Hajj and death: parallel journeys

[Allah almighty gives us the means and then calls us for Hajj. He shows us a glimpse of what is to come and tests our fealty. We shall not waiver, we will submit and answer His call without question or delay. Labbayk, Allahumma, labbayk. Labbayk la sharika laka labbayk - Saif]

This journey [of Hajj] is set like the journey of the hereafter. So the seeker should recall contrasts in every action from its actions in matters from the matters of the hereafter. Indeed there is a memento for those who strive to recall and lessons for who seek to observe.

Recall when you say farewell to your family at the beginning of your journey, the farewell to the family at the agony of death. [Recall] from the departing of the homeland, the departure from this world. [Recall] from the mounting of the camel, the mounting of the janazah. [Recall] from the attending of the clothing of Ihram, the attending of the clothing of the shroud. [Recall when] passing through the desert to the Miqat (boundary), [the passing] from that which is between leaving the world and [reaching] the Miqat of Qiyamat [as in the life of the grave]. [Recall] from the terror of the dacoits, the questioning of Munkar and Nakir. [Recall] from the carnivores of the steppe, the scorpions of the graves and its vermin. [Recall] from your loneliness from the family and kindred, the solitude of the grave and its isolation. [Recall] from the talbiyah, the answering of the call of Allah almighty upon resurrection. Like that in all other actions.

Indeed in every action there is a secret. Underlying it, there are signs. Every slave is alerted to it according to their capacity of attention, cleanliness of heart and level of spirit in regards to the important matters of the Din.

Posted in ijtima.org, note 92 (1 Zul Hijjah 1434/ 6 October 2013). Originally published in Arba'in fi Usul al-Din. (1432/2011). Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali. 2nd Ed. Jaddah, Saudi Arabia; Dar al-Minhaj p. 73-74.

Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami