Hadhrat Ali bin Abi Taalib Radiallahu Anhu says, "I know of no person who did not make Hijrah secretly except for Umar bin Khattaab Radiallahu Anhu. When he decided to make Hijrah, he hung his sword from his neck, carried his bow on his shoulder and took a few arrows in his hand. He then proceeded to the Kabah where the leaders of the Quraysh were sitting in their gatherings. He went around the Kabah seven times and then performed two Rakaahs salaah by the Maqaam Ibraheem. Thereafter, he approached each gathering separately, saying, "May your faces be disfigured! Whoever wants his mother to mourn him, his children to become orphans and his wife to become a widow should meet me behind this valley (to try and stop my Hijrah)." None dared follow him out.
Ibn Asaakir, as quoted in Muntakhab Kanzul/Ummaal (Vol.4 Pg.387)
There is going to be a major, sudden, temperature change & acclimatisation is a gradual process. This usually has a dramatic effect on the individual especially those coming from countries experiencing winter. Air conditioning, while necessary, usually delays the acclimatization process, which usually has its major impact during the actual Days of Hajj, when aircons are not available. Other factors such as only wearing light coloured cotton clothing, avoid walking in direct sunshine (umbrella) etc. also play a role. Given the large number of individuals, especially women that suffered from heat exhaustion etc. in the recent past, it is strongly recommended that the Ihraam be made of white cotton material as this is most efficient in terms of reflecting heat & facilitating the body's cooling mechanisms. Black clothing made of synthetic materials/polyester invariably cause problems especially during the Days of Hajj.
Given current circumstances, very old, frail, mentally unstable individuals, individuals with severe medical ailments etc. invariably experience added difficulty which usually impacts negatively on the group they travelling with. Psychiatric patients & those with significant disabilities invariably face added challenges in terms of completing the rites of Hajj. They & their caregivers should seriously consider these as significant challenges/inconveniences have been faced by fellow Hujaaj by these patients in the recent past.
Pregnant women from 7 months onwards should avoid air travel. The sentimental claim of giving birth in the Haramain must be weighed against to potential harm to mother & child & major challenges caused should the women deliver anytime during the journey. Experience over the past few years has shown that dehydration especially during the days of Hajj, is not only a significant risk for both mother & child, but prevents the mother from engaging in ibaadat as well.It is not advisable for women who are beyond 7 months to undertake the journey
Most South Africans are extremely unfit & suddenly find themselves forced to walk long distances,in the heat, multiple times a day. One needs to start walking 2-3 months before Hajj. Start over a short distance & build up slowly. One should also practice walking up & down hilly terrain. InshaAllah this along with appropriate footwear that are 'worn in' & comfortable, should go a long way in minimising much of the swollen, aching feet & legs, blisters etc.that Hujaaj often complain of.
Get used to drinking large amounts of good quality, alkaline water weeks before departing for the Haramain. This will make it easy to switch to ZamZam which has both physical & spiritual shifa. In the Haramain, ZamZam should constitute the major part of ones fluid intake as it is also best constituted to replace the minerals lost in the heat due to perspiration etc. Avoid synthetic juices, carbonated drinks & caffeine containing beverages as these stress the body & encourage water loss from the body.
In order to avoid using the toilets in Mina, Arafah & Muzdalifah, many Hujaaj, especially women avoid drinking sufficient amounts of fluid. This coupled with wearing black synthetic clothing & choosing to walk during the Hajj, in the summer heat, has resulted in the large numbers that required resuscitation with drips etc. as was seen during the past few years. Not wanting to use public toilets is not a valid excuse to risk serious harm to one’s health, which is also an amaanat.
Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis etc. don't miraculously disappear on reaching the Haramain. One needs to take the medication as prescribed, the dosage however might need to be adjusted. Hujaaj should take sufficient supplies from home to last for the duration of their stay, as not all medication is freely available and if they are, costs are high. These include insulin (which must be correctly transported), sticks for glucose machines, & strong pain killers for arthritic patients, creams for skin conditions etc.
Vitamin supplements, cough syrups, probiotics etc. that many are accustomed to, are usually not available during the Hajj journey and adequate supplies must be taken from home.
Interfering with/stopping the normal menstrual cycle using hormonal preparations such as the pill etc. given the circumstances, often have unpredictable, unwanted effects that create more challenges in terms of unpredictable spotting/ bleeding etc. which, given all the physical & psychological stresses due to heat, sleep deprivation, travelling etc. becomes difficult to treat & creates further stress as it inteferes with ibaadat schedules etc. Experience has shown that the best is not to attempt cycle manipulation at all & instead book the return flight accordingly, which can facilitate the performance of Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah/Ifaadah with ease, once tahaarah is attained again. Sanitary towels, along with other toiletries should be taken in sufficient quantities from home. These are difficult to obtain especially during the 5 days of Hajj, in Mina & Arafah.
We all know that the three most essential elements needed for human survival are:
Right now another element is rapidly gaining importance in the lives of humans and may soon become the fourth element essential for human survival.
That element is the smartphone.
Yes, the smartphone.
The human survival seems to be getting virtually impossible without a smartphone.
If you feel that the above statements are very harsh or too intense then consider this in a more lighter tone or in a more romanticized tone.
The smartphone has acquired a very special place in your life. It has come very close to you. Closer than even your own spouse!
Yes, this is a stark reality and you cannot deny it.
You are so much attached to your smartphone these days that you are never without it. Not even for a single moment.
According to a study, most smartphone users now admit using their phones even in the shower or while they are in bed with their spouses. You often caress it more lovingly than you caress your own spouse.
From your washroom to your workplace, from the marketplace to a mall, from a hotel to a hospital, from a family gathering to a funeral (the list is incredibly long!) – Wherever you go you do not fail to carry your smartphone with you. You cannot resist carrying it even in the Masjid, the House of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala!
Marriages have gone on rocks because of the smartphone. Research has confirmed this. Being attached to your phone seems to be sabotaging your attachment with your loved ones. A sweet conversation, a scrumptious meal, or a romantic moment is disrupted because of a WhatsApp message, an email or any other distraction caused by the smartphone. When you attend to the smartphone in the middle of quality time with your spouse, it feels like rejection — it hurts. Feeling ignored when your spouse is on their phone can feel as bad as being shunned.
This is all about the relation between the two humans. What about your relationship with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala? A smartphone can easily become an obstacle in your path leading to your Creator if you become too much attached to it or if you use it in a wrong manner.
When you are with your smartphone you waste your time in things that have no spiritual values. Quite often you get tempted to watch undesirable or obscene videos.
You see your child doing some unusual activity and you take his video and post it to your group with a fervent desire that it goes viral. Thus you waste your time and you also become the means of wasting the time of those who watch it and post it to others.
At times you can post articles that have no bases at all with reality. Falsehoods spread like wildfire on social media, and the main culprit is the smartphone, researchers have reported.
When your kids see you getting attached to your smartphone they also get tempted to use it. And you never know what they might be watching when you are not around them.
Even a person waking up very early in the morning to offer Tahajjud or Fajr Salah is sometimes not safe from its peril. The first thing he hears is the music, thanks to the musical alarm tone of his smartphone.
All these factors and many more can take you away from your Rabb, nauzubillahi.
Above situations and circumstances sum up to one startling factor: Most of us are suffering from a malady called the ‘Smartphone Addiction Syndrome’!
Yes, how ever much we try to dodge, we cannot deny the fact that the smartphone addiction is something that is there! It is a very real problem affecting, not thousands, but millions across the globe!
You almost go crazy if by any chance you are separated from your smartphone. You know that feeling when you reach into your pocket for your mobile phone – and get that immediate hot shock of panic when… it’s not there!!!
Your heart races! Your stomach lurches! Your brain goes into overdrive! What to do? Confusion overwhelms you!
Do you go through this dilemma when you discover you do not have your phone with you? That means that you are already suffering from this malady!
At this juncture, some of you might say “Alhamdulillah, I am not so much addicted to my smartphone.”
However, you might not be realizing that your assumption is wrong. Stated above is just one sign of the smartphone addiction. There are many more. Some of them are listed below:
Salaah of the body is that all the Arkaan are meticulously conformed to, with relish and Shauq. The Faraa-idh, Wajibaat, Sunan, Mustahbbaat, Aadaab should be executed with the body in absolute humility and without any unnecessary movements. Qiyaam, Ruku, Qaumah, Sujood, Qaidah and even the Salaam should be performed with the body in such a manner that the body is totally in submission to Allah Azza Wajal.
The benefit of Salaah of the body is that the body will be trained to abstain from sin.
2. Salaah of the Nafs:
This stage is when the Salaah is performed in a manner that a person intentionally avoids any worldly thoughts. Just like a person should not scratch his body, so should he not scratch his brain and imagination, etc.
The benefit of Salaah of the nafs is that the nafs will dis-attach itself automatically from the love of the world. This person may be even a millionaire but his heart will be free from the negligible effects of wealth.
3. Salaah of the Heart:
Salaah of the heart means that a person avoids negligence. Hadhrat Rahmatullaahi Alayh said that if a person intentionally brings thoughts to his mind, he should punish his Nafs by repeating the Salaah. A Musalllee has a choice: He is either unmindful of negligence or he takes steps to avoid it.
The benefit of this little Mujaahadah is that the Nafs will avoid wrong worldly thoughts even when it is busy in its worldly affairs. The heart is trained in Salaah to avoid any and all forms of negligence.
4. Salaah of the Rooh:
The Salaah of the Rooh is a Salaah in which one only gazes at Allah Ta’ala. This Salaah prevents one from gazing at anything else.
The benefit of this Salaah is that one is trained NOT to gaze at any human for any benefit or to ward of any harm.
5. Salaah of the Sirr (inner self):
The Salaah of Sirr is that a person not only directs his gaze but he directs his thoughts only to Allah Ta’ala. Throughout the Salaah his Rooh cries out in bliss and yaad (remembrance) of his Rabb. Entertaining even a thought of a makhlooq is more repugnant to him then eating ghinzeer.
The benefit of this Salaah is that one is trained to immediately “connect” to Allah Ta’ala with the thoughts whether one is happy or grieved.
6. Salaah of Khafi (reality):
Salaah-e-Khafi means to perform the Salaah with total inaabat in body and soul. In this Salaah, a person has left the world, his family, his wealth, etc. He has returned to Allah Ta’ala in the condition of that of the day he was born.
The benefit of this Salaah is that a person’s soul is exposed to reality. There is no hindrance in his perception of reality and the realities cemented in him that everything is perishable. This stage propels him to Haqq and expels from him the delusions which spring forth from merely that which is visible. He sees what others see not. He hears what others hear not. He perceives what others perceive not. He feels what others feel not.
7. Salaah of Akhfaa (Spiritual vision):
This is a Salaah wherein a person “sees” Allah Ta’ala (Hadhith of Ihsaan). The person is gone for Me’raaj. This is the highest form and stage of Salaah. He is close to Allah Ta’ala by a span of a bow or two.
The delight of this Salaah is such that it cooled the eyes of Nabl Salallaahu Alayhi Wasallam.
The delight is such that Jannah pales into comparison.
Did Haji Imdaadulllah Saheb Rahmatullahi Alayh not say:
“If Allah Ta’ala asks me on the Day of Qiyaamah what I wish for, I will request a Musallaah to perform Salaah under His Arsh.” Subhanallah! Not Jannat, not Hoors, not delicious food or exquisite clothing —just a Musallah.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the taufeeq to make Fikr of Salaah our biggest Fikr in Life. (Ameen)
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