This week, millions from the Ummah of Muhammad [saw] from every deep
and distant mountain highway, from every corner of the globe, of every
race and colour, men and women, old and young have responded, to this
call from Allah [swt] and His messenger [saw].
"And proclaim to mankind the Hajj. They will come to you on foot and on
every lean camel; they will come from every deep and distant (wide)
[TMQ Al-Hajj: 27]
Hajj, like Ramadan and Eid exemplifies better than anything our natural unity; united by our aqueeda, facing one Qibla, One Ummah. Yet across the world rulers and governments divide us along artificial national lines, and help those who seek to divide and occupy us further.
Western governments increasingly coerce Muslims in the West to artifically demonstrate their allegiance to the country by putting their national identities above their membership of this Ummah or risk being branded disloyal or subversive.
In this month, on the day of Arafat, about 1400 years ago, the Prophet [saw] gave his farewell khutba saying that "All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves……"
None of the hujjaj pays credence to nationality when dressed in their simple clothing of ihram. Yet when they leave and return they are forced into the false barriers that disunite us again. The false barriers of nationalism, dividing one against the other: Arab against non-Arab; one nation against another. The brotherhood that was so sweet for the days of Hajj is only temporarily manifested in the modern day.
The perennial beauty of Hajj is only darkened by the contrast of modern life outside of the Hajj. Because Allah [swt] meant for the Muslim Ummah to be united both spiritually and politically. He [swt] did not intend that we only enjoy real brotherhood at Hajj time. He [swt] did not intend that we make no racial distinction for only ten days of the year. He [swt] established a deen for us for all times and all places, when at the time of the same farewell khutbah He revealed to His Prophet:
"’This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.’ [TMQ Al-Maa’idah 3] .
In the past, over the centuries, Muslims would engage in the praise of Allah [swt], in supplication for forgiveness, and also in the enjoining of what is good and the forbidding of what is evil during this pilgrimage period, for as they would gather for Hajj, they would meet the Khaleefah and address him on what was happening in the localities they had come from.
We wish all of the hujjaj: Hajj Mabrour! May Allah SWT grant all of them the hajj and accept this great sacrifice from the Muslim Ummah. We pray Allah [swt] accepts the fast of all our brothers and sisters around the world who will fast the day of Arafat.
We wish all the Ummah, Eid Mubarak, this week wherever they are, and that Allah [swt] accepts our Qurbani. But we pray that Allah [swt] ends this disunity and division that plagues us, and allows others to exploit our weaknesses. We pray Allah [swt] removes the evil of nationalism and every other type of sectarianism and divisive force from our hearts. We pray that Allah [swt] restores the Khilafah soon, but urge all Muslims to carry this call with us. Even as these blessed days fall upon us every year, we must remind ourselves of those aspects of our deen not implemented. There is a need for this Ummah to strengthen the call for political unity. It was the Prophet [saw] who united us first with this aqueeda, and this message, who united the Muslims under one state. We should use our efforts to call again for the re-establishment of Allah’s [swt] deen in the form of the righteously guided Khilafah.