بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
We praise Allah سبحانه وتعالى Most High, Salutation upon our Master, Nabi .
June 8, 2022
Journey to the holy lands- Hajj 1443
وَأَذِّن فِى ٱلنَّاسِ بِٱلْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالًۭا وَعَلَىٰ كُلِّ ضَامِرٍۢ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍۢ
And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass. [Surah al-Hajj 22:27)
Today, June 8, the first ḥujāj from South Africa will be leaving for hajj this year, 2022/ 1443. After two years of being barred from the Ḥaramain the Muslim Judicial Council (SA) is pleased at this departure of our representatives- Duyūf al-Raḥmān, the guests of The All Merciful. During the covid period the world experienced hajj in absentia. A select few fortunate ones were representing all of humanity, today that group of representatives will increase and our ḥujāj will embark upon their journeys once more.
This closure and limitation on the world due to covid-19 was an experience that was unprecedented and unfathomable in our lifetime. A challenging and devastating realisation (understatement) dawned upon so many that desired with anticipation to perform this pinnacle ritual of worship to Allah. They would not be able to perform ḥajj and there would be no travels to the kingdom. However, the believer maintains eternal optimism and reliance upon Allah.
Today the sun has risen and must be celebrated. Our community should make ziyārah of our ḥujāj before they leave and be a part of their hajj in whichever shape or form. We should maintain the beautiful Cape traditions of requesting duās from our ḥujāj, making their khidmah and bless them with our sadaqāt. This return to the Ḥaramain is of the innumerable mercies of Allah, and we remain thankful to our Lord for opening the path for our ḥujāj. From all corners of the world, they will flock to the Ḥaram.
We pray that Allah Almighty grants our ḥujāj a ḥajj mabrūr- a hajj filled with righteousness and goodness, safe travels and may they return as the Nabī (SAW) states: “Like the day their mothers gave birth to them” Āmīn.
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