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Three Secrets of Hajj

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Ali Hammuda

Channel: Ali Hammuda

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah houbara character Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah, who ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Manuela, the brothers and sisters, the fact that hajj, the pilgrimage has been given the title of Oticon pillar of Islam one of the five is that first point baffling. Think about it, the shahada, the statement of declaration of towhee, you say it many times a day.

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The other pillar of Islam a Salah, you're doing it five times Amelie each day fasting, you're carrying out to 30 or so days of fasting. Each year it's reoccurring, you understand why it's a pillar of the religion.

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The same can be said about the cat, that annual charity that we give to the poor, it's a reoccurring thing. But when you look at Hajj, why is that a pillar of the religion? It's an act of worship, that only requires three or so days in your lifetime. And then afterwards, you don't really necessarily need to think about doing it again, as in terms of it being an obligation, yet it is still considered to be a pillar of the religion.

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Surely therefore, there are life and afterlife changing properties within Hajj that are so powerful, that those few days cannot be reproduced or replicated in any other experience in life.

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And in this video, I want to share with you some of those lessons in the hope of cementing your intention for a hedge whenever the soonest opportunity for you arises and to reignite your enthusiasm for it. So that whenever you feel that that enthusiasm has taken a dip, you have a reference to go back to I want to share with you.

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Three of what I believe are some of the most important lessons that come with Hajj that qualified for this title of pillar pillar of the religion. The first of those three lessons. Hajj is one of the most powerful reminders in existence with respect to the day of reckoning Yeoman piano.

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There is a surah in the Quran called Surah to hatch the chapter of Hajj and the very first area within it seems outwardly, nothing to do with Hajj. Allah subhanho wa Taala said yeah, you can talk more on Baku in zealot as it shows on our leave oh people Fear your Lord because of the quaking of the Hour will be a terrible thing. Then Allah goes on to say you're not around, they're hurting. They're hurting and that's the day when you will see every nursing mother forgetting her nursling who are taba or Kulu that the handling habla and every pregnant woman will drop her node. What are our nurses who Kerala who wish to Kerala King nada, Allah He studied and you shall see mankind on

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that day in a drunken state, but they will not be drunken, it is the punishment of Allah Almighty, that is severe.

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So the fact that the very first verses ayat of surah, to the hedge, do not actually address the head itself but the day of reckoning instead, that is an indication that there is a major link between the two. The former is a powerful demonstration of the latter.

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And I can say that just as the forgetfulness of the Day of Judgment is the mother of all sins. We can similarly say in the same breath, that the remembrance of the Day of Judgment is the mother of all repentance. So let me show you some of the similarities and you will see why this link was made.

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First line of similarity is the beginning of both Hajj and the day of judgment. They have similar beginnings. Hajj began with a call, which Prophet Ibrahim was instructed to make after he raised the foundations of the Kaaba. So Allah Almighty said to him when he had finished well as the Finn see will Hajj and proclaim to the people the Hajj. So Ibrahim ascended and nearby mount called Mount Abu Kobe's and he called out to humanity saying oh people middle of the desert, it will people Allah has commanded you to perform Hajj. So do so. And Allah miraculously conveyed the call of Ibrahim to all of mankind and you and I 1400 years or more than that, of course 1000s of years later, we are

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responding to that call,

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which began with a cold

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What about human tianma Allah subhanho wa Taala said woofie coffee soul for either whom mineralogy data

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ilaro Bahamians alone and the Trumpet will be blown Allah said a second blowing of the horn and behold from their graves they will be coming out quickly to the Lord Hajj began with a call your will piano they have judgment will begin with a call. A second line of comparison between the two are the farewells of both.

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Days before the pilgrim departs for hajj, he beats his family farewell, she texts her friends, he begs for their forgiveness, they repay their debts they write a will Subhanallah it really as if it really is as if the Pilgrim is making his way to the home of the Hereafter. A third line of comparison is the nudity of those hajj on the Day of Judgment.

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The male pilgrim on dresses, two pieces of fabric, will be their attire for two or three days. And here you cannot help but realize the striking resemblance between them, and the shroud that shall cover our bodies, when we will be finally loaded into our graves. Therefore, the partial nudity of the date of Hajj is a reminder of the day of absolute nudity, and that will be on the day of judgment.

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And that is why the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said you shall own natural, your milk reality fat and rotten old people will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment, barefooted

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unclothed and uncircumcised this way. Allah created our mother I Isha. She said the rasool Allah He originally one Nisha younger Roboto Mila about messenger of Allah the men and women will they not be looking at each other?

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How did he respond to her? He responded by saying Ya Isha. Do you mean and you'll be met with Eric or Isha? The matter on the Day of Judgment will be so severe for anyone to care about looking at their neighbor. So this is the third line of comparison, the nudity of both the Day of Judgment and Hajj SubhanAllah. The fourth line of comparison between the two, the aura of both

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the crowds of Hajj and the cramming involved in each one of the phases of Hajj, the perpetual calling and yelling and loud sounds. It's a reminder of why your will pm the day of judgment was given the names of your will hasher the day of cramming, and your mood, the day of calling and your Motorola the day of meeting.

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On that note, why was it called The Day of meeting?

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People don't have mercy said it's called The Day of meeting because it's the day in which Adam the first of mankind will meet the last of his children. They have judgments.

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Qatada he said that it is called your Mottola, the day of meeting because it's the day in which the inhabitants of the earth will finally meet the inhabitants of the sky and the creation will finally meet the creator the day of meeting

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may more than no Maharani, he said it's called The Day of meeting because it's the day in which the oppressed will finally meet his oppressor.

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Others have said that it is the day of meeting because it is the day in which a person shall meet the fruits of all of what he did today. And undoubtedly, all of this shall come to pass. So, this is another this is another line of comparison between the between the two, the aura of both the feel of the ambience of both.

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And on top of the cramming by the way. The pilgrims are also driven together, all together towards the same direction. What is that a reminder? That is a reminder of the Day of Judgment well, where it shall be announced. You have nerves Hello Molinaro Beco, oh mankind make your way to your Lord them.

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All mankind make your way to your Lord, same direction. And Allah subhanho data he said about this young woman Ed Debbie

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Lai, Magetta

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yoga Ed, Debbie ona De La La Jolla. That is the day where people will follow the call of the cooler without any deviation. That's another line of comparison. Another line of comparison, the sweating almost the perspiration of both. I mean Hodge really amazes me how much your body has the ability to sweat without shriveling up like a prunes. panela a reminder of the Hadith of the Prophet so I sent him when he said, Yara, who knows who Yeoman pm but you have the hara who will always remain at the euro and why you will GMO

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people will sweat on the Day of Judgment till them perspiration enters

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into the soil a distance of 70 arm's length and the sweat of others will arise till it submerge is reaching their ears. That's another line of comparison. Another line of comparison is the sleep and the awakening of both.

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Look at the night of most deadly fact during your Hajj you recline on the ground to sleep on the soil with the stars above you wearing just two basic cart garments, oh brother that is barely covering you. And here you can't help but envisage your eventual lowering into the soil, which shall be your home till the Day of Judgment. Do you see the comparison back then was that effect in hajj, your tour operator wakes you up. To pray your dawn prayer. You rise in a disheveled state rough and dusty. That's so similar to your eventual emergence from your grave on the day of reckoning. Again, you will be rough and disheveled. Okay, back to Hajj, you finished your your fajr prayer in most

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delissa you glorify Allah subhanho Tadesse and just before sunrise, just as people will be glorifying Allah subhanaw taala on the day of record reckoning in preparation for the judgement, the resemblance striking, then back to Hajj, you and your group you leave was dead,

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along with the millions of others moving in the same direction, just as you shall be made to move on the day of reckoning towards Allah in the same direction for 50,000 years.

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Now in a number

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another line of comparison between the both or similarity between both is the transitions involved in both hegemony of the movement, Hajj, few days, but the amount of transition from place to place is amazing. I mean, you start off in Mina for a night, then from you know, you go to Arafa then from out of town, you go to Miss Jennifer that was deliver the stoning of the Camerata. Then you have the offering of the sacrifice, then it's the shipping everything here and then it's maca again for circumambulation, then it's back to me now for three days. Then you go back to the Jamara for the Stoney once on each of those three days, then you go back to Mecca, to do your farewell

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circumambulation. SubhanAllah. handling all of this movement and transitioning is in striking resemblance

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to the movement that will happen on the day of judgment and the restlessness that people will be in.

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Look at the phases first its death. That is the grave, then is the resurrection. That is the gathering, that it's the intercession

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that it's the judgment. That is the receiving of books,

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then it's the scales, and it's a slit off the bridge, then it is paradise or how

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are you beginning to see the resemblance between the two. Another line of resemblance is the outcomes of both Hajj and the day of judgment. The excitement Allahu Akbar of the pilgrim, when he comes back is unexplainable. What awaits them now is a life of purity and forgiveness and hope and family and friends congratulate them, which which adds to your feeling of achievement and success. People are singing Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah.

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Similarly, when the horrors of the Day of Judgment come to an end, and the believer is fine in a set foot in Jana, and the rest in their palaces, and they meet their family, all what will be heard their agenda is what I'm having doing now.

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And that is why Allah subhanaw taala he said, What are

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you going to

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feed them in how they're out? And you will see the angels surrounding a Throne of Allah,

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Who shall behold their behavior as they glorify the praises of their Lord, war Cobra, you know, home mill, and it will be judged between them in truth. Listen to this ending of the area, what can you learn hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen and it will be set. All praise is to Allah the Lord of the Worlds.

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So this is really one of the most important secrets that makes Hajj

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this life and after life changing experience and a pillar of the religion. This is why it took me only three or so days, maybe in your lifetime, because we said it is a stark reminder of the Day of Judgment. That is lesson number one.

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Lesson number two, why Hajj is of the significance deserving the title of pillar of the religion. It's one of the most profitable ways of connecting

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Good deeds within a short period of time.

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I remember one pilgrim two years ago who said in hajj, he said, you know Ali, the more I read into the narrations that detail out the reward involved with the different phases of Hajj, the more I realize how this opportunity of Hajj is like a person who goes into a shopping supermarket with a trolley and he's allowed to fill his trolley as much as he wishes for free. He said this is hands, just collecting good deeds from all over the place. It's true, because as a pilgrim, you are a guest of who

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you are a guest of Allah subhanaw taala and you will never come across a host who is more generous than ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. In fact, two men came to the prophets of Allah who I knew he was asking him about the rewards associated with each of the phases of Hajj and he gave a beautiful response so beautiful. I want to translate it sentence by sentence.

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He said to them in that can encourage them in beta to own and beta haram la acaba Oh Nakatsuka Hoffa, and Wyatt or Clara, who in the Kitab, Allahu la cabeza has said on the hand can be helpful. Yeah, he said, when you leave your home, aiming for the cabin, every time your camel raises its foot, or lowers it.

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Allah subhanaw taala will write for you a good deed and we'll arrange for you a sin. Imagine every step of the way. From the moment you leave your home in the UK, America or wherever you may be. He said, what America Kobayakawa fi T Raka. And as for the two units of Salah which you pray after circumambulation that is the same reward as freeing a slave.

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Well, Amma will forget it yet out of that for in Nila Yeah have you to enter dunya dunya Yoobao, Hebei como la ICA and as for your staying at Arafa This is the grand finale of Hajj as you're staying at Arafa.

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till the evening or in the evening, Allah descends to the lower heaven and he begins to boast about you to the angels. What does Allah say to the angels? He says a body gel only issue often men Khalifa generally or Jonah Jannetty these are my servants. These are my servants who have come to me in a rough state,

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from every deep value of the world, hoping for nothing other than my paradise. Then Allah says the amazing final candidate will come gather the Romley will Cotterill Mother, I will cause gathered in Baja, refer to her for you though a daddy in a foreign lacuna dementia to Allah says then to the angels, therefore, if their sins were equivalent to the grains of the sand, or the drops of the rain, or like the fall of the sea, or you will forgive them. So proceed. Oh my servants.

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You have been forgiven and all of those who you intercede for I then he says well anma rom UCOL Jamar Salah cabbie Cooley Haseltine Rene Taha to caffeine, okay, be rockin and will be hard. And as for your stoning of the Jamar, those stone pillars that you helped the stone deck. Then for every stone that you throw,

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it will erase one of your major sins. What Amana hookah from a coral, neck and Arabic and as for your slaughtering of the animal. The reward of this will be saved with your note.

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And then he says we're under Hina hookah rucksack, so I like the coalition rotten hull of the Hacienda or Johan cabbie, ha hopefully. And as you're shaving of your head,

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then for every strand of hair that falls off your head, a good deed will be written for you and your assin of yours will be erased. Are you imagining here do your brothers and sisters what is involved in terms of the good deeds and this the opportunity for forgiveness here, the Hadith continues though,

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what amalco Awful, Kevin Beatty, Banda Danika Inaka Taku.

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And then when you do your circumambulation around the Kaaba after this, then by this time you are doing so without a sim to your name. Then an angel, he said, comes to you and places his hand between your shoulders, saying to you, airman, female, the stuck been a golfer Allahu laka work hard and doing good deeds in the days to come, because your sins of the past have all been forgiven. So this is the second of the secrets of hedge that I wanted to share with you. It is such an unprecedented opportunity to collect good deeds in a way like no other avenue can provide. The last of the three reasons I wanted to share with you that qualifies hatch to be given this title of

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pillar despite being only three days

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Number three, it is one of the greatest templates of success for human beings. From a management perspective, what is it that makes a person successful? This is undoubtedly one of the most highly discussed questions in life and everyone has a theory to put forward.

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And perhaps a summary of much of what has been discussed by Muslims or non Muslims alike can be listed under three main headings. The first thing they say that brings about success is clarity of vision. So successful people, they start with the end in mind, they know exactly what they want to achieve.

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The second of those things is something called dedication. Yeah, as Muslims, we may reword that to southern patients. A third thing they mentioned is the element of networking. As Muslims, we may reword that to want unity. Amazingly, our religion has given paramount importance to every one of those three qualities. Let me show you. The first of them, we said clarity of vision, what did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mean when he said in the medina Lavinia actions or by intentions,

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some scholars have said that this narration is half of the religion. Your intention sets your goal, our goal is Allah Our vision is very clear. That is number one clarity of vision. This is our near Allah is our Nia.

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Number two, we said the greatest component for success is dedication. You said patience, somebody and this has appeared in the Quran in no less than 9990 places. And this has appeared in the Quran in no less than 90 places as Imam Muhammad he said, the element of networking or unity unity, never once did Allah address us in the Quran as individuals, individual Muslims. Yeah, you had movement. He said, Yeah, you have Nadine Armando you who have believed collectively. Now what is even more amazing is that all three of these qualities are clearly manifest and present in hajj, think about it Hajj, Hajj, what does it means linguistically cost, it means aim. So the pilgrim he knows where

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he's going, what he's going to do what he wants in the end. This is the element of what the clarity of vision are, we said, the sincerity. hedge is an aim.

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Number two, hedge is also an immense exercise in patience. You're you're challenged in every way, you're adapting to situations that you thought you could never adapt to. That's number two was a dedication, patience. Number three. Hajj is a miraculous manifestation of global Muslim unity. Of course, we don't need to elaborate upon that. Therefore, hedge Subhanallah is a model of success. And should you wish to be a successful person write down those three qualities that we just spoke about somewhere where you can see them frequently. Then after that, make every effort to extend those three hedge based qualities into your everyday life and plug them into you die. So for

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example, don't live without a vision. Then after that, be committed to that vision till the day you die, looking to achieve it, and number three, don't operate by yourself. Network. The more you network, the more successful you will be hedge Dear Brothers and Sisters, teaches you and I to be the conscious of the country of residence of ours. By being a model of success. Hajj is an inspiring and empowering experience because they're in hajj, you realize that Muslims are not an insignificant minority. They're an incredibly mighty body that is nearing its awakening. And when it does finally awake, and finds its voice, the world will marvel at the model of success, that it shall set for

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humanity. But till that day arrives, I allow hatch to inspire you to play a role in this by setting efficient for yourself and dedicating yourself to it. And then number three, doing what you can to be in the midst of the people of goodness, throw yourself in their midst, don't deprive yourself from the potential which Allah subhanaw taala has put inside of you. And we have just discovered at hedge is a key way of releasing that potential.