|Verse Of The Day|
|(Pharaoh) said: "If thou takest any god other than me, I will certainly put thee in prison!" 26:29|
Conversation of a Shaykh and his student on the logic behind the rituals of Hajj
Extracted from Virtues of Hajj by Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi
Shaykh : Did you make a determined intention for Hajj?
Student: Yes. I did make a firm intention to perform Hajj.
Shaykh : Together with having made a firm intention for Hajj, did you also have a firm intention of forever giving up doing all those things you did since you were born that are opposed to the spirit of Hajj?
Student: No I did not.
Shaykh : In that case you had no intention of Hajj. At the time of entering into Ihraam did you remove your clothing?
Student: Yes I did.
Shaykh : At that time did you pledge to remove from yourself everything except Allah?
Student: No I did not.
Shaykh : In that case you did not remove your clothing. Did you cleanse yourself by means of ghusl and wudu?
Student: Yes I did clean myself in that manner.
Shaykh : At that time did you also become cleansed of all evils and faults?
Student: No. That I cannot say.
Shaykh : In that case you did not cleanse yourself. Did you run between Safa and Marwa?
Shaykh : At the time of running, did you feel yourself running away from everything else besides Allah, and reaching Him?
Shaykh : Then you never ran. Tell me did you proceed to Mina?
Student: I did.
Shaykh : While you were there, did you attain such hopes in Allah that have nothing to do with evil?
Shaykh : Then you never went to Mina. Did you reach the plains of Arafat?
Shaykh : And on Arafat, did you recognize the cause for your coming into this world? What you are doing here and where you shall proceed afterwards? And did you recognize the thing that points towards these things?
Shaykh : Then you never visited Arafat. Did you visit Muzdalifa?
Shaykh : And did you remember Allah there so much so that everything else was forgotten? As Allah has mentioned, And remember Allah at the plane of Muzdalifa.
Shaykh : In that case you never visited Muzdalifa. Did you perform Qurbani at Mina?
Shaykh : Did you then sacrifice yourself?
Shaykh : Then you performed no Qurbani. Did you release yourself from Ihraam?
Shaykh : Did you at that time promise to adhere strictly to halaal earnings at all times?
Shaykh : In that case you did not become halaal (released from Ihraam.) Did you perform the farewell Tawaaf?
Shaykh : Did you say a complete farewell to your whole self, your desires and passions?
Shaykh : Then you did not perform Tawaaf-ul-widah. Go back and perform Hajj again and perform it in the manner in which I have described to you.