Imam’s Corner-July 29th

The Hajj Journey Has Officially Started!!!

Alsalamualaykum my dear respected brothers and sisters, May Allah grant us all Hajj to His house, Ameen.

Today is the 8th of Dhul Hijjah ( the day of Tarwiyah). It’s the day during which Pilgrims used to take sufficient amounts of Zamzam water from Makkah going to Mina to be enough for them till they finish their Hajj. Ibn Qudamah says, “ It’s the day during which Prophet Ibrahim was thinking about His vision (Dream to sacrifice His son Ismail), that he had; is it revelation from Allah or not”.
The day of Tarwiyah is the day during which Hajj rituals begin by going to Mina to stay there for that night and the next day (9th of Dhul Hijjah) pilgrims will leave Mina to Arafaat.

The 9th of Dhul Hijjah is the day of Arafaat. Pilgrims spend the whole day in Arafaat area, which is the most important pillar of Hajj. The day of Arafaat is called Arafaat because when Adam and Eve came down from Jannah, they met each other in Arafaat. Or when Jibril was teaching Prophet Ibrahim the rituals of Hajj asked Him Araft ( did you know that) and Ibrahim would say Araft (yes I knew that).
Arafaat is the best day for Muslims because Allah forgives all Muslims who submit themselves to Allah and repent from their sins during that day. Prophet Muhammad PBUH recommended for us to fast the day of Arafaat because Allah will expiate for us two years of sins. Therefore, the day of Arafaat is the worest day for Shaytaan (Iblis or the devil). Shaytaan gets people away from Allah during the year and they come back to Allah on the day of Arafaat then Allah forgives them and Shaytaan’s work goes in vain.

The 10th of Dhul Hijjah (the day of Eid). Pilgrims will leave Arafaat after Maghrib and go to Muzdalifah to stay the night. Then in the morning they proceed towards Jamaraat in Mina area (on the day of Eid). They go to stone the Shaytaan in obedience to Al-Rahman (the most Merciful) Allah. The pilgrims will perform Tawaf around the Kaabah and do Sa’y between Safa and Marwah on the day of Eid. After that they stay in Mina for three more days to stone the Shaytaan in Jamaraat to finish Hajj rituals.

Hajj is a lesson for us about Tawheed of Allah. All rituals signify the importance of worshiping one God, Allah, the Almighty.

Let’s think about Hajj and plan for that spiritual journey to get ready for our meeting with Allah, the Creator.

May Allah grant us all success in our life and acceptance of our deeds, Ameen.

Jazakum Allah khayra

Our Imam while leading a group for Umrah

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