..:: The Beauty of HAJJ ::..

[By: Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah - (As Seen through the Eyes of the Believers)]

By Him whose House the loving pilgrims visit,
Responding with ihram at the appointed limit,
Uncovering their heads in total humility
Before the One to Whom faces bow in servility.

They exclaim in the valleys, "We have responded to Your call -
All Praise is You Ya ALLAH! and ALL the Kingdom too!"

He invited them and they answered His call!, with Praises,Glorification,love and pleasure;
When they called upon ALLAH in humility, He is nearer to them, then send the Divine treasure the gift of Mercy.
You see them on their mounts, hair dusty and dishevelled,
Yet never more content, never happier have they felt;
Leaving homelands
and families due to holy yearning for the nearness to ALLAH!,
Unmoved are they by temptations of returning home!.
Through plains and valleys, from near and far they will come to thee on foot and (Mounted) on every kind of camel lean on account of Journeys through deep and distant Mountain highways.

Walking and riding, in submission to ALLAH.
the Sacred Masjid, which We have made (open) to (all) men -- equal is the dweller there and the visitor from the country side -- At the Ka’bah
When they see His House - that magnificent sight
For which the hearts of the Believers and all creatures are set alight -

It seems they’ve never felt tired before,
For their discomfort and hardship is no more.
Now the eyes of the Lovers of ALLAH drowns in its streams,
(the Hearts of Believers) sees through its tears the goal of its dreams;
Now for Allah, how many tears are issued,
Each one being followed by a multitude?

When the eyes perceives the House, its darkness clears,
And from the sorrowful heart, pain disappears;
Vision cannot encompass this beautiful sight:(of the Kabaah)
Each glance returns with greater delight!

No wonder at this, for when the Merciful preferred
The House for Himself, it became most honoured.
He clothed it in Majesty, a magnificent garment;
Embroidered it with Beauty,wonder and delight, and wonderful ornaments!

The hearts of the believers all love the House of ALLAH! inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment and Great Beauty(awed),
and Deep Humility in respect and honour.

Now to ‘Arafat, hoping for Mercy and Forgiveness
From ALLAH the One overflowing with Generosity and Kindness;
Now for ALLAH is that Magnificent Standing
Like, though lesser than, the Day of Reckoning.
The Irresistible draws near with His Mercy, His Majesty manifest,

Boasting to His angels, for He is the Mightiest,
"My slaves have come to Me so lovingly,
I’ll be Generous and Merciful and most Kind to them willingly.
I have forgiven their sins, – to this you are witness –
Fulfilled their hopes, and showered them with goodness."
then come the joyous news! O people of that standing,
When sins are forgiven and Mercy is spreading;

How many slaves are set completely free?
Whilst others seek a cure, and healing from His mercy.
Now Satan is never known to lose such face:
He’s blameworthy, rejected, in utter disgrace.

For he sees a matter that enrage him must:
He flees, slaps his face and covers it in dust!
Such Forgiveness he never did see
As granted by the Rabb of Mercy, in giving such Mercy!
He built his edifice from every temptation available
Till he thought it was complete, unassailable;
Then ALLAH struck his building at its very foundation,
So it fell upon him, tumbling in devastation;
What worth has his structure, this evil ploy,
That he does build, and the Rabb does destroy?

Muzdalifah & Mina
Now to Muzdalifah, to spend the night
In the Sacred Area, then Prayer at first light;
Now on to the Great Pillar, which they need
To stone at the time of the Prayer of ‘Id;
Now to their tents for the sacrifice prepared,
Reviving the tradition of a Father revered.

f sacrificing themselves were Allah’s demand,
They would respond, submitting to the command;
Just as they’d expose their necks in Jihad
To Allah’s enemies, till these stream with blood;
They discipline themselves, presenting the head for a shave:
Bringing humility and happiness to the obedient slave.

The Tawaf of Ifadah/Ziyarah
So when they’ve removed those natural growths,
Completed their rites, and fulfilled their oaths,
He invites them again to visit His House:
What a Great honour and welcome this visit is,it is allows!
By Allah, they visit it in so much splendour,
Receiving their rewards and plenty of honour;
There ALLAH bestows Grace, Favour and Kindness,
Showing Generosity, Mercy and Forgiveness.

Then they return to Mina, each to his tent,
Every minute wish is granted, and Hearts are content;
They stay there a day, then another, then a third,
They’re allowed to depart early, but to stay is preferred;
They stone the pillars daily after the sun’s decline,
With a slogan of Takbir in the presence of the Divine!

If only you could see their standing there:
Palms outstretched, hoping for Mercy’s share!
"Ya Rabbanal! Ya Rabbanal! Knowing as You do
That we hope for no-ones Mercy but Your, only You alone!
Then grant our needs and wishes, Ya ALLAH! you are the All-Knowing,
We pray and beg for Your overflowing Mercy."

The Farewell Tawaf
When they’ve achieved at Mina all their gains,
Once more they fill the valleys and plains:
To the Ka’bah, the Sacred House, by the end of the day,
To circle it seven times, and then to Pray.
When departure nears and they are certain
That the bond of Nearness, Closeness is about to loosen,
There’s only a last stand for a final farewell:

Now for ALLAH are the eyes fill and swell with tears,
And for ALLAH are the heavy hearts that turn
Into cauldrons of desire where fire does burn;
And the passionate sighs whose hearts are so fill with the Love for ALLAH!
Nearly melts the Lover of ALLAH, in His Glorification and remembrance!

Now you see those bewildered, perplexed in the Hearts and Souls,
Whilst others chant their sorrowful song:
"I depart, but there remains for YouYa ALLAH! my yearning,
My fire of grief is raging and burning in My Heart and Soul;
I bid farewell Ya ALLAH! to your House, but longing and Hoping for Your Mercy again and again!
My heart and Soul is encamped in Your eternal plains!"
No blame today for saying what I feel:
No blame for expressing what I used to conceal!


Kalonji Balm