Imam’s Corner August 19th

Hajj is the Time for Change!!!

Alsalamualaykum dear respected brothers and sisters,

May Allah, the Almighty, bless us with beneficial knowledge, good provision and a cure for all diseases, Ameen.

Hajj teaches me to develop good manners. Allah, the Almighty, praises our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH in the Quran saying, “Indeed, You have an outstanding character“ (68:5).
Prophet Muhammad PBUH says, “I was sent to perfect the good manners “ (Ahmad). In Hajj , the lesson of developing good manners can be learned from the beginning of the journey. When I submit myself to Allah and say “I am at Your service My Lord,” I have to mean what I say and change my manners. If I arrive in Makkah and see the Ka’bah ? for the first time and my manners don’t change, when am I going to change? When I kiss the black stone and remember Prophet Muhammad PBUH kissing it because it’s a stone from Jannah but I don’t change my manners, when am I going to change? When I perform Tawaaf around the Ka’bah ? and remember Prophet Ibrahim and His son Ismail building this House of Allah to bring the change to humanity but I don’t change, when am I going to change?

When I pray two Rak’aa salah in Maqam Ibrahim and make Dua’a that Allah accepts my Hajj but my heart doesn’t change, when am I going to change? When I perform Sa’y between Safa and Marwa following the footsteps of Hajar when she was looking for water to drink and something to feed Ismail but I don’t change, when am I going to change?
When I go to Mina and stay there with pilgrims from all over the world who are asking Allah for a change in their lives but I don’t change, when am I going to change? Staying in Arafaat and invoking Allah all day to forgive my sins and accept my good deeds but I still have a rough way of dealing with pilgrims, when am I going to change?
When I go to Muzdalifah and see pilgrims speak different languages but their clothes are the same worshipping one God and looking for a change and I don’t change, when am I going to change? When I throw Jamaraat on the day of Eid and say, “Allah Akbar” remembering Ibrahim obeying Allah to sacrifice His only son hoping for a change but I don’t change, when am I going to change?

When I go back to my family and friends and I fulfilled all the rituals of Hajj but I am still tough and rough and my manners didn’t change, when am I going to change? Hajj is teaching me how to change my manners to be a better Muslim who cares about himself, his family and the Muslim community.

Hajj is the right time for all of us to change. Allah says, “Allah does not change the situation of the people until they change themselves first” (13:11).

Let’s show the world that Muslims will always bring the best change for humanity. A change that will strengthen the family ties. A change that will bring love and compassion to the human community. A change that will end selfishness and bring collective work that represents self-sacrificing individuals who sacrifice their needs for others.

Are You Ready for a Big Change in Your Life Towards the Best?
Let’s Change!!!

Jazakum Allah khayra
Alsalamualaykum

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