Hazrat Ibn Umar R.A. reports: ‘A certain man once asked Rasulullah Sal’am: ‘What is the true condition and appearance of a Haji?’. To which Rasulullah Sal’am replied: ‘The true Haji it he who comes with disheveled hair and clothes laden in dust; and moist with sweat.’ Then another inquired: ‘O Rasulullah Sal’am which Haj is in which the voice is loudly raised; repeatedly reading the Lab’baik and the excessive shedding of the blood of the sacrificial animals’.
Three main points are mentioned in this Hadith. Firstly, it speaks about a Haji with disheveled hair; and clothes covered in dust and sweat. These are the signs of a true Haji. It is not becoming of a haji to appear adorned in flashy robes. This is why the use of scents and it’r have been forbidden for him in Ihraam. What does a person madly in love, wish to have these things for. It so happened that hazrat Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani R.A once visited us on the eighth or ninth of Zil Hijja. I came forward with a small bottle of fragrant it’r. After using from it, Maulana sighed; and said ‘This is a day in which those who are the true lovers of Allah have been prohibited from the use of scents’, and he then returned the scent to me. This is one incident among many, showing that when a heart has been touched with the love of Allah; it pains and bleeds even though it be far away from Mecca; the center where the lovers gather. During the first ten days of Zil Hijja, I have seen how my father; may Allah have mercy upon him; recited the ‘Lab’baik often, involuntarily.
In previous pages we mention how Allah expresses pride to the angels over the appearance and the deeds of man on the day of Arafaat. (See first chapter; third hadith). Allah says to them: ‘See how my servants have come to me with disheveled hair and dust covered clothes’. Secondly we have in this hadith their reciting the ‘Lab’baik’ aloud. In another hadith Rasululah Sal’am said: ‘Hazrat ‘Jibrail A.S. came to me and said; ‘Allah has commanded that you instruct your companions to recite the ‘Lab’baik’ in loud voices because this is indeed the recognized motto and slogan of the Haj’.
According to another hadith hazrat Jibra’il A.S asked Rasulullah Sal’am to shout out ‘Lab’baik’ aloud; because it is the slogan of Haj’ (Kanz)
In Hadith six, of chapter one; we have related that when a person recites the ‘Lab’baik’, then every stone and tree; and all the earth utters the same. One hadith reads; ‘that when hazrat Moosa A.S. used to recite ‘Lab’baik’; then Allah replied: ‘Lab’baik, O Moosa’.
Thirdly, in the hadith under discussion is the slaughter of the Qurbani (sacrificial animal). Qurbani is in itself a worship of Allah; which is obligatory on a person who possesses the nisaab; i.e. the minimum amount that makes zakaat compulsory; and when one is not among those on whom it is compulsory; then Qurbani is mustahab. However, it is much more rewarding during Haj, and encouragement is given to slaughtering qurbani animals as much as possible. Rasulullah Sal’am himself slaughtered one hundred camels during his haj. Rasulullah Sal’am said: “To offer an animal as sacrifice for Allah; is a sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S; and every hair of the sacrificed animal brings a reward of one good deed for the one who offers it in sacrifice. He also said: ‘when a person slaughters a qurbani animal; he is forgiven at the fall of the first drop of blood; and verily, the animal shall be brought forward with all its blood; meat; horns and hoofs; and shall be increased in weight seventy times more than its own weight; and thereafter will it be placed to be weighed on the scale of deeds. (Kanz)
Kindly note that Rasulullah Sal’am slaughtered his qurbani and slaughtered on behalf of all the members of his ummah. This was out of his love and concern for them; therefore it is only proper and decent that when one has the means to slaughter an extra animal for Rasulullah Sal’am; then, in addition to his own qurbani; one other animal should be slaughtered on behalf of Rasulullah Sal’am. Hazrat Ali R.A. always did this. He slaughtered one from himself; and one on behalf of Rasulullah Sal’am. Someone inquired about it; and he said: ‘I remember the words of Rasulullah Sal’am: ‘Shall I make a sacrifice on your behalf?’ Hence, I will continue to do so’. (Kanz)
Hazrat Umar R.A, also offered qurbani on bahalf of his small children. In actual fact the qurbani is a deed in remembrance of the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. it commemorates the act of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. as Rasulullah Sal’am mentioned; ‘It is the sunnah of your father Ibrahim; who yearned for a child in his old age; until at last he was granted Ismail. When this young child reached the stage of becoming intelligent and useful: then, he’ Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. was commanded to slaughter him.
Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. did not falter or hesitate in his obedience to Allah. This was indeed a great trial and test for both father and son; and both accepted this test happily and obediently. Then with a sharp knife he proceeded to cut across the throat of his beloved son; but Allah, out of His mercy; with only a glimpse of His infinite power; allowed this sacrifice to be complete with a sheep in the place of Hazrat Ismail A.S. thus declaring: ‘Thou hast already fulfilled the vision. (Surah 37; verse 105)
This sacrifice of an animal is in reality a sacrifice of ones own children for the sake of Allah, which Allah in His mercy has changed to a sacrifice of an animal. At the time of sacrifice the real intention should be that one is actually offering himself and his children in the way of Allah; and for his service. With every act of worship in Islam, there goes a special etiquette and form; whether it be salaah, zakaat, or Haj. For a muslim it is necessary to follow this form of common etiquette; (Asadaab), to the very limit.