In order for
the Muslim nation to reunite and continue its righteous path, it is to develop awareness of the importance and status of the
Muslim sanctified places and values, call to mind the principles and ethics of Islam, and revive hearts and souls with realizing
the significance of the days of Almighty Allah. Allah Almighty says:
sent Moses with Our signs, saying: Bring thy people forth from darkness unto light. And remind them of the days of Allah.
Lo! therein are signs for each steadfast, thankful (heart).] (Ibrahim 14:5)
of Allah” refer to the days when Almighty Allah bestows mercy and blessings on people in abundance. On top of the blessings
that Almighty Allah has conferred on people is guiding them to the true religion and right path.
Hajj is a divine
ordinance that brings to the memory of the Muslim nation the need and importance of unity, revives energy into Muslims’
hearts, and makes them yearn for spiritual uplifting.
Hajj, pilgrims not only pay attention to the Sacred House of Almighty Allah, they also visit Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah and bring
into mind Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa Mosque. These three places have special status in Muslims’ hearts owing to
their sanctity and their having witnessed special events in the history of Islam.
Ka`bah is the place to which Muslims turn on performing Prayer, and head for and circumambulate on making Hajj. Allah Almighty
We made the House (at Makkah) a resort for mankind and a sanctuary, (saying): Take as your place of worship the place where
Abraham stood (to pray). And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ishmael, (saying): Purify My house for those who circumambulate
it and those who meditate therein and those who bow down and prostrate themselves (in worship).] (Al-Baqarah 2:125)
Al-Munawarah, it is the place where the Muhajirun (the Muslims who migrated with the Prophet to Madinah) and the Ansar (the
dwellers of Madinah who supported the Prophet) entered into a bond of brotherhood, and the land which Allah Almighty has made
the final resting place of the Prophet’s body in this world.
As for Al-Quds
and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascension was the event that related Makkah, Al-Quds, and Sinai.
This blessed journey started from Makkah, and during it the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and angel Gabriel passed
by Sinai, and Al-Quds was the destination. From there the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ascended to the Heavens,
and then returned to Makkah. That miraculous event took place only in a little part of the night. Allah Almighty says:
(Allah) who did take his servant for a journey by night from the sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts we
did bless, in order that we might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the one who heareth and seeth (all things).] (Al-Israa’
Almighty swore by Makkah, Sinai, and Al-Quds in the Qur’an. He Almighty says in this regard:
[By the Fig
and the Olive, and the Mount of Sinai, and this City of security.] (At-Tin 95:1–3)
and the Olive” [the fig referring to Damascus and the olive to Al-Quds, according to some scholars’ explanation
of this verse] implies mention of Al-Quds where Prophet Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) was born and where he called
to worshiping Almighty Allah alone.
of Sinai” refers clearly to Sinai where Almighty Allah spoke directly to Prophet Moses (peace and blessings be upon
of Security” refers to Makkah, where Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was born, sent to people to
call them to Islam, and sincerely strove in Allah’s cause.
three places indicates, in fact, mention of the messages of monotheism whose light spread all over the world.
(peace and blessings be upon him) also referred to the sacred places in Islam—Makkah, Madinah, and Al-Quds—together
in one hadith: “Do not set out on a journey except for three mosques (the Sacred Mosque [Allah’s Sacred House],
the Prophet’s Mosque, and the Mosque of Al-Aqsa.)”
These three mosques
have special importance in Islam and offering Prayer in them is of multiplied rewards. They are really worthy of getting all
attention and care of Muslims.
The Muslim nation
needs to implant into the minds of the Muslim generations the awareness of the significance and sanctity of these sacred places.
These places are, in fact, trusts in Muslims’ hands, which they must preserve and defend with all possible means. Should
Muslims cede Al-Quds, this would mark the beginning of losing their honor and all other of their sanctified places.
of Hajj revives Muslims’ awareness of this matter. Sincere pilgrimage molds the Muslim pilgrims anew, uplifts their
spirituality, and helps them improve their behavior. It reawakens in them loyalty to Almighty Allah and His Messenger, adherence
to the teachings of Islam, and earnestness of preserving and defending their honor and the sanctity of the sacred places.
Qur’an, this time in the places where it was revealed, pilgrims experience a new feeling and deeply contemplate the
occasions and events of the revelation of its verses, especially the verse that says:
[As to those
who have rejected (Allah), and would keep back (people) from the way of Allah, and from the Sacred Mosque, which We have
made (open) to (all) people, equal is the dweller there and the visitor from the country and any whose purpose therein is
profanity or wrongdoing them will We cause to taste of a most grievous penalty.] (Al-Hajj 22:25)
It is this new
mode of spirituality that affects the life of true pilgrims and helps them keep steadfast on the right path until the Day