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Salam. Some useful advice for all those who want to know about the real essence, reason and meaning of hajj from an article that i read: Hajj is a very emotional experience and it has a very emotional history. Hajj revolves around the life story of Ibraheem AS and his family who gave a whole new dimension to emotions like love, devotion, and sacrifice. In this section of the article, I will try to give you an overview of the steps of Hajj and will try to make them personal to you; something that we can all relate to and hopefully internalize InshaAllah. Hajj is supposed to be a journey full of promises, sacrifices, obedience, love and devotion from the slave to His master—Allah SWT. From the inception of the journey, a pilgrim starts to recite talbiyah which is the declaration of slave’s love and obedience to His Lord and affirms his commitment to serve Him. ‘Here I am O Allaah, (in response to Your call), here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise, grace and sovereignty belong to You. You have no partner.’ These words are to be uttered in the same manner that exp ressions of devotion and promises are uttered by a lover to his beloved. The constant recitation of talbiyah helps you to... remain focused on the service ... you are supposed to be providing to Allah SWT instead of what your travel agent is providing you. If you are busy with the package Allah SWT has promised you instead of the travel agent, you will be unable to stop thanking Him SWT. From the moment of welcome to the farewell, this package contains all that is great; it offers deals such as mercy and ultimate forgiveness. The moment your eyes touch the Ka’ba, your du’a is accepted. That is the welcome from Akram-ul-Akrameen— the owner of generosity! There are many beautiful supplications for this time though the best of the prayer is what comes from the heart with humility and unshakable conviction. Some of the prayers that one can make at this time are: "Our Lord! grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire." (2:201) O Allah, make this a blessed Hajj, with sins forgiven and effort that is accepted. Another beautiful du’a that one of our pious predecessors advised his son to make is: Oh Allah give me the happiness of this life and the hereafter and take care of all my affairs in this life and the hereafter. An extract from the article: A Guide on How to Perform Hajj By Da’ee Ahmed Moait. This is the complete article: http://www.noora1.com/hajjarticle_pt3.htm
iMusliMariam posted a topic in Poems and StoriesPOETRY: Why I Love The Prophet Muhammad (May Allah's Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him) If you ask me, why do I love him, the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon him) - I love him because he cared about us Muslims, and loving him is a condition – If you love Allah, then love the Prophet Muhammad – Allah loved him very much. He was Allah's Final Messenger, and The hearts of many did his mercy touch. His beautiful character makes me admire Him – his trustworthiness and honesty – Even before he became God's Prophet, Disbelievers knew that he was trustworthy. I love the Prophet Muhammad because Of good manners he was the best example. I love how he was patient throughout his life And how his morals were never skeptical. He cared about his nation too, thus he taught Us what we should know about our religion. When given the chance he'd always educate, Blessing us with advice through his companions. As a father and grandfather, the Prophet Muhammad was kind and tender loving. His mercy to the poor, widows and orphans – His good treatment of them is too astounding. His tolerance, even to non-Muslim Neighbors, is also something to be admired. His mercy too was further manifest Through his kind treatment of the slaves he hired. As a leader – he was charismatic, As a warrior – marked with strength and bravery, As a family man – full of mercy, And a husband who treated his wives fairly – As a friend – he was accommodating – Full of cheer, he brought smiles to people's faces – Respectful to the old, and kind towards the young – Mercy was the Prophet Muhammad's basis. I love how he was merciful – and because Of his mercy, he always tried to guide. I love how he struggled to obey Allah, And how he remained patient all through his life. I love how he was able to do so much – So many good deeds, despite his simple life – How he could survive on mere dates and water, And yet stand for long hours when praying at night. I love how he was so thankful to Allah – How he was always ready to sacrifice. I love how his character was dignified – How he was strong and gentle at the same time. I love the patience of Prophet Muhammad – In worshipping Allah, in fasting, and praying – His patience in helping Muslims, and in hard times, And how he was merciful and forgiving. Because of my love for Prophet Muhammad, I try to follow him – and say "you should too" – If you truly love Allah, then love Muhammad – Let your following him make your love more true. O' Allah, help us obey you, and help us Follow Muhammad – in this world and to Heaven – Grant us his companionship in Paradise, And freedom to drink from his blessed fountain. Ameen. Written by Mariam Mababaya POETRY: Some Advice In This Sonnet A few words of advice in this sonnet: Don’t hurt, if you too don’t like to be hurt. When bad deeds return, you might regret it. So watch your deeds, and take care of your words. Always know that from above you’re being watched. On your right and left are angels writing – Collect whatever good deeds you may lack, To please God and meet Him while He’s smiling. Avoid supplications prayed against you, Especially those of righteous Muslims. Beware of everything you see and do – Know that on Judgment Day, you’ll be questioned. Obey Allah’s Rules, and good you shall get. If you displease Allah, yours is regret. Mariam Mababaya