YES, O, ALLAH!
Rang-o-Noor (BY SA'DI)
O dear slaves and maid-slaves of Allah, perform Hajj! Perform Hajj! Perform Hajj! Hajj is also one of the essential tasks for which we have been sent on this earth. So sweet Allah's House. I wish to write about it with tears in eyes. Allah's House! Allah's House! Allah's House! You should also read weeping, "Allah's House! Allah's House! Allah's House!" What are we to do with plots and jewellery? Allah's House is a piece of the Paradise. It is Allah's favour that He has blessed us with this House on the earth. How thirsty eyes eyes remain when they do not look at Allah's House?
How great deprivation it is to hold marriage feasts but not to go to Allah's House. Think a little please, "How many times did we offend Allah? How many times did we do the deed of offending Allah?" Can we not do a deed once due to which Allah may feel pride in us and say to the angels, "Lo! See! My slaves are blessed with this special moment and special scene on Zulhajjah 9 only." It is reported that when the pilgrims gather in Arafaat, Allah goes near them and brags before the angels.
How far is Arafaat from us? Man should go there to please his Lord though he is to sell his life. No place in the world is equal to the front of Jihaad and the field of Hajj. People wander about everywhere and want to wonder even more but do not yearn for visiting this sacred land where guidance descends, light showers, angels descend, beauty glitters and mercy perfumes. Subhaan Allah! That Ka'bah, that Hatim, that place of Ibrahim, that dear-loved Black Stone. O Allah! We request You for a kiss of the Black Stone. Those granted supplications between the Yamaani Pillar and the Black Stone that spout at the roof of Ka'bah, that mountain of Safa and Marwah, that resplendence in the field of Arafaat, that ecstatic valley of Mina, that spiritual cold in the valley of Muzdalfa, that Makkah and Madinah.
Real beauty of the entire world has got shrunk in these two cities. The learned people dispute over the fact whether Makkah is superior or Madinah. None can issue the decree. Makkah is, by the grace of Allah, Makkah which is unique in dignity and grace, and Madinah is unique in beauty and dignity. The Holy Prophetﷺ had deep love for Makkah. When he had to desert Makkah, his heart was weeping. The Holy Prophetﷺ had so deep love for Madinah that he refused to vacate it till the Day of Judgement. When man sits in Makkah, it demands, "Have you visited Madinah? When will you go to Madinah and come back to me? I love those who come from Madinha." If a man goes to Madinah, it demands, "Have you visited Makkah? When will you put on Ihraam at my boundary line and go to Makkah? When will you come back to me from Makkah? I love those who come back from Makkah." Subhaan Allah! The pilgrim is in delight. Whoever performs Umarah is in delight. Sometimes, his body is in Makkah but soul is in Madinah whereas sometimes his body is in Madinah but soul is in Makkah. The truth is that a Muslim is satiated neither with the visit of Makkah nor Madinah. If a Mu'min lives for 1000 years and he daily visits Makkah and Madinah, he is not satiated. The soul still rushes to Makkah and Madinah as an infant baby rushes to his other. O Muslims! Allah has invited us to Hajj. Allah's Prophets persuaded humans to Hajj. Allah has made five things obligatory to the believers embellishing them with the wealth of Kalimah Tayyibah which are his needs and object of life. One of them is Hajj of Allah's House which is an obligatory pillar of Islam. The Holy Prophetﷺ has warned us, "If you do not perform Hajj despite having wealth, you will die either as a Jew or as a Christian. All the sins are absolved due to the blessings of Hajj. Its reward is the Paradise. Allah blesses those who perform Hajj with affluence in this world. Deeds of Hajj remain with the pilgrim all his life. After his death, they accompany him in the grave and resurrection. The Satan always dissuades the Muslims from Hajj by frightening them of its expenditures. He knows that if they go to perform Hajj, it is feared that they may slip from his grip. If they repent of their sin in the Supreme Court of Allah, all his labour will go waste. The Satan is pained at our one prostration whereas one prostration in Haram is equal to 100,000 prostrations otherwise. Such a prostration breaks the neck of the Satan. The Satan is pained when we utter الحمد للہ! سبحان اللہ and اللہ اکبر only for once whereas it is equal to uttering them 100,000 times. The Satan says, "Go to Paris and London to make merry. Go to Washington and see the progress there. Do not go to Allah's House but sit in the toilet." Now, the need is to persuade people to the obligation of Hajj so that they may remain attached with their head headquarters. Now, the need is to state the actual beauty of Makkah and Madinah before the Muslims so that they may rush not to the centers of Infidelity but faith. O Muslims, look at the caravan who was putting on Irram and going to Makkah under the leadership of the Holy Prophetﷺ reciting Talibah but it was stopped at Hudaibiyah; then demand one particle of the fondness of that caravan. As soon as fondness is created, paths will begin to open and the soul will begin to fly. O my dear, Ka'bah and Holy Grave are not the rooms on this earth.
The learned people write, "Eight centers of ’’علیین ‘‘ have been built for the believers after their death. A few of them are situated near the well of Zamzam and some others near the Holy Grave. The centres of inspiration have been opened for us in the world so that we may get benefit from them and acquire high palaces after death. O brothers and sisters, befriend Makkah and Madinah. If you get their neighborhood after death, you will sit at the door of the Paradise. The Shuhada are in delight that they find room at these two points after death. Surely, they are alive and are called alive. Life is gained in Makkah and Madinah. The Satan exerts energy to dissuade the Muslims from going to Madinah and Makah; if they go there, he wishes them to get lost in the bazaars. The bazaars there are very dangerouses whoever goes there, must go with the intention to avoid the bazaars the maximum.
O brothers and sisters, the call for Hajj has been given. Arise, intentd and memorise the Talbiah. لَبَّیْکَ اللّہُمَّ لَبَّیْکَ، لَبَّیْکَ لا شَرِیکَ لَکَ لَبَّیْکَ اِنَّ الْحَمدَ وَالنِّعْمَۃَ لَکَ وَالْمُلکَ لاشریکَ لَکَ It is reported in traditions, "Whenever a Muslim recites Talbiah, all the trees, stones and buildings to the right till the last end of the earth and to the left till the last end of the earth recite Talbiah with him. O brothers and sisters, we don't know how many stones and trees on the earth have witnessed our sins and how many points of our sins have they heard. Awake, arise! Put on Ihram and rush to Makkah and Madinah madly. لَبَّیْکَ اللّہُمَّ لَبَّیْکَ، لَبَّیْکَ لا شَرِیکَ لَکَ لَبَّیْکَ اِنَّ الْحَمدَ وَالنِّعْمَۃَ لَکَ وَالْمُلکَ لاشریکَ لَکَ
Lo! Voice from Madinah is coming ایھا الناس ان اللّٰہ کتب علیکم الحج فحجوا ( صحیح مسلم ) O people, Allah has made Hajj obligatory to you. So, perform Hajj. The point ends here. Order from Madinah has come. Now we are to go if Allah wills no matter whatever we are to sell or desert because this selling and deserting is all good luck. All exhaustion in it is good luck. So hurry up, lest the hurdles between you and Allah's House should be erected. Hajj policy is going to be announced. Those who have not performed Hajj till now should establish two Rak'at prayer daily and demand from Allah humbly beseechingly. Those whose childen have grown up and they have wealth should send their children to perform Hajj so that duties for the children be fulfilled and their lives become useful. O brothers, do not indulge yourselves in counting down currency notes which are given to us so that we may do our duties first of all. However make one counting about yourselves and your children as how many duties have been done and how many missed i.e. obligation of Prayer, Zakat, Fasting, Hajj and Jihaad in the way of Allah. One of our teachers would say, "Those who have yearning but do not possess sources, should recite Talbiah once after every prayer. It will cause ease if Allah wills. لَبَّیْکَ اللّہُمَّ لَبَّیْکَ، لَبَّیْکَ لا شَرِیکَ لَکَ لَبَّیْکَ اِنَّ الْحَمدَ وَالنِّعْمَۃَ لَکَ وَالْمُلکَ لاشریکَ لَک
Hazrat Nuh's Gift: During the last days of his life, Hazrat Nuh deputed his son as his successor and said, "It is obligatory to you to do two tasks and avoid two tasks. One of those two things that are to be done is لآ اِلٰہَ اِلآ اللہُ وَحدَہ لاَ شَرِیکَ لَہ لَہُ المُلکُ وَلَہُ الحَمدُ وَھُوَ عَلٰی کُلِ شَیئٍ قَدِیرٌ . Make these words your routine. They have great dignity. If these words are weighed against the heaven and the earth, they prove weightier. Second thing is to recite سبحان اللہ وبحمد ہ. These words are incantation for the whole world. Whoever recites them, never grows needy. It is obligatory to give up two things which are polytheism and arrogance. It is always obligatory to shun them. The excellences, benefits and efficacy of the two incantations taught by Hazrat Nuh are very great. If the learned people think over them with light in the heart, they will be moved to gratitude and ecstasy.
لا الہ الا اﷲ، لا الہ الا اﷲ، لا الہ الا اﷲ محمد رسول اﷲ…
اللّٰھم صل علیٰ سیدنا محمد والہ وصحبہ وبارک وسلم تسلیما کثیرا کثیرا…
لا الہ الا اﷲ محمد رسول اﷲ