The blessed days of Dhul Hijjah

The blessed days of Dhul Hijjah have embraced us once again a time of reflection, fasting, and gratitude.During these days, I am reflecting on Hajar (peace be upon her) and on how crucial and integral her tradition is to our practice of Hajj, our celebration of Eid, and the very heritage of Tawheed (or unwavering Oneness) in our faith.When Ibrahim(AS) left his wife Hajar(AS) and son Isma’il(AS) in the middle of the desert, she asked him whether Allah had asked him to do it. When he said, ‘Yes,’ she responded with, “In that case, Allah will never abandon us.” She did not waver in her faith, and knew with full certainty – even as she ran between the hills of Safa and Marwa, looking for sustenance for Isma’il, that Allah would not abandon her. Each and every person who performs the Hajj is asked to move through the hills of Safa and Marwa, as did Hajar (peace be upon her), because these are signs and symbols of Allah. Signs of Divine acceptance, trust, protection, wisdom, and mercy even amid conditions of material and worldly distress. We are told in the Qur’an, “Behold! Safaa and Marwa are among the symbols of God. So if those who visit the House in the Season or at other times, should compass them round, there is no blame on them. And if any one obeys his own impulse to Good, be sure that God is One Who is Responsive, Knowing.” (Quran 2:158)Hajar (pbuh) offers us a lesson in her true mastery of Divine Acceptance. She accepted such a fate with profound humility and deep knowing that Allah would be responsive to whatever her fate.Keep your tongues most with the Takbir in these blessed days.

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