Reaching Toward Allah
Hajj occurs during the highly respected month of Zul-Hijjah'. The land of Makkah
(Mecca) is tranquil and peaceful. Instead of fear, hatred, and war, the desert is
characterized by security and peace. An atmosphere for worship where people are free to
face Almighty God is prevalent.
Do you not hear Ibrahim's command:
Quran XXII: 27
And call upon the people for Hajj. They will come to you on their bare feet or
riding any weak camel and they come to you from every far desert.
You, oh Mud, search for and follow the spirit of Allah! Accept his invitation; leave
your home in order to "see" Him. He is waiting for You!
Human existence is frivolous unless one's aim is to approach the spirit of Allah.
Separate yourself from all those needs and greeds which distract you from Allah.
Therefore, join the eternal human migration to Hajj. "See" Almighty Allah!
Before departing to perform Hajj, all of your debts should be paid. Your hates and
angers toward relatives or friends must disappear. A will must be drawn. All of these
gestures are an exercise in the preparation for death (which will overtake everyone some
day). These acts guarantee your personal and financial clearance. The last moments of
farewell and the future of man are symbolized.
Now you are free to join eternity. On the day of resurrection, when "you can do
nothing" in Allah's court, where "your eyes, ears, and heart are the best
witnesses of what you have done,"
Quran XVII: 36
You and every organ of your body are responsible for your deeds. While you are in
this "house of correction" get ready for the "house of justice".
Exercise death before you die-go to Hajj!
Hajj represents your return to Allah, the absolute, who has no limitations and none is
like Him. To return to Him signifies a definite movement toward perfection, goodness,
beauty, power knowledge, value, and facts. On your way toward the eternal, you will NEVER
approach Allah. He is to guide you in the right direction and not to be your destination!
Islam is different from Sufism. A Sufi lives "in the name of Allah", and dies
"for the sake of Allah". But, a Muslim strives to approach Almighty God
To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.
Quran II:156 & XLII:53
All affairs tend toward Allah.
Our goal is not to "perish", but to "bloom". This is done not
"for Allah" but rather to bring us "toward Him". Allah is not so far
away from you; therefore, try to reach Him! Allah is closer to you than yourself!
We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.
On the other hand, everyone beside Allah is too far to be reached! Oh man, all the
angels prostrated to you; yet, through the passage of time and societal influence you have
changed greatly. You have not abided by your promise to worship none but Almighty Allah.
Instead, you have become a slave to idols, some of which are man-made.
Quran LIV: 54
In an assembly of truth, in the presence of a sovereign omnipotent.
Your nature is characterized by loyalty to other individuals,
ignorance, a lack of direction, fearfulness, and greediness! This life has caused you to
acquire animalistic traits. Now you are like a "wolf", "fox",
"rat", or "sheep".
Oh man, return to your origin. Go to Hajj and visit your best friend who
created you as the best creature. He is waiting to see you! Leave the palaces of power,
the treasures of wealth and the misleading temples. Dismember yourself from the flock of
those animals whose shepherd is the wolf. Join the flock at Miad who is going to see the
house of Allah or the house of the people.