Islaam is the great Divine Law based on 7 pillars. Hajj is one of them that requires hard efforts and deep conviction. This year 30 mumineen went for Hajj Baytullaah to offer the obligation ordained by Rasoolullaah SAWS in 10 AH during the last pilgrimage. At Devdi Mubaarak during the majlis of Bay'at on 13th Zul Qa’adah 1440, Monday, Maulaa said that, "O Mumineen! During each and every arkaan and manaasik of Hajj you will have to seek pardon and beg in front of your Rabb, the redemption from the small-big sins you committed for yourself and the discord that has taken place between you and your Rabb or your relatives and brothers. Without this it is as good as wasting such a large amount of money. If you can’t do this then it is highly needed that you gift that amount of money to someone else who would religiously and sincerely offer Du’aa for you and perform ‘Umrah with your name. Seeking Maghferat and Salvation is one of the Utmost Important things which every mumineen has to follow who intend to go for Hajj, ‘Umrah or Ziyaarat. After returning home from the holy journey mumineen should strictly adhere to the Schedule of ‘Ibaadat and Namaaz.
By the Du’aa Mubaarak of Saiyedna saheb (tus), this year 38 Hujjaaj will perform one of the pillars of Islam, Hajj e Baytullaah. On 13th Zul Qa’adah 1438/5-8-2017, Saturday before Maghrib Namaaz all of them were invited on Devdi Mubaarak for Majlis-e-Wadaa’. Hujjaaj got sharaf to offer farz Namaaz of Maghrib-‘Ishaa on the mubaarak place of the residence of ‘Alavi Du’aat when Maulaa headed the Namaaz and gave barakaat of Sawaab-e-Imaamat and Du’aa. For the better completion of all the Arkaan-e-Hajj, safety of the journey, good health and peaceful return, Maulaa did Du’aa-e-Khaass with the 2 rak’at Namaaz of Wa’saa is-Safar.
Maulaa in his bayaan pointed to the importance of performing Hajj with all its intricacies, pure intentions, hard efforts, proper guidance, right time, presence of mind, togetherness of mumineen, adherence to du’aa-tawbah-tawaaf-balaagh-waseelah-istighfaar-tilaawat etc. Saiyedna Fakhruddin saheb did Hajj in 1301 AH in just Rs. 225, then Saiyedna Badruddin saheb and Saiyedna Nuruddin saheb did Hajj in 1366 AH in Rs. 5000, then Saiyedna Taiyeb Ziyauddin saheb did Hajj in 1395 AH in Rs. 22,500, then for the second time Muqaddas Maulaa along with Saiyedna saheb (tus) went for Hajj in 1412 AH with the cost of Rs. 65,000. Now mumineen are ready to pay around 3-4 lakhs for one person but without having proper knowledge and information about Arkaan-e-Hajj. Last minute preparation will ruin your arkaan. Through preparation and Sabaq is needed to fulfill the obligation of Hajj.
By the Du’aa-e-Ma’soor of Saiyedna saheb Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus), Ra’s ul-Hudood Dr. Zulqarnain Hakimuddin saheb (zi) will perform Hajj this year and go into the mubaarak Zameen of Baytullaah which is the birth-place of the master of our Imaan Ameer ul-Mumineen Maulaana ‘Ali (as) and the place of the Quboor of Ambiyaa where people do Tawaaf. Along with Ra’s ul-Hudood saheb there are 37 mumineen-muminaat and all of them will insha-allaah perform the Arkaan and Manaasik of Hajj together especially during the Hajj Ayyaam. Though some of them have opted from different tour they have vowed to meet and do tawaaf and other things together.
Mukaasir ud-Da’wat Saiyedi Mohammad Nuruddin saheb (dm) gave 3 different Daras for 2 hours each and the last one with showing photographs of various arkaan in the presence of Mazoon ud-Da’wat Saiyedi Haatim Zakiyuddin saheb (dm). Explaining from the Mansak-book and current haalaat, Mukaasir ud-Da’wat elucidated ‘Aazemeen-Hajj with the minutest details and the correct way to execute important rituals and religious obligations. Mazoon ud-Da’wat in the last daras addressed all of them and he pointed towards the inner meaning of the Arkaan-e-Hajj and how is has the utmost importance for a mumin to know its taweel and hikmat.
On 19th Zul Qa’adah 1435, Saturday, Saiyedna saheb Aqaa Maulaa (tus) gave khusoosi izn to all ‘Aazemeen-Hajj where Maulaa took misaaq and did Du’aa in the haqq of all of them. Maulaa said that,
“Like you when Allaah Ta’aala gave you tawfeeq and your name is now in the fihrist of Hujjaaj, you are spending lakhs of rupees for the rahmat and Razaa-mandi of Allaah, every penny that you have spent you will get manifold reward, also pray in the haqq of your brothers that Allaah make asbaab to all mumineen for Hajj and Didaar-e-Baytullaah.”
Hajj Baytullaah is the sixth pillar of Islaam assigned to the last prophet and the chief of the messengers Mohammad ul-Mustafaa (saws). Qur’an-e-Hakeem permits those who have proper capabilities of undertaking journey to Hajj i.e. bearing of hardships of journey, health, family-care, business, finance and arrangements from local government authorities. Going for Hajj once in a life-time is obligatory on the one who can arrange for all the necessary things. Huzoor-e-‘Aali Saiyedna saheb (tus) addressed Hujjaaj at Daar us-Salaam and said that, “Hajj is the best example of Jihaad where who have to purify yourself spiritually, mentally, physically and socially. You have to remember that no one should come between you and your Lord. So do ‘Ibaadat, recite Qur’an, do Sadaqah and Du’aa and do everything you think is best from the good deeds. All evil should wither from you should bloom with forbearance, devotion and truthfulness. Think that the ayyaam of Hajj are the last days of your life, so you should never waste a slightest opportunity to become dearer and nearer to Allaah Ta’aala.
The aayaat and sha’aair (divine signs of Allaah) are spread across Makkah and Madinah which includes Ka’batullaah, Maqaam-e-Ibraaheem (as), Zamzam, Safaa-Marwaa, Minaa, Muzdalefah, ‘Arafah, Jabal un-Noor, Jabal ur-Rahmat, Jabal Abi Qubais, Jamaraat, Johfah, Ghadeer-e-Khumm, Jannat ul-Ma’allaa, Masjid un-Nabawi, Masjid ush-Shajarah, Jannat ul-Baqee’, Badar, Khaybar, Uhad-all have the deepest meaning and highest understanding related to our esoteric –inner interpretation of the tenets of Shari’at.”
This year 17 mumineen-muminaat went for Hajj Baytullaah with the Razaa Mubaarak of Huzoor-e-‘Aali Saiyedna saheb (tus). ‘Aazameen-e-Hajj took Bay’at of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) where they promised to keep and follow each and every ahkaam of our Deen during Hajj and also after returning to their watan. As giving promise is easy but to keep it is difficult but not for the one who have fear for Allaah and his deed are the same when he is all alone as well as in presence of others.
Following a yearly tradition, a propitious event of farewell (Wadaa’) and Bay’at-e-Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) for the departure of 42 Hujjaaj-e-Keraam of our community was held after the maghrib prayer at the residence of His Holiness Saiyedna Saheb (tus), Daar us-Salaam, on 20th Zul Qa’adah 1432 / 17th October 2011, Monday. After the completion of Bay’at, selected verses emphasizing the importance and sacredness of Hajj were recited by Mulla Husainali Chinwala. Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) addressed the mumineen and said that, “It is the greatest fortune for the mumineen this year that Mukaasir ud-Da’wat Mohammad Nooruddin Saheb (dm) is accompanying the mumineen as their Ameer ul-Hajj. Saiyedna Saheb (TUS) prayed and bestowed his blessings on all of them for their completion of Arkaan-e-Hajj, good health and peaceful journey to the Holy Ka'bah and Madinah.” He also persuaded all the Hujjaaj to pray for the progress, development and the growth of Alavi Bohra community at the Holy Ka'bah, in Minaa and Muzdalefah, on the day of ‘Arafah and on other sacred and auspicious places.
Mukaasir ud-Da’wat (dm) also extended his wishes to all the Hujjaaj and said that, “With the Waseelah of Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) we all pray to Allaah to encourage us to complete all the obligations of the Hajj. We are the most chosen mumineen who will offer the crucial obligation of Shari’at which is symbolized by Rasoolullaah (saws). We are going on that sacred place of the earth, such as Makkah al-Mokarramah and Madinah al-Monawwarah where Ambiyaa, Awsiyaa, A’immat and Du’aat (peace be upon all of them) has spend time doing du’aa-e-maghferat for mumineen.” All the Hujjaaj then departed from Daar-us-Salaam with the spiritual and eternal joy but with heavy hearts.
We all pray for the Hujjaaj to the Almighty Allah, to accomplish the great and supreme obligation of Hajj and all its rituals with all its charm and devotion. We all pray for their peaceful and healthy journey. And may Allah Ta'aala return them to the mother land and may all of them meet their families in the state of spiritual and eternal purity at the earliest.
The day of 20th Zilqa’adah 1429 AH, 17/11/2008, Monday, became yaum-e-mubaarak for the mumineen who are heading for the Hajj Baytullaah this year with niyyat-e-khaalesah and azm-e-pukhtah. Their day became yaadgaar, auspicious and very special as their Ruhaani waalid Saiyedna Abu Haatim Taiyeb Ziyauddin saheb (tus) invited them for didaar, mulaaqaat, bay’at-e-Imaam uz-zamaan (as), du’a and it’aam ut-ta’aam. All of them gathered with imaani-nooraani libaas at the bayt-e-sharaf Daarus Salaam and offered namaaz of Maghrib and Isaa’il Aakherat. With extending mubaarak-baadi to mumineen Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) did naseehat that, “Hajj is only meant for du’a, taubah, seeking maghferat, rehmat and barakat. O mumineen, spend your time in reciting qur’an, doing tawaaf, performing manaasik as per our aqaa’id and making du’a your weapon against all evil thoughts and aamaal during the ba-fazeelat ayyaam of Hajj. Don’t bother about your business and children here, you are spending your daulat fi sabeelillaah and Allaah will sure reward you as per your niyyat and imaan. He will guard you and your children. Don’t do bad-du’a for anyone or indulge in gheebat, allegations, falsehood or anything that would harm any mumin. You are going to visit the muqaddas maqaamaat of Makkah Mo’azzamah and Madinah Munawwarah where our A’immat and Du’aat lived and came to offer du’a for the shafaa’at of their mumineen, so Allaah has granted you a golden opportunity to take the barakaat of these places and offer as many du’a as possible. I am guiding you for your well-being so being the member of Alavi jamaa’at it is laazim for you to remember the mumineen in your du’a and pray that Allaah make them visit the paakizah zameen of Baytullaah.”
Zaakiraan-e-Da’wat recited the kalaam reflecting the safar-e-khaas and Hajj and its mafhoom. Fidahusain Hazaariwala did istiqbaal of all aazemeen-e-hajj with garlands and sweets and made iltijaa for du’a-e-khayr. The press fraternity did full coverage of the programme. The function culminated with maa’edah-e-Ahlul Bayt (as) i.e. the it’aam ut-ta’aam which makes us feel the tahzeeb and takreem of Rasoolullaah (saws). As it is one of the sunnat in which mumineen sit in sifrah-thaal and with shukr-o-hamd eat the ne’maat of Allaah Ta’aala. With this there is a manifold increase in mohabbat and ikhlaas among the mumineen of Ahlul Bayt (as).
Huzoor-e-‘Aali Saiyedna saheb (tus) extended the da'wat and izn-e-khaas for Wadaa' (farewell), ziyaafat and mulaaqaat to all those respected mumineen who are about to leave for Hajj Baytullaah this year. The blissful function was held in thenooraani presence of Saiyedna saheb (tus) at Qasr-e-‘Aali Daar us-Salaam on 25th Zul Qa'adah in the evening. The crowning speech of Huzoor-e-‘Aali adorned the quloob of mumineen with the soothing words of du'a that, “Allaah has chosen you all for the deedaar of His bayt . You are the special mehmaan of Allaah and He has given you an opportunity for taubah and istighfaar and make yourselves pure and chaste. You will be visiting the most sacred place on this earth where Allaah accepted the taubah of our ambiyaa-mursaleen and they did manaasik as per the ahkaam of Allaah. In your du'a, please remember your du'aat, mumineen and jamaa'at. Pray for those who are not fortunate enough to go for Hajj.”
Mumineen who intended to go for Hajj this year were dignified and honored when they were invited by Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) to Daar-us-Salaam for get-together, meesaaq, farewell prayers and dinner on 15th Zilqaad 1427. In the auspicious presence of Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) all the mumineen; going to accomplish one of the fundamental obligation of Shari'at; exchanged greetings and compliments. The meeting was also spiced with discussion of rites and rituals of Hajj and all mumineen expected a collective co-operation and help from each other.
Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) addressed the Hujjaaj and said, the true religion of Ahl ul-Bayt (AS) is the religion of Razaa (permission, consent). Allah never accomplishes and accepts any deed or action of Shari'at without the permission of His Hujjat (representative) on this earth. Daa'ee uz-Zamaan (Daa'ee of the period) who is in possession of the progeny of Rasoolullaah (SAWS); who is the authoritarian of Imaam uz-Zamaan (AS); whose consent and permission is related with that of Imaam uz-Zamaan (AS); is the real and truthful deputy and representative of Allah on this earth. Emphasizing on the importance of permission and consent, he quoted the hostile and inhuman circumstances through which the members of our Ahl ul-Bayt (AS) underwent in Karbala and the loyal and trustworthy followers of Imaam Husain (AS).
Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) also added that mumineen going for the Hajj leaving behind their family members and motherland; should indulge themselves in ‘ibaadat (prayer), taubah (repentance), du'aa (supplication), istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allah), tawaaf (circumambulation of Ka'bah), nisfillayl (midnight prayer) and tilaawat (recitation) of Qur'an. Mumineen should consider these days of Hajj as the last part of their life and complete all the rites and rituals with submission, devotion and piousness, without thinking and worrying about their kith and kin as Allah is their protector and guardian till the end of Hajj. Pointing towards the faces, Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) said that, you have adopted this religious and enlightened look and character and that you should endure the same after Hajj only then you will deserve the title of “Hujjaaj.” Mumineen should remain punctual in namaaz and exhibit virtuous character and conduct. They should embrace the habit of wearing nooraani libaas and embellish themselves with the practice of keeping beard. Muminaat should keep habit of wearing ridaa and take care about their pardaa . Lastly Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) supplicated for the mumineen with the waseelah mubaarak of Rasoolullaah (SAWS) and Ahl ul-Bayt (AS) for their accomplishment of every action, wishes in Hajj.
Bayaan during the farewell of Hujjaaj - 1426 AH
A propitious event of farewell and misaaq for the departure of 22 Hujjaaj-e-Keraam of our community was held after the Maghrib prayer at the maqaam-e-Taiyebi residence of His Holiness Saiyedna Saheb (TUS), Daar-us-salaam. Saiyedna Saheb (TUS) prayed and bestowed his blessings on all of them for their good health and peaceful journey to the Holy Ka'bah. He also persuaded all the Hujjaaj to pray for the progress, development and the growth of Alavi Bohra community at the Holy Ka'bah, in Minaa and Muzdalefah, on the day of ‘Arafah and on other auspicious places. All the Hujjaaj then departed from Daar-us-salaam, with the spiritual and eternal delight but with heavy hearts.
Some of the precious jewels in form of words which Huzoor-e-‘Aali (TUS) uttered while addressing the Hujjaaj:
This enlightened Da'wat is the Da'wat of Ibraaheem (AS) and it is the centre of shari'at (the canonical law of Islaam). Saheb-e-Da'wat ranks equal to the status of Ka'bah, whether he is in the rank of Nabi, Wasi, Imaam or Da'i.
Entering in to the covenant and acceptance of Da'wat is like stepping forward into the Haram of Ka'bah.
Allah Ta'aala has bestowed his choicest of blessings and kindness on the mumineen of jamaa'at that every year mumineen spends for the good cause and offers a supreme obligation of Hajj.
The time is not far when not a single house remain without Haaji.
After offering the obligation of Hajj, your character, thinking, speech, conduct, living, dress and face should conform to the laws of shari'at and faith. Your quality, nature and way of living should preserve the dignity of the title “ Haaji”.
We all pray for the Hujjaaj to the Almighty Allah, to accomplish the great and supreme obligation of Hajj-e-Baytullah and all its holy rituals with all its charm and devotion. We all pray for their peaceful and healthy journey. And may Allah Ta'aala return them to the watan mother land and may all of them meet their families in the state of spiritual and eternal purity at the earliest.