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    Hajj – Journey of a lifetime


    All Muslims from all walks of life have a common objective to accomplish in Islam and that is severe acknowledgement of the five pillars of Islam. Embarking on a Hajj pilgrimage to the holy Mecca is one of the most important responsibilities of a Muslim. The purpose of visiting this holy land is to worship in the birthplace of this marvellous faith.

    According to the Quran, “In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham. And whoever enters it shall be safe. And [due] to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House - for whoever is able to find thereto a way.” Al Quran 03:97

    This explains the significance of making such a journey and the multiple rewards in store for the pilgrim. However, what remains undiscussed more often is the status of the heart while contemplating such a pilgrimage. The Quran through the Islamic faith has spoken of the obligation of Hajj and its compulsion to strive to obey the five pillars of Islam. What about the heart in these matters?

    Hajj is more than making a physical pilgrimage from one place to another instead, it involves a great spiritual transformation. It’s a move from the ‘still’ to the ‘active’. It is in fact a transformation from a state of emptiness to fulfilment. Even the world in all its splendour cannot promise or fathom the intensity of Allah’s love for HIS people. And by making such a pilgrimage into HIS presence, let’s not look at it as an obligation but, as a response to a yearning heart. 

    The meaning of the title – journey of a lifetime, basically stands to represent the powerful and superseding force of Allah’s grace that knows no bounds when it comes to connecting with a soul. We urge you then, to introspect and listen to the real purpose behind embarking on this pilgrimage. The choice of heart with which you serve in HIS presence will decide the strength of your relationship and connection with Allah. As you desire to sign up for a pilgrimage, do so, not with haughtiness but with a repenting heart and soul who longs for the arms of mercy to be enfolded in.

     

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