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#1 Alpha Dude

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:11 PM

I read this a long time ago but just recently came across it. Very powerful.

Junaid ibn Muhammad Abu al-Qasim al-Khazzaz al-Baghdadi also known as Junaid Baghdadi was born in Baghdad (830-910 AD). He was one of the early Persian scholars and teachers of Islam.

The following story is attributed to him regarding an explanation of the essence of Hajj.


Once Junaid Baghdadi met a man who had returned from Hajj (Hajji). After observing him for a while he asked him, "Have you been to Hajj?"

Hajji: Yes, I have just come back.

Junaid: When you left your home with the intention of Hajj, did you repent from all your sins?

Hajji: I did not think about it.

Junaid: In that case, you did not even depart for Hajj.

Junaid: What about your journey, rest-breaks and stopovers? When covering distances, did you move mentally and spiritually closer to Allah?

Hajji: I was too busy with other details of the journey and did not reflect on that.

Junaid: Then you have not really travelled to the house of Allah.

Junaid: How about while putting on the Ihraam and replacing your usual clothes, did you think about discarding your undesirable habits and attitudes?

Hajji: It did not cross my mind.

Junaid: Alas! You did not even put on the Ihraam.

Junaid: Did you experience the presence of Allah while you were standing in Arafaat as if He was in front of you?

Hajji: No, I did not get that feeling.

Junaid: That means you did not even reach Arafaat.

Junaid: When you went to Muzdalfah, did you think about gathering your your worldly desires and aspirations as you picked up the pebbles so that you can cast them out when you reach the pillars of temptation?

Hajji: I was only thinking about gathering the pebbles.

Junaid: So, you have not even been to Muzdalfah.

Junaid: What about throwing stones at the pillars? When performing that ritual, did you make a pledge to avoid corrupt enticements and cast away your ill deeds?

Hajji: This did not happen either.

Junaid: Unfortunately, you have not performed Ramy (stoning rites) either.

Junaid: How was your Tawaaf (circumambulation)? Did you feel overwhelmed by an ardent attraction towards the perfect Majesty of Allah during Tawaaf?

Hajji: No, I was only counting the number of Tawaaf I was making.

Junaid: It is, then, as if you have not even performed Tawaaf.

Junaid: Perhaps you understood the spirit, wisdom and objective of running between Mounts Safaa and Marwah. Did you think about the struggle of Mother Hajira? Did you think about her faith and devotion to Allah?

Hajji: Not really.

Junaid: In other words, you have not performed Sayee (running between Safaa and Marwah).

Junaid: Tell me about your sacrificial rites. While slaughtering the animal, did you sacrifice for the love of Allah? And did you think about Prophet Ibrahim and his unwavering commitment to Allah?

Hajji: That did not come to my mind.

Junaid: In that case, you have not even offer the sacrifice.

Junaid: Allah is the Most Merciful! You must go back next year and perform the Hajj again with the correct spirit and attitude of becoming God Conscious. You needto reenact the experiences of Ibrahim and contemplate on his example. Remember and reflect on the verse of the Quran that says, "And Ibrahim who fulfilled his commitments." (53:37)


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#2 Mounir

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:06 AM

I've read this before Subhanallah. A very powerful story indeed
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:07 PM

Salaams,

MashAllah, what a beautiful and insightful lesson from the Sultan of the knowers, Shaykh al Junayd (ra). :wub:

Jazakum Allahkhairan for sharing it with us here Akhi AD.

May Allah subanuWa talaah always grant us tawfiq to be amongst those Ummahat ul Mumineen who have sincerely responded to His Majesty's call. Amin.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:04 PM

Ameen InshaAllah :)
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:52 PM

Beauty :D
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:24 PM

isn't it the same applies to our 5 daily salaat, our ramadan, our zakat among other things, how we practice our Deen and not just a ritual :sad:
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#7 Alpha Dude

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:26 PM

isn't it the same applies to our 5 daily salaat, our ramadan, our zakat among other things, how we practice our Deen and not just a ritual :sad:


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#8 SiStaAa AyYSssHhhAa

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

JazzakAllah for sharing. May Allah make it naseeb for all Muslim Brothers and Sisters to all go to Hajj and perform it, in the form it was intended, and for those who have been, to be able to visit again! Ameen!
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:02 PM

^ Ameen ya Rabb! I hope this year is the year!
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#10 pakistan_zindabad

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

Any good deed done always say SubhanAllah.
bad say Astighfirullah.
we r not here to judge others .
everyone is different.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:11 PM

^ :blink:
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#12 Alpha Dude

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

Someone just let me know that this anecdote is in reference to Shaykh Shibli RA, rather than Junaid Baghdadi RA.
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#13 Alpha Dude

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:32 PM

It's a little longer too:

Once one of the mureeds of Sheikh Shibli; the great saint; came to visit him after having performed Haj. The Sheikh asked him some questions. The mureed continues the story:

The Sheikh asked me: "Did you make a determined niyah for Haj?"
I replied: "Yes I made a firm intention for performing Haj."
Sheikh: "Together with having made a firm intention for Haj; did you also have a firm niyah of forever giving up doing all those things you did since you were born that are opposed to the spirit of Haj?"
I replied: "No, I did not."
Sheikh: "In that case you had no niyah for Haj". Then he said: "At the time of entering into the Ihraam, did you remove your clothing?"
I replied: "Yes, I did".
Sheikh: "At the time did you pledge to remove from you everything save Allah?"
I replied: "No I did not".
Sheikh: "In that case you did not remove your clothing". " Did you cleanse yourself by means of ghusl and wudhu?"
I replied: "Yes I did clean myself in that manner".
Sheikh: "At that time did you also become cleansed from all evil and faults?"
I replied: "No, that I cannot say".
Sheikh: "In that case you did not cleanse yourself". " Did you recite Labbaik?"
I replied: "Yes, I did recite labbaik".
Sheikh: "Did you at that time hear the answers of Labbaik from Allah?"
I replied: "NO, I received no reply".
Sheikh: "In that case what kind of Lab'baik did you recite?" "Did you enter the Holy Haram?" (i.e. the area around Makkah).
I replied: "Yes, I did".
Sheikh: "Did you at that time pledge to leave aside every Haram (prohibited) act forever?"
I replied: "No, I did not".
Sheikh: "Then you did not enter the area of the Haram Sharief at all". "Did you visit Makkah?"
I replied: "yes, I did'.
Sheikh: "When you did; did you also see the Hereafter?"
I replied: "No, I did not see anything."
Sheikh: "Then you did not visit Makkah". "Did you enter the Holy Mosque?"
I replied: "Yes, I did".
Sheikh: "Did you then, on entering felt the nearness of Allah"
I replied: "No, did not".
Sheikh: "Then you never actually entered the Masjid". "Where you present at the Ka'bah?"
I replied: "Yes I was".
Sheikh: "Did you then see that entity; due to which the Ka'bah is visited?'
I replied: "No, I saw nothing"
Sheikh: "Then you never saw the Ka'bah". "Did you perform ramal at the time of tawaaf around the Ka'bah" (Ramal signifies a running motion).
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "Did you at that time flee from this world in such a manner that you felt you were completely out of this world?"
I replied: "No"
Sheikh: "In that case you did not perform ramal". "Did you place your hands on the black stone and kiss it?"
I replied: "Yes, I did".
The Sheikh then became very pale and greatly frightened, so much so that a shriek passed from him, and he said; "Woe unto you; Rasulullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) has said; "Whoever places his hands on the black stone, is like him who actually shook hands with Allah; and whoever shakes the hand of Allah shall in every way remain safe from all things". "Did you then feel anything about that security?'
I replied: "No, I did not'.
Sheikh: " Then you did not touch the black stone. "Did you perform two rak'akhs at he Maqaam-e-Ibrahim?"
I replied: "Yes I did".
Sheikh: "You were at that particular time placed on a high rank by Allah; did you carry out what is due for
that high rank; for which you stood there?"
I replied: "No I did nothing".
Sheikh: "In that case you did not perform salaah at the Maqaam-e-Ibrahim". "Did you perform Sa'ee between Safaa and Marwa; and did you ascend the Safaa?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "And what did you do there?"
I replied: "I recited takbeer, thrice; and prayed to Allah to accept my Haj".
Sheikh: "Did the angels also recite the takbeer with you?", and "Did you have any knowledge of the significance of your own takbeers?"
I replied: "No".
Sheikh: "Then you descend; did you feel all evil and every weakness departing from you, and inner cleanliness entering yourself?"
I replied: "No".
Sheikh: "Then you never ascended Safa nor descended from it". "Did you run between Safa and Marwa?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "At that time of running, did you feel yourself running away from everything else; beside Allah; and reaching Him?" (Referring to the Qur'anic verse; Surah Shu'ra; "And I fled from you when I feared You", and Allah in another place also says: "And flee towards Allah".)
I replied: "No'.
Sheikh: "Then you never ran". "Did you ascend Marwa?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "While on Marwa; did you acquire great inner calmness and peace, that descended upon you?"
I replied: 'No'
Sheikh: "Then you never ascended Marwa". "Tell me, did you proceed to Mina?"
I replied: "I did".
Sheikh: "while you were there did you attain such hopes in Allah that have nothing to do with evil?"
I replied: "No".
Sheikh: "Then you never went to Mina". "Did you visit Masjid-ul-Khaif?"
I replied: "Yes"
Sheikh: "And did you then experience such fear for Allah that you never ever experienced before?"
I replied: "No"
Sheikh: "Then you never entered Masjid-ul-Khaif". "Did you reach the plain of Arafaat?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "And on Arafaat, did you recognize the cause for your coming into this world what you are doing here and where you shall proceed to afterwards; and did you recognize the thing that points towards these things?"
I replied: "No".
Sheikh: "Then you never visited Arafaat". "Did you visit Muzdalifah?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "And did you remember Allah there; so much so that everything else was forgotten; as Allah has mentioned?" (Referring to the Qur'anic verse: "And remember Allah at the Mash'arul Haraam plain of Muzdalifah'.)
I replied: "No"
Sheikh: "In that case you never reached Muzdalifah" "Did you perform Qurbani at Mina?"
I replied: "Yes"
Sheikh: "Did you then sacrifice your own self?"
I replied: "NO"
Sheikh: "Then you performed no Qurbani". "Did you perform Rami?" (Pelting the Shaytaan).
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "With every stone that you threw, did you feel yourself shaking off you every form of ignorance and feel your knowledge increasing?"
I replied: "No".
Sheikh: "Then you did not actually perform Rami". "Did you perform the Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "did you experience any spiritual enlightenment at that time; and from Allah did honor and respect descend upon you?" for Rasulullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said: "One who performs Haj, or one who performs umra is Allah's guest; and when visits someone it is only right that he should be honored".
I replied: "No, I experienced nothing".
Sheikh: "Then you never actually performed Tawaaf-e-Ziyaraah". "Did you then release yourself from
Ihraam?'
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "Did you at that time promise to adhere to strictly Halaal earnings at all times?'
I replied: "NO"
Sheikh: "In that case you did not become Halaal". (Released from Ihraam) "Did you perform the farewell
tawaaf?"
I replied: "Yes".
Sheikh: "did you then say a complete farewell to your whole self, desires and passions?"
I replied: 'No"
Sheikh: "Then you did not perform Tawaaf-ul-Widaa". "Go back and perform Haj again; and perform it in the manner which I have described to you".
I have related this lengthy conversation to illustrate what type of Haj the saintly ones do perform. May Allah in His infinite grace and mercy grant us all that type of Haj. Aameen.

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#14 Mounir

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

The guys jaw must've hit the ground after the conversation.
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#15 Jensia Kj

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:10 PM

Hope this helps and Im glad you want to be inclusive of everyone.
Nice way to interact I think, knowing others Hajj packages 2013 cultures and whats important to them.

Plus I think your neighbors will be happy that you learned something as such. 


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