He calls us to set out to Mina and spend the night there on the day of Tarwiyah, thereupon we leave the House for Mina in response to His call. He calls us to stand at ‘Arafat, and we respond accordingly. He calls us to spend the night in Muzdalifah, and we respond accordingly. He calls us to throw the pebbles and spend the night in Mina, and we respond accordingly. He calls us to perform Tawaaf round the House and Sa’y between As-Safa and Al-Marwah, and we respond accordingly. In most of those deeds, a pilgrim feels no meaning other than the response to and compliance with the command of Allah The Almighty, and submission to His judgment.

Do we respond to His call in all our deeds? He calls us to dedicate worship to Him alone, and not to associate partners with Him: do we respond to His call? He calls us to strictly guard the prayers: do we respond to His call? He calls us to be dutiful to the parents, maintain kinship ties, be kind to the neighbors, and to treat people with gentleness: do we respond to His call? He calls us to avoid the unlawful and the immoral, both the apparent and hidden thereof: do we respond to His call?

If you respond to Allah The Almighty in all that He calls you to, then you will make your Hajj accepted, and come out as sinless as on the very day your mother gave birth to you.

Seek the means of forgiveness after Hajj

Hajj Mabroor is one of the greatest means to achieve forgiveness for sins: "Whoever performs Hajj in which he neither has sexual intercourse (with his wife) nor commits sins, he will come out as sinless as a newborn on the very day his mother gave birth to him.

However, Tawheed (Islamic monotheism) and abandonment of Shirk (polytheism) are greater as Allah The Almighty Says (what means):

·        {Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds [that] for them there is forgiveness and great reward.} [Quran 5:9]

·        {Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills…..} [Quran 4:48]

Whoever meets Allah The Almighty with sins as much as to fill the earth, but without associating partners with Him (in worship), Allah The Almighty will meet him with forgiveness (for his sins) as much as to fill the earth.

To seek forgiveness is one of the greatest means by which sins are forgiven.

So, be eager to seek forgiveness, because the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) used to seek forgiveness and repent to Allah The Almighty at all times. He used to say one hundred times a day: "O Lord! Forgive me and turn to me in repentance: You are the Accepting of repentance, the Forgiving." In confirmation of that, He The Almighty Says (what means): {And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins - and who can forgive sins except Allah? - and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know. Those - their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath which rivers flow [in Paradise], wherein they will abide eternally; and excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers.} [Quran 3:135-136]

The deeds which entail seeking forgiveness are numerous. To perform ablution, remember Allah The Almighty after ablution, spend in the Cause of Allah, both in times of prosperity and adversity are some of them. Likewise, controlling one's anger, pardoning the people, keeping patient, offering a two-Rak‘ah prayer after ablution, pronouncing Athaan for prayer, responding to the Mu’aththin (i.e., to say the like of what he says) are some other means of seeking forgiveness. It is also recommended to walk toward the mosques to attend the prayer in congregation, wait for the prayer after prayer, perform the five (obligatory prescribed) prayers in congregation, say 'Aameen' in the prayers, stand at night (in prayer), remember Allah after prayer, and so on. All of these actions are among the means by which sins are forgiven; and the proofs for that, from the Book and the Sunnah, are too numerous to be recounted here in detail.

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