About Hajj

Spiritual Aspects

Some of the spiritual aspEcts of different acts of Hajj

When one enters the desert and sees the mountain-roads and other obstacles of travel, he should remember the time of his departure from this world and the obstacles he will face in the world of Barzakh and Mahshar (where we all will be gathered). The lonely path should remind one of the loneliness in the grave; likewise, the fear of highway robbers and wild animals should remind one of the fears of punishment in Barzakh.

On arrival at Miqat, while wearing the Ihraam, one should remember the occasion when he will be wrapped up in Kafan (which resembles the Ihraam) with which he will present himself before the Almighty.

The Talbiyah is a response to the invitation of the Almighty, though while hoping for acceptance of his response, he should also fear its rejection, i.e. getting a reply of "Laa Labbaik wa laa sa'daik": your response is rejected!

Thus one should repent of his utterly worthless deeds and hope only for His grace and forgiveness. The recitation of Talbiyah marks the beginning of Hajj, which is a delicate situation, for, it is narrated that when the 4th Imam Zain ul-Abideen (A.S.) wore the Ihraam, and mounted his ride, his color turned pale and his whole body trembling, and he could not recite the Talbiyah. When asked why he did not recite the Talbiyah, the Imam replied: I fear that the Almighty may answer with "Laa labbaik wa laa sa'daik" (your response is rejected!). When the Imam did finally recite the Talbiyah, he fainted and fell from his mount on to the ground. He was brought back to consciousness and mounted the animal again. This occurred often till he finished the Hajj.

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