Hazrat Sahl bins Sa’ad R.A. reports that Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) said:
“when a Muslim shouts Labbaik, then verily every stone, tree and all the ground to his right and to his left recites the same, and this continues till that cry reaches the end of the earth”.
The recitation of the cry ‘Labbaik’ is the symbol and emblem of the Hajj. This is borne out by many Ahaadith. In Knaz we find a report that when Moosa A.S used to recite Labbaik, Allah used to reply: “Labbaik O Moosa: (Kanz). It is Allah’s mercy that not only the Hajji’s Labbaik, but his every action earns for him great reward.
Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar R.A. reports: I was once with Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) in the Masjid at Mina, when two persons, one from the tribe of Thaqafi and the other from among the Ansaar came forward, after greeting Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam), the said: “We wish O Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) to ask a question?” Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) replied: “You have permission, ask, or if you should prefer, then I shall inform you as to what you intend asking”. They said: “Tell us then O Rasulullah Sal’am”. Rasulullah Sal’am replied: ” You have come to inquire as to what shall be the reward for him who has left his home to perform Hajj, and as to what shall be the reward for two rak’aats after tawaaf, and as to what reward there is for Saee between Safa and Marwa, for the pausing on the Plain of Arafaat, for the throwing of stones at the Shaytaan for the sacrifice of animals and for the Tawaaf-az-ziyaarah of Ka’bah”.
They replied: “We swear by Him, who had sent you as a Messenger, that these were indeed the questions in our mind”.
Rasulullah Sal’am replied: “For every stride your camel takes as you leave from home, having the intention for Hajj, a good deed is written down for you, while one sin is forgiven. The reward for the rak’aats after tawaaf shall be as you have freed one Arab slave. The reward for Saee between Safa and Marwa is like that of freeing seventy slaves. And when people are gathered on the plain of Arafaat, Allah descends to the lower Heaven, and boastingly says to the Angels: disheveled hair, seeking My mercy. (O people) even though your sins shall be as numerous as the grains of sand, though they be as they be as numerous as the drops of rain that descend from Heaven and though they be as numerous as the waves of the sea, I have forgiven them all. O My servants, go forth while you are forgiven and pardoned. Your sins are forgiven, and so also are forgiven the sins of those on whose behalf you intercede.
Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) further said: “As for stoning the Shaytaan, for every stone that is thrown one such sin that would have destroyed you is pardoned. The reward for sacrificing and animal (Qurbani) is a special treasure which Allah stores for you. When you release yourself from Aihraam, by shaving your hair, for every hair falls there is written the reward of one good deed, while one sin is forgiven. After all this when the Hajji perform the Tawaaf as Ziyaarah not a single sin remains upon him. An angel places his hand on the back between the shoulder blades and says: “Now you may recommence your deeds. All your previous sins are forgiven.” (Targheeb)
This Hadith is full of virtue of Hajj and its reward. It should be remembered that this does not refer to the Hajj of every Hajji. It is necessary that this Hajj be a real Mabroor Hajj before this reward can be attained. Some Shaikhs have explained that the Labbaik uttered by the Hajji is in actual fact the reply to the cry uttered by Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. many years ago as is mentioned in the Qur’aan.
Thus in the same way that a person feels awestruck, and great anxiety overcomes him when presenting himself at the door of a great ruler in answer to his summons, so should a Hajji be filled with fear and anxiety, yet have hope when answering the summons from Allah. The fear should be that our evil deeds do not prevent our presence from being acceptable.
A Wali Murtif bin Hazrat Abdullah R.A. used to pray in this manner on the plain of Arafaat: “O Allah, do not reject them (the Hajjis) all, because of my ill-fortune”. Hazrat Bakr Muzni R.A. relates that he saw a saintly man on the plain of Arafaat saying: “Looking at all these (thousands).I feel that had I not been among them, they would all be forgiven”. (Ithaaf)
It is reported that when Hazrat Ali Zainul-Aabideen R.A. used to enter into ihraam, his face used to become very pale, his body used to shake and tremble so much that he could not utter the Labbaik. Someone asked him: “You did not recite labbaik on entering into ihraam?” He replied: “I fear greatly that in reply to my Labbaik, a cry may come saying Laa Labbaik. That is your presence her is not acceptable”. Thereafter, with great difficulty he finally uttered Labbaik, but the effort proved so much that he fell off from his camel unconscious. This continued to happen every time he uttered Labbaik.
Hazrat Ahmad R.A. relates: “I once performed Hajj with Abu Sulaymaan. When he entered into ihraam, he did not recite Labbaik. After we had gone about a mile he fell unconscious. When he recovered he said: ‘O Ahmad, Allah revealed unto Hazrat Moosa A.S. saying: ‘ O Moosa, inform the unjust ones that they should not remember Me so much, because that I shall have to remember them with a curse.’ O Ahmad. I have been informed that when a person performs Hajj with haraam things and recites Labbaik, then Allah replies to his cry saying: ‘ Laa Labbaik’ You are not welcome, and your presence here is not desirable until such time that you discard your evil ways” (Ithaaf)
In the Qur’aan Allah says:
“Remember Me, and I shall remember you”. When an unjust wrongdoer remembers Allah, Allah shall be obliged to remember him, but with a curse.
Hazrat Shaddaad bin Aws R.A. reports in Sahih Tirmazi that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “The intelligent one is he who continues to reckon with himself, (regarding his own life’s deeds) and then continues to work for his hereafter. The foolish one is he who allows his passions and desires free rein, hoping that all his hopes will be fulfilled.” (Nuzha)
Still it is required that everyone, in spite of fear for the contrary, should have the hope and trust that Allah accept his deeds. In one of our Rasulullah Sal’am prayers we read:
“O Allah, Your forgiveness is so much more infinite then my sins, and I have so much more hope in Your Mercy then in my good deeds.”
A certain saintly person, resident in Mecca, used to perform Hajj annually until his seventieth Hajj. Yet every time we entered into ihraam, crying out Labbaik aloud, he used to near in reply: “Laa Labbaik”. Once a young man was with him when the same thing happened. The young man said in surprise: “O uncle, a cry of Laa Labbaik has come in answer to your call”. The old man asked: “O son, did you also hear it?” The young man said: “Yes, I also heard it”. The old man cried bitterly and said: ‘O son for seventy years now have I heard that reply time after time.” The young man asked: “But dear Uncle, why should you cast yourself in so much difficulty? (to perform Hajj every time). The old man replied: “O son, on which other door can I knock except His, and who else is there to whom I may go except Him. It is my duty to continue begging for mercy. If He so desires, He may accept, and should He desire, He may reject. O son’ it is not permissible for a slave to flee from the door of His Master for any reason that may not suit him”. Saying this the old man wept bitterly that tears even covered his chest. Thereafter, he again cried Labbaik, but this time both heard in reply: “Now we have indeed accepted your presence here”. And so we act with those who keep their faith in our goodness. But not so with those who follow their vain desires and still hope for Our mercy. The young man having heard this asked his uncle: ” O Uncle, did you too hear this reply?” the old man said: “Yes, I have also heard it.” Thereafter the old man wept so much that he died.
Hazrat Abu Abdullah Jalaa R.A. reports: “I was once at Zul Hulaifa, when a young man came to enter into ihraam. Having put on his ihraam clothing, he said repeatedly: “O my Lord, I fear that I shall say Labbaik while from Your side the reply shall be Laa Labbaik”. This he said numerous times until at last he loudly recited: “Labbaik O Allah”. The effect of it was such that he could not bear it. He then fell down dead.
Hazrat Ali bin Muwaffak R.A. says: “once on the eve of Arafaat I slept in the masjid at Mina. I saw two Angels in green clothes descending from above. The one asked the other, “how many pilgrims are present here this year?” When the other replied he knew not, the first one said: “There are six hundred thousand. But do you know from how many of them Allah accepted Hajj?” the second one replied: “I know not.” The first one went on: “Allah has accepted the Hajj of only six from them.” Saying this, they both departed towards the sky.
Hazrat Ibn Muwaffak R.A. states further: “Greatly filled with fear and anxiety for what I heard, I woke up deeply distressed for my own Hajj. If only six pilgrims had their Hajj accepted out of six hundred thousand, then what chance is there that I would be among them?
On the way back from Arafaat I looked at the great congregation distressed and worried again. How is it that of such a huge gathering only six should succeed? In this great distress, I fell asleep at Muzdalifa and again I saw the same two Angels asking the same question and giving the same answers as before. Then the first one further asked: ” and do you know what Allah has commanded regarding this situation?” the second replied: “I know not.” The first one continued: ” Allah has decreed that on account of the blessings of each of them, the Hajj of one hundred thousand Hajjis shall be accepted.”
Hazrat Ibn Muwaffak R.A. ends his story thus: “When I woke up having heard that, I was so happy as cannot be explained.”
It is also reported from this same Hazrat Ibn Muwaffak R.A. that he said; one year in Hajj it appeared to me that there must be many present whose Hajj may not have been accepted. I then prayed: ‘O Allah I have granted (the reward of ) my Hajj to him whose Hajj has not been accepted.”
In another book(Rowdur Rayaheen) he is reported to have said: “I have performed more than fifty pilgrimages, and every time I have prayed that the reward be granted to Rasulullah Sal’am and the khalifas and my parents.”
Besides these Hajj during one year’s Hajj on hearing the crying and the voices of the Hajjis before Allah on Arafaat, I besought Allah to grant the reward of my Hajj to him whose Hajj has been accepted. On the plain of Muzdalfa in his dream Allah appeared to him(to Hazrat Ali ibn Muwaffak R.A) saying: “O Ali, are you trying to be more generous than I am? I have created generosity. I have created generous ones and am the most generous of all. Verily through that Hajjis’ Hajj that has been accepted I have accepted the Hajj of each and everyone whose Hajj had not been accepted. (Ithaaf)
it is also mentioned in Rowdur Rayaheen that ; I have forgiven the mall and together with them various others. I have also accepted every person’s intercession for his family, friends and neighbors. Numerous similar incidents in the lives of the saintly ones are related later in this booklet under ‘Stories’. From all these incidents, the moral is clear for us that we should have he great hope that Allah should enfold us in His Mercy.
In one Hadith Rasulullah Sal’am is reported to have said: “That person is indeed a great sinner, who while on the plain of Arafaat, still believes that his sins shall not be forgiven.”