The Delay in Mina
There is a two day stay over in Mina to think about your ideology and what you have
done. On the 'Id day and after the sacrifice, the ceremonies are over. You must stay two
more days or even three more days, if you can, in Mina. You are not supposed to leave Mina
in these days - not even to return to Mecca! Why? Satan is defeated, sacrifice is offered,
Ihram is removed and 'Id is celebrated! Why should more than a million people remain in
this valley for two or three more days! This time allows them to think about Hajj and
understand what they have done. They can discuss thelr problems with people from other
parts of the world who have the same faith, love, needs and ideology. Muslim thinkers and
intellectuals who gather here and freedom-fighters who fight colonialism, oppression,
poverty, ignorance and corruption in their homelands, get to know each other, discuss
their problems, find solutions and ask for each other's help. Muslims from all over are
supposed to study the dangers and conspiracies of the super-powers and their agents who
have infiltrated Muslim nations. They should make resolutions to fight against
brainwashing, propaganda, disunity, heresy, false religions ... and many other diseases
threatening the "unity" of Muslim nations. They should offer a common and
worldwide struggle to introduce Islamic facts and support the cause of freedom for
colonized nations and those Muslim minorities who are under the torture of fascist regimes
as well as prejudiced political groups. Through a system of cooperation and understanding
and an exchange of views and feelings, the Muslim communities would be strengthened in
their struggle against their common enemy. A better understanding of true Islamic doctrine
can be brought about by solving some of the theological differences that exist among
Muslim religious groups!
More than a million Muslims from all over the world remain three more days in Mina, the
arid valley, where there is no place of interest to see, nothing to do, nowhere to shop
and not even a park to walk in! It is so uninhabitable that the prophet (PBUH) said
"not to build a building in Mina". At this moment, through the training of Hajj,
everyone is free from all dependencies and gains the strong will and personality of
Ibrahim. All fears, needs and greeds are defeated at the peak of one's willpower and sense
of responsibility. Hearts are filled with victory in Miqat, Tawaf, Sa'y, Arafat, Mashar
and Mina - shooting, sacrificing and celebrating 'Id with great sincerity. Yes, at this
time and in this land, more than a million Muslims do not end their Hajj to disperse and
continue their individual lives. NO THEY HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS!
Hajj is to come here on time and perform these actions with people. Otherwise, you may
go to Miqat, from there to Mina, Arafat Mashar and Mina at any other time or without
anyone else. That is not Hajj; it is a useless action or it may be considered a tour. This
is the time that you are surrounded by a spiritual atmosphere tomorrow when everybody
leaves, Mina is like any other land with the exception of being dry and uninhabitable.
You are here to learn that without people, searching for heaven (paradise) is the ugly
selfish attitude of a monk. A PROMISED (ON CREDIT) MATERIALISM IS WORSE THAN THE ONE NOW
AVAILABLE! This greedy attitude postpones its gluttony and enjoyment to the hereafter. In
other words, it is like a bourgeoisie who prefers credit to cash! A devotee is as selfish
as a materialist; the latter chooses the technique as a tool while the former uses the
faith! A materialist uses science to enjoy his life and a devotee uses God for this
purpose. Both are searching for the same goal, but one for the present and the other for
the hereafter! The Islam of Ibrahim and the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) teaches us that
Almighty Allah hates these selfish devotees.
PROPHET MOHAMMED (PBUH)
If one has ended the day and hasn't thought of the welfare of his society or not
made any attempt, he is not a Muslim.
It is true that you performed Hajj and ascended to Ibrahim's position by sacrificing
your Ismail, but this is not the end of it; rather, it is the beginning of your duty. All
these ceremonies were for you to ignore "self-service" and begin "to serve
others", and not to buy fame but to do it for God's sake! This is why you are asked
to come during the Hajj season while everyone else is there. To come here alone is not
considered a Hajj.
Now at the end of this performance, all those who have defeated Satan as Ibrahim did,
sacrifice their selfishness and celebrate their victory. Before returning to Mecca for a
farewell, they have to fulfill two other duties - to establish a scientific and
theological seminar where anyone may attend and to establish an international social
convention. The two extra days are to summarize the Hajj in these conventions. The
conventions are not held behind locked doors and in illuminated halls but in the open air
of this valley. They are not held in low ceiling rooms but under the blue sky where there
are no walls, no doors, no barriers, no guards and no ceremonies ...!
These conventions are not assembled by heads of states or their representatives,
diplomats or political leaders, members of parliament, cabinets, senators, university
professors, scientists, intellectuals or spiritual leaders. No! No!
Quran XXII: 27
And proclaim unto mankind the Hajj, they will come unto thee on foot and on every
lean camel. They will come from every deep ravine.
As Aime Cesaire says, "No one has the right to be the guardian of others."
Professor Shandel said, "In the absence of the people to talk about them is a lie; it
is a shame since only Almighty God has the right to decide for the people because the
people are His representative on this earth!" This is the reason for the convention
in Mina where God Almighty is the director of the people who have gathered by His
After defeating Satan and returning from the place of sacrifice Allah requests everyone
to attend this meeting to renew their promise with Ibrahim, to have God as their witness
that they will do their best to strengthen the faith of monotheism, to destroy all
existing idols in the world and to establish a peaceful and secure society. Like the true
followers of the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) who made conscious and intellectual people
responsible for carrying his message, they are to establish an "exemplary
society" based on monotheism and to support the cause of knowledge, leadership and
justice in human life.
Mina is the land of love, struggle, and martyrdom. It is the land where people make
their promises to God. As a united community they promise to participate in good deeds and
to fight the evils of man s life. They promise to respond to the calls of the prophet
Mohammed (PBUH), the prophet who had the Holy Book in one hand and the sword in the other
and to make the right decision in confronting "stubborn enemies" and dealing
In this yearly convention, assembled far from the borders of blood shedding countries,
Muslims from all spheres of the world and different political systems are invited by the
Guardian the King and the God of the people to gather under the sky of these mountains to
have a free talk to help overcome their problems ... And a scientific convention, but not
in the auditoriums of academicians, the assembly of university professors or the meeting
of scientists and super-specialists. No, rather it is a two-day theological and
ideological seminar where every literate or illiterate, professor or factory worker,
famous spiritual leader or simple farmer can participate and has the right to speak
openly. All ranks, positions degrees and colors are left behind in Miqat. Here all
represent ONE - Man and all have the same degree - Hajj. That is all!
There is no higher rank for mankind than reaching Ibrahim's position and here everyone
has been asked to play his role. At the of these ceremonies, before you return to your
homelands, you must stay two more days after the 'Id ? to sit down and ask yourselves this
unanimous question of all ages -- "What should we do for the community?" And
the find the answer. Just sit down and think about what you have done during Hajj!
Let us sum up what these codes are. We must realize the essence of what was done during
Sufism : Starts in Mina and remains there forever without going through Arafat and
Philosophy : Comes to Mashar but does not reach Mina.
Civilization : Remains in Arafat not going to Mashar and Mina.
Islam : Starts from Arafat and goes to Mashar (a passage full of responsibility and
movement), reaches Mina (the stage of ideals and love, and surprisingly meets with Allah
Here they are talking about "you" and your fate and not about worldly
matters. To God belongs whatever exists in this world. Here they are talking about
"man" in whom Allah and Satan exist together. This duality is within man and not
in nature. Mina is the land of love, faith and future. It is there where Allah and Satan
are struggling within you for your Ismail. Mina is the land of all your hopes and needs.
Even to your surprise, the day of "victory" is the "bloody 'Id"
Instead of a "birthday party" there is a "sacrifice party" for the
son; "The 'Id of Sacrifice"
Look at this nation's tradition, history and honors! It does not care
about its blood relations or homeland, but about its faith and freedom. The nation of
monotheism the people who have the responsibility of the freedom of mankind from Adam ' to
the hereafter, the freedom-fighters who even fight their own natures, those who have
extended the "battle front" from Badr to Mina - these are the slaves who have so
deeply realized the meaning of "freedom". They free themselves not only from the
Pharoah, but their Ismail too and not only their enemies, but their relatives too!