Chapter 10 - The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

Having now mentioned about stories from the lives and Haj of the righteous saintly ones, I wish to end this chapter. There are many more to relate, and so much more to tell because in these fourteen hundred years of our history so many wonderful things have happened to the truly beloved one’s of Allah and so many more are the incidents that happen daily with these sincere ones. I have chosen to stop after quoting seventy incidents only, because in the hadith too the number seventy is described as many.
Let it be known that when reading or listening to such incidents three things are important.

November 19, 2010

Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 13

Chapter 10 - The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

Story No. 56: (Episode)
Hazrat Sa’eed bin Abi Arubah R.A says: “Hajjaj bin Yusuf Thaqafi; who is supposed to have been one of the most cruel rulers and governors once went for Haj. Along the way he stopped at a certain Manzil (stopping place) where he ordered that breakfast be served.
He sent his assistants to summon one of the local inhabitants to eat with him so that in conversation with him he cold find out the true position there. The assistant went and on a mountain he saw a bedouin lying fast asleep. He struck him and forcibly removed him to the presence of Hajjaj. When they arrived, Hajjaj told him: “Wash your hands and come to eat with me.” The bedouin replied: “You invite me to eat, but already before you; that being has invited me who is much higher than you.”
Hajjaj asked: “And who is he?”
The bedouin replied: “He is Allah who has invited me to fast; and I am fasting today.”
Hajjaj asked: “Are you fasting in such heat?”
The bedouin replied: “Yes, I am fasting in preparation for that day which shall be even hotter than today”
Hajjaj said: “Break your fast and eat today. Tomorrow you may fast another day in its place.”
The bedouin replied: “Well if you can guarantee that I shall be alive tomorrow than I shall do as you wish.”
Hajjaj answered: “Who can possibly be sure of that?”
The bedouin said: “so why should I change something in cash for such a credit, of which there is no guarantee?”
Hajjaj said: “This food is delicious.”
The bedouin said: “You are not the one who made it so delicious, nor is it the work of the cook. In fact it is only delicious because of good health.”
‘Food does not owe its delicious nature due to the talents of cooks; but the blessing of good health. For if my health is impaired, no tastes good; and if it is well, all food is wealth.’
Story No. 57: (episode)
On another occasion when Hajjaj bin Yousuf went to perform Haj he saw a man in the tawaaf reciting ‘Labbaik’ loudly. He ordered that the man be brought before him and said to him: “From which people are you?”
He replied: “I belong to the Muslims”
Hajjaj said: “I am not asking about that. From which town are you?”
He replied: “I come from Yamen”
Hajjaj asked: “When you left Yamen, how was my brother Muhammad bin Yousuf?”
The man said: “He was nice and fat, wearing many kinds of clothing, roaming about much on horseback, sometimes inside the city and often outside.”
Hajjaj said: “I am not asking you about that.”
He asked: “what is it then you want to know?”
Hajjaj said: “How are his general habits?”
He retorred: “He is a greatly unjust person, obeying man and not Allah, sinning against Him.”
Hajjaj said: “How can you say such bad and harsh thing about him, knowing our relationship?”
He replied: “The relationship between you and him cannot be as my relationship is with Allah. I have come here to visit His House, to affirm belief in His Nabi, to perform my obligation of Haj and to give obedience to His Deen.”
“O Allah, to You is my refuge and in You do I seek refuge. Your help is near at hand and Your favors have been with us since time immemorial. Verily Your manner of dealing is best.”

November 17, 2010

Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 10

Chapter 10 - The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

Story No. 41: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Yakoob Basri R.A says: “Once in the Haram of Mecca I suffered extreme hunger and for ten days could not find anything to eat. Because of this I decided to go outside, perhaps I would find something to eat. The only edible thing that I found was a rotten turnip lying on the ground. I picked it up, but suddenly I did not feel like eating it at all because a thought crossed my mind; “For ten days I have been starving and when you finally find something to eat it turned out to be a rotten turnip.” I threw it away and returned to the mosque, where I sat down. Not long after this a stranger came along. In front of me he placed a cloth bag and said to me: “Take that! Inside you will find a small bag wherein there are five hundred gold sovereigns. It is something which I vowed to give you.”
I asked him: “But why is it given to me specially?” he replied: “For ten days now we have been lost at sea until our boat came near to sinking. Each of us at that time made a separate vow. I made this vow to Allah that if He saves us I shall give this bag of money to the first person on whom I set eyes from the residents of Mecca. Allah brought us to safety, and you are the first person I have seen in Mecca.” I said: “Open the bag.”
He opened it and therein I found white sugar candy bread, peeled almond and some sweet-meats: I took some of each and gave him back the rest of the food and said to him: “I accept the gift-offering, but take the food and distribute it among your dependant.”
And in my heart I said: “how strange the sustenance is being transported to you over ten days and here you dwell around searching for it.” (Rowdh)

November 16, 2010

Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 6

Chapter 10 - The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

Story No. 21: (Episode)
Hazrat Abu Saeed Khazaaz R.A. relates that when he entered, the Masjidul Haraam once, he saw a fakir with torn clothes begging. He then thought by himself.
“it is men such as these that become a burden and a nuisance to others.”
As these thoughts passed through his mind, the fakir looked towards him and recited this verse:
“Surely Allah knows that which is in your hearts; so fear Him.” (Surah Baqar:20)
He felt ashamed at his thoughts and repented. As he walked away the fakir called after him in this verse:
“He accepts the repentance of His servants and forgives al sins.” (Surah Shur’aa: 13)

November 14, 2010

The Manner of performing the Ziyarat Part 3

Chapter 09 - The Aadaab for the Ziyaarat, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

21. Perform salaah of Tahiyyatul Masjid (2 Rak’ahs) in the Rowdha. This is the correct thing to do before reciting the salaam to the Rasul Sal’am. This is a right due to Allah, and comes before the right due to the Rasul Sal’am. Then we already saw under NO. 11 above how Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qais Rah first recited these before coming to meet the Rasul Sal’am.
Hazrat Jaabir R.A. reports: “I once returned from a journey and came to meet the Nabi Sal’am who was at that time in the mosque. The Nabi Sal’am asked me: “Have you performed Tahiyyatul Masjid prayer?” I replied: “No”. The Nabi Sal’am said: “First perform Tahiyyatul Masjid prayers and then come to me.”

November 6, 2010

The Manner of performing the Ziyarat Part 1

Chapter 09 - The Aadaab for the Ziyaarat, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

In most other books, the manner of Ziyaarat, its proper etiquette, the words to recite have already been noted. In the following lines we intend mentioning only some of the points to bear in mind. This should actually not be necessary, as:

‘The love that is borne for him;

Itself should teach respectful honor for him.”

1.The ulama disagrees as to whether Ziyaarat should precede Haj or vice versa. (See chapter eight, hadith three)

November 5, 2010


Chapter 09 - The Aadaab for the Ziyaarat, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

In almost all the booklets printed on the subject of Haj, whether in Urdu, Arabic or Persian, a chapter has been included which deals with the proper manner to perform Ziyaarat. In fact the Ulama have mentioned as one of the main proofs for the need of Ziyaarat, the fact that whenever anyone wrote on Haj he also included at least a chapter on the visit to the tomb of Rasulullah Sal’am.

Is’haaq bin Ibrahim Faqih wrote: “It has always been the custom of the Hajis that when they perform Haj, they also proceed to Madina so as to visit the tomb of the Rasul Sal’am, to be blessed thereby and visiting the Mosque, the Prophet’s Mimbar, his resting place and the places where he dwelt”.

November 5, 2010