Yasir Qadhi – The Basics of Hajj – A Practical Guide to Hajj 2024

Yasir Qadhi
AI: Summary © The holy Bible is a key point in the holy city of Mecca, where acceptance of Islam is essential to achieving a spiritual journey. The importance of acceptance and making a commitment to it is emphasized, as it is a blessing and choice. The journey is a microcosmic one and is designed to transform one's life. The importance of mental preparation and control of anger is also emphasized. The importance of following church guidelines and not harming others is emphasized, and the importance of not losing one's spiritual state and not just getting angry at people is also emphasized. The importance of mental preparation and control of anger is emphasized, and the importance of following church guidelines and not harming others is emphasized.
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I just recited for you 2 of the,

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verses in the Quran. There are others as

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well, but 2 of the primary verses that

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deal with the blessings of Hajj. And in

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the first one, Surat Ibrahim,

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Allah

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mentions the commandment of Hajj. This is where

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Hajj begins.

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Where does it begin?

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Say the adhan for Hajj. There is an

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actual adhan that was given for Hajj. Here,

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the adhan here means

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proclaim to mankind that they should come for

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Hajj. Where and when was this proclamation made?

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It was made over 4000 years ago

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in the holy city of Mecca when the

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prophet sallallahu alaihi when the prophet Ibrahim alaihi

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salam first built the Kaaba with his son,

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Ismael.

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When he first built the Kaaba and nobody

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had yet done tawaf

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and nobody had yet traveled and nobody had

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done anything for the Kaaba yet, Allah said,

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announce

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the Hajj

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Hajj, and make this Adan

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to all of mankind.

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Hajj. Make it for all of mankind.

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And so Ibrahim alaihis salam, it is said

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he asked Allah, oh, Allah, this is a

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dead land. This is an empty land. Oh,

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Allah. Who's gonna come

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to perform

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to your sacred house when nobody lives here?

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When this is in the middle of nowhere?

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And Allah said to Ibrahim alayhis salam,

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you give the adhan, and I will make

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sure it is heard. You give the adhan,

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and I will make sure people hear and

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respond to that adhan. And so our our

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father, Ibrahim alayhis salam, he walked to the

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surrounding valleys. He walked to,

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he walked to the, mountains around and to

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Safa and Marwa as well and to the

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other mountains, Jabal Qobais and others he went.

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And from every mountain top, he announced

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that, oh people, oh mankind,

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Allah has asked me to proclaim that you

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should come to Hajj. You should come to

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his house to perform the Hajj. And when

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he gave that call, no human being other

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than his family heard. But Allah

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kept that call alive, and Allah

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kept that adhan perpetual.

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And so since that year,

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every single year, even pre Islam and with

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the coming of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam,

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Islam and up until our time post Islam.

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Throughout all of these 4000 years, people have

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been performing Hajj. And that adhan

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has become so popular

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that the largest annual gathering in the whole

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world, this is according to the Guinness Book

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of World Records, the largest religious gathering

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every single year is the Hajj. And that

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is the response to that adhan. And in

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fact, when we say,

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and you should know this. This is a

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very key point here. When we say,

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we are responding to that call, that adhan.

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That's what means. Literally,

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means, oh, Allah, here I am at your

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service. Oh, Allah, I'm responding to your call.

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Is a term in Arabic that doesn't have

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an English equivalent. There's no simple word here.

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And laba means

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to respond to a call. That's literally what

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it means. So you only do labaik when

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somebody has called you. You don't you don't

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just come and say, hey. I'm here. That's

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not

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is somebody calls you says has come here.

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When you respond to the call in Arabic,

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you say, Labayka.

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I am responding to your call. Now a

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lot of us say, Labayk Allahumma Labayk, and

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we don't understand why we're saying it. You

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know why we're saying it? We are responding

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to the adhan that our father Ibrahim gave,

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And that's literally what we say.

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Oh, Allah. I heard the adhan. I heard

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the call. I believe in that call. I

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know you have called me to your house.

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You told me to come.

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I have responded to that call. I have

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replied to that call. Here I am, oh

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Allah,

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responding

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to the to the call of Ibrahim alayhis

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salam and replying to your commandment to come.

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So that is why we are coming to

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the house of Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala. And

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all Muslim, what can

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impress us? What can

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make us understand

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the reality of this sacred journey that you

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are all about to undertake? Subhan Allah. I

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have performed more Hajj's than I can remember.

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I think almost 20 Hajj's. And every single

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time we go over and I go over

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these hadith,

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it is just

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humbling. It is just overpowering

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the blessings of Hajj. Never you lose the

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the hope and the enthusiasm

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and the awe of the blessings given. Do

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you know a Muslim

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that the famous companion, Amr ibn al Aas,

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that he had a a a stellar resume

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and a a very well known career pre

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Islam. And he had committed some crimes against

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the Muslims because he was a general, because

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he had done things, you know, militarily.

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That Amr ibn Aas was the last Muslim

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to convert,

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before the conquest of Matkah. He was the

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last Muslim to make hijra. And when he

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came to Madinah, the last Muslim to migrate

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to Medina, literally the last Muslim, and he

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was very embarrassed at all that he had

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done. He had literally, you know, harmed the

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ummah, even killed Muslims in the pre Islamic

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days of Jahiliyyah, you know, when he was

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fighting on the wrong side. And he came

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to the prophet,

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and he put his hand out,

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and the prophet was gonna take it, then

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he put his hand back. So the prophet

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said, what's up? Why are you putting you

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you came to accept Islam. Right? He said,

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you Rasulullah, I have a condition. Now this

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was in the, 7th year of the Hijra.

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This was before the conquest of Mecca. No

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Hajj had been performed yet. The Muslims had

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not done Hajj yet. Listen to this hadith.

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The prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam asked him, Mahiam,

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what's up? Why did you put your hand

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back? He said, you Rasool Allah, I have

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a condition. So the prophet

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said, what's the condition? He said, you Rasoolallah,

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I've done so much wrong.

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I I I want to embrace Islam on

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a clean slate. I want all my sins

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to be forgiven. I don't want to have

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to deal with all that I've done. So

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the prophet smiled. Remember, it's the 7th year.

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Nobody has done Hajj yet, and yet he's

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giving this hadith. He said he said, oh,

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Amr, don't you know that

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a non Muslim embracing Islam

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and a Muslim performing Hajj. Notice, Wallahi, this

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hadith is mind boggling. Look at the context.

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There has never been a Hajj done, yet

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the prophet wanted us to know the equivalent.

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Don't you know, o'amr, that when a person

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embraces Islam or when a Muslim does Hajj

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and it is accepted,

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then all of their previous sins are forgiven.

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All of the sins are forgiven. SubhanAllah,

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our prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam equated the going

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for hajj. He equated the performance of the

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Hajj as a Muslim with literally

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the embracing of Islam as a non Muslim.

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That's literally the equation. Oh, Muslim whom Allah

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has chosen to go for Hajj, listen to

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me and listen carefully. And I'm see I'm

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being very, very frank over here. If you

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are going for Hajj,

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if your

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to go for Hajj

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is just to cross off something on your

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to do list, if it is just to,

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in your mind, get rid of some, you

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know, deep seated, you know, obligation you think

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you have and that's it to go back

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to resume your normal life afterwards,

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then I warn you, I caution you that

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you are not performing Hajj with the right

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frame of mind. This is not how you

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perform Hajj to cross it off your to

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do list. It is not a chore that

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you just have to get rid of and

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then return.

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No. Hajj is literally a transformative

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experience. It is a life changing experience.

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What changes occur when a non Muslim embraces

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Islam? What sacrifices

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does that person have to do? What new

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routines and rituals does a non Muslim have

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to take on? You and I both know

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it is literally a game changer, a life

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changing experience. Well, guess what, o Muslim? You

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and I performing the Hajj, that is the

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equivalent

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of a non Muslim embracing Islam. That is

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a life changing transformation

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that should affect a complete overhaul, a complete

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redo of your priorities, of your ethics, of

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your livelihood, of your routine. Everything should change.

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That's the goal of Hajj. And if and

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when you go with that mindset, well then

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that is a whole different experience. And that

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is when Hajj will indeed have all of

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these blessings that we are talking about. But

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dear Muslim, and I tell you from now,

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if you go with the wrong intention, if

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you go without having this mindset that I

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want Allah to accept my Hajj and I

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want Hajj to be something that truly impacts

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me. If you don't go with this mindset,

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well then, there is still time Insha'Allah.

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We think through and have a genuine,

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sincere commitment that, oh, Allah, you're allowing me

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to come and realize, oh, Muslim,

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that the very fact that you get for

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Hajj, the very the very fact you're allowed

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to go for Hajj in and of itself.

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This is a blessing and a choosing that

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is not in my hand. Our prophet said,

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The Hujjaj are Allah's delegations and guests.

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Allah's delegations and guests. Allah invited them and

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they accepted that invitation.

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So to be there in Makkah, to be

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there in Hajj, this is not something that

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is in your choice or my choice. It

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is in the choice of Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala. So the very fact you have been

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chosen, the very fact that Allah has given

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you this opportunity

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means he wants you to change, and he

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wants you to become somebody that is beloved

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to him. And he wants to forgive your

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sins. So accept that invitation.

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Accept that blessing that Allah has given you,

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and make sure you have the right mindset.

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Make sure your niyya, your paradigm, your entire

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your entire,

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methodology of going for Hajj that you think

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about it from here and now. There's barely

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2 months left, oh Muslim. So now is

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the time you have to start thinking, why

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am I going? What is my goal? When

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I come back, what will I be doing

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to manifest the blessings of Allah for having

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gone for Hajj? Our prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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said,

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The best of all deeds is iman in

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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And then Hajj, then it is the Hajj.

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Hajj is the greatest thing you can do

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after iman in Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala. And

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our mother, Aisha Radiallahu

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Anha, she came to the prophet sallallahu alaihi

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wasallam, and she said, you Rasulullah,

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all the men are getting the rewards. They

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go for you the battle of Barid, the

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battle of Uhud, the battle of Khandaq, the

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battle of of Amurisiyah, all of these battles.

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What can we do? We can't go in

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these battles. We wanna get all of the

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blessings of jihad and of shahad and everything

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possible. We want those blessings. The prophet

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said, I will tell you of the equivalent

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of jihad that has no hardship

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of blood. There's no blood being shed in

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it, but it'll get the rewards. And that

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is

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the jihad of going for Hajj and Umrah.

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Simply doing Hajj and Umrah, traveling for Hajj

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and Umrah, participating in Hajj and Umrah,

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all of the blessings that the true people

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of Jihad and of Badr and and and

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and and all of those,

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expeditions that that will come to the one

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that is undertaking the Hajj to the house

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of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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and our prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Salam said

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3 people

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feel the man in Allah

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3 people are under the protection of Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Allah has promised that they

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will be blessed by protection here. It doesn't

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mean no harm will come to them. Protection

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here means that Allah has given them special

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attention, special care. 3 are the people that

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Allah

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has protected.

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And he said one of them,

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a person who came out and did Hajj.

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As long as he is in Hajj, he

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is Allah's guest and Allah has protected him.

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And that's why, by the way, if a

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person dies in the state of Hajj, if

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a person dies in the state of iharam,

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there's special rituals that that the the type

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of perfume and whatnot is not done upon

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this person because they are honored in a

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special manner that other people are not honored.

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Because they are Allah's guests, Allah's delegates. So

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all all Muslim, Allah has chosen you to

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be his guest. Allah has chosen you to

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be his delegate. Delegate. So from now from

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now, my advice to myself and all of

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you is to get the right mindset, to

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understand this is not something that is just

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crossing off the list. It must be, it

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should be a life transformative experience. Your goal

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should be that Hajj changes your heart and

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soul. Hajj causes you to reconnect with your

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faith in a manner that you have never

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been connected before. Hajj brings you closer to

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Allah than you have ever been in your

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entire life. That is the goal. And if

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that happens, then

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Hajj will genuinely be a transformative experience. Realize

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all Muslims, the blessing is of Hajj began

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even before the journey. And during the journey,

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the blessings of Hajj began as soon as

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you leave your house. Our prophet

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said that no person

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takes one footstep nor does an animal take

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1 even one step from the animal except

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that going for Hajj obviously. Except that Allah

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causes

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an entire level of jannah, an entire daraja

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for him to be given, and, an an

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entire set of of evil deeds to be

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wiped out. Every single footstep that you take,

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every single,

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portion of the journey that you do and

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and many of us are going from faraway

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lands. Imagine we are going all the way

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from America. And so every single step that

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you do and every single journey that you

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travel, it is as if Allah

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will continue to give different levels of Jannah

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and forgive different quantities of sins simply by

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your undertaking the journey for Hajj. And our

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prophet said

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that nobody says the Talbiyah. Nobody says the

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Takbeer in the Hajj. Nobody says that while

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they're going for Hajj, except that an angel

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is gonna be giving him glad tidings of

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Jannah. An angel will be giving him glad

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tidings of of of Jannah. And whatever

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that we do

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that every time that we do the

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whatever hears that around us will testify on

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the day of judgment. Every rock, every leaf,

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every stone, every brick of the building, even

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inanimate objects, they will testify that, oh, Allah,

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this person answered your call. Oh, Allah, this

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person left his house or her house and

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walked or rode the bus or took the

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train or took the airplane and and traveled

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all the way from his home in order

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to please you and to sacrifice of his

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wealth and time to answer the call of

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Ibrahim alaihis salaam. And every single footstep that

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we take is going to be blessed. And

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as for the blessings of Arafat,

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as for the blessings of the people of

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Arafat, then what will make you realize the

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blessings of the people of Arafat? What will

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make you realize the blessings of the people

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of Arafat? There is no gathering

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more sacred than the gathering of Arafat. There

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is no blessed people more blessed in our

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times after the Sahaba, obviously. There is no

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blessed groups of people that is more blessed

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than the gathering of the plains of Arafat.

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Allah

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himself

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boasts to the angels of how proud he

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is of those people. Allah himself boast to

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the people that look at all of my

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servants. They have gathered from all over the

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world. Look at how tired they are. This

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is all in the hadith. Look at how

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tired they are.

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Look at how dusty they are. Look at

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how disheveled they are. You know, you're in

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Ihram for 3 days. Right? You will you

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will realize if you haven't been, you will

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realize exactly this hadith. Oh, Muslim, memorize this

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hadith and console yourself because you will feel

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tired. You will feel dirty. You will feel

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disheveled. That because of the circumstances,

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it's gonna be difficult to take baths and

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showers. Because of the circumstances, you're gonna be

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sweaty and grimy. Because of the circumstances, you

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wouldn't have combed your hair, your deodiance, your

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perfumes, all gone. And so you are literally

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dusty and tired and disheveled. And when you

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are feeling that way, don't feel down. Don't

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feel don't feel depressed.

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Thank Allah that you're there and remember this

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hadith that Allah hadith Qudsi. Allah

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will boast to the angels, look at my

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servants.

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Look at these servants. They They have come

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from all over the world

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responding to my call, and they are dusty,

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tired, disheveled. They are they are as they

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are, and they are all

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gathered for one reason, and that is they

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want my forgiveness.

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And then he Allah, azzawajal, will say to

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the angels that I call you to testify

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that I have forgiven

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every single one of them. I have forgiven

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down to the last person and our prophet

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Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam told us you know, authentic

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hadith. He said,

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The best dua anybody can ever make is

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the dua of Arafa. The best dua anybody

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can make is the dua of Arafa. Oh,

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Muslim,

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no dua of yours in your whole life.

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No dua is more powerful and more effective

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than the duas you can make on the

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day of Arafa, in the plains of Arafa.

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You will have the opportunity

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to speak directly with Allah. You will have

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the opportunity to hand in your petitions directly

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to Allah and

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Allah will be listening to the please of

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every single one of you, to the request

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of every single one of you. So go

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prepared. Make sure you know the duas that

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you want. And the most important dua is

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the dua of and Hidaya. You want Allah

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to forgive your past. You want Allah to

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bless your future with guidance. You want Allah

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to forgive all the sins you've done. You

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want Allah to make it easy for you

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to be the best Muslim you can be

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in the future. Make these duas a priority

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and know

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that the dua of the dua of Arafa

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is a dua that is accepted by Allah.

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No dua is turned away on the day

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of Arafa. Every single dua that you make

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is going to be accepted. Now, of course,

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to be accepted means that Allah

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will hear and give you something

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something what you wanted or something better than

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that. So an equivalent or better than that.

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So every dua you make will be accepted.

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And when you finish Arafat and you go

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over to the land of Musdaliifa,

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there Allah

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mentions the Muzdalifa in the Quran.

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Allah, that's where Muzdalifa is the sacred,

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lands and territory. Allah mentions Muzdalifa in the

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Quran. And he says, once you finish up

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Arafat, then go and continue your dhikr in

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Mashal Haram. Continue in Musdariqa. And then from

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Musdariqa, when you work your way, walk your

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way to the Jamarat, our prophet

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said, And as for your stoning that you

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do for the Jamarat,

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then Allah will safeguard

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every single blessing of that day. You're walking

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and you're pelting.

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It will be invested for you is a

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saying, well, you can translate it. All the

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deeds of that day, because that is a

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hectic. The the 10th of the is always

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hectic, because there's so much to do. Right?

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You have to walk, you have to go

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pelt, you have to go to change and

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everything. Always the most hectic day, right, of

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10th. So so the prophet

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said, that day and the day of Jamarat

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that you do it, all of it, Allah

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will invest it for you. Allah will store

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it for you. Meaning, you're going to see

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all that you've done on the day of

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judgment. You will get it back and it

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will please you and you will be happy

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of all that you have done. And then

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as for the

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shaving of a hair, our prophet

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said that when your hair is shaved or

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trimmed for every hair that falls, Allah

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will forgive will forgive your evil. Allah will

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forgive all of your evil deeds. So it

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is symbolic and it is real that as

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you are shaving or trimming, then all of

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this is falling off, so too your sins

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are completely

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falling off. And then when you do your

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and that is, of course, the the the

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the main, rukun after the rukun of of,

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of of standing in was and and and

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Arafat. When you do it,

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which is done, on 10th or 11th or

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12th, whenever you do it, whenever you do

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it,

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realize that is one of the primary pillars

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of Hajj.

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And our prophet said, when the Hajj when

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the Hajj does his tawaf and he finishes,

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then he will leave

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the the Kaaba

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as pure as the day his mother gave

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birth to him. You know the famous hadith

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that we have about, having all your sins

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forgiven? It applies right at the point of

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tawafl ifada. When you finish tawafl ifada, then

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expect

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Allah

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to bless you with a complete clean slate.

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And you are now spiritually

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absolutely pure

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even though physically you're sweating and physically you're

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tired and physically your clothes are dirty and

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physically you might hit this and that. But

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spiritually,

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you are sparkling clean. You have never been

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cleaner in your whole life than that day

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as an adult. Yes. You were clean as

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clean that day when you were born because

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you have no sin. But since that day,

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now is the cleanest day you have ever

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been. So as you do, tawaf al ifada,

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as you do, your ifada,

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understand the spiritual significance of that

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do not trivialize

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that day and ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala

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to have your Hajj accepted. All Muslim realize

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as our prophet

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said that

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The Hajj that is accepted, it has no

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reward lesser than Jannah itself. You see, there

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is no grade for Hajj. You don't get

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a b plus for Hajj. You don't get

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a c plus. You don't even get an

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a minus. There is no grade for Hajj.

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You can't do a mediocre Hajj. You either

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have an accepted Hajj or you don't. And

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if you have an accepted Hajj,

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the only reward for Hajj is Jannah itself.

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Now do you understand

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why the prophet salallahu alaihi wasalam equated the

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embracing of Islam by a non Muslim with

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a Muslim doing the Hajj? Because just like

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the non Muslim

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saves himself or herself from Jahannam and guarantees

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Jannah when they say the the Shahada.

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So to the Muslim, when the Muslim goes

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for Hajj, when the Muslim participates in the

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rituals of Hajj, there is no reward lesser

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than Jannah itself.

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So either you do it and Allah accepts,

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in which case you get to Jannah. Or

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we

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don't do it. We don't do it because

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the only reason the Hajj will not be

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accepted is if we did it with the

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wrong intention. The other, you know, technicalities

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we can always make up. But the only

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reason that the Hajj will not be accepted

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was something inside of us. That's something we

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did wrong. That our was wrong. We messed

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up,

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spiritually.

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That's what's going to ruin our Hajj. And

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so my dear brothers and sisters, realize that

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the journey of Hajj,

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it is a microcosmic

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journey

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of the spiritual soul to the akhira. Literally,

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as you are going to the akhira spiritually,

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the hajj is like a a physical manifestation

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of that. So just like the soul will

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journey back to Allah, in hajj, the body

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journeys to the house of Allah. In the

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akhira, the soul goes back to Allah but

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in this dunya, we are voluntarily

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walking and going to the house of Allah

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subhanahu wa ta'ala. So don't forget your spiritual

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journey as you are going physically to Makkah,

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physically to the house of Allah. Now when

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you come back, your heart and your soul

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must walk on the Surat al Mustaqim to

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. As you go for

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Hajj, you prepare yourself with money. You prepare

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yourself with medicines. You prepare yourself with taking

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the packages that are, you know,

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the packages you wanna go with. You you

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prepare yourself by reading,

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about Hajj and listening to lectures about Hajj.

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So to prepare and this is by the

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way, all of this is in the Quran.

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What does Allah says prepare for the journey.

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Don't just leave your house and expect, you

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know, rain to fall on you that are

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along the way. What does that do? Pack

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your bags, have your money, have your passport.

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That's literally what does that do means. Be

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take preparations for the journey. And as you

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take preparations, fa'ina khayra zaad I taqwa, the

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best way to prepare yourself for this world

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is taqwa. That's your real

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zad. That's your real provisions that you need

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to take. So when you prepare yourself physically

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for Hajj, prepare yourself spiritually to go back

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to Allah

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Realize as well, when you go for Hajj,

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you are leaving your family and friends. You

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are leaving your work. You're leaving your house.

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And remember, a time will come when you

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will permanently leave all of these things to

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return back to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. As

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you say goodbye to your family, you say

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goodbye to your friends, as you walk away

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from your house voluntarily,

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a time will come when you will walk

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away spiritually,

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involuntarily. The angel of death will come and

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there will be no goodbyes. But the

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same,

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separation will take place. But the difference is

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that for Hajid, it's temporary. And for the

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akhirah, it is permanent. As you get into

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the ihram, you will take a ghusl and

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shower and you will wear the ihram. Realize

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what is this if not a reminder of

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death? What is this except exactly a reminder

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that at least now you are taking the

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shower. A time will come when will be

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given to you. Now you are wearing the

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shrouds,

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the ihram. A time will come when the

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shrouds will be paste placed on you. Now

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you are taking your clothes off voluntarily and

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putting the ihram on. A time will come

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when others will take your clothes off and

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shroud you in your kafan of the akhira.

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So as you put all of this, prepare

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yourself for that journey as well. That's the

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whole point of hajj here, to put yourself

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in the spirit and mind of the journey

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back to Allah

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And

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as you go for Hajj and you see

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the,

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extremes, you see the chaos, you see the

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crowds, you see, you know, all that is

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going on. Well, then think of the day

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of judgment. Think of

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the because what you see in Hajj is

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but a fraction, but a miniscule

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fraction of the chaos and panic and the

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rush that is gonna be taking place in

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the akhira on the day of judgment. Oh,

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Muslim, the Hajj isn't just a physical journey.

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It is a spiritual journey. It is a

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transformative journey. It is a journey that is

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intended

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to completely

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change and restructure

00:28:03 --> 00:28:05

your life. That is the goal of Hajj.

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Make it your goal from now. That is

00:28:08 --> 00:28:09

the ultimate goal. And if you make it

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your goal and if you genuinely go with

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that intention, then inshallah,

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your Hajj is a Hajj.

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What does Hajj mean? Hajj

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means Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has blessed you

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with it that Allah has

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accepted it. You want your Hajj to be

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Hajj and you

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want Allah to have accepted your Hajj And

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so a Muslim, some very quick generic advice,

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and then I'll open the floor for some

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q and a. And today is not really

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the day for for q and a. We'll

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have another, multiple sessions and, you know, each

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specific group is gonna have, you know, more,

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classes and talks. Those are with my group,

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then we have obviously our own intensive,

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series of lectures we're gonna be doing, and

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other groups can have their, I'm sure they

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have their own own plans and packages as

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well. And so,

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this is not really about the fiqh of

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q and a, but I do wanna give

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you some, aspects or some, realities, and

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especially for those that have not gone for

00:29:04 --> 00:29:05

Hajj and this is your,

00:29:06 --> 00:29:09

first time going for Hajj, then let me

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explain to you that,

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I'm gonna tell you something that is not

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politically correct to say, but it is needs

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to be said.

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Many of us who have never been for

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Hajj,

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you think that you're gonna be spiritually at

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an all time high, and you think you're

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gonna be in this nice little bubble of

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iman and taqwa.

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But when you get there, there's going to

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be a 1,000,001

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problems,

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starting with the traffic

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and the jostling and shoving of people. Right?

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And the filth around you everywhere. And the

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beggars coming to you. And this and that.

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And you are a human being

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and surrounded by all that you are. And

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you're gonna see things you don't like to

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see. People are being very nasty and mean

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in Hajj. They're pushing people in front of

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the Kaaba, and it's really heartbreaking. Right? And

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they're trying to do this and that. And

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you're like, are you here for Hajj or

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what? I don't understand. So realize, oh, Muslim,

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you're not gonna have this calm, serene bubble

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that you think you will. You're gonna be

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tired.

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Eighty, ninety, 99 percent of people fall sick

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during Hajj. That is the reality of Hajj

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because you are, you know, congregate together. You

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might have a slight fever, coughing, you know,

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this is the reality, the Hajj gift we

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call it. Is going for Hajj all the

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time. I have been for Hajj more times

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than I can remember and every single time

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I get to the coughing virus and whatnot,

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it is the part of Hajj, the voice

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goes and whatnot. It is what happens during

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Hajj. So in that state, and you're gonna

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be like, how can I find spirituality?

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How can I get that that that that

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high that I wanted? And I'm telling you

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from now, that's the spiritual high. In that

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chaos,

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with your body tired, surrounded by that filth

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and that dirtiness and that smells and the

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list and that, in that difficult situation

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for you to muster

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spirituality.

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It's not the way you're gonna imagine it.

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That's what I'm trying to explain to you.

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It's not going to be the way you're

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thinking about it. But whatever you do at

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that stage, that is what is required. The

00:31:01 --> 00:31:03

fact that you're attempting

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in that complete chaos

00:31:05 --> 00:31:08

to find your personal safety, safe space, your

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personal spirituality,

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that is where your salvation will occur. So

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So understand this point as well. And, of

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course, and this is something again, I've already

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hinted at this. Do realize that Hajj brings

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out the best and the worst of people

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around, and it is the reality of the

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ummah. The ummah is not angelic. We know

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this. Look at what is happening around the

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world and what the ummah is doing. So

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the Ummah is not angelic. It's not full

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of angels. The Ummah is full of good

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people and the opposite. And in Hajj, you

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will find the best of the best. People

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will sacrifice. People will you will find people

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that would have walked from halfway across the

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world to come to Makkah and Madinah. And

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here we are traveling in air conditioned planes

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at 600 miles an hour, you know, within

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or within hours from one end of the

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world to other. There are people that have

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spent their life savings and they are walking.

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They're on bicycles. You will see this. They've

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come all the way from the furthest, you

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know,

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countries in the world. And now they're doing

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Hajj, and they're smiling and so happy just

00:32:01 --> 00:32:02

to be there. And your iman is gonna

00:32:02 --> 00:32:04

be all time high. And then the very

00:32:04 --> 00:32:06

next second, you're gonna see a person getting

00:32:06 --> 00:32:09

irritated, pushing somebody, you know, not being, nice

00:32:09 --> 00:32:12

to somebody. And it's gonna hurt you immensely.

00:32:12 --> 00:32:13

And this is the reality

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of Hajj. And realize your job and my

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job is to control our temper, is to

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control our,

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tongue and our anger. Our prophet

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said, whoever does Hajj

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without being vulgar

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and without, you know,

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doing any fisk to other people harming and

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and hurting other people.

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He's not vulgar, and he's not pushing and

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shoving and being nasty to people. That is

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the one who will go back with all

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of his deeds,

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with all of his sins forgiven. Why did

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the prophet say he's not vulgar and he

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doesn't hurt other people? Because in Hajj,

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so many people can't help it. They lose

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their temper. And when they lose their temper,

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and believe me, and I as I said,

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every hajj I've done, you see this happening

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in front of you and you think to

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yourself, subhanAllah, hey, didn't you listen to the

00:33:01 --> 00:33:03

lecture? Didn't you listen to what the prophet

00:33:03 --> 00:33:05

said? Did it weren't you warned not to

00:33:05 --> 00:33:07

do this? You're gonna get angry at everybody

00:33:07 --> 00:33:08

next to you. Akhi, why are you snoring?

00:33:08 --> 00:33:11

Akhi this, oh, did this, that on and

00:33:11 --> 00:33:13

on. And you realize this is the the

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test of Hajj. The fact that you're congregating

00:33:15 --> 00:33:17

with 2,000,000 people. You don't think issues are

00:33:17 --> 00:33:19

gonna happen? You don't think there's gonna be

00:33:19 --> 00:33:21

problems and stuff that gonna happen? Control your

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tongue. Control your anger. And if you're an

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if you're angry,

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expect Allah to reward you for your anger.

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Don't waste your Hajj be by getting angry

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at somebody else. Don't cause your Hajj to

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be obliterated because there are things beyond your

00:33:34 --> 00:33:34

control.

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Things are gonna happen you don't like and

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I don't like. And you can't you know,

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it's easy to blame everybody else in the

00:33:40 --> 00:33:41

end of the day if there's only so

00:33:41 --> 00:33:44

much people can do. You control your anger

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and control your tongue, and that will be

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protection of your Hajj. Also, one other generic

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advice,

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and again, this is my advice to you

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as somebody who's, as I said, done done

00:33:53 --> 00:33:55

plenty of Hajj's and I've I've been with

00:33:55 --> 00:33:57

hedge packages so many times, and,

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I've seen this over and over again. So

00:34:00 --> 00:34:02

my generic advice to all of you when

00:34:02 --> 00:34:03

it comes to,

00:34:04 --> 00:34:05

the fiqh of Hajj

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and the fatawah of Hajj

00:34:07 --> 00:34:08

is

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follow from now

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the scholar or scholars whom you

00:34:14 --> 00:34:15

want,

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and don't worry about the differences of opinion.

00:34:18 --> 00:34:21

Because Hajj, like all fiqhih issues,

00:34:21 --> 00:34:23

you have differences. Can you do this? Can

00:34:23 --> 00:34:24

you do that? And

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Hajj is not the time to become a

00:34:27 --> 00:34:30

self styled expert. Hajj is not the time

00:34:30 --> 00:34:32

to become your own mufti and go fatwa

00:34:32 --> 00:34:34

shopping. You need to decide

00:34:35 --> 00:34:38

which sheikh you wanna follow and whichever sheikh

00:34:38 --> 00:34:40

you follow that has studied and has whichever

00:34:40 --> 00:34:42

one is all good. No problem. And here's

00:34:42 --> 00:34:43

another point.

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And I I hope, inshallah, this is not

00:34:45 --> 00:34:46

taken in the wrong way.

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Oh, Muslim,

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I am very troubled personally

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by how

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so many Hajjaj

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become obsessed with

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the minutia of Hajj.

00:35:00 --> 00:35:03

They become obsessed with the fine print.

00:35:04 --> 00:35:06

You know, the number one questions

00:35:06 --> 00:35:08

we get asked are about,

00:35:09 --> 00:35:11

about the things that baked the ihram. Oh,

00:35:11 --> 00:35:13

I I plucked a hair. Oh, I did

00:35:13 --> 00:35:15

a nail here. Oh, I used perfume soup.

00:35:15 --> 00:35:17

So so etcetera. I said, oh, I ate

00:35:17 --> 00:35:20

biryani that had saffron in it, and the

00:35:20 --> 00:35:22

saffron smells. So the biryani is not spreading

00:35:22 --> 00:35:23

my

00:35:25 --> 00:35:26

I'm not trying to make fun of that

00:35:26 --> 00:35:28

attitude. May Allah bless you with that attitude.

00:35:28 --> 00:35:30

I am going to say something blunt here.

00:35:30 --> 00:35:32

You know that enthusiasm and zeal you have

00:35:32 --> 00:35:33

for all the minutia?

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Cut it to 10%.

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Take that 90%

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and put it to the broader goals of

00:35:41 --> 00:35:44

Hajj. I wish people were more concerned about

00:35:44 --> 00:35:45

the spirituality

00:35:45 --> 00:35:48

of Hajj as much as they are about

00:35:48 --> 00:35:50

the very minute uhgam.

00:35:52 --> 00:35:54

How many times people are gonna come to

00:35:54 --> 00:35:55

me? I'm not even exaggerating. It's a sounds

00:35:55 --> 00:35:58

funny. It's so true. Showing me their shoes.

00:35:58 --> 00:36:00

I'm not joking. Wallahi, every sheikh knows this.

00:36:00 --> 00:36:02

Sheikh, is this shoe allowed or not? They're

00:36:02 --> 00:36:04

gonna come and display their shoe to me

00:36:04 --> 00:36:05

and whatnot. Okay. Alhamdulillah.

00:36:05 --> 00:36:07

Good. May Allah bless you. But you know

00:36:07 --> 00:36:09

that concern you have, wallahi, whichever thing you

00:36:09 --> 00:36:11

do, you'll find some it's not the main

00:36:11 --> 00:36:12

issue.

00:36:12 --> 00:36:14

A 1000 times, a 100000

00:36:14 --> 00:36:17

times more important than the shoe that you

00:36:17 --> 00:36:19

wear, how is your qalb? How is your

00:36:19 --> 00:36:22

spiritual attitude of hajj? So please, for the

00:36:22 --> 00:36:23

love of God,

00:36:23 --> 00:36:26

don't become obsessed with the minutia.

00:36:26 --> 00:36:29

Allah is not gonna punish you if you

00:36:29 --> 00:36:32

followed one scholar over another about this shoe

00:36:32 --> 00:36:34

that you wore, the sock or whatnot. This

00:36:34 --> 00:36:36

is not what Hajj is about. Yes. You

00:36:36 --> 00:36:38

need to study. And, yes, you follow the

00:36:38 --> 00:36:39

hakam to the best. I'm not, you know,

00:36:39 --> 00:36:42

telling you not to not follow. I am

00:36:42 --> 00:36:44

saying prioritize the bigger goal. Don't lose the

00:36:44 --> 00:36:46

forest for the trees. Prioritize

00:36:47 --> 00:36:49

your reason for being there. And that is

00:36:49 --> 00:36:52

you want a cleansing experience. You want to

00:36:52 --> 00:36:53

reconnect with Allah

00:36:54 --> 00:36:55

Far more important

00:36:55 --> 00:36:58

than the ihram and this and that is

00:36:58 --> 00:37:00

the dua and the dhikr you're making from

00:37:00 --> 00:37:02

the qalb. That's a 1000000 times more important

00:37:03 --> 00:37:04

than, you know, making sure that, oh, the

00:37:04 --> 00:37:06

button is this and that. No. Keep that,

00:37:06 --> 00:37:08

Yani. As I said, 10%. I'm not saying

00:37:08 --> 00:37:11

throw it out the window. 10%. Right? And

00:37:11 --> 00:37:12

the main thing

00:37:12 --> 00:37:14

the main thing that you should be aware

00:37:14 --> 00:37:16

of, there's 4 arkan of Hajj. As long

00:37:16 --> 00:37:18

as these arkan are done, you're gonna go

00:37:18 --> 00:37:20

over it in the fiqh of Hajj. As

00:37:20 --> 00:37:21

long as these arkan are done, and that

00:37:21 --> 00:37:23

is you declare the nih of Hajj that's

00:37:23 --> 00:37:25

called Ihram, and that is that you stand

00:37:25 --> 00:37:28

at Arafat and that you do the Tawaf

00:37:28 --> 00:37:30

alifada and the Sahib. Okay? These are the

00:37:30 --> 00:37:31

4 arkan.

00:37:31 --> 00:37:33

As as long as you do this, the

00:37:33 --> 00:37:34

rest is

00:37:35 --> 00:37:35

salvageable.

00:37:35 --> 00:37:37

You can do something to make it up.

00:37:38 --> 00:37:39

You can do the crash course of Hajj

00:37:39 --> 00:37:42

in 20 minutes. That's it. Now the rest

00:37:42 --> 00:37:44

of the time should not be spent in

00:37:44 --> 00:37:45

the minutia,

00:37:45 --> 00:37:47

in the hair splitting, in going to the,

00:37:48 --> 00:37:50

the the the footnotes. That's not what Hajj

00:37:50 --> 00:37:52

is about. No. The rest of the time

00:37:52 --> 00:37:54

should literally be spent. What duas am I

00:37:54 --> 00:37:56

gonna be making? How is my spiritual state

00:37:56 --> 00:37:58

here? The that I'm doing here. Am I

00:37:58 --> 00:38:01

truly connected with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala? That's

00:38:01 --> 00:38:03

the spirit of Hajj. And then to start

00:38:03 --> 00:38:04

thinking from now,

00:38:05 --> 00:38:07

my life when I return from Hajj must

00:38:07 --> 00:38:07

be different.

00:38:08 --> 00:38:10

I must be a better person. From now,

00:38:10 --> 00:38:12

you start thinking like this. And if you

00:38:12 --> 00:38:14

do this, well then, the trivial stuff will

00:38:14 --> 00:38:16

make its way there. No problem. And the

00:38:16 --> 00:38:18

actual Hajj will be accepted, Insha'Allah,

00:38:19 --> 00:38:20

by Allah.

00:38:21 --> 00:38:22

So this is in a nutshell,

00:38:23 --> 00:38:24

some of the stuff that I wanted to

00:38:24 --> 00:38:26

share. And be thankful to Allah that you

00:38:26 --> 00:38:27

have been chosen.

00:38:27 --> 00:38:29

Be appreciative of the blessings. There are so

00:38:29 --> 00:38:31

many people that are not able to go

00:38:32 --> 00:38:34

less than, what is it, 0.1 percent of

00:38:34 --> 00:38:35

the ummah is able to go for Hajj.

00:38:35 --> 00:38:38

So, subhanallah, you are now in that 0.1%.

00:38:38 --> 00:38:40

You are now in the elite, the creme

00:38:40 --> 00:38:43

de la creme. You are the highest now

00:38:43 --> 00:38:45

that that Allah has chosen. So once you

00:38:45 --> 00:38:48

get there, appreciate those blessings. Don't trivialize those

00:38:48 --> 00:38:50

blessings. Take advantage

00:38:50 --> 00:38:53

of those days and nights. Fill them with

00:38:53 --> 00:38:55

Ibadah. Fill them with the dhikr of Allah

00:38:55 --> 00:38:56

subhanahu wa ta'ala.

00:38:57 --> 00:39:00

Do not waste your hajj with vain talk,

00:39:00 --> 00:39:02

with making people angry and irritated.

00:39:03 --> 00:39:06

Control your tempers, all Muslims. I'm telling you

00:39:06 --> 00:39:08

from now, Hajj will test your temper in

00:39:08 --> 00:39:10

ways that has never been tested. You will

00:39:10 --> 00:39:12

get angry at the person next. You're gonna

00:39:12 --> 00:39:13

get angry at the bus driver. You're gonna

00:39:13 --> 00:39:15

get angry at me for whatever reason. I

00:39:15 --> 00:39:17

don't even know. You're gonna get angry at

00:39:17 --> 00:39:19

the world, whatever. It is what it is.

00:39:19 --> 00:39:21

We can't control everything. You're gonna get angry

00:39:21 --> 00:39:23

at the for sure, without a doubt. That's

00:39:23 --> 00:39:25

the reality. And Ahmed knows this. Right? There's

00:39:25 --> 00:39:26

only so much they can do. In the

00:39:26 --> 00:39:28

end of the day, this is 3,000,000 people

00:39:28 --> 00:39:30

there. There's they're trying to their their rest

00:39:30 --> 00:39:33

and whatnot. So whatever you wanna do, just

00:39:33 --> 00:39:35

control your tongue. Don't lose your hedge for

00:39:35 --> 00:39:38

trivial matters. Allah blessed you to go. Allah

00:39:38 --> 00:39:40

blessed you to be there. Okay. You might

00:39:40 --> 00:39:42

not have gotten the AC you wanted. You

00:39:42 --> 00:39:44

might not have gotten a particular bed that

00:39:44 --> 00:39:46

you wanted. You know what? People are sleeping

00:39:46 --> 00:39:47

on the streets while lives needs to be

00:39:47 --> 00:39:49

set. People have walked a Hajj and they

00:39:49 --> 00:39:51

don't have a fraction of the luxuries we

00:39:51 --> 00:39:52

do, and they're thankful to Allah for that.

00:39:52 --> 00:39:54

Now I'm not saying that, you know, if

00:39:54 --> 00:39:56

you don't get your stuff that you're not

00:39:56 --> 00:39:58

you're you know, you it's your haqq as

00:39:58 --> 00:39:59

well. We understand this. But at the same

00:39:59 --> 00:40:00

time, there's a time and a place. And

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I'm telling you as the religious guide, I'm

00:40:02 --> 00:40:04

telling you as the person, Yani, from the

00:40:04 --> 00:40:05

spiritual side,

00:40:05 --> 00:40:07

during the days of Hajj is not the

00:40:07 --> 00:40:09

day to argue business. During the days of

00:40:09 --> 00:40:11

Hajj is not the day to lose it

00:40:11 --> 00:40:13

by showing your frustration and anger. Now is

00:40:13 --> 00:40:16

the time for sakinah, for ibadah, for dhikr,

00:40:16 --> 00:40:19

for rituals, and to control, you know, your

00:40:19 --> 00:40:21

anger and tongue. Don't hurt other people. Don't

00:40:21 --> 00:40:24

harm other people. Allah knows, you know, Hajj

00:40:24 --> 00:40:25

is not the time you're gonna kiss the

00:40:25 --> 00:40:27

black stone, honestly. It's not the time. Get

00:40:27 --> 00:40:29

it out of your mind. It's not even

00:40:29 --> 00:40:30

the wisest thing to do.

00:40:31 --> 00:40:33

Another time, go when there's less rush there

00:40:33 --> 00:40:35

to to hurt people and do the and

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and get there. This is not what the

00:40:36 --> 00:40:39

sharia is about. If Allah allows it without

00:40:39 --> 00:40:42

you hurting other people, then, alhamdulillah. Otherwise, don't

00:40:42 --> 00:40:44

worry about this. Don't the time for Hajj

00:40:44 --> 00:40:45

primarily, as we said,

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is the spiritual journey to Allah and to

00:40:48 --> 00:40:51

be in these holy places, in Muzdalifa,

00:40:51 --> 00:40:54

in Arafat in particular. Right? In Mina. These

00:40:54 --> 00:40:57

are the main requirements. When you are there,

00:40:57 --> 00:40:59

you are worshiping, you're doing dhikr, you're reading

00:40:59 --> 00:41:01

the Quran, you're turning to Allah subhanahu wa

00:41:01 --> 00:41:03

ta'ala, you're contemplating

00:41:03 --> 00:41:06

the blessings Allah has given you, you're contemplating

00:41:06 --> 00:41:08

your life up until that point in time,

00:41:08 --> 00:41:10

and how your life is gonna be better

00:41:10 --> 00:41:12

henceforth from that point in time. That is

00:41:12 --> 00:41:15

the main point of Hajj, internal and not

00:41:15 --> 00:41:17

the external stuff and not the minutiae of

00:41:17 --> 00:41:19

this and that. No. This is all trivial.

00:41:19 --> 00:41:21

The main point, your soul is going to

00:41:21 --> 00:41:24

be reborn. You're gonna be given a second

00:41:24 --> 00:41:26

chance at life. Spiritually, you're gonna be coming

00:41:26 --> 00:41:29

back a new person. So that is what

00:41:29 --> 00:41:31

hajj is about. Take advantage of that. We

00:41:31 --> 00:41:32

ask Allah to

00:41:33 --> 00:41:35

bless every single one of us to have

00:41:35 --> 00:41:37

a Hajj Mabroor. We ask Allah Subhanahu Wa

00:41:37 --> 00:41:40

Ta'ala to make this Hajj a blessed Hajj.

00:41:40 --> 00:41:41

We ask Allah Azza Wa Jal to make

00:41:41 --> 00:41:43

it a Hajj that is easy for us.

00:41:43 --> 00:41:44

We don't want difficulties in our lives, so

00:41:44 --> 00:41:46

we want an easy Hajj. We want a

00:41:46 --> 00:41:48

Hajj that allows us to reconnect with him,

00:41:48 --> 00:41:50

that allows us to have our sins forgiven.

00:41:50 --> 00:41:51

We want to return

00:41:52 --> 00:41:54

back to our home safe and sound and

00:41:54 --> 00:41:57

as pure as the day our mothers gave

00:41:57 --> 00:41:58

birth to us. And with that, InshaAllah,

00:41:59 --> 00:42:01

I'll open the floor for, q and a

00:42:01 --> 00:42:02

from your side.

00:42:02 --> 00:42:04

And so InshaAllah, where do I get the

00:42:04 --> 00:42:05

questions from? Oh, the q and a tab.

00:42:05 --> 00:42:07

Sorry. Okay. It's like a little kid, Shaykhna.

00:42:07 --> 00:42:08

Yes. And then I think you can sort

00:42:08 --> 00:42:10

by up votes and we can take a

00:42:10 --> 00:42:12

couple of questions InshaAllah for the next 11

00:42:12 --> 00:42:14

minutes or so. May Allah bless you Shaykh.

00:42:15 --> 00:42:17

For the session. Okay. InshaAllah. So let's take

00:42:17 --> 00:42:19

some questions here from now.

00:42:19 --> 00:42:21

How do you deal with keeping up your

00:42:21 --> 00:42:23

spiritual momentum after big events like Hajar Ramadan?

00:42:24 --> 00:42:27

I always feel super motivated during these times,

00:42:27 --> 00:42:30

but struggle with post event blues. Any advice?

00:42:30 --> 00:42:32

Brother Azzam, are you from Tennessee with your

00:42:32 --> 00:42:33

post event blues? I was living in Tennessee

00:42:33 --> 00:42:35

for 10 years. So,

00:42:37 --> 00:42:39

the answer to this question

00:42:40 --> 00:42:41

is the struggle

00:42:42 --> 00:42:42

for spirituality.

00:42:44 --> 00:42:46

There is no easy answer.

00:42:46 --> 00:42:48

And in attempting

00:42:48 --> 00:42:49

to find spirituality,

00:42:50 --> 00:42:52

in trying your best

00:42:53 --> 00:42:54

to reconnect with Allah,

00:42:55 --> 00:42:57

in that is your salvation.

00:42:57 --> 00:42:59

As I explained to you even during Hajj,

00:42:59 --> 00:43:00

that

00:43:01 --> 00:43:02

you're not gonna find

00:43:02 --> 00:43:05

the peace and quiet that you have right

00:43:05 --> 00:43:07

now. Wallahi, right now, right after this lecture,

00:43:07 --> 00:43:09

if you sit down for 5 minutes, the

00:43:09 --> 00:43:11

type of spirituality you're gonna be feeling, you

00:43:11 --> 00:43:14

will not experience it during Hajj. You're gonna

00:43:14 --> 00:43:16

experience different types. Because in Hajj, like I

00:43:16 --> 00:43:18

said, your stomach's gonna be growling. You might

00:43:18 --> 00:43:19

have had istaghfirullah

00:43:20 --> 00:43:22

stomach issues as well. Right? And then you

00:43:22 --> 00:43:24

have fever and coughing and sneezing, and everybody's

00:43:24 --> 00:43:26

crowded. And it's just damp or hot or

00:43:26 --> 00:43:29

taut or cold or whatever. And there's coughing

00:43:29 --> 00:43:30

and there's smoke and there's this and that.

00:43:30 --> 00:43:32

How can you find the spirituality you're gonna

00:43:32 --> 00:43:34

find in your own home right now for

00:43:34 --> 00:43:36

the 5 minutes? That's not gonna happen. But

00:43:36 --> 00:43:37

in that environment,

00:43:38 --> 00:43:39

for you to attempt

00:43:40 --> 00:43:41

to push the boundaries

00:43:41 --> 00:43:44

and to raise your hand to Allah and

00:43:44 --> 00:43:46

to carve out your own spirituality.

00:43:47 --> 00:43:49

It's not gonna be like today's. It's not

00:43:49 --> 00:43:51

gonna be like in in Ramadan. It's not

00:43:51 --> 00:43:52

gonna be like in the peace of your

00:43:52 --> 00:43:54

masjid. It's gonna be a different type, and

00:43:54 --> 00:43:57

that type is what Allah will bless. So

00:43:57 --> 00:44:00

understand. Have your expectations realistic. And understand

00:44:00 --> 00:44:01

spirituality

00:44:02 --> 00:44:04

is never just achieved once and that's it.

00:44:04 --> 00:44:04

It is constantly strive for. You constantly wanna

00:44:04 --> 00:44:05

push it more and keep it

00:44:15 --> 00:44:16

When you try, you're gonna get it. And

00:44:16 --> 00:44:18

of them is you immerse yourself in

00:44:19 --> 00:44:22

rituals of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Constant dhikr

00:44:22 --> 00:44:24

and Quran during Hajj is comes with the

00:44:24 --> 00:44:26

territory. That's what you do during Hajj Hajj

00:44:26 --> 00:44:27

is about,

00:44:27 --> 00:44:29

This is literally in the Quran.

00:44:29 --> 00:44:31

What that literally Allah says do

00:44:31 --> 00:44:33

in those days. That's what you're supposed to

00:44:33 --> 00:44:35

do. So adhkaar here doesn't just mean but

00:44:37 --> 00:44:40

dhikr is also the Quran. Dhikr is also

00:44:40 --> 00:44:43

dua. Right? Dhikr is also contemplating over life.

00:44:43 --> 00:44:45

All of this is dhikr. So all of

00:44:45 --> 00:44:47

these are, things that you can do.

00:44:47 --> 00:44:49

Next question, sister Nadeen.

00:44:50 --> 00:44:51

Does

00:44:51 --> 00:44:53

a woman have to make up any missed

00:44:53 --> 00:44:54

fast before going for Hajj? She should, but

00:44:54 --> 00:44:56

it is not a requirement. She should simply

00:44:56 --> 00:44:58

because it is good to get rid of

00:44:58 --> 00:44:59

all your debts before going for Hajj, but

00:44:59 --> 00:45:01

it is it has nothing to do with

00:45:01 --> 00:45:03

the validity of Hajj. So if you're not

00:45:03 --> 00:45:05

able to do that, for example, if a

00:45:05 --> 00:45:07

sister has multiple years, you know, she was

00:45:07 --> 00:45:08

pregnant, she was breastfeeding, she was pregnant, she

00:45:08 --> 00:45:11

was breastfeeding, She has plenty of, Ramadans to

00:45:11 --> 00:45:12

make up. She cannot do it in 2

00:45:12 --> 00:45:15

months. No problem. It is not a requirement

00:45:15 --> 00:45:17

that you make up your fast before you

00:45:17 --> 00:45:19

go for Hajj, but it is good to

00:45:19 --> 00:45:20

do so if you're able to do so

00:45:20 --> 00:45:22

just because of the generic,

00:45:23 --> 00:45:26

reality of having, all of your debts paid

00:45:26 --> 00:45:27

if you can. And again, this is not

00:45:27 --> 00:45:29

even a requirement because even if you have

00:45:29 --> 00:45:30

a debt to somebody who allows you to

00:45:30 --> 00:45:32

go for Hajj, that too is allowed, no

00:45:32 --> 00:45:33

problem.

00:45:35 --> 00:45:36

Question

00:45:36 --> 00:45:39

here. Does every accepted Hajj clean the slate

00:45:39 --> 00:45:40

of sins or only the first Hajj of

00:45:40 --> 00:45:43

a Muslim? Every single Hajj brother Khurram. Why

00:45:43 --> 00:45:44

do you think I'm doing Hajj every single

00:45:44 --> 00:45:46

year that I can do and all of

00:45:46 --> 00:45:48

us are doing it. We want every single

00:45:48 --> 00:45:50

year. It will cleanse you. It's a cleansing

00:45:50 --> 00:45:52

experience every single year. So definitely,

00:45:52 --> 00:45:53

uh-uh,

00:45:53 --> 00:45:54

every single year.

00:45:55 --> 00:45:58

Question here, trying to find the highest question.

00:45:59 --> 00:46:02

My skin my question is can men wear

00:46:02 --> 00:46:05

fragrance free sunscreen on the exposed sin? Yes.

00:46:05 --> 00:46:07

They can. No problem. Inshallah, you can wear

00:46:07 --> 00:46:09

fragrance free anything. No problem.

00:46:10 --> 00:46:11

And like I said, so many of the

00:46:11 --> 00:46:14

questions will be about this. No problem. Just

00:46:14 --> 00:46:15

ask a few of them and and don't

00:46:15 --> 00:46:18

get too much bogged down in detail. As

00:46:18 --> 00:46:21

I said, the bulk of questions comes over

00:46:21 --> 00:46:21

shoes

00:46:22 --> 00:46:24

and then over lotions. These are the 2

00:46:24 --> 00:46:27

bulk questions. Okay? That's what every sheikh, like,

00:46:27 --> 00:46:29

we are shown this. We're smell smell this

00:46:29 --> 00:46:30

sheikh. Smell this. This is halal.

00:46:31 --> 00:46:32

All

00:46:32 --> 00:46:33

Muslims,

00:46:34 --> 00:46:36

don't sweat the small stuff. Pun intended.

00:46:37 --> 00:46:40

Don't sweat over these petty issues. Okay? Use

00:46:40 --> 00:46:42

whatever soap is available and try your best

00:46:42 --> 00:46:44

to find perfume free soap. But soap in

00:46:44 --> 00:46:45

and of itself is not perfume.

00:46:46 --> 00:46:48

Perfume is perfume. Do not take your cologne

00:46:48 --> 00:46:49

and put it on you. And even if

00:46:49 --> 00:46:51

you do it accidentally, again, the Sharia is

00:46:51 --> 00:46:53

so easy. Please take a mini course on

00:46:53 --> 00:46:55

the fiqh of Hajj so you know. And

00:46:55 --> 00:46:57

once you've done it, khalas, no need to

00:46:57 --> 00:46:59

ask a million questions. Really, wallahi,

00:46:59 --> 00:47:01

Hajj is not meant for the minutia as

00:47:01 --> 00:47:03

I said. Know your stuff. Know what is

00:47:03 --> 00:47:06

haram and halal. And then, Yani, don't worry

00:47:06 --> 00:47:07

about, as I said, these these petty things.

00:47:07 --> 00:47:09

It's not gonna make or break your your

00:47:09 --> 00:47:10

your hedge.

00:47:11 --> 00:47:13

Is it mandatory for a man to shave,

00:47:13 --> 00:47:15

or is trimming sufficient? Shaving is more blessed,

00:47:15 --> 00:47:18

but trimming is sufficient. Shaving is more rewarding

00:47:18 --> 00:47:19

by Allah,

00:47:19 --> 00:47:21

and the reason is to show humility. So

00:47:21 --> 00:47:23

the whole purpose and again, oh, men, we

00:47:23 --> 00:47:25

know how we feel. Like, we wanna have,

00:47:25 --> 00:47:27

you know, that nice hair and whatnot. And

00:47:27 --> 00:47:29

so by shaving, you are literally

00:47:29 --> 00:47:32

sacrificing your ego. You are literally like, Halas,

00:47:32 --> 00:47:34

I want to show my humility to Allah

00:47:34 --> 00:47:36

Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Right? So I do encourage,

00:47:36 --> 00:47:38

but if not, and I've done had so

00:47:38 --> 00:47:39

many times sometimes that it's me on a

00:47:39 --> 00:47:41

personal level. Sometimes I shave, sometimes I don't.

00:47:41 --> 00:47:42

It's just it is what it is.

00:47:43 --> 00:47:43

It just

00:47:44 --> 00:47:45

depends on my own mood at the time

00:47:45 --> 00:47:49

no problem, but technically speaking the perspective the

00:47:49 --> 00:47:51

spiritual perspective and especially if it's your first

00:47:51 --> 00:47:54

Hajj then, I would strongly encourage you to

00:47:54 --> 00:47:56

to shave it, off for the men. Of

00:47:56 --> 00:47:58

course, the women, they just take the, the

00:47:58 --> 00:47:59

end of the the tip of the hair

00:47:59 --> 00:47:59

there.

00:48:01 --> 00:48:03

For the 11 13 days of the visit,

00:48:03 --> 00:48:06

we'll be performing Namaz Al Qasr,

00:48:06 --> 00:48:09

Qasr prayer. So when you pray behind Imams,

00:48:10 --> 00:48:12

you will pray with them full. When you

00:48:12 --> 00:48:13

pray on your own, you may pray for

00:48:13 --> 00:48:14

for rakaturaka

00:48:14 --> 00:48:16

no problem when you pray on your own

00:48:16 --> 00:48:18

because you are a traveler throughout that entire

00:48:18 --> 00:48:20

time. But when you are behind an imam,

00:48:20 --> 00:48:22

then you will uh-uh

00:48:22 --> 00:48:24

be praying the full because the imam is

00:48:24 --> 00:48:26

gonna be local. If the imam is not

00:48:26 --> 00:48:28

local and the imam prays too, then you

00:48:28 --> 00:48:29

pray too as well.

00:48:30 --> 00:48:31

Could you explain the spiritual

00:48:32 --> 00:48:32

significance

00:48:33 --> 00:48:35

of wills for family? So you know a

00:48:35 --> 00:48:37

lot of books they mentioned that before you

00:48:37 --> 00:48:38

go for Hajj, you have to write a

00:48:38 --> 00:48:39

will. You have to understand

00:48:40 --> 00:48:42

the reality of this is nothing to do

00:48:42 --> 00:48:45

with Hajj. It's to do with past times.

00:48:45 --> 00:48:47

Because once upon a time,

00:48:47 --> 00:48:49

traveling was life threatening,

00:48:49 --> 00:48:50

especially

00:48:50 --> 00:48:52

months of travel. And so

00:48:53 --> 00:48:55

a good percentage of people would not return

00:48:56 --> 00:48:58

and so the advice that you give to

00:48:58 --> 00:49:00

somebody about to die. That's the advice that

00:49:00 --> 00:49:02

will be given to the people going for

00:49:02 --> 00:49:03

Hajj In our

00:49:04 --> 00:49:06

times, going for Hajj is has nothing to

00:49:06 --> 00:49:08

do with wills per se, but you should

00:49:08 --> 00:49:10

always have a will ready. That's the point

00:49:10 --> 00:49:11

here. You should have a will,

00:49:12 --> 00:49:14

in case anything happens. And so going for

00:49:14 --> 00:49:15

Hajj, it should just remind you that I

00:49:15 --> 00:49:16

should have a will as well. In and

00:49:16 --> 00:49:18

of itself, writing a will and going for

00:49:18 --> 00:49:20

Hajj are 2 separate obligations.

00:49:20 --> 00:49:23

So they're not causally connected with,

00:49:23 --> 00:49:24

one another.

00:49:25 --> 00:49:27

Question here. Let me just see. Again, I'm

00:49:27 --> 00:49:28

trying to see which ones are the one

00:49:28 --> 00:49:30

that have the most votes because, that's what

00:49:30 --> 00:49:31

I'm trying to answer.

00:49:32 --> 00:49:34

What is the suggested etiquette of handling dealing

00:49:34 --> 00:49:37

with high conflict situations before going for Hajj

00:49:37 --> 00:49:38

and

00:49:39 --> 00:49:41

we're dealing with people who have wronged you.

00:49:41 --> 00:49:42

Okay 2 separate questions here

00:49:43 --> 00:49:45

as for dealing with people who have wronged

00:49:45 --> 00:49:46

you in the past. I'm assuming that is

00:49:46 --> 00:49:47

the question

00:49:48 --> 00:49:50

that people have wronged you in the past.

00:49:50 --> 00:49:51

It is very healthy

00:49:52 --> 00:49:54

for the soul to forgive before going for

00:49:54 --> 00:49:57

Hajj. But I have a longer lecture online

00:49:57 --> 00:49:58

about the reality of forgiveness.

00:49:59 --> 00:50:00

It is not obligatory

00:50:01 --> 00:50:03

to forgive somebody who has done wrong to

00:50:03 --> 00:50:05

you. It's not obligatory. It's up to you.

00:50:05 --> 00:50:06

But it is therapeutic,

00:50:06 --> 00:50:08

and it is good before you go for

00:50:08 --> 00:50:09

Hajj to have a clean slate.

00:50:09 --> 00:50:12

And so that's why it is encouraged to

00:50:12 --> 00:50:14

do that. As for techniques of,

00:50:15 --> 00:50:17

dealing with high conflict situations,

00:50:18 --> 00:50:20

honestly, one of the biggest and most important

00:50:20 --> 00:50:22

aspects is to be mentally prepared.

00:50:23 --> 00:50:25

Realize you and I are gonna be tested.

00:50:25 --> 00:50:28

Realize you're gonna be tested by everybody around

00:50:28 --> 00:50:30

you. You're gonna be tested by the most

00:50:30 --> 00:50:32

trivial things because when you're not feeling well,

00:50:32 --> 00:50:35

right, even somebody coughing loudly next to you,

00:50:35 --> 00:50:36

because they're in the same tent. You're in

00:50:36 --> 00:50:38

the same tent, right, for days. Right? And

00:50:38 --> 00:50:40

so somebody coughing loudly. You know, it might

00:50:40 --> 00:50:41

even just

00:50:41 --> 00:50:43

get to you much more than it might

00:50:43 --> 00:50:44

get because you're not feeling well. Everybody's not

00:50:44 --> 00:50:46

feeling well, etcetera, etcetera. So

00:50:47 --> 00:50:49

keep your tongue in check.

00:50:50 --> 00:50:52

Allah will not punish

00:50:52 --> 00:50:55

based on an internal feeling of anger. You

00:50:55 --> 00:50:56

can be as angry as you want inside.

00:50:57 --> 00:51:00

Control the anger. Control your tongue and

00:51:00 --> 00:51:02

calm down before you try to assess the

00:51:02 --> 00:51:02

situation.

00:51:03 --> 00:51:04

Some nuisances

00:51:04 --> 00:51:07

you can change. Others, you cannot. I mean,

00:51:07 --> 00:51:08

I'm telling you from now, one of the

00:51:08 --> 00:51:09

most,

00:51:09 --> 00:51:11

you know, problematic things of Hajj are the

00:51:11 --> 00:51:14

long lines at the bathrooms. Right? And it's

00:51:14 --> 00:51:15

nobody talks about this. And by the way,

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I've given Hajj lectures online. I go into

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the logistical details of Hajj and ways that

00:51:19 --> 00:51:21

people don't because you need to be prepared.

00:51:21 --> 00:51:23

Okay? It's very frustrating

00:51:24 --> 00:51:26

waiting 50 minutes, an hour and a half

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to use the bathroom.

00:51:28 --> 00:51:30

Very frustrating. You don't think you're gonna get

00:51:30 --> 00:51:32

frustrated? And now somebody comes in, you think

00:51:32 --> 00:51:34

he cuts in line or he does this

00:51:34 --> 00:51:35

and that. Of course, you're gonna lose your

00:51:35 --> 00:51:37

frustration. And you have the right to tell

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somebody, ahi, there's a line, whatever it might

00:51:39 --> 00:51:42

be. So I'm not saying, you know, don't

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correct a wrong. I'm not saying don't address

00:51:44 --> 00:51:46

the nuisance. I am saying don't lose your

00:51:46 --> 00:51:48

temper. That's what I said. And that is

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a rule. I am saying don't become vulgar.

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And that is a rule. You know, during

00:51:53 --> 00:51:55

Sayam, we are supposed to control our tongue

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and say if somebody's

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rude to us, we say Allahum Benin Islam.

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What do you think about Hajj then? If

00:52:00 --> 00:52:03

in Siam, we're supposed to control, then how

00:52:03 --> 00:52:04

how much more so about,

00:52:05 --> 00:52:05

Hajj here?

00:52:06 --> 00:52:09

Final 2, 3 questions Insha Allah. So

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could you go over how to perform Hajj

00:52:11 --> 00:52:13

on behalf of your parent? Yes. Very easy.

00:52:13 --> 00:52:14

Anybody.

00:52:14 --> 00:52:16

As long as you've done one Hajj at

00:52:16 --> 00:52:17

least for yourself,

00:52:18 --> 00:52:21

you may do Hajj for any person that

00:52:21 --> 00:52:23

you feel deserves that Hajj.

00:52:23 --> 00:52:25

You're gonna spend 10, 15, $20,000.

00:52:26 --> 00:52:27

You're gonna

00:52:27 --> 00:52:29

spend 2, 3 weeks of your life. You're

00:52:29 --> 00:52:31

gonna sweat. You're gonna toil. You're gonna get

00:52:31 --> 00:52:31

tired.

00:52:32 --> 00:52:35

That's a massive amount. Who Who you're gonna

00:52:35 --> 00:52:37

give that to? Don't just give it to

00:52:37 --> 00:52:38

a stranger.

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Don't that is for you. It's not it's

00:52:40 --> 00:52:42

not just meant to be thrown away for

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free. But, I mean, your mother, your father,

00:52:45 --> 00:52:47

somebody that's, you know, moved on and owes

00:52:48 --> 00:52:50

you owe a lot to them without a

00:52:50 --> 00:52:50

doubt.

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A parent deserves that type of, you know,

00:52:53 --> 00:52:55

good deed without a doubt. And so

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for you to perform Hajj on behalf of

00:52:58 --> 00:52:59

a parent is a very noble,

00:53:00 --> 00:53:02

endeavor. And how do you do this? Everything

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is exactly the same except one thing.

00:53:05 --> 00:53:08

Everything is exactly the same except one, and

00:53:08 --> 00:53:11

that is when you enter the state of

00:53:11 --> 00:53:11

Ihram,

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when you begin the Hajj,

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you say,

00:53:15 --> 00:53:15

Labbeik

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on behalf of so and so.

00:53:18 --> 00:53:21

That's how you tell Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala,

00:53:21 --> 00:53:23

that this Hajj is on behalf of so

00:53:23 --> 00:53:25

and so. I'm answering the call, oh, Allah,

00:53:25 --> 00:53:27

on behalf of my mother. Libayka

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for my mother. That's that's all. That's it.

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When you begin Hajj, you just change the

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and

00:53:34 --> 00:53:35

you say

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on behalf of so and so. And then

00:53:37 --> 00:53:39

the rest of the Hajj is exactly the

00:53:39 --> 00:53:41

same. And you may make dua for yourself,

00:53:41 --> 00:53:43

and you may do all the stuff you

00:53:43 --> 00:53:44

want for yourself, and you may make extra

00:53:44 --> 00:53:46

dua for your mother, whoever you're doing it

00:53:46 --> 00:53:47

for, And all of the good deeds and

00:53:47 --> 00:53:49

all of that will be gifted to,

00:53:49 --> 00:53:51

the person that you, did it for.

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