Hajj: A window to the united Islamic Ummah

The massive gathering of people from different cultures and nations at a specific time and place indicates that Hajj or Islamic pilgrimage is not merely an act of worship, because if it were, it would not have by time or place throughout the year.

The season of Hajj, specially in today’s situations where political goals and imperialist powers have broken the unity of Muslims and divided them into different factions, is the time to unite Muslims’ views and it is a place to do and create unity between them because this is where Muslims and experts on different issues from different parts of the world collaborate with each other.

Many jurisprudential rules have been reflected upon in this regard, which indicates that this meeting of thoughts and views have great influence on the development of thoughts and ideas and has always been one of the most prominent features of Hajj.

The massive congress gives the opportunity to create a unique example of the united nation of Islam through the presence of Muslims from all over the world from all walks of life, races and cultural backgrounds.

Hajj also provides a platform for participation in unique Islamic rituals while exchanging views on how to resolve the problems facing Islam and Muslims in different parts of the world.

The rituals and acts of Hajj all occur with the unity of intention, unity of purpose, unity of actions, unity of conscience and all in collection with other pilgrims and it is this collective spirit that strengthens Islamic brotherhood and makes individuals a united ummah.

That is why, in this great opportunity, caring for anything that could possibly cause enmity and discord between Muslims have been given the same importance as the acts and rituals of Hajj, such as the mention of God and the expression of aversion from disbelievers.

The Unity of Ummah and Brotherhood among Muslims is so important in this ceremony that even the wrangling between two Muslim brothers in Hajj is forbidden and prohibited according to Islam’s holy book Quran:

“Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah . And fear Me, O you of understanding.”

(AL BAQARAH VERSE 197)

The very important thing to consider and to pay attention to during Hajj is that unity occurs in the shadow of coexistence, not the imposition of belief; Hajj, in the light of this matter, can strengthen this coexistence and harmony and unity among Muslims through its observation, signs and rituals and form one Ummah from the various nations.

Because the Holy Qur’an, for the re-realization of the unity of the Ummah, suggests components such as:  Brotherhood among Muslims, love, friendship, mercy of Muslims towards one another, compassion, forgiveness, goodness, reform, chivalry, respect for other religions and prophets, and rejection of particular group’s monopoly specifically about God.

Each of them is visible in this Divine season, and the pilgrims in the field of this great Islamic duty, with a believer’s behavior, and brotherly look at each other and not with a hostile look.

However, unfortunately, the rulers who are ruling Saudi Arabia, the land of the revelation, today are of the belief that no contact and love shall be formed between the pilgrims of the House of God Allah’s.

However, despite imposition of all sorts of limitations on Hajj, the ceremony itself gives the good news a united Ummah in the formation through establishing connections, bringing the Muslims of the world together, and ultimately by relying on the three basic principles of monotheism, unity and worship.