Editor’s Note: Coming Under an Umbrella of Love- Hajj
Life stops. Family, friends, work, and homes are left behind. Everything is put aside for a greater purpose. And millions of people do this every year. Millions from all nations and backgrounds leave the comfort of their homes to make a spiritual and physical pilgrimage– a spiritual journey to Allah and a physical journey to Mecca Mukaramah-the pilgrimage of Hajj. They join together under an umbrella of love as they remember Allah, and are forgiven of all their sins.
Hajj is a difficult task as it wear heavily on the nafs and shaytan of the believer. The believer is asked to put life on hold and join millions in one week of remembrance of Allah. It is a test of physical, mental, and spiritual fortitude; however, it is a process of purification. Those who are blessed enough to preform Hajj set out on a journey of repentance, ihsan, and finding God. And in finding God, one learns more about themself, they develop an intense love for God, and they develop a burning love for the Beloved of God (ﷺ).
Hajj is a reminder for us that Islam is a religion of the heart. In fact, it is a way of life that transforms people into more caring and loving individuals.
As we follow the rituals and rites prescribed to us by Rasulullah (ﷺ), we become closer to him and light starts to enter our hearts. Only through the light of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) does everything become clear.
By looking at the life and the actions of Rasulullah (ﷺ) we can learn how to manifest virtues of peace, respect, and love. All three go hand in hand as peace comes from respect, and respect comes from love. And from love branches all character and virtue.
Rasulullah (ﷺ) would always respond with love and care even in the face of hate and violence. He would even sincerely pray to Allah to help guide those who hurt him!
We say we are followers of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), but we have to live up to the expectations our Prophet (ﷺ) has for us by living and breathing compassion.
Hajj reminds us that, in the end, we are all a part of one ummah. And we need to remember that so we can come together under an umbrella of love and mercy.
– Br. Thymur Dogar & TMN Team