Born on the Day of Arafah - Live Pilgrimage with your Mind

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Born on the Day of Arafah

Live Pilgrimage with your Mind

Sheikh Hany Hilmy
Saturday, 06 December 2008

Here I am Oh Allah. ' I am going to my Lord to guide me'. Feel the word coming out of your heart. You need to raise your voice when you say it. You will go to Allah in your heart. Leave life and go to Allah by saying: Here I am O' Allah.

Our supplication: {اسْتَجِيبُواْ لِلّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُم لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ} {Give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He calleth you to that which will give you life} [Al Anfal: 24]..

Here I am Oh Allah. Once it comes out of the heart, life and all the troubles will get out of your way and you will know your path to Allah. Hearts are purified and they get closer to Allah. Say that you will get closer to Allah and how can I be away from You while You were never away from me? "And we are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge)".

The hearts matter as Ibn Al Qayyem says: Hearts are divided into two:
1- A heart that circumbulate around the Throne.

2- A heart that circumambulate around dirt (the cursed dirt in life) but he will still come closer to Allah and purify himself and be committed. He will raise his hands surrendering and stick his body to the Ka'aba saying that he wants to be there and he doesn't want to go away. He will raise his hands saying "I recognize your blessings upon me and I recognize my misdeeds".

The prophet peace upon him used to raise his hand up and supplicate to Allah by saying oh my Lord, if these people are perished, no one will worship you on earth. Then he went to pray behind Al Maqam and promises Allah faithfulness. "Say (O Mohammad) He is Allah, (the One)." I promise you loyalty and faithfulness and that there is no one but You and I will never love anyone but You. I will get closer to You and Your righteous slaves and will stay away with whom You don't like "Say: "O Al-Kafirin (disbelievers in Allah, in His Oneness, in His Angels, in His Boods, in His Messengers, in the Day of Resurrection, in Al-Qadar, etc.)"

The pilgrim will approach and circumbulate around Ka'aba several times running and walking.

Then he will go to shave or shorten his hair getting ready to enter Arafat.
Arafat is not inside the Haram where hunting and killing are not allowed. Arafat is outside Makkah. Once you reach Arafat you start supplicating with all the strength you have got. This is where a person should approach Allah ..

You supplicate and supplicate then time comes where you enter Muzdalafa. He stays there in Muzdalifa (which means closeness). Then the pilgrim goes to Mina to throw the pebbles. He throws seven pebbles for three days. Throwing these pebbles is a metaphor to throwing all the borders in your life that keeps you away from Allah.
Here we are abstained from performing Haj with our bodies... supplicating Allah to reach its reward by anticipation.

Source: Born on the Day of Arafah, written by Sheikh Hany Hilmy
To be Continued ... Duties for the Day of Arafah

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