The hidden side of the pilgrimage to Mecca

The pilgrimage to mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam .It is an obligation to anyone who is healthy and able to afford the trip. The hajj has a particular importance in the life of a Muslim. An entire Sûrat is dedicated to it in the Qur’an. In verse 26 of surah 22, Allah (swt) says to us “behold! We gave the site to Abraham of the sacred house saying: don’t associate with me anything in worship; and sanctify my house for those who turn around it, or stand up, or bow or prostate on”. This is all the historical and symbolic aspect of this place that is highlighted in this surah. In Islam, there is, in all acts in the application of the divine precepts, a hidden reality that is often unknown to the non-initiate.

For a Muslim who want to make the hajj it is important and necessary to formulate the intention. The hajj holds important part of haqiqa. Some of the hidden realities of the hajj will be given in details, to make all Muslims in general and pilgrims in particular known about them.

The three crucial steps in the pilgrimage.

First, there is the day Arafât.

This is a crucial step in the organization of Hajj. Indeed, it is, based on it, that it is determined whether the pilgrimage was or not approved by Allah (swt). 124,000 angels arranged in a circle, descend from the heaven and come to overhang the plain of Arafât under the command of Allah (swt). Each of these angels is accompanied on his right by the soul of one of the 124,000 prophets. At 14:00 GMT, the pole of the time (or Qutbu Zamane) leads a very special prayer. Only souls who have received the divine approval will be able to participate in this prayer, which can only be perceived by those who hold the inner vision (or the Bâtine). This prayer is composed of two rakka. In the first rakka, qutbu zamân recites Surah Fâtiha and Surah Al Baqara or the first and the second chapter of the Quran. In the second rakka, he recites Surah Al Fâtiha and Surah Al Hajj.

The second crucial step of the pilgrimage is the “Tawâf”, meaning the circumambulation around the Kâba.

It is important to specify that two events occur simultaneously during the “Tawâf”. On earth, the body of the pilgrim keeps on performing his circumambulation around the Kâba while the soul is taken to “Baytil Mahmûr” which is a heavenly building located at the Unknown Universe or Ghayb specifically in the fifth heaven. If extended from there to our earthly world, this building joins directly the Kâba. What is more is that at “Baytil Mahmûr”, where seven lines of angels can be found, the soul of the pilgrim performs the “Tawâf” in this place full of light at the same as the body that does circumambulation around the Kâba. As far as the Kâba is concerned, it is kept by four angels who stand at the extremities of it. These angels dress the same way as pilgrims. Following the Tawâf step, the light emanating from Baytil Mahmûr wraps up the Kâba and the Hadjaratul Aswad or the Black Stone for three days and proceeds its course down to the fish Nûn that sustains the seven layers of the earth. Such light branches out into seven different colors. These seven branches of light correspond to the zikr coming from the seven circles composed of 10 thousand angels each, making up a total of 70 thousand angels.

As far as the final step of the pilgrimage is concerned namely, Safâ and Marwa, the pilgrimage, the pilgrim is guided by an angel walking in front him. The unknown reality of this act is that the angel assists and helps the pilgrim in his race between the two places.

During the stoning of steles, the stone held by the pilgrim is actually a ball of light blessed by the prophet Seydi Ahmed (saw).

This stone thrown by the pilgrim is intercepted by an angel who removes all the light that it contains and then sends it back (the light) into the soul of the pilgrim. It is this light that will testify in his favor on the day of last judgment. That is the reason why during the first 40 days after the pilgrimage, the Muslim whose hajj has been approved sees all his invocations granted.

If we take into account the haqiqa (hidden reality) of zam-zam water, it must be noted that it is already blessed and constitutes a sure protection against hell.

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For about 20 liter of zam-zam water for example, there will always be the equivalent of a cup of tea from the luminous saliva of the prophet Seydi Ahmed (saw). This explains the mystical side of this blessed zam-zam water.

The sacrifice of the sheep completes the Hajj. So, now let us try to wonder about haqiqa or reality that is hiding behind that symbolic act. Allah (swt) wanted to honor some of his creatures either by facing them painful trials, or by rewarding them without any compensation.

The sacrifice of the sheep completes the Hajj. So, now let us try to wonder about haqiqa or reality that is hiding behind that symbolic act. Allah (swt) wanted to honor some of his creatures either by facing them painful trials, or by rewarding them without any compensation.

What creature was it about?

In paradise, not far from Salsabîl River named in the Quran Surah 76 Verse 18, peacefully waves an expanse of luminous water, which is actually an angel created from water and which makes the zikr of the 100th name of God (swt) called Ismou lâhi Ahzam. The angel Djibril had to prove, in the eyes of his Lord, the Creator that he was able to carry out his missions whatever the inherent constraints in their fulfillment. The sheep, an animal of paradise was at the time unknown of people living on earth. Allah (swt) intended to offer it as present to Prophet Ibrahim (as) in particular and humanity in general. He also intended to test the prophet Ibrahim (as) in his offspring because he gave the impression of loving his son Ismael in an excessive way.

God informed him for three times in dreams that he must sacrifice his son Ismail (as). The Prophet Ibrahim lets his son know about his intentions. As surprising it may seem, the latter totally agreed with his father’s decision. During the day of the sacrifice, Abraham was ready to apply the Divine command. Ismail lays on the alter, waiting the accomplishment of the act. Then Allah (swt), the Merciful, asked for Djibril in order to test his speed and agile movements to find a sheep in paradise, wash its head from the water, which is that angel reciting the Ismou lâhil ahzam, and  presents  it to Abraham before he kills his son. At the same time, Djibril (as) was forbidden to make trouble or cause damage on earth when bringing the animal.

That was the second time that the angel Djibril (as) faced such a complicated mission. The first one was during the battle of “Uhud” where Allah (swt) to take back the broken tooth of Prophet Muhammad (saw) before it touched the ground at the risk of bringing about the premature end of the visible world or Chahâda.

Now, will end with Verse 27 of Surah 22

“And proclaim among the people the Pilgrimage so that they come to you on foot and on camels, from every distant mountain path.”

The pilgrimage to mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam .It is an obligation to anyone who is healthy and able to afford the trip. The hajj has a particular importance in the life of a Muslim. An entire Sûrat is dedicated to it in the Qur’an. In verse 26 of surah 22, Allah (swt) says to us “behold! We gave the site to Abraham of the sacred house saying: don’t associate with me anything in worship; and sanctify my house for those who turn around it, or stand up, or bow or prostate on”. This is all the historical and symbolic aspect of this place that is highlighted in this surah. In Islam, there is, in all acts in the application of the divine precepts, a hidden reality that is often unknown to the non-initiate.

For a Muslim who want to make the hajj it is important and necessary to formulate the intention. The hajj holds important part of haqiqa. Some of the hidden realities of the hajj will be given in details, to make all Muslims in general and pilgrims in particular known about them.

The three crucial steps in the pilgrimage.

First, there is the day Arafât.

This is a crucial step in the organization of Hajj. Indeed, it is, based on it, that it is determined whether the pilgrimage was or not approved by Allah (swt). 124,000 angels arranged in a circle, descend from the heaven and come to overhang the plain of Arafât under the command of Allah (swt). Each of these angels is accompanied on his right by the soul of one of the 124,000 prophets. At 14:00 GMT, the pole of the time (or Qutbu Zamane) leads a very special prayer. Only souls who have received the divine approval will be able to participate in this prayer, which can only be perceived by those who hold the inner vision (or the Bâtine). This prayer is composed of two rakka. In the first rakka, qutbu zamân recites Surah Fâtiha and Surah Al Baqara or the first and the second chapter of the Quran. In the second rakka, he recites Surah Al Fâtiha and Surah Al Hajj.

The second crucial step of the pilgrimage is the “Tawâf”, meaning the circumambulation around the Kâba.

It is important to specify that two events occur simultaneously during the “Tawâf”. On earth, the body of the pilgrim keeps on performing his circumambulation around the Kâba while the soul is taken to “Baytil Mahmûr” which is a heavenly building located at the Unknown Universe or Ghayb specifically in the fifth heaven. If extended from there to our earthly world, this building joins directly the Kâba. What is more is that at “Baytil Mahmûr”, where seven lines of angels can be found, the soul of the pilgrim performs the “Tawâf” in this place full of light at the same as the body that does circumambulation around the Kâba. As far as the Kâba is concerned, it is kept by four angels who stand at the extremities of it. These angels dress the same way as pilgrims. Following the Tawâf step, the light emanating from Baytil Mahmûr wraps up the Kâba and the Hadjaratul Aswad or the Black Stone for three days and proceeds its course down to the fish Nûn that sustains the seven layers of the earth. Such light branches out into seven different colors. These seven branches of light correspond to the zikr coming from the seven circles composed of 10 thousand angels each, making up a total of 70 thousand angels.

As far as the final step of the pilgrimage is concerned namely, Safâ and Marwa, the pilgrimage, the pilgrim is guided by an angel walking in front him. The unknown reality of this act is that the angel assists and helps the pilgrim in his race between the two places.

During the stoning of steles, the stone held by the pilgrim is actually a ball of light blessed by the prophet Seydi Ahmed (saw). This stone thrown by the pilgrim is intercepted by an angel who removes all the light that it contains and then sends it back (the light) into the soul of the pilgrim. It is this light that will testify in his favor on the day of last judgment. That is the reason why during the first 40 days after the pilgrimage, the Muslim whose hajj has been approved sees all his invocations granted. If we take into account the haqiqa (hidden reality) of zam-zam water, it must be noted that it is already blessed and constitutes a sure protection against hell. For about 20 liter of zam-zam water for example, there will always be the equivalent of a cup of tea from the luminous saliva of the prophet Seydi Ahmed (saw). This explains the mystical side of this blessed zam-zam water. The sacrifice of the sheep completes the Hajj. So, now let us try to wonder about haqiqa or reality that is hiding behind that symbolic act. Allah (swt) wanted to honor some of his creatures either by facing them painful trials, or by rewarding them without any compensation.

What creature was it about?

In paradise, not far from Salsabîl River named in the Quran Surah 76 Verse 18, peacefully waves an expanse of luminous water, which is actually an angel created from water and which makes the zikr of the 100th name of God (swt) called Ismou lâhi Ahzam. The angel Djibril had to prove, in the eyes of his Lord, the Creator that he was able to carry out his missions whatever the inherent constraints in their fulfillment. The sheep, an animal of paradise was at the time unknown of people living on earth. Allah (swt) intended to offer it as present to Prophet Ibrahim (as) in particular and humanity in general. He also intended to test the prophet Ibrahim (as) in his offspring because he gave the impression of loving his son Ismael in an excessive way.

God informed him for three times in dreams that he must sacrifice his son Ismail (as). The Prophet Ibrahim lets his son know about his intentions. As surprising it may seem, the latter totally agreed with his father’s decision. During the day of the sacrifice, Abraham was ready to apply the Divine command. Ismail lays on the alter, waiting the accomplishment of the act. Then Allah (swt), the Merciful, asked for Djibril in order to test his speed and agile movements to find a sheep in paradise, wash its head from the water, which is that angel reciting the Ismou lâhil ahzam, and  presents  it to Abraham before he kills his son. At the same time, Djibril (as) was forbidden to make trouble or cause damage on earth when bringing the animal.

That was the second time that the angel Djibril (as) faced such a complicated mission. The first one was during the battle of “Uhud” where Allah (swt) to take back the broken tooth of Prophet Muhammad (saw) before it touched the ground at the risk of bringing about the premature end of the visible world or Chahâda.

Now, will end with Verse 27 of Surah 22

“And proclaim among the people the Pilgrimage so that they come to you on foot and on camels, from every distant mountain path.”

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