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Hajj Reflections Print E-mail

Bismillah Ir Rahman Ir Rahim

Salam alaikum pilgrims of the Path. Sidi Muhammad, may Allah sanctify his secret, writes in his book The Deeper Meaning Behind the Pillars of Islam on Al-Hajj, the Pilgrimage, which begins tomorrow. The Mother Center will be hosting its annual Hajj retreat, and will complete it with its annual Eid al-Adha celebration. Everyone is welcome.

Sidi begins the chapter writing, 

"The linguistic meaning in Arabic of the Pilgrimage is the complete intention, which also has a meaning of the journey to Mecca and to Al-Madina which, for the Folk of Allah, is the absolute intention for, and attentiveness to this station. For the Pilgrimage has a station above which there is no other, and because of that there is no way in which to speak about its hidden meaning and its Reality. And there are no words that can help us to express exactly what it is."

So, as the days of Hajj approach and are only hours away, and the magnificent month has already begun, let us turn to two brothers and a sister on the way who have completed their Hajj by Allah, and can express some of what they tasted after setting their intention for Al-Hajj, inshallah.

Dr. Nur Hrabko shares:

1. Please describe Hajj with 4-6 qualities. 

"I think it was the most amazing thing I have ever done, certainly the most amazing trip.  Aziz, Quddus, Majid, Dhul Jalali wa-l-Ikram, Jami, Ghaffar"

2. How can beloveds best prepare for the day of Arafat?

"It is the day to ask Allah for forgiveness and fast. Having been to Arafat and praying with so many others who were also asking for forgiveness was both humbling and unifying."

3. How did attending Hajj change your life, walking and relationship to Allah, and to the creation?

"I felt I was part of the Muslim world for the first time and not just a student of Sufism. I have become much more committed to the tenets of the religion as well as wanting to acquire more knowledge."

4. How did you experience God's unity while on Hajj?

"There were so many people from everywhere all doing exactly the same rituals, and everyone I met was my true brother or sister who was there for me just as I was there for them. Someone gave me water when I had none and someone saw me picking up stones and gave me a bottle full of stones they had gathered."

5. Please describe al-Medina in 1-3 sentences.

"Incredibly beautiful; the visit to the Prophet’s (saws) tomb was the highlight. We went to the tomb one night with the Imam of our group and made two rakas next to the tomb on a green carpet that is considered to be in Paradise. It was quite the experience because while incredibly crowded the men made space for each other by locking arms and creating a blockade. When someone was finished, another took his place. We also toured Medina, attended Jummah in the Prophet’s (saws) mosque, as well as other prayers.  We visited Medina before going to Mecca which I recommend. "

6. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the beloveds for this next week of Hajj, for their lives, their hearts and walking?

"I think it helps complete all the teachings we have had over the years. For example, you can read about dhikr but you have to do it to benefit from it. It’s not as hard and scary as you have heard although it is not easy at times; you will get tired but there is time to rest. I would recommend walking or some aerobic conditioning before going to help with stamina. You will do a lot of walking, and some jogging! It deepened my walking, gave me a huge glimpse at the diversity within Islam and really appreciated the people I was with in my tour group. We all helped each other constantly. The leaders of the group were excellent servants, they were experienced and it showed."


All praise is to Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds!

-Compiled by Elise Salam Guillot

 
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Most of our local communities offer teachings and spiritual practices designed to purify our hearts so that we can be better vessels of love and service to our brothers and sisters everywhere. 

 

In addition, we have been very blessed to have our Guide visit us annually for several years and we gather in larger communities or “Sufi Schools to experience his presence directly, receive his teachings, and share loving fellowship. 

 

We warmly welcome newcomers to both our smaller community gatherings and our larger regional Sufi Schools.  We hope that if you are nearby, you will visit us soon.  In the meantime, please enjoy your exploration of these pages and feel free to contact us with any questions.  We’re eager to hear from you. 

 
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