The sun is disappearing in Arafat and you must leave too! Arafat is lost and killed by
the darkness of the night. You do not stay here overnight but leave at sunset since
everyone has decided to move When the night comes forth, no Muslim is seen. The
"Sunshine City" suddenly and hurriedly transcends the plain and disappears to
the west. But to go where? To "Mashar"!
You can not rest; every stage is a short stop and a fast leave Stop? - Never! Reside? -
Nowhere! Stay for half a day overnight or a couple of days. That is all! The tents you
pitched yesterday should all be picked up today.
You are being addressed - Yes you, Oh mankind! You live for a short time on this earth
and no more! Oh man, you are only a moment of this eternal time! Oh man, you are nothing!
Oh wave, your "existence" depends on your "movement" and You are dead
if you are passive!
On..."nothing"! You will be "complete" when you have absolutely
decided! Oh...the "drop"! Join (enter into) the roaring river of the
"people" and "flow"!
Quran II: 198
When you participate in the multitude from Arafat, remember Allah by the sacred
monument. Remember Him since He has guided you, although before you were of those astray.
You must be in Mashar by nightfall. People are crowded together as they move down the
valley from Arafat to Mina and then to Mecca. Arafat, this city in which you stop over for
one day, is gone with the wind of the sunset and the roaring flood of "mankind".
In one color and with one direction, the people circle the rock of "Jabal-
as if they are afraid of the night, hurrying the slope of the valley and running away from
the dark. Now night has covered the plain of Arafat.
And you, as a dot on this line, a drop and many other drops, flow as a flood! Struggle
as those who surprisingly attack by night with hope and faith!
What a surprise! It seems that the "Sunshine City" has melted in the fire of
Arafat. Now, the "dark city" has covered this land like a volcano!
Everyone is lost in this crowd. Darkness is everywhere, but what is there to fear? The
road is solid and secure. THE TRAGEDY IS WHEN YOU HAVE DISCOVERED YOURSELF, BUT YOU HAVE
LOST THE WAY. SACRIFICING YOURSELF ON THE RIGHT WAY IS SALVATION! AND, TO SACRIFICE
YOURSELF IN THE RIGHT WAY (ALLAH"S WAY) IS TRUE WORSHIP AND SERVITUDE!. Oh man, Allah
is expecting you at the end of this path. Remember you are in Mashar (land of
How delicate it is! Arafat or the symbol of "knowledge" is used in the plural
form but Mashar it is the single form! This is to say: REALITIES MAY BE DESCRIBED
INDIFFERENT WAYS, BUT THE FACT IS ONLY ONE! The only way is the way of the people for the
cause of Allah. Once, the prophet (PBUH), sitting with his companions, visualized this by
drawing several lines on the ground with a stick in his hand show1ng different ways of
discovering the existing relations between phenomenons. (In other words, ways of knowledge
Science is the discovery of "pre-existing phenomenons". Arafat is like a
mirror reflecting all the colors, designs and patterns as they are on a larger scale. The
universe is like a mirror, when facing the world (worldly matters) it reflects
"Physics" and when facing religion it reflects "Jurisprudence". That
There is not good or bad knowledge. It can be in service or in treachery; purity and
impurity means nothing to it. Knowledge is knowledge, forever and everywhere, the same for
the Muslim and the non-Muslim, for the people as well as their enemies and for the
servants or the traitors! Limitations exist only in "consciousness" - the power
which will employ knowledge, give it direction and end up in morality or immorality, peace
or war and justice or injustice!!!
In a capitalistic system, knowledge and science have the same meanlng as in a
communistic system. The Nazi (Fascist) physicists know as much about nature as their
victims and the respected preachers of the Caliph are as knowledgeable about the religion
as those preachers imprisoned by the Caliph.
What makes one an "executioner" , the other a "martyr", one an
oppressor, the other a freedom lover and one corrupt, the other righteous is not
"knowledge" but "consciousness".
The question regarding the types of sciences and knowledge is not relevant, but what is
important is the type of "consciousness". Hajj specifies this very well as
"sacred consciousness"; that is, whatever is guarded by the sanctuary of
chastity modesty and cleanliness.
The first stage (Arafat) is a single word, but the second stage is not just
"Mashar". Rather, it is called "Mashar-ul-Haram"way. And, to our
surprise, the stop at Mashar-ul-Haram is during the night time while the pause at Arafat
is during the day time! Why? Because Arafat is representing the stage of knowledge and
science which is an objective relationship between the thoughts and the existing facts of
the world. Clear vision is necessary; therefore, it needs light (daytime). Mashar
represents the stage of consciousness which is a subjective relationship between thoughts.
There-fore, it is the power of understanding achieved by more concentration in the
darkness and the silence of "night time".
Arafat is the stage of experience and objectivity. Mashar is the stage of insight and
subjectivity. Arafat is a state of mind far from corruption and sickness. Mashar is a
stage of consciousness with full responsibility, pure and righteous in the sacred and
secure land of Mashar-ul-Haram as in the Sacred Mosque and the holy month! Sin,
corruption, aggression and fighting are forbidden; no one is allowed to hurt an animal or
even uproot a plant! The earth and sky are safe and secure in freedom and modesty. A
righteous environment needed for peace prevails. It is as clean and pure as a spirit and
as glorious as nature.
So surprisingly, a "consciousness" born of "knowledge" and pregnant
with "love" exists. It is the next door neighbor of "science" and
"faith". This is the stage between Arafat and Mina. Intuition needs no light; it
is illuminated by thought and able to solve any problems of "love"!
Hikma is the type of knowledge or acute insight that was brought to mankind by prophets
and not by scientist or philosophers. This is the type of knowledge and self-consciousness
that Islam talks about. It not only trains scientists, but conscious and responsible
It is not the subjectivity of phenomenons and regulations it is the clear light! It is
the type of knowledge that our illiterate Prophet (PBUH&HF) inspired:
Allah will put this light in the hearts of those He likes (wishes).
This is the knowledge of the proper guidance. Anyone can learn the knowledge of Arafat,
but the intuition of Mashar is the light that Allah puts in the hearts of those whom he
wishes! Who are they? They are not those who work selfishly, but those who struggle for
the cause of others.
Quran XXIX: 69
As for those who strive in use, we surely guide them to our path.
This is the knowledge of "guidance", "self-consciousness"
deliverance" and "salvation". In the light of this knowledge, an
"illiterate bedouin" became the leader of a tribe and the torch-holder of a
caravan! This knowledge (Hikma) is not learned from books or taught in schools or
universities. It is taught in the field of struggle and by Holy War. The students who
learned this knowledge fight for the freedom of mankind and for the sake of Allah.
To learn this knowledge you need no light; it is light by itself. Luminosity is its
nature. With this knowledge you can even see in the dark night - like the night of
Mashar-ul-Haram. Why should you fear the night and the dark? Are you not on the right way?
Are not the people with you? Are not you with the caravan? A drop going in the white-river
of people? All on the right path?
Quran II: 199
Then hasten onward from the place whence the multitude hasteneth onward.
How sensational it is to search for armsl in the dark land of "sense" and
"feelings"! Why not wait until morning? What is the holy war for? The stop in
Mashar is for you to think, to plan, to strengthen your spirit, to collect arms and to
prepare yourself for the battlefield. On the night of holy war, all this must be done in
the dissimulation of the night, in a hidden ambush and next to Mina (the state of
You are to collect arms in the dark of night, but with the light of "sense"
and "feelings" (the sacred sense) and with the knowledge you gained in the light
of Arafat! Wait all night; wait for the sunrise and see the morning of light, victory and
love in Mina!
The roaring and restless army has collected the pebbles from the stony land of
Now at the border of Mina, one waits with silence everywhere and thinks in this desert of
"resurrection" ... No, Oh Allah, I meant the land of Mashar! There is no tent,
no sign, no wall, no door, not a ceiling, not a street, not a tower - it is not a city! Do
not waste your time to look for your friends or find your caravan. Everyone here is alone.
There are only two of you here - you and night!
Such a biq crowd! All caravans and tribes are grouped together.
Quran LXXX: 34, 35, 36
On the day when a man fleeth from his brother and his mother and his father. And
his wife and his children!
You had forgotten yourself; here again you will find yourself!
While in the state of Ihram and at Miqat, you forgot yourself and koined the people. In
Tawaf, you were carried by them. After Say, you found yourself. At Arafat, you were drawn
into the ocean. And then again, you will find yourself at Mashar.
Everyone is alone in such a crowd. Here you have discovered "Your truth"; you
are with no cover-up, no color, no mask or make up, naked and pure. Tonight you utill
conduct a private talk with a Friend (Allah)! Declare yourself and confess your sins. It
is sensational to confess and clearly proclaim what you want. Now is the time to ignore
all those limitatic ns and break the walls. Release what you have imprisoned inside yoll
all these years! You are here by yourself.
You joined the crowd as an individual. Here in the crowd you will end up being alone
again! The "individuality" which you have found by diving into the ocean of
people and findinq the pearl of yourself is wonderful; you are shoulder to shoulder with
the people but simultaneously alone! How wonderful! The strait of Muzdalifa strongly
ernbraces this army in it's arms Millions of Muslims, undivided and unscattered, are
packed shoulder to shoulder (as if they have crept onto each other). Never-
everyone is alone facinq the inspiring sky of Mashar!
You feel lonely among this absolute sovereignty of people. Nobody knows one another,
but do not be afraid. The night has covered you in its modesty.
No one will look at you or call you by what you were called before. Free yourself and
leave yourself in the hands of the night. What am I saying? The night of Mashar has
covered the horizon and it appears as a heavenly screen.
In this silent palm grove full of moonlight, leave your searching eyes and restless
heart in the shower of its silence, to fledge and flutter as a butterfly in love. Then, in
the depth of your heart, feel the loneliness in this desert where you are sentenced to
live. Amidst such glorious silence, you are able to hear Allah and the voice of "the
great prisoner of the earth" and leader of humanity who bent his head into the well,
painfully groaning and crying in the heart of this desert.
When Mashar is overcome by the glorious and mysterious Magnificence of night,
everything becomes qulet and calm. Suddenly the invader's flood (Islamic Army) flows into
this valley and irrigates the bed, the hills and the neighborhood mountains. Then Mashar
is quiet again under it's heavenly ceiling.
Night has come to Mashar and there is no light; yet, there is the moonlight and the
shower of luminous stars - shining and illuminating the desert. The night of Mashar and
its beautiful heavenly sky is unknown to those who have lived a city-life, spoiling their
time by searching for worldly needs and greeds. Their nights are quite different! The
night of Mashar is a shadow of imagination and paradise - moonlight, cool, clear and kind
with the tender smile of Allah. This is where your heart will witness Allah"s
swearing. "In the name of the moon and moonlight ..."
Quran XCI: 1-6
By the sun and his brightness, and the noon when she floweth him and the day when
it revealeth him and the night when it enshroudeth him, and the heaven and He who built
it, and the earth and He who spread it.
It is not like the nights of crowded and polluted urban areas where people exhale the
damp infectious air and stars look pale and sick! It is the tenth night of
great army of tawheed (Unity) and learned freedom-fighters has camped on this mountain.
It's soldiers are totally distracted from this world by their "rapturous thoughts of
love" as they stare at the sky of Mashar. This inverted blue ocean is filled with
germs of the sky (stars) that appear successively amidst this dark ceiling of the universe
and open a window to another world. As the only fondling smile of nature in the face of
cursed people of the earth, the moon sparkles radiantly from the top of the mountain, it
illuminates the valley of Mashar. At the other corner of the sky, the smiling stars are
busy hanging the luster of "Pleiades" from the ceiling of Mashar in order to
illuminate the mysterious path which directs toward eternity. This so-called "Milky
Way" is "The Way to Mecca" or "The Way of Ali".
Such great and important meanings are concealed in the language and interpretations of
the illiterates. They will be laughed at by the educated (ulema) who are still at the
stage of Arafat. The "facts" in these stories are more significant and deeper
than the "History"; however, these "facts" are ignored because
"they did not happen"! Those historians who realize and record "what
happens do not know that these "facts" are overlooked by them nor are they aware
of how their lives are wasted recording empty, ridiculous stories and hated falsehoods
simply because "they happened" and are the objectives!
Look at the sky of Mashar!!! See the beams of the stars penetrating the heart of the
night; they are the security angels of heaven. Should the devils and corrupt ones decide
to secretly spy from a corner in the darkness, they will be knocked down by the beams of
the shooting stars! Why? So that no evil-doer or stranger will dare to invade it"s
holy and glorious privacy! Why? So that no evil-doer or stranger will understand and know
the secret of it's magnificence!
And you, who are "shoulder to shoulder with the people" and lost in the
crowd, nevertheless, you are privately with Allah! Oh "soldier in love",
"worshipper of the night of Mashar", "lion of the field of Mina" and
"member of the army of Jihad" awaiting in the stage of consciousness to fight
with Satan on the following day - what are you carrying with you??? Wear your Kafan and
hold your stones (arms) in your hands - nothing else!
Put your arms under your head and have privacy with Allah tonight. Only Him and you are
together along with your arms and faith. Leave this "mean world" and ignore your
"limitations"! Fly above this heavenly sky, pass through the openings in the
stars and ascend to the roof of creation. If you are good follower of Mohammed (PBUH), do
what he did! "Let your heart be enlightened by love!"
Kill all of the weaknesses, fears, complexes and interests which you had in your life.
Prepare for tomorrow by getting ready tonight! Oh "free creature", "soldier
in love" and the devils are waiting in front of Mina. Train yourself tonight since
there is going to be a serious battle tomorrow. In this land of consciousness, fill your
hands with arms and fill your heart with love!
You may ask yourself - What am I supposed to see or do here??? The answer is -
Nothing!!! You are free to sink in this ocean of people! You may spend the night as you
want; you may even sleep! But ... wish and behave as if you are in Mashar where there is
nothing to see! THE GLORY SHOULD BE IN YOUR VISION NOT IN WHAT YOU LOOK AT!!! There are no
obligations here. What you are supposed to do is beyond a simple duty (i.e. thinking).
How wonderful!!! There are hundreds of thousands of nameless people who lack any sort
of identification sitting on the ground and gazing at the star-filled sky of
thirst will be satisfied by the invisible showers of revelation which fall from the sky.
In the midst of this crowd, silence can be heard! In the midst of this holy atmosphere,
there is nothing to pre-occupy your mind - not even thoughts of Allah because Allah is
everywhere! You can smell Him as simply as a rose can be smelled. You can feel His
presence in your ears, eyes, heart and deep in your bones ... What is being said? You can
feel Him on your skin as a caress, as love!
Spend the night at Mashar thinking so that you may attain self- discovery. In the
darkness of the night, try to find your arms and prepare for the following day. What a
beautiful view! The army is arriving from Arafat and hastily hiking on the mountains to
gather arms. This is the army of Tawheed ( v.y ) wherein the only existing rank is in
relation to Allah and not one another. Status is granted to the people on the basis of the
nature and character of one"s "self", the "self" of today, the
"self" of yesterday and the"self" at any given time - NOT on the
principle of names or selected individuals. Lastly, Ibrahim is the commander of this army
At the mountains and in the darkness of the night, gather your arms collectively
bearing in mind that everyone is responsible for himself. The next stage is Mina (the
battlefield) which takes place on the following day, the day of "Sacrifice" (the
time of Jihad). Your arms must be collected during the darkness of the night while you
must fight during the daylight. This ocean of people appears stormy and restless. They are
thinking about and preparing for the war. Thousand of mysterious ghosts, all brothers and
sisters and all soldiers form this ocean of people. All of them know each other, yet, one
cannot identify his brother or sister; they are all the same.
In the darkness of Mashar, everybody is working diligently, bending over and searching
the stony land to find the pebbles (Jamarah) that will be shed in the battlefield of Mina
(Rami). Jamarah is a pebble but a special kind, so be careful! It is dark and the pebbles
are difficult to find. Measure them and pick up the right size! You should follow the
recommendation in your selection - disciplined, be united, stay together and feel
completely responsible ... It is a serious matter. These pebbles will be used as your
weapons to kill your enemy. Choose the ones that are smooth, shiny, round, and smaller
than a nut but bigger than a pistachio! What does the pebble represent? It represents a
Bullet! Everything is in order and carefully evaluated. Each soldier in Ibrahim"s
army has to shoot seventy bullets at the enemies in Mina. They are to be shot at the head,
trunk and heart of the enemy. Only those bullets which hit the enemy will be counted; if
you are not an expert, select more bullets to compensate for your lack of skill.
Regardless, you must have enough for the front line. If you hit one less than the
recommended number, you are not considered a soldier nor is your Hajj accepted.
Follow the rules while you are in this army. Remember you have to stay in Mina for
three days (tenth, eleventh, twelfth). Be sure your bullets are not wasted because only
those that strike the enemy are accredited. These are military acts. The facts and actions
are as important as the objective results. The scene is a battlefield not an abbey! The
orders are simple, punctual, exact, decisive, unavoidable and need no theological or
philosophical interpretations. The acts are not related to praying, interceding, mourning
or supplicating. An action with consequences emerges.
Absolute obedience characterized by no disputes is expected. Nothing and nobody can be
replaced at this point; excuses are accepted for no one! Do not forget that on these
mountains no person has the authority. Even if Ibrahim (PBUH) or Mohammad (PBUH) hit less
than the recommended number of bullets, his Hajj would not have been accepted. What does
this tell you? If you make a mistake, you will be penalized. There is no place for
"rationalization" or bribery in this situation.
On the first day, you attack once and shoot seven bullets each time. A total of
forty-nine bullets are shot during these days. On the fourth day, you are free to leave or
remain in Mina. If you stay, you must fight and conduct attacks as you did on the second
or third day. In this case, you must have at least seventy bullets. Since Mina is the
battle front, nobody should rest there. If you stay, you have to fight!
Once everyone has collected the arms, the military atmosphere suddenly changes to a
spiritual one. There are no more discussions about arms, fighting, disciplines and
absolute obedience. Instead, all conversations are regarding peace, love and ascension of
the spirit to heaven. The roars of the restless lions will be converted to the moans of
pain. The sound of flying bullets will be replaced by a silence in which one can hear the
people whispering, ascending the sky and speaking with Allah in the middle of the night.
What a lovely scene! The night of Mashar first witnessed the shouts and restlessness of
a dreadful army that planned a big conspiracy for the next day! And then what? A clear and
waveless sea which under the moonlight and shower of the stars reflects a heaven on this
earth appears! It is the land of the angels of beauty and mercy. Everyone is deeply
astonished and so silent - as if there were a bird sitting on their shoulder. One can even
hear the sound of the "tear drops" of those who cry modestly. No sound dares to
break the silence of Mashar except the "heart-beat" of lovers!
Mashar is the camping area of the army in the world in which every soldier is a
commander too. They do not only drink, entertain and enjoy preparations for the fight the
following day; rather, they have celebrated the victorious battle ahead of time during the
"Id night. All are engrossed in love, humility and silence. They face the future and
the rapture of restlessness and eagerneSS of the front of eternity, quench their thirst
with the shOwer of revelation, purify themselves through worship and strengthen their
spirit by praying. Why all this? So that in tomorrows battle ("as Jacob was restless
to die when he was separated frorn Joseph") they may get the honor of Shahadat from
the hand of the great commander, Allah!
How strange?!! Waiting for the day of struggle that is creeping closer and
closer to them, the soldiers in Mashar have their hands filled with arms and their lips
filled with prayers. The morning breeze has set such a mysterious movement in the camp
when the harmonious sound of "Azan" is heard from every corner, freely casting
an echo everywhere. It is as if the echo reaches the far horizon. Hundreds of thousands of
"figures are bending and prostrating in the ambiguity of the dawn. The breeze of Azan
passes through this land of Tawheed so gently that nothing can disturb the glory of its
unity! The time for the morning Prayer has come. It is the same morning prayer that you
always Perform but the difference this time is in the atmosphere in which Your prayers are
said. Silence has overcome Mashar - as if everyone is asleep The night has passed over and
above the mountains, passed over and above those who sleep in Mashar and dlsappeared In
the Strait of Mina. And now - the sun is rising!