Hajj Reflections 4 – transformation and tests
‘The reward for accepted Hajj is nothing but Jannah’. (Musnad Ahmad)
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew. (Bukhari)
So a Hajj that is accepted (mabroor) clears your records.
The Internal Reboot
The CPD of the Akhirah
Closeness to Allah
Note that of these three, salah is fard and is a one to one connection and conversation with Allah Almighty.
I was with Allah’s Messenger (peace be on him) one night. and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: Ask (anything you like). I said: I ask your company in Paradise. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Or anything else besides it. I said: That is all (what I require). He said: Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration. (Muslim)
Training and shortcuts to change
The main thing in Hajj is to change your character. Your character controls everything. If you change your character, you change your life. Hajj is about changing your character for the better. To fix the problem – fix the character and then Insha Allah all problems will be fixed. Make the right intention and persist with your training, as you would in preparation for a marathon. For example, one would start with two or three miles then increase it because one can’t run 26 miles on the first day.In Islam we have short cuts that give a boost in this training. Hajj is a shortcut to changing yourself. If you stick to the rules and commands of Hajj it will change you. The best way to teach and convey knowledge is through practical training. For instance if you see patience and sincerity in a person walking in front of you, you can almost feel and touch these qualities it is much more effective and different than reading about these qualities in a book. Therefore, if you can stick to one of the heirs of the Prophet (peace be on him) it will be easier to change yourself.
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