July 16th – “Hajj”

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Letter Title: “Hajj

One always admires the unfailing obedience of Prophet Abraham towards God when he left his elder son, Ishmael & his wife, Hager in the desert under God’s commandment. There was neither grain to eat nor water to drink in the desert. When he was leaving, she asked him 3 times “why are you leaving us here?” His eyes were full of tears, but could not look back or say anything, but simply raised his finger towards the sky. She understood that it was God’s command & she said, “If it is God’s command, then He will not destroy us.”

When the provisions (water & dates) finished, Hager ran 7 times between Safa & Marwah (two hills connected to the larger Abu Qubais & Quaikan mountains around her tent) to see if there was a caravan passing by. Then she heard a voice saying,” Hager, Hager, go back to your son” She looked around but did not see any human being. But when she returned to her son, she saw a spring of water at the spot where Ishmael was rubbing his feet out of thirst. This miraculous spring is called Zamzam & still exists near Kaaba.

God’s grand plan was to reconstruct the first house of worship on earth at the ruins of the ancient house of God. Prophet Abraham’s fervent prayers at the re-construction of this house have been recorded, permanently, in the Holy Quran (Ch 14 v: 38, 40-41). God acknowledged his sacrifice & there appeared a prophet of great excellences (John 1:21) (Deut. 18:17-19) for the whole mankind & of international fame; Muhammad (peace & blessings of God be on him).

Today millions of Muslims from all over the world gather in Mecca to pray & do the same acts which Hager did; running 7 times between those two hills, offering a sacrifice to follow the tradition of Prophet Abraham (peace be on him). This is called Hajj (pillar of Islam) which is approaching on July 17 this year.

The tenth day of Dhul Hijjah is the day when pilgrims sacrifice their animals. This day is also celebrated all over the Muslim world as the festive day of Eid al Adha. The fact that Muslims celebrate this is testament to the fact that it was Ishmael who was the subject of this great sacrifice.

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