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Virtues of Hajj

Virtues of Hajj

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Virtues of Hajj(Pilgrimage to Makkah)
Author's Foreword
 
In the past I have written a few booklets on Tablighi topics and, completelyagainst expectations the response to these booklets have been soencouraging that I have been so surprised that many friends have foundthem to be beneficial. In my own humbleness, I never dreamt that so muchbenefit could have been derived from the words and pen of one who himself is not able to practice all that is preached.The reason for these benefits to others I can only attribute to the specialhelp of my late uncle Maulana Muhammad Ilyas (May Allah be please withhim) who has not only become known in every corner of India but all overthe Islamic world as well, for his Tablighi missionary activities. Because of the loss or inspiration from him due to his death, I discontinued these seriesfor four years, which should not have been done. The late Maulanaencouraged me in his last days to compile two further books in the series.Firstly he desired a book on the virtues of business dealings and earningones livelihood. A concise version of this was quickly produced by me for hisperusal during his last days. Unfortunately, as a result of his grave illness,he could not read it. Secondly, he insisted on a book by me on 'Spending inthe Way of Allah.' For the preparation of this latter booklet, Maulana timeand again reminded me. I remember once when we were about to joinSalaat behind an Imam after Takbeer just before Salaat had started, he said
 
to me: "Do not forget the book." In spite of that, no chance has yetpresented itself for writing of such a book. (This book has now beenpublished under the title of 'Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat' in two parts). Andwhenever anybody reminded me of these works, my own inability andincompetence overcame me which prevented me to commence it. Often,when thinking of my late uncle, I have tried to commence the work, but forsome reason or other it just did not materialize.The missionary work of my late uncle has been ably taken over by his sonMaulana Yusuf (R.A), who being filled with the same desire to let Islamshine once more, had visited the Holy Land solely for the purpose of commencing the Tablighi activity in Hejaz from where Islam originally shoneforth. His father too, insisted on this, holding the view that when thismovement takes root there, among the children of the people who originallyspread it, much can be achieved. During his tow campaigns in Hejaz,Maulana Yusuf noticed that a vast numbers of the pilgrims who gather thereannually are well nigh completely unacquainted with the virtues and aadaabof Hajj. They seem to be unaware of the vast blessing of this great form of worship with the result that they do not return home with the feelings, theinspiration and enthusiasm for righteousness with which they should havereturned. For this reason Maulana Yusuf insisted on me that a booklet withAhadith and explanation on Hajj should be compiled to be put before theUmmah so that intending Hajees should set forth for Hajj prepared with theproper enthusiasm for those special spiritual inspiration as are required bythem. It is hoped that when the proper condition for Hajj is created withinthe heart of the Hajjee, he shall have the desire to carry out the functions of the Deen more diligently. Further, when more and more such peopleperforming Hajj in proper fashion are present, their intermingling with theArabs will surely encourage the Arabs to have serious thoughts about Islamand working for Islam.Maulana Yusuf had for two years been advising me on the need for such abook, but in spite of my promises nothing had materialized. When Allahdesires something to be accomplished, He prepares the way for it from Hisown side. Thus it had been my habit for it from His own side. Thus it hasbeen my habit annually since the demise of Maulana Ilyas (May Allah havemercy on him) to spend the month of Ramadhan from the 29th Shaban tothe 2nd Shawal in Nizamuddin, returning (to Saharanpur) on the 2ndShawal. Having had to remain in Nizamuddin for some necessary work untilof the booklet on Hajj and its virtues when on the night of Eid, the timedawned for loved ones to gather at the door of the Beloved (i.e. when theseason of Hajj commenced) my longing to be at the Holy House in Meccaalso became most intense. This usually happens to me annually from the
 
dawn of Shawal to the month of Zilhijja. At such a time here in Nizamuddinon Wednesday the 3rd of Shawal 1366, I thus commenced this work forAllah's sake with full reliance on Him.It is my intention to prepare ten short chapters on various aspects of Hajj,which shall deal with:Chapter 1-Encouragement towards performing Hajj.Chapter 2 - Grave warnings for not performing Hajj.Chapter 3 - Enduring the inconveniences of the Hajj journey.Chapter 4 - The meaning of Hajj.Chapter 5 - The manner of performing Hajj.Chapter 6 - Behavior in Mecca and its virtues.Chapter 7 - On Umrah.Chapter 8 - Visiting the grave of Rasulullah Salaam.Chapter 9 - The Aadaab for the Ziarat.Chapter 10 - Behavior in Madinah and its virtues.The last chapter shall deal with the farewell Hajj of Rasulullah (SallallahoAlaihi Wassallam) and shall also include some incidents from the pilgrimageof some saintly devotees of Islam.Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlavi.Chapter one - Encouragement Towards Performing HajjMany verses in the Holy Quran have been revealed in connection with rulesof Hajj and its virtues. The book's of Hadith are also filled with traditions of Rasulullah Sal'am on the same topics. It is my humble intention to mentiona few of these in this booklet. As far as possible I intend being as concise aspossible because in these days readers do not have much time to devote toreligious writings, and further, when a work is too lengthy the expense inprinting as well as organizing such works become increased. It is so strangethat for these beneficial matter people have no money but when money hasto be spent for the cinema or for wedding receptions etc. even the poor findmoney.Fist we quote and discuss a few verses of the Holy Quran and thereafter afew Ahadith.Ayah Number One."And proclaim the pilgrimage among men; they will come to thee on footand (mounted) on every camel, lean on account of journeys through deepand distant mountain highways."(Surah Hajj - 27)

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