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Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik.

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O Ummatul Muslimeen! No other institution on this planet has the wonderful influence like Hajj in levelling all distinctions of race, colour, ethnicity and rank. Not only do people of all races and all countries meet together before the Holy Ka'aba dedicated to the worship of the One Glorious and Exalted Creator with no partner in His Omniscience, as His servants, as members of one family, but they are all clad in one dress - two simple white sheets - the dress of Islam called the Ihram. There remains nothing to distinguish the high from the low, the humble from the proud, the prince from the pauper or the king from his subjects. There is only a vast concourse of humanity, all clad in white, all moving in the same direction, all making the same declaration:

It is Hajj alone that brings into the domain of practicality what would otherwise seem impossible, namely that all people should speak one language and wear one dress. Thus every Muslim is made to pass once in his or her life through that narrow gate of equality which leads to Muhabbat and true brotherhood. All of mankind are equal in birth and death; they come into life in one way and they pass out of it in one way, but Hajj is the only occasion on which they are taught how to live in one way, how to act in one way, and how to feel in one way. Looking broadly at the most wonderful scene at Makkah during the days of Hajj, one is dumbstruck in the first place by the unity which is achieved among the discordant and diverse elements of humanity.
Deeper than that, however, lies another value. This is the higher spiritual experience which is made possible by this unique assembly of humanity. The experience of drawing closer to Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala till a Muh'min feels that all the veils which stand between him or her and Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen are entirely removed and he or she is standing in the Divine Presence. Hajj is a unique annual conference, convened Only  by Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala. He has ordained it's time, prescribed it's place, selected the participants and ordered it's programme.  The programme is replete with spiritual, emotional, physical, economic and political activity  and the purpose of this great gathering is as the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an says:

"That they may witness the benefits provided for them."

It is true that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala does not live in Makkah, nor is the Ka'aba the house of our Most Glorious and Exalted Creator and Sustainer in a material sense; true too that a Muslim is taught to hold communion with Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal in a remote corner, in solitude, in the dead of night, and thus all alone he or she goes through the experience of drawing nearer and nearer to Almighty Allah till he or she feels that all the veils which stand between him or her and Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen are entirely removed and he or she is standing in the Divine Presence.

Hajj should make Muslims the envy of the world for no other nation on earth can boast or co-ordinate a conference of such magnitude every year, bringing people together from every corner of the world to meet in unity of mind and spirit, love, understanding and brotherhood. Hajj has always been a pillar on which Islam is based upon even though it was institutionalised long before the advent of our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallalahoo Alayhi Wassallam. Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala commanded Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salatu Wassallam  to call the people of the world to come for Hajj, whereupon he asked:

"O Almighty Allah! How can all the people hear me?"

Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala Most Exalted answered:

"O Ebrahim! It is your responsibility to call them and it is our responsibility to deliver the message."

Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala instructs His Khalil with words of Wisdom in verse 27 of Surah Al-Hajj:
"And proclaim the Hajj among men: They will come to you on foot
and (mounted) on every kind of camel, lean on account of journeys
through deep and distant mountain highways."  

Subahan'Allah!  Sayyidina Ebrahim Alayhis Salatu Wassallam could never have dreamed that his call would be heard  over the entire globe. Hajj is an undertaking of an auspicious journey - not for business or for worldly pleasure but in fulfillment of an act of Divine  worship. They aspire to spiritual renewal and salvation. They seek forgiveness and the pleasure of Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala. They yearn for the ultimate reward of a place in Janna'th through obedience to Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen. Hajj is part of a journey to the Hereafter. It is a  focal point for all believers in the Oneness of Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala and a statement for the regeneration of human society shorn of such evils as materialism, racism and egotism. The institution of Hajj was initiated during the time of Sayyidina Ebrahim Alahis Salatu Wassallam. Which Muslim, Christian or Jew does not know the name of Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam? Two-thirds of mankind revere him as their leader and Patriarch.

It is the lamp of guidance lit by him that has for so long illuminated the whole world. The worship rites of Hajj including the festival of Sacrifice are performed in the footsteps of this great Patriarch who surrendered himself completely to the guidance of Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal. His covenant with Almighty Allah, his yearnings and supplications are movingly described in the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an and recalled by every Hajee as he or she worships in the Baitullah.
"Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik"

"Here I am, O my Great Allah! Answering Your Call"

All of them wearing the same apparel. All of them experiencing the same emotions.
Their aims sacred, their thoughts pious. All of them uttering the same words.
"Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik"

Says Almighty Allah in verse 97 of Surah Ali-Imran:

"And Hajj to the House is a duty unto Allah  for mankind,
for him who can journey onto it. And for him who disbelieves
surely Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures."

The prayer and hope of every Hajee as he or she moves about - a unit in the thronging multitudes - that he or she should be classified "in the ranks of the righteous."All other classifications of economic class, ethnic or racial origin, social rank or political affiliation are of no significance.  The social aspect of the Hajj testifies to and reinforces the concept of the Muhabbat and brotherhood of all  believers in "La Illaha Illalahoo Muhammadar Rasoolullahi Sallalahoo Alayhi Wassallam." The intense meditation and soul-searching that is the habit of every sincere pilgrim  is meant to produce a renewal of self. The Ihram and outward postures of Hajj help to influence this change. Pride and vanity completely disappears.

Viewing the great sea of humanity,  you get the feeling that the estimated 2.8 million Hajee's must be an undercount.  Bowing in Sujood  are thousands upon thousands  - men and women - rows upon rows.  All hues, all heights, male and female; the young, the old the healthy and the infirm, the prince, the pauper, the king and the commoner. This, my beloved brothers and sisters - without doubt, must become the greatest experience in human life.  Here you witness and experience the magnificent power of Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala. You think, a bit amused at the fleeting thought, of great kings of the past who boasted of their power to command great armies at the snap of their fingers.

Look at this, who but Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala has the honour to command this kind of army? You feel humble, yet proud and grateful to experience this wonderful feeling. The undertaking of Hajj is a re-enactment of the deep Muhabbat  and devotion for Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala that was expressed so profoundly by our beloved father and mother  Sayyidina Adam and Sayyidatina Hawa Alayhis Salatu Wassallam upon their re-union at Jabbal Rahmat  on the plain of Arafat. The undying love, devotion and obedience of Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salatu Wassallam and his profound Duah to Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala  after building the Holy Ka'bah as confirmed in Surah Al-Baqara verse 129:

"O Allah! send from amongst them A Messenger of their Own.
Who shall rehearse Thy Signs to Them and instruct them In
Scripture and Wisdom, And purify them: For Thou are the
Exalted in Might The Wise"

Such paganism and idol worship as it existed during the time of Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam was cleared out of Makkah by him and he was the founder of the original Islam in Arabia. Hajj reminds us of the Hijrah of our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam when the suffering, oppression and repression forced him to abandon Makkah  and seek refuge in Madina Al Munawwara  as well as a base for launching the world-wide movement of Al-Islam and his triumphant re-entry to the city of his birth  eight years later. On the collective level - the Ummah level, Hajj is the coming together of all parties, all races, all nations, all colours, all schools and classes, rich and poor, the shepherd and the master - all assembled in complete humility and humbleness under the banner of:

"Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik."

Hajj is a unique religious and political human event. It is without any question of a doubt the greatest spectacle ever witnessed by humanity. No other religion and no other civilization ever witnessed or will ever experience such an event . Hajj is the greatest single act of worship on the face of the earth and the Ummah has been blessed with this sacred duty and undertaking for the past 1434 years. The performance of Hajj destroys every vestige of individualism, egotism, every trace of subjectivism and isolationism, nationalism and finally, every trace of inferiority and superiority complexes. You feel yourself becoming a"grain among the sands of the shore."

My beloved brothers and sisters: No other system of Ibadah in any religion  has ever, or, will ever come close to the Ibadah of Islam. No other form of worship on the face of this world has succeeded as did the Ibadah of Islam. That is why no system of worship has ever lasted as long and why no other religion has been as universally, consistently  and identically observed as the Ibadah of Islam.  Why?  Because it is from Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala  the Perfect, whose every work is Perfect. This magnificent system of Ibadah is our free gift from Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata’ala - to possess and appropriate and to teach to our children, our neighbours and to all of mankind. The Muhabbat, the utmost humility and deep dedication displayed by millions upon millions of pilgrims on the days specified by  Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata’ala  most certainly succeed in winning the forgiveness,the blessings and benedictions of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen.

"Whoever performs Hajj solely for the love of Almighty Allah Subahanahoo
Wata'ala,  he or she returns from there as immaculate as a new born baby."

This spirit is precisely behind the famous saying of our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallalahoo Alayhi Wassallam  when he said:

"On the Day of Arafat which falls on the 9th of Zil-Hajj - when my Ummah
assemble and sojourn in the valley of Arafat, Shaithaan Lanatullahi Alay
suffers from the worst form of humiliation and insult when he beholds the
spectacular scene of Hajj."

Hajj affords an occasion for the discernment of loyal from the disloyal and the obedient from the disobedient among the teeming millions who claim devotion only to Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala, His Din-ul-Islam and His Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.The toilsome journeys undertaken by so many millions of Muslims from every corner of the world assumes the character of devoted worship of Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala who readily forgives and accepts the Tawbah and repentance of every pilgrim who declares:

"Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik."

Having made us His Vicegerents on this earth and invited us to act and to be the real Aqtab around which the world and history may say with all of us: "Alhumdoelillah He Rabbiel Ala'meen! All Praise and All Glory is due Only to Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala  - the Cherisher and Sustainer of all the worlds." O Allah! The Originator of the heavens and earth, Supreme Master of Glory and Honour. O Allah! Most Beneficent and Most Merciful.O Allah! we cannot comprehend the Praises due to Thee. Thou art as Thou Praises Thyself in Thy Holy and Noble Qur'an. O Allah! send Thy Peace, Blessings and Prosperity upon Thy Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and upon all the Ambiya Alayhim Salatu Wassallam and upon all Thy Angels and Mala'eeka.

O Master and Creator of the Worlds! Forgive us, forgive our parents and forgive the Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. O Allah! we pray in the Name of Thy Glory, Bounty and Majesty to illuminate our vision with the "Nur" of Thy Holy Qur'an;  bless our tongues with the flow in its reading, and through its blessings - remove the heaviness of our hearts, open  our hearts and minds, and wash away the sins of our bodies. O Allah! bless us in death and in the various stages after death. O Allah! divert our restlesness in the Qabir into peace and contentment. We seek Thy protection from vexation in this world and on the Day of Kiyama'h.

O Allah! cause us to die as Muslims and do not let us depart from this Doonya  without the declaration of "La Illaha Illalahoo Muhammadar Rasoolullah Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam." Join us with the righteous  so that we may be among those who were neither tested nor put to shame.  O Allah! grant success to the Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam to gain rightful control of our Beloved Masjid-ul-Aqsa. O Allah! grant Jannathul Ferdo'az to the Ummah who have departed from this world; grant Shifah to all those who are afflicted with sickness and grant Hajj Mabrook to each and every Hajee who has undertaken the Auspicious journey of Muhabbat and Forgiveness for Your Pleasure.

And Almighty Allah is the All-Knowing.

And Peace be upon those who follow the Guidance.
The Truth is from Almighty Allah; the errors are all mine
and I stand to be corrected.

Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal-Allaahu wa-Sallam 'alaa
Nabiyyina Muhammad sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu.

Caliph Umar’s peaceful entry to Jerusalem 14 centuries ago

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During the period of the Second Caliph Umar Ibn al-Khattab, the Muslim forces, under the command of Abu Ubaydah, lay siege to Jerusalem after capturing Damascus in the Battle of Yarmuk. The Patriarch of the city, Sophronius, stated that he would negotiate only with Caliph Umar and that nobody enters Jerusalem before Caliph Umar. On hearing this Caliph Umar informed that he was on his way.

Accompanied by a servant, Caliph Umar rode on camelback to Jerusalem though he could have been accompanied by an entourage that could have made the ground tremble under the hooves of horses. He did so to show simplicity and ensure that Allah alone deserves all the glories.

On reaching Jerusalem, it was the servant’s turn to ride the camel and as a mark of respect and to ensure that the people see Caliph Umar, he wanted the Caliph to ride the camel. However Caliph Umar

Post Ramadaan Khutbah

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Beloved people of Imaan! With the successful completion of Ramadan, we pray Insha'Allah that Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala in His Infinite Mercy and Bounty has accepted our fasting and our devotions, our good deeds, our Taubah, our Ibadah and our Zakat. The Glorious month of Ramadan should have induced in us a greater awareness of our purpose in life and a discipline and determination to work towards that purpose for the next eleven months - Insha'Allah; Ameen! We cannot and must not return to our old, careless and sluggish ways for the struggle within us has to be constantly developed and renewed as commanded by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala Who informs us with words of Wisdom in verse 102 of Surah Al-I-Imran:

"O you who believe! Have Taqwa of Allah according
to His Right and die not save as Muslims."

Alal Muslimeena Jami'ah! During the blessed month of Ramadan, we were fasting during the day. We spent our nights in Ibadah. We were getting closer to Almighty Rabbul

True Essence of Eidul Fitr

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In this day and age, many Muslims eagerly await the end of Ramadaan and the coming of Eid-ul-Fitr to gain their ‘freedom’ in order to go back to committing sin and disobeying Almighty Allah.
Many people start on the day of Eid itself and engage in shameful and reprehensible behaviour in the name of celebration. We should remember that celebration does not mean committing sin, but rather it involves remembering Allah Ta’ala and being grateful to Allah Ta’ala for showering His Mercy and Bounties upon us. Let us look at the true essence and significance of Eid-ul-Fitr, and the way in which those pious servants close to Almighty Allah celebrated Eid.

Eid is a day of celebration for Muslims, a day of happiness. On this day, Muslims perform two rakaats of prayer, meet one another, shake hands and embrace and give charity to the poor and needy. Islam teaches protecting the poor, helping the helpless, and easing the pain and sufferings of orphans and the meek at every turn, and they should not be forgotten, especially on the day of Eid. That is why  Rasoolullah  (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) ordered us to pay the Sadqa-e-Fitr before performing the Eid Salaah so that Muslims remember their poor brothers on this occasion and include them in their happiness.

Eidul -Fitr - The Day of Reward

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"Allaahu Akbar! Allaahu Akbar,

La Illaaha Illallahoo wallahoo Akbar

Allaahu Akbar Wallillahil hamd"

Wa Ba'd:

Alal Muslimeena Jami'ah! The word Eid signifies recurring happiness. The word “Fitr” has the basic meaning of beginning. From it is derived the word “Fitrah”  meaning nature and “Iftaar”  which means  the breaking of the fast. Eid-ul-Fitr is thus the festival of the breaking of the fast; a return to the normal or natural course of living and fulfilling the

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