Channel: Bilal Philips
Series: Bilal Philips - Soul of Hajj
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banuelos Peace and blessings beyond the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and an all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
In the previous session,
we were completing the tawaf
prayer behind maqam Ibrahim and the drinking of Zamzam.
following that, the next major element of both Umrah and Hajj is that of psi.
literally means to run
or to walk or to make an effort, Arabic used in different contexts.
But from the Islamic perspective, it is that walk
or trot in different parts between mount Safa and Marwa.
And this act again, is a commemoration of Hague RS struggle
what she had to go through,
left there in the
valley of Mecca
trying to find
a caravan by going to the top of
Safa, looking to see if there are any caravans coming
or following that, running to miroir. And looking there,
in all directions.
after giving up
after not finding what she thought
the well of Zamzam to begin as a spring,
near the feet of Prophet is my
as we said, this is a reminder of a lost promise
of a way out
for those who trust in Him,
that after difficulty, no matter how difficult things might be,
there will come a time of ease in the mile, Yusra
and these are the concepts that we should keep in mind while performing
these acts, because they have relevance in our own lives.
And as we reflect on what it meant to Hagar hajer
we should reflect on what it means to ourselves. How many times in life
when the difficulty came,
we gave up, we took the wrong course. And then later we saw there was another way but we weren't patient enough
to benefit from that way.
the Hajj has in it, a point of reflection and contemplation
where we look over our own lives and see
where the weaknesses lay.
take from the acts of Hajj guidance
in how to be patient,
trust in Allah
a law willing what
hajer faced and what she received.
We can also receive as we will face
the CIA, as I mentioned
is in commemoration of her search
And in terms of the
ombre, this basically is the last right of the Amara following it is the shaving or Hulk.
That's the last right, which closes the ombre. And the shaving, of course.
It's shaving or trimming.
Most men like to trim.
And the less they trim, the better.
However, the prophets are seldom had said, Blessed are those who shave.
And in his time, no different from our time.
Some of the Sahaba asked, what about those who trim?
And he said, Blessed are those who shave.
They still repeated, but what about those who trim or messenger of Allah?
So in the end, he said, Yeah, okay. They're also blessed.
But he stressed where we should be.
We should be about shaving because shaving is connected to a rub.
As we humble ourselves in
the shaving is more
humbling than trimming.
Now, especially when people go about trimming, you know,
they say, Well, okay, what is the minimum
that we can trim?
I said, Well, at least you take so many hairs from so they could lightly over their head.
You know, not really a trim, you would never go to a barber and pay for that.
You wouldn't call it a trim. But when you're making hygiene, O'Meara That's what you call a trim. You don't want any more than that.
You see, this is saying that what we were trying to humble what we were trying to subdue. We still haven't subdued
it's still there.
its ugly head is still sticking up.
That's the bottom line, you know. So for those of you that are planning to make Hajj shave,
don't hesitate. Go ahead and shave.
Some people say well, okay, you know, we still have this the ombre so you know, if we shave now then there won't be anything left
to shave again, because we still have to do at the end of the Hajj.
But it's okay. If it were an issue, then the prophet SAW some would have said trim now shave later.
But he said shave now and shave later?
Because yes, after three days.
You know, from that point, actually, depending on how, when you did your your ombre kojamo could have been done way earlier, you will have enough hair on your head that I shave with a full shave, but even if it were that you did that ombre on the eighth or the seventh
or you just came in on the same day of the eighth
you know you're still looking at
going through from the eighth all the way to the 13th. That's a good now the five days
you will have here on your head won't be much. But still, it's enough for shave, it's a shave.
So, you know let us not defeat the goal of Hajj
is to lower ourselves for the sake of Allah. You know, as the prophet SAW Selim had said, Manta Wada, Allah, Allah, Rafa. whoever humbles himself, lowers himself for the sake of a law, a law would raise him or her.
That's the promise of the prophet SAW.
So we have to know and we have to believe that this is a good thing. And for the women, of course, the trimming is the norm that they trim and they gather they can gather the hair together and
Trim at the end of you know one lock or whatever they have to get the hair from to both sides and trim at the end of it you know they make one inch whatever they are but
there's not actually a set amount of hours lm didn't set an amount so for you as a woman
whatever will humble you do it
of course in some cultures because for you know, I know some Indian Pakistani type cultures areas a woman isn't supposed to trimmer here
and now it's considered like a no no, this is like bad Don't do it. Don't cut your hair. But actually Islam has not no rule like that. that women should not cut their hair is just for the Omar the Hajj, they were not
told to shave their heads. It was they were told to trim. Okay, but we can't extrapolate from that and say that they shouldn't otherwise, no, it's perfectly okay. So, what
trimming on your head, when you look at yourself you feel humbled.
cause you to achieve that then do it.
So, this may vary from Woman to Woman person to person.
So, that closes basically the rights of
and some of them are repeated again in the Hajj. This I will do again.
shaving will do again. tawaf will do again.
for the Hajj. The next major
is that of the time spent in Mina
mostly people look at Mina as being like transit.
You know, it's not really considered as something you have to take care of like Mina is like, you know,
Amina is just on the way to arafa
On the way back from arafa. That's how it's looked at. But reality
we spend more time in Mina than anywhere else in the Hajj.
That is the reality.
You have the eighth,
right, then the morning of the ninth, midday of the ninth you go out to alpha
night middle alpha, then you're back on the 10th
you stay in the MENA on the 10th and the 11th and the 12th
and the 13th or could go on the 12th Okay, so what are you talking about is five days in Mina?
Where else in hedge do we spend more time?
So, if Allah has prescribed four or five days in Mina,
then surely it must be important.
Wouldn't you agree? It must be important, but that's not how it's treated. Traditionally, it's just a place that you transit you may rest your head for a minute you know, and how people treat Midnight's you know, it's like a free for all. You just get into midnight, roaming around looking seeing, you know, going to bake and buying some, you know, fried chicken or you know, this is just a hangout spot
on the way to arafa.
But reality is that Mina
for the rest of the Hajj.
Most time spent in Mina. So it means that we have to look after Mina properly, carefully.
Especially with this mentality, of just being transit
And that is for most people who make Hajj
so they blow Mina Mina is blown,
very little reward comes out of Mina.
Mostly we are complaining about the toilets, about the food, about the garbage.
We just end up spending our time either complaining about these things, or we're chatting with each other or you know, socializing most leads
roaming the streets of Mina.
But that's not what Mina was for.
for preparing first and foremost, because you have minute before alpha, and we have Mina after alpha. So the two phases of Mina
may not be for arafa I and the eighth day as mentioned, of the ledger, when we set out
it's called yo metalia or the watering day in case you came across this and we're wondering why is it called the watering day?
those who are going by camel or horse or donkey or whatever
they would watch or their animals they're in Makkah, you know, before setting out Mina, they're setting out to Mina and they will prepare the animals for alpha going on to alpha so they call it yo metalia.
practice of the prophets I seldom
was not to pray, Sunnah prayers,
the usual Sunnah prayers that we pray
before and after our father prayers.
The prophets are seldom reduced those prayers
as a traveler as a traveler, he reduced them all those which are for Raka to reduce them to to
and Asia, reduced to two units of prayer.
And this is what we do as a traveler.
And this is enshrined here in the Hajj.
And it's important here that we know this because in the practice of shortening prayers when traveling you have a lot of people who say, Why you shortening your prayers,
you know, in those days when travel was difficult, etc. This is what the shortening of prayers before
now, it's easy traveling is easy. We have cars, buses, planes, trains, why do you need to shorten your prayer.
We don't need to get into that.
The province our Salah, made it a part of Hajj to shorten our prayers.
It is a concession which Allah has given us.
And as the prophet SAW Sam said, Allah doesn't like that are his concessions are not taken.
No. Law says take it easy. do two you say don't need to do two I can do four.
No, it doesn't sound right does it?
Allah gave you to take it.
Take it and know that doing too
is worth more than doing for
it was a how how for a cash surely must be better than two
logically we say for rock art you're doing for it should work be worth more than two.
But it's not.
In this case, there's more reward
In doing two, then in doing four
because two is a concession from Allah, you are taking that gift from a lawyer accepting it.
And you are following the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam by doing it, it's worth more.
That's the reality.
And that is the greatness of Allah, that he can make too worth more than four.
in this time, we shorten our prayers, but we don't join them.
We don't join them. Now normally, we look at joining, shortening and joining as a combined thing for those who are travelers, but rarely, actually, the the joining of prayers is not specific
to the traveler.
It is permissible, even for the resident to join prayers, when they find the need
is a lot of people are not aware of this,
that you can join your prayers. When you find a need.
You can bring your zohore
Or you can bring your answer and pray after your lower
you can delay your Maghreb to Asia,
or bring your Asia forward and prayed. After immediately after praying your mother, where are you find a need
due to your life circumstances, because I'm sure there are times when you find yourself where you couldn't pray a certain time.
So and you end up praying it
in Margaret's time,
and of course, is
missed prayer, you're making it up, but it's really not cuz you've missed the prayer deliberately,
then it's a missed prayer.
Whereas if you join it with your zohore, because you knew in the time of the war, you're going to run into this problem.
Then you have prayed
a prayer in its acceptable time.
So when you find yourself in that kind of a situation,
you know, you're not going to be able to pray or mcgarrybowen time you make the intention. And join it with Eurasia. Don't go into that time of Maghreb and then you know you can to delay to delay to delay it until he comes and then you prayed. But you make the intention ahead. So it is something you have already planned.
Because if you miss a prayer and then say, Okay, okay, I'll just join it, you missed it done.
You should make the intention. So but in the case of Mina here, the joining the prophet SAW Salam did not join
and in not doing so, basically, he's telling us not to do it, because he told us Whoa, Anthony Magna Sega come take your rites, of Hajj and Umrah from me Do as I
So if that's what he did, we need to do that.
When there are other options.
He gave those options
on the 10th when people were asked him,
we stone first. Then we went to Mecca, then we slaughtered or we slaughtered first and we started with him. He said no problem. No problem. No problem. The order was not the issue.
So where there is flexibility, he made it clear. It was made clear. So he didn't join the prayers.
There in Munna, he shorten them.
in doing so, shortening them.
They are in Mena.
rights of Mina
are the formal prayers
The words of remembrance of God.
That's the focus of Mina before arafa as well as after, or before RFI, in particular, this is where we are, it is important
pray those formal prayers on time
praying Salatu fudger there on time.
Because what happens is that people there because they're taking this as a transit and looking at it very laxly they'll end up missing fudger praying it late after sunrise and then the rest of the day is just a mess. Prayers are here, they're everywhere.
Maybe that's the way we do it back home. Anyway, we just brought it with us to hatch.
But this is the time now to put things in order.
This is the time when we need to pray fudger on time in its time.
So we set the pattern for the rest of our Hajj
and supplications This is now the time for individual supplication because you have time it's a matter. We have to really manage the time that Allah has given us there in Minot
use the time well.
We're going to verify
our alpha basically if we enter out of our own time
for close to six hours
as anybody supplicated for six hours here before
it's something we've never done in our lifetime.
And we've been in congregations whatever where people supplicate it for a while after prayers and things like this, but imagine now supplicating for six hours
we hardly find time after our form of press to supplicate right now right? Give it a few minutes even imagine six hours of supplication.
So Amina is the place where we start to prepare ourselves for alpha because remember at the beginning we said the prophet SAW seven said What had you alpha
that's the core of Hajj. It's
an alpha is six hours of supplication.
So if we're not ready for six hours of supplication, then our Hajj wasn't that offer.
That's the bottom line.
We're gonna run into problems.
Because that's all that RFI is about supplication.
We have been so used to praying with the mom, after the prayers the mom makes us do our Rabbana. Amin, amin, amin, amin, amin, me, that's the extent of our application. Just I mean, I mean, I mean, we don't know what the mom is saying. But we just I mean, I mean,
now what happens in
we're in trouble.
We're in big trouble.
So RFR will not be what it's supposed to be.
So men are basically is like the preparation for our alpha men or before our alpha is preparation. This is really what the essence of Mina is about. Its preparation for RF.
If we were treating it like transit,
RF, our be a calamity.
arafa will be a calamity. We'll end up spending our time trying to climb on top of Mount drachma. You know, we'll be scrambling here scrambling there. Okay, let's go up Mount Rama, you know, stumbling climbing. So, we get caught up with trying to get to the top of Mount drama, which is that what RFO is about that all problema was as Helen didn't stand there. He didn't go to the top of, you know, Mount Rama and make an supplicate. He didn't
But for most people who end up there, that's what they're looking whereas welcome, and they will go walking setting off in alpha, they spent hours walking to mount drama, then climbing on the top, they make a couple of dollars in their back down and walking back to their camp again.
So arafa, which was supposed to be six hours of supplication, God
or Hajj wasn't out of.
So this is how important Midnight's
men are now is our preparation just as we do before Salah we have Minar before arafa
it is the necessary preliminary.
So therefore, in Mena, we need to work on our da
consciously knowing that we have ahead of us six hours in alpha. So my advice is, for those of you going this year still
my advice is, you start to make
a list of do us even actually, if you're planning to go next year, or you're still here, you're gonna go tomorrow day after whatever
even from now
start writing down the important to us that
you can make for yourself, for your family,
etc. Because there
you will quickly run out if you just leave it to yourself as you are right now. Imagine if I asked you to give me six hours of draw now. You will be finished in two minutes. You can't think of anything else. What else can I ask for?
What else can I seek forgiveness for?
So it's something we have to prepare ourselves for because we haven't done it before.
And in the same way as we know Voodoo should be done properly before our Salah.
Then the same way Mina should be treated.
If our prayers are done properly, I do as done
with full contemplation sincerely, then inshallah arafa will be
successful for us.
And since the main goal of Hajj is salvation from sin, then we should all learn say a dualistic far problems are seldom taught us a dua, which he called say a dualistic far say it means like the leader
it is the best way to seek forgiveness from Allah.
if you don't know it, then learn it from now before you go for the Hajj. Also,
though, as we said the Sunnah prayers are
not done. We have shortened our prayers and are going to do as soon as before and after the compulsory prayers, except for the two before foger
Witter and tahajjud should be done
something again, which we,
in our regular lives, we're not doing most of us, though make it we hear about it.
We know it's good.
But somehow we don't manage to do it.
There in Mena, we want to do it. We want to make sure that we are up at night for tahajjud
make that witr manesar, Salah metolius that you know in case of tahajjud is the best prayer after the obligatory prayer. It is the greatest
of prayers. Why? Because it is the freest from Korea.
At night, nobody else knows it's just you and Allah.
The regular prayers everybody else can see you.
You know the element of
they're buzzing around touches at different times in different ways. But tahajud is just you and Allah.
So, in Mena, make sure that you establish the touch,
because as we said, Mina is preparation for our alpha, r alpha is supplication, the essence of our alpha is supplication, we spend the time supplicating. Therefore, it is important for us to ensure that
we are in fact, prepared for arafa.
And the Hadith of the Prophet SAW salam, in which he talked about the last third of the night, that's the time of tahajjud
were allowed guarantees forgiveness for those who supplicate to him call on him at that time.
In terms of the rights of Mina, after arafa, well, they
our form of prayers, but included along with them is the stoning of the Jamaat.
And that's done in Mena.
And in between that time between the 10th and the 13th. In Mina, we do go and make tau for the Father, we do slaughter animals.
But in general,
in terms of Mina,
we will have a lot of time on our hands. As I said, people treat it as transit. But it's actually time wasted if we treat it that way.
And the prophet SAW Selim had warned us about spare time.
He said there are two blessings about which most people are deceived. Good health, and spare time.
So how to weld for
Law told us in suellen Shira, father for lotta fun sub.
If you find spare time, from your worship, then you should worship in other ways continue to worship, worship should really have no end.
Because the strive that Muslim is supposed to make is to turn his or her complete life into worship. So that whatever we're doing is worship. So this is what Allah is talking about. vida ferrata, if you have finished from your formal prayers, or the prescribed prayers at that particular time,
then don't abandon worship.
But look, to turn whatever other acts that you are about to engage in, to turn them also into worship. So that they can become a form of prayer also.
So in Mina,
be conscious of praising Allah,
the US car
if we don't know them, they have car of the morning and the evening. We should
learn them before we go.
print them out, whatever take them with us and utilize them. Because in that space, the time we said you want to be engaged with some different forms of supplication because even the car when we mentioned the names of a law, or we mentioned phrases
We're calling on a lie in one way or another. These are to us. They're just another form of supplication.
So we should
learn all of the recommended ones in a day. There was a book which was done by Ahmed Vaughn Denver, called a day in the life of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, a day in the life of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, in which he basically mentioned in all the different of car that the prophet SAW Salaam made from the time he got up in the morning, till the time he went to bed at night. So it becomes a nice guide for various applications that we should be utilizing on a daily basis. So if you can get a hold of that book, maybe you can go online, it's available, you can download it whatever.
Collected or fortress of a Muslim, is one of the best compilations of various applications that the prophet SAW Selim taught fortress of a Muslim, personal most Muslim.
It's available with English translation, I'm sure it's probably no do also or do translation, and other languages. So take it with you if you haven't learned those to us and utilize it. So then Mina.
Also, there is room for some socialization. You know, it's not to say that you can't talk to anybody around you. And you know, you're in a circumstance here now where there is time and
you have people who have come with you on Hajj, who you've never met before new people, etc.
Prophet Mohammed Salim did socialise for our purposes. During the Hajj, he used to go to the different areas where the different clans and tribes were set up, and he would talk to them about a law etc. So at that time, it's also an opportunity to socialize, but
in a limited sense, and also reminding those around you
about the importance and the seriousness of Mina.
So you're reminding them of a law, you're engaged in dour, let that be
the goal, not just merely getting to know those that you made, had with the goal ultimately, is to encourage them to be aware of what is the purpose of Mina, its goals. And in reminding them, you're reminding yourself
the package in which you are doing it is one in which you are
socializing. So it's socializing with a purpose.
What you don't want to be doing,
what you need to avoid is unnecessary talk.
Talk, which doesn't serve any purpose. It's just wasting time. For the most part, it ends up being backbiting
No talking useless talk, vain talk.
This is the time when
you need to be as careful as possible. This is precious time. We want to look after it and protect it.
And then roaming around the grounds of Mina.
Again, going out for what is necessary to get some fruit or to get some food or whatever, no harm, etc.
taking a walk because, of course, just sitting in the tent the whole time. You know, it's good to at least from an exercise point of view to go take a walk, you know, but again,
doing it with the humility that we have gained from Hajj up until that point,
the ombre which we did all of the lessons of humility, we apply them
at that time.
We are preparing for our alpha, alpha is on the ninth.
Of course, for those of us that are here, this is a recommended day for fasting
which has as a reward, two years of salvation from sin
as abasa Samad said want to fast on the day of arafah
the sins of the previous year and the current year are forgiven.
for those of us not going for Hajj,
let's not miss this special opportunity.
But for those of us there who will be there,
we will go into arafa by midday, that is the preferable time some people go in earlier.
It's possible but RFR per se
is counting between the whore and Makarem
between Lahore and Mahara. So between Zora and Maghreb, we have salata, zohore and Salatin acid
in this case, there is a master there are a large master there or any Masjid that
is nearby, a place where people massala where people are praying, you may pray your door and also
shortened and joined. There you join it.
You're joining the prayers now, so that you leave the maximum time for continued supplication, because Hajj is arafa.
Hajj is our offer.
we should strive to maximize our refer
to pray as we have never prayed before.
And to do so we need to prepare ourselves
from now start preparing ourselves from now
through the ombre.
Tell me now
and be ready for