I wish to end this chapter with a story related by the author of ‘Ithaaf’.
Once one of the mureeds of Sheikh Shilbi; the great saint; came to visit him after having performed Haj. The Sheikh asked him some questions. The mureed continues the story:
The Sheikh asked me: “Did you make a determined niyah for Haj?”
I replied: “Yes I made a firm intention for performing Haj.”
Sheikh: “Together with having made a firm intention for Haj; did you also have a firm niyah of forever giving up doing all those things you did since you were born that are opposed to the spirit of Haj?” Read more... (1287 words, estimated 5:09 mins reading time)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah R.A. reports that Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) said: “whoever sets forth in a journey to perform Hajj and passes away on route, for him shall be written the reward of a Haaji until the day of Qiyaamat; and whoever sets forth to perform Umrah and passes away on route, for him shall be written the reward of a Mu’tair until Qiyaamat; and whoever sets forth on a journey to fight in the way of Allah and passes away on route, for him shall be written the reward of a Mujaahid until the day of Qiyaamat.”
Such is the reward of Hajj. We look at two further Ahaadith in this respect. In Targheeb we read: “When a person sets forth to perform Hajj or Umrah and passes away on route, he shall not be brought (before Allah) for judgment, nor will he have to give account. It shall be said to him: “Enter into Paradise.” (Targheeb) Read more... (365 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
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. Read more... (2146 words, estimated 8:35 mins reading time)