At Mina, the longest and last pause occurs! It signifies hope, aspiration, idealism and
... love! Love is the last stage it follows knowledge and consciousness (sense). Adhering
to eastern gnosticism, Dante, in his book Divine Comedy ..., recognizes only two stages -
wisdom (Virgil) and love (Beatrice). However, during the "Divine Drama" of Hajj,
three stages, knowledge, consciousness and love, exist!
The greatest moment of Hajj, the tenth day on which the 'Id of sacrifice falls, has
arrived. The light of the rising sun in Mashar awakens the people from their slumber.
Gradually, the clusters of soldiers from various corners join together and merge into a
huge river. Having established a solid army, they prepare to leave Mashar and go on to
their next stop in Mina.
The army of Tawheed has spent the entire night gathering arms, communicating with Allah
and waiting for the sun to rise. These "worshippers" of Mashar are transformed
into the "lions" of Mina! Wholeheartedly in love and overflowing with anger they
rush toward Mina.
Enemies of the unbelievers and brothers among yourselves.
The army maneuvers toward the west to Mina, the land of Allah and Satan. The smile of
the 'Id's sun has made evervone restless. As the soldiers pass through the strait of
Mohassar, a verynarrow strait, the lines become more solid. As the Commander in Chief, the
sun orders the soldiers to "act", to "run" with "small and swift
steps", to "stay together" and to "hurry"! Those who were in the
state of intuition and tranquility in Mashar suddenly become nimble and restless, dashing
to Mina. Abruptly, they halt as if they have encountered a huge non-penetrating dam! They
sit back as if they can no longer proceed further. There are only a few movements at the
very end of the crowd. What has happened??? Which dam in the world has such power as this
roaring river??? Who can give such an absolute order to "stop" here??? The
Sunrise!!! The Sun is the Commander.
Now, the army is in front of Mina. Millions of freedom-fighters who refuse to obey any
power except Allah crowd the long lines. An imaginary line beyond which no one dares to
step exists; this invisible wall separates Mashar from Mina. No one and no power can brake
through the secure wall, not even Ibrahim (PBUH) or Mohammed (PBUH). Such arestriction is
not a "rule" or a "contract", but a "tradition" . It is the
order of that same system which governs the entire universe (Allah).
And THERE WILL BE NO ALTERATION OR ASSIMILATION IN HIS TRADITION.
Quran XXXV: 43
As the natural force of gravity prevails, as life and death are realities, here the sun
is the Commander! Let it rise! It will penetrate the wall with its delicate beams and make
way for the army to pass as simply as when a shadow disappears by light. The concrete wall
which has halted the army will soon be destroyed by the "smile of the morning"!
Behind the invisible wall the restless and well-armed soldiers have waited all night for
the sun to rise and the command to pass! Although the night has terminated and sparks of
light are scattered all over, there are still a few moments before the sun will appear in
the east. Nowhere on this earth, at no given time and upon no nation has the
"sunrise" had such authority! In a state of very deep and exciting silence,
millions of eyes and hearts wait to receive the command (to see the sunrise). Some hear it
sooner because of their desperation and restlessness! Why??? It is an order to the army
which symbolizes the power of Tawheed on earth. Here you will find the only army in
history that is governed by the sun and the only nation that has agreed to be ruled by the
sun and by the morning!!
At Arafat, the sun is rising and coming up behind the mountains. The dawn has already
demolished the tent of the evil of the darkness and splashed the blood of all those who
were martyred by the oppressors or unbelievers in "the face of the 'Id". At this
point, the sun is ordering the army of tawheed to revenge by attacking the roots of the
three oppressors of history.
Such wonderful moments! The sun by its light, twilight by it's piercing beams and
morning by its breeze have made everyone restless. These "holy signs of Allah"
which characterize happiness, hope and faith are appearing to give the order to fight and
the good tidings of victory. They are here to command you to destroy the idols. Today,
Satan's largest base on earth will be annihilated Today, polytheism will be killed. Today,
tawheed, love and devotior will reveal their glorious faces; in other words, they will
manifest their true essence!
Suddenly, the sunrise illuminates the straight and the soldiers are ordered to pass.
The clamour of happiness, the sun beams and the flood of people will unite and flow into
the Strait of Mina. The crowd no longer consists of "the white birds of peace"
but instead"the armed freedom-fighters". This is why the orders must be followed
and discipline must be implemented.
"Stay in Mashar all night"! "Enter Mina on the tenth day"!
At dawn, you should be at the border of Mina. To join and pass this boundary, you must
view the sun of the tenth day. Mina is toward the west while Arafat is toward the east.
The army faces Mina; the sun rises behind the soldiers; the sun passes the mountains of
Arafat; and the sun enters the Strait of Mina. THEREFORE, THE SUN IS ALSO PERFORMING HAJJ;
IT RISES IN ARAFAT, PASSES FROM MASHAR AND ENTERS MINA.
The army of love is ready for Jihad. Those freedom fighters who came from Arafat, spent
the night in Mashar, collected their arms and strengthened their faith have to wait at the
gate of Mina. Where? At the border of a city that is the center of martyrdom and
simultaneously the battlefield! Wait and obey the sun! How?
|Collect your arms at night!|
|Do not enter Mina before sunrise since the night it the appointed time for the pause
|Do not remain in Mashar after sunrise since the daytime is the prime time to be in
|Start your attack at sunrise.|
|The rise of which sun? That of the tenth day of
|When it is time to attack, the order of the "sun" is the order of
|Obey this order.|
|Listen only to the sun.|
|And look for the sun of the tenth day, the sun of 'Id.|
Oh Allah! There is quite a distance from the border of Mina to the bases of the
The battlefield is far from the entrance of Mina. Nevertheless, naturally the 'Id should
be celebrated after you have defeated the devils by shooting them and achieving victory.
But ... look at the nation of Tawheed and its tradition The 'Id has been celebrated even
before the battle commences.
This means: You are victorious once you "make your decision"! This means: You
have won the battle once you enter the border of Mina!
And ... What is being said? Oh God! How difficult it is to understand this simple
nation? How complicated are these easy-going people?!
This means: You will be victorious if it is the time. When is the time? If you come
from Arafat. "If" you have stayed in Mashar - contemplating and gathering the
weapons for the morning of the 'Id ...
No, No! The most important "ifs" have not been mentioned! Hajj is like
nature; it is a genuine portrait of Islam - Islam not in "words" but in
"action"! It is a "symbol". The deeper you dive in this sea, the
farther you are from the end; it is endless! It means as much as "you
understand". Only one can claim that he understands it all, he who understands none!
The most important "ifs" have been omitted:
|If you come during the Hajj season.|
|If you have gone to Miqat.|
|If you are dressed in Ihram.|
What is being said?
Who are YOU? Who am I?
"One can do nothing"! The holy Quran speaks of "people" not
"one" person. What a beautiful word, "people", is used. It is plural
and has no singular form!
Allah's hand supports the Community.
Movement, perfection, representation of Allah in this world, victory and ... are all
written in the "fate of the people". Allah's constant tradition is to help the
community and the society at large. The "fate of history" is toward the
confirmation of Allah's tradition in the creation of mankind. What "you" and
"I" can do is to discover this tradition and make the right selection from the
written fate, the fate of history, the will of God at a given time, the outcome of man's
life and the end of the continuous revolution for universal peace!
Since this is the Allah of Ibrahim and the Creator of Mankind who says in the Holy
Quran, XXI: 105:
My righteous slaves will inherit the earth.
And He is the one who promises:
Quran XXVIII: 5
And we desired to show favor unto those who were oppressed on earth and to make
them examples and to make them inheritors.
"Defenselessness", which includes whatever weakens and alienates mankind,
will destroy all human morals and physical powers. This is the word that describes all of
the ways and means employed by the enemies of mankind, colonialism, exploitation,
banishment or any other term which may be used in the future. Let them say what pleases
them! Regardless, Allah promises that He will rescue and liberate the victims of
oppression. Furthermore, He renders the pledge of the future leadership of human society.
The class of people who were always and everywhere deprived of their human right will
inherit the palaces of power, the treasuries of wealth and the fortunes of education! What
a similarity between the words ("the oppressed people of the world")
and("the wretched of the earth")' which is the title of a book by Frantz Fanon.
"On the day of judgment, God's officials will divide people into two groups - those
saved who will go to heaven and those damned who will go to hell". Even in this world
those commissioned by Satan have separated people into two groups - the heavenly ones and
the tormented ones. As Sartre says in the beginning of his book, From Two Billion
Population of the Earth, colonialists believe that five-hundred million people are
"human" while one and a half billion are "natives" or the under
privileged people who constitute the third world!
But what difference does it make if the fate of history and Allah's determination grant
victory to the "victims of oppression", "the helpless ones of the
earth" or "the children of Abel" ?!! Allah's determination will not be
altered; this is the fate of history!
Allah created phenomena and He also set forth the orientation.
(Quran XXXV: 43)
And you, as a "phenomenon", are to discover this fate and choose your fate!
Just as nature and history have their own destiny, you have a destiny!
"You" are an inmate in the big four "prisons" of
"nature", "history", "society" and "yourself".
Consciously, you should discover the fate of nature by learning the sciences and
accordingly free yourself from its prison. Consciously, you should discover history (by
learning philosophy and historical sciences) and accordingly change your history.
Consciously, you should discover your society (by learning sociology) and become
acquainted with how to apply its rules in order to free yourself. To escape these three
prisons you need "knowledge". But, what about the fourth one, the prison of
human instincts??? It is internal and carried by you! Science is unable to liberate you
from this jail since it is inside you. It is in your knowledgeable self! You require a
special knowledge to introduce "you" to "yourself" and to help you
discover yourself. You require a certain power to enable you to overcome your weaknesses
and to rebel against yourself.
You require a strong hand to help you and to change you. In this case, knowledge is not
a remedy; rather, it is a prisoner of the learned by itself. However, wisdom,
consciousness and faith (the lights that were kindled on earth by the prophets) are the
types of knowledge that will facilitate your self-discovery and identification of your
internal prisoner. The power that will release you from self-centeredness is not the
"servant of science" but is the "art of love"! It will enable you to
yield your "life" by Shahadat if you feel it is your prisoner. And, with your
own hands, you will sacrifice your Ismail, something beyond Shahadat, if you think he is
in your way. It may be concluded that you can free yourself from the fourth jail through
"love"! This knowledge endows you with such a degree of consciousness and
creativity that allows you to build yourself up to the will of Allah and not to be merely
a servant of nature!
Man is a creature who descended upon this earth and was left alone. Therefore, you are
only an existing phenomenon and must construct your own nature. You are a Zero or a
nothing who may become everything! You are a "doubt" or a
"possibility" who may acquire the shape of a man. If you choose to be human and
consciously discover your nature (faith), you will be able to liberate yourself. You will
be able to find the fate of history and realize that history is the fate of man through
the ages as well as an evolution from zero toward Allah. From one nothing you begin to
know man and his values and so you adopt humanity. This is an everlasting
"river"; it is an eternal current. The sovereignty of the night of Mashar and
the oppression of the three oppressors in Mina will not change or divert the progressive
course of this fate. This is the "fate" of Allah!
THE TEXT OF YOUR FATE WILL BE WRITTEN BY OTHERS IF YOU "DO NOT KNOW"; BUT YOU
WILL WRITE IT IF YOU "KNOW"!!! And you, Oh "Zero", who are now
"conscious" and "free", if you come to Miqat on time and know and
follow your natural way (fate of Adam), you will be on the right path (i.e. going from
home to Kaaba) or from "mud" to "Allah")!
The world is under the authority of "Allah's will" and ruled by scientific
determination. Standing at the bank of this "river" you are free and entitled to
decide either to remain in the bank and die OR to enter the river of people and move!
(Now, one may realize what Imam Sadegh said, "It is neither free-will nor
predestination but in between the two or a combination of both". It is a freedom to
choose the fate. "Submission + Obedience = Islam.")
This flood of people overflows the border of Mina and conquers the land of
Satan is defeated, the sun of the tenth day raises the flag of victory. With its first
smile, the sun gives the signal to pass. It renders the order to begin the battle and
attack; simultaneously, the sun announces the victory and the completion of the task!
This is the fate of history and Allah's will for the people - all in the hands of
mankind and being left up to you! So - what is the most important "If"??? That
you be victorious "if you have joined this flood of people". The people who have
decided to approach Allah! The nation! The everlasting and moving society! The roaring
river that will penetrate through any rock or dam and inevitably reach the sea ...! Yes,
if you do not stop on your way to Mina from Mashar, if you do not go the wrong way nor
your way but join the people, you will reach Mina, defeat the Satans and sacrifice your
Ismail. This is the clear order of Allah to all those who go to Hajj.
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.
Fully armed and determined, the army of Tawheed enters the valley of Mina,
Mina the battlefield.