There is one act that is so visible and affects millions of people across the world, that it’s like is not seen in any other walk of life, nor any other religion. That is HAJJ.
Hajj brings together Muslims from all over the world, Muslims from every background, age, culture, country. No other religion does that. There’s nothing that matches Hajj in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, or any other religion. That in itself is a miracle!
When you are on Hajj, you don’t know whether you are sitting next to a rich man or a poor man; you don’t know what aqeedah they believe, which sect they are from (if any), their school of thought; you don’t hold any grudges and you don’t maintain differences with your fellow pilgrims. It’s an amazing example of how the Ummah can be unified. And, indeed, it is at Hajj where unity will begin – with the allegiance given to Al-Mahdi (I’ll leave this to another post In Sha Allah – leave me a comment if you wish to see a post about this).
At Hajj, you do help out other Hajjis, you do exercise patience and you do feel that you are part of the Ummah, especially when you travel – from Makkah to Mina, from Mina to Arafat, from Arafat to Muzdalaifa, from Muzdalaifa to Makkah. It was at Muzdalaifa that I was personally in awe at the sight of millions of Muslims, together in the valley, walking with each other, resting for the night – an amazing sight.
The world also observes the Muslims at Hajj – TV stations from countries across the globe at least cover the Hajj in some shape or form, relaying the Blessing of Allah to billions of people. It truly is a humbling sight and one that a Muslim should long for – to be a Hajji and perform the duty that we owe to Allah.
I pray that one of the things that is brought back by Hajjis is the sense of unity and being part of an Ummah – not just performing a duty or series of acts. I also pray that those who observe, are inspired by what they see as a Truth from Allah.
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