Lesson # 393
Pilgrimage to the Inviolable Place of Worship at Makkah is a duty unto God for mankind
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse –97b of 200, Section – 10 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
97b. And Pilgrimage to the House is a duty unto Allah for mankind, for him who can find a way thither. And as for him who disbelieveth, (let him know that) lo! Allah is Independent of (all) creatures.
97b. Wa LIillaahi ‘alannaasi Hijjul-Bayti manistataa-‘a ‘ilayhi sabiilaa. Wa man- kafara fa- ‘innAllaaha Ganiy-yun ‘anil- ‘aalamiin.
‘Istataa-‘a ‘ilayhi sabiilaa – (for him who can find a way thither), it means that he would have sources and means to reach the House of God Almighty (the Inviolable Place of worship i.e. Ka’-ba), provisions, traveling requisites and difficulty of the journey should not be intervening.
Heretofore, after explaining the specific matters about Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) and his custom, it had been cleared that the Muslim nation is closest in relation with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) than the Jews. The first House, which was constructed as the place of worship, was the House of Allah Almighty in Mecca (The Square Building). The Muslims chose it as place and direction for the worship. God Almighty commanded, “This House is very much blessed. Whosoever on the earth; has blessings and guidance, that is the reflection of this House of God (BaitUllaah), astonishing blessings are revealed upon the persons, who make the circle of Ka’-ba (Circumambulates) around it. It has been distinguished particularly for performing its pilgrimage”.
Pilgrimage is such worship, every act of which shows that the person, who is performing the pilgrimage, how much he has love of the Real Master (God Almighty) in his heart? Therefore, Allah Almighty ordered, “Allah has the Right on the people that the persons, who can afford to come Here, they must perform the pilgrimage of Ka’-ba. The individual, who claims to be in love with God Almighty and can afford to reach this House of Allah (BaitUllaah) physically and financially, he would have to attend the House of the Real Worshipped at least once in his/her life. The person, who will avoid performing the pilgrimage, lo! Consider about him that he is a liar claimant of love with Allah Almighty; he may be pushed, wherever he wants. Allah Almighty does not have any care for him/her; if someone dies as a Jew or a Christian, it does not affect Allah Almighty”.
This test (of pilgrimage) will clear that who has been convinced by Oneness of God Almighty. Who loves purely Allah Almighty? Whoever has love for wealth, he will delay to perform the pilgrimage, he cannot be a real worshipper of God, and who would have real love, he will reach there frenziedly. He will move around the House of Allah like the frenzies, with scattered hair, will confess with love and great humility saying, “Labbayka, Allaahumma Labbayka, Labbayka laa Shariika Laka Labbayka, ‘Innal-hamda wan-Na’-mata Laka wal-Mulk, laa Shariika Lak”. (Here I am O Allah, here I am, there is no partner for You, here I am, Verily all praise for You, and every bounty is from You, and all dominion is Yours - You have no partner.). He will kiss the Black Stone, fixed in a corner of the Square Building of Ka’-ba, (Hajar-i-Aswad), will run on the Safa and the Marwa hillocks, will offer prayer at the place of Abraham (Maqaam-i-‘Ibraa-hiim) (peace be upon him), will sacrifice in Minaa, will be present at Jabal-i- Rahmat . Even he will do everything with which his/her Lord may be happy.