The Perfect Hajj? Part 2

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Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

And we continue the conversation between Shaikh Shibli and his student:

The Shaikh: “Did you perform Ramal at the time of Tawaaf around the Ka’aba?” (Ramal signifies a running motion)

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “Did you at that time flee from this world in such a manner that you felt you were completely out of this world?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “In that case you did not perform Ramal.  Did you place our hands on the black stone and kiss it?”

I replied: “Yes I did.”

The Shaikh the became very pale and greatly frightened, so much so that a shriek passed from him and he said:

The Shaikh: “Woe unto you: Rasulullah (SAW) has said, ‘Whoever places his hands on the black stone, is like him who actually shook hands iwth Allah; and whoever shakes the hand of Allah shall in every way remain safe from all things.’ Did you then feel anything about that security?”

I replied: “No I did not.”

The Shaikh: “Then you did not touch the black stone.  Did you perform two rak’ahs  at the Maqaam-e-Ibrahim?”

I replied: “Yes I did.”

The Shaikh: “You were at that particular time placed on a high rank by Allah.  Did you carry out what is due for that high rank for which you stood there?”

I replied: “No I did nothing.”

The Shaikh: “In that cased you did not perform Salah at the Maqaam-e-Ibrahim.  Did you perform Sa’ee between Safaa and Marwa – and did you ascend teh Safaa?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “And what did you do there?”

I replied: “I recited takbeer thrice, and prayed to Allah to accept my Hajj.”

The Shaikh: “Did the angels also recite the takbeer with you, and did you have the knowledge of the signficance of your own takbeers?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you did not actually recite the takbeer.  Did you descend from Safaa?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “When you descended, did you feel all evil and every weakness departing from you and inner cleanliness entering you?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you never ascended Safaa nor descended from it.  Did you run between Safaa and Marwa?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “At that time of running, did you feel yourself running away from everything else besides Allah and reaching Him?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you never ran.  Did you ascend Marwa?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “While on Marwa, did you perceive the great inner calmness and peace that descended upon you?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you never ascended Marwa.  Tell me, did you proceed to Mina?”

I replied: “I did.”

The Shaikh: “While you were there did you attain such hopes in Allah that have nothing to do with evil?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you never went to Mina.  Did you visit Masjid-ul-Khaif?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “And did you then experience such fear for Allah that you have never exprienced before?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh; “Then you never entered Masjid-ul-Khaif.  Did you reach the plain of Arafaat?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “And on Arafaat, did you recognise the cause for your coming into this world, what youare doing here and where you shall proceed to afterward – and did you recognise the thing that points towards these things?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you never visited Arafaat.  Did you visit Muzdalifah?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “And did you remember Allah there so much so that everything else was forgotten?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “In that case you never reached Muzdalifah.  Did you perform Qurbani at Mina?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “Did you then sacrifice your own self?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you performed no Qurbani.  Did you perform Rami? (pelting the Shaytaan)

I replied: “Yes.”

The Sheikh: “With every stone that you threw, did you feel yourself shaking off every form of ignorance an feel your knowledge increasing?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you did not actually perform Rami.  Did you perform the Tawaaf-us-Ziyaarah?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “Did you experience any spiritual enlightenment at that time, and from Allah, did honour and respect descend upon you? For Rasulullah (SAW) said: ‘One who performs Hajj, or one who performs Umrah is Allah’s guest, and when a visitor vists someone it is only correct that he should be honoured’.”

I replied: “No I experienced nothing.”

The Shaikh: “Then you never actually performed Tawaaf-us-Ziyaarah.  Did you then release yourself from Ihraam?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “Did you at that time promise to adhere to strictly Halaal earnings at all times?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “In that case you did not become Halaal (released from Ihraam).  Did you perform the farewell Tawaaf?”

I replied: “Yes.”

The Shaikh: “Did you then say a complete farewell to your whole self, your desires and your passions?”

I replied: “No.”

The Shaikh: “Then you did not perform Tawaaf-ul-Widaa.  Go back and perform Hajj again, and perform it in the manner which I have described to you.”

Subhanallah (Allah is Pure) what an amazing story!  Makes you wonder doesn’t it that what does the average Hajji think of and do when he/she goes and performs Hajj.  If our Hajj was even half as good as that then believe you me my dear readers, there would be immense changes in not only our lives as individuals but our lives as a collective.

May Allah give us all the ability to learn the right lessons from this extremely illustrative story and may He takes us all to His House again and again so that we can repeat the call of Labbaik.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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