بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
So, how will you do Hajj?
Huh, you say, I mean, I’m just going to do what everybody else does, right?
In order to understand how we’re going to do Hajj, we need to understand the 1st Pillar of Islam: The Shahaadah.
The Meaning of the Shahaadah
What is the Shahaadah? It is the testimony of faith.
What does it mean? Many people translate it as “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger.”
This is not correct. The proper translation is “There is none worthy of worship but Allah.”
What’s the difference, you say?
Well, the first translation implies “There is no creator but Allah” which is true but believing in this alone is not enough to make one a Muslim. The pagan Arabs used to believe that Allah was the sole creator of the heavens and the earth but they were not considered Muslims.
Also, the meaning of “ilaah” is not creator.
Imam Ibn Rajab stated: “The word Ilaah means the One who is obeyed and not defied, out of one’s sense of awe and reverence, love, fear and hope, placing one’s trust and hope in Him, asking Him and supplicating to Him alone.”
As you can see, this word has a very deep meaning. The pagan Arabs did not do these things. For example, they did not supplicate to Allah alone, rather they supplicated to Him through their idols, which is what made them disbelievers.
[Note: The Shahaadah has pillars and conditions. I’ll put up a few resources on that in the future, insha-Allah. It is imperative that one reads them because the Shahaadah is the statement of tawheed and is the foundation of our religion.]
As you can see, this Shahaadah has two parts: The first part is “There is none worthy of worship except Allah” and the second part is “Muhammad is His Messenger.”
The first part reminds us WHY we need to do an act of worship . It is only done to seek the Face of Allah. So, when we read the importance and virtues (fadhail) of any act, we should remember the first part of the Shahaadah. The importance and virtues will help us renew our intentions so that we can try to make sure that we are doing it solely for the sake of Allah.
The second part tells us HOW we need to do that act (the fiqh). So, the only way to do any act that we want to do for the sake of Allah is to do it the way Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
How to do Hajj and Umrah
Jaabir reported: I saw Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) flinging pebbles while riding his camel on the Day of Nahr, and he was saying: “Learn your rituals (by seeing me performing them), for I do not know whether I would be performing Hajj after this Hajj of mine.” [Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 2967]
The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) also said: “Take from me your Manasik (rites of Hajj)” [Sunan Al-Baihaqi. It was authenticated by Shaikh Al-Albani in Saheeh Al-Jaami, Hadeeth No. 7882. The results are from Dorar as I don’t have either of these books.]
So, if we go for Hajj, we need: 1) To do it for the sake of Allah alone and 2) To do it the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
Therefore, it is essential to make sure that you do all your rites of Hajj and Umrah (and all your acts of worship really) the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did them.
Insha-Allah, I’ll put up a post in the future on the relationship between Hajj and the Shahaadah.