Welcome home dear Hujaaj, Haj Mabroor and Haj Maqbool. Congratulations on being Allah´s guest for Hajj 1429.
Alhamdulillah, you were privileged to visit the land of the
Revelation of the Noble Qur´aan, the birthplace of the Final Prophet (Peace be upon him)
and the home of the Two Holy Mosques performing the pilgrimage rituals
in the footsteps and on the hallowed grounds trod upon by our Prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his illustrious Companions (may Allah be pleased with them).
It is truly remarkable to witness this supreme exercise of tolerance
and love for fellow Muslims that is unparalleled in any assembly of
this magnitude on the planet. Over three million Muslims of all hues
and nationalities, from different lands speaking many languages, each a
product of their own culture, social and religious thoughts motivated
and inspired by the love of the Almighty and His Prophet (Peace be upon him) make this journey of a lifetime.
Focusing on the main objective, i.e. the completion of the Hajj, the
Guests of God, discard and reject those deep-seated everyday divisive
attitudes and prejudices that are tearing many communities apart. Even
dietary standards which differ from their own acceptable norms are
tolerated or quiet abstention is practiced. In the case of poultry
there are discrepancies with some accepting machine slaughter, others
accepting slaughter by the "People of the Book" and some who
accept a single recitation of the Tasmiyah at the start of the process.
Then there is the question of supply and demand where stocks are
imported from non-Muslim countries with reliance on a certificate
issued by a certifying body from the exporting country.
Differences on attitudes in dress codes, method of prayer, dietary
habits and religious polemics are accepted and embraced in a spirit of
tolerance and understanding without resorting to confrontation, name
calling with a superior holier-than-thou attitude, smear campaigns and
the like, all in the interest of unity.
Let us draw deeply from the first hand experiences of our Hujjaaj
and bring home the message from this practical annual lesson of
tolerance to develop an Ummah that stands united in its diversity.
Until next year, Fi-Amanillah.
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