It’s that time of year again when millions will make their way to the haram of Makkah al Mukarramah to begin their journey of tazkiyah (purification). With just about a month to go, many have left for ziyaarah of Masjid an Nabawi and then Makkah. Spiritual preparation and good health is key.
This year only 3,000 South African have been accredited for haj making it the lowest turnout in decades. Before the implementation of the haj quota system an average of 7,000 to 10,000 South Africans performed haj annually. 78% of applicants will be performing Hajj for the first time. (SAHUC) Allahu Akbar!
On 18 September 2011 the South African Hajj and Umrah Council notified all prospective hujjaaj of 1432H (2011) that the 3000 quota which was received for Hajj 1432H (2011) had been filled.
There are many broken hearts, some with resentment for the quota system, some just sad that they would not be able to be present at the House of Allah, al Ka’bah Shareef. At the end of it all, it is has been written. Whoever reaches the Holy House has been chosen by Allah and non can dispute that. When Allah told Nabi Ibraheem (AS) as mentioned in Qur’aan, “And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj).” [22:27]
Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was asked:”Which of the deeds is the best?” He (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) replied: “Belief in Allah and His Messenger”
He was asked: “What is next?” He (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) replied: “Fighting Jihaad for the Sake of Allah”. He (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was again asked: “What is next?” He replied: “Properly performed Hajj” (Bukhaari)
We wish each pilgrim a hajj mabroor and maqbool. May your imaan increase and if Allah wills, may you return- sinless as the day your mother gave birth to you!