VISITING THE BELOVED PROPHET sallallaho alaihi wasallam
To visit the Prophet of all Prophets, Guidance for all the creations, Beloved of Allah Ta'ala, Sayyedina Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam is close to compulsory. It is the best and most established method of attaining closeness to Allah Ta'ala. This is mentioned quite clearly in the Holy Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says:
"And if when they do injustice unto their souls, then O beloved! They should come to you
and then beg forgiveness of Allah and the prophet should intercede for them, then surely
they would find Allah Most Relenting, Merciful" (Surah Nisa, verse 64)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whosoever visits my resting place, my intercession is compulsory for him." (Wafa-al Wafa, page 394)
Another narration states, "Whoever comes to visit me, and has no other intention but to visit me, then it is my duty to intercede for him on the day of judgement." (Wafa-al Wafa, page 394)
Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam has said, "Whoever visits me after I leave this world, it is as though he visited me during my life on the earth." This Hadith is supported by another Hadith in which Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whoever performs Hajj and visits my resting place after I have left this world, it is as though he visited me whilst I was on the earth." (Mishkat al Masaabih, page 241)
Hazrat Anas radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said,
"Whoever comes to Madinah to visit me, and his only intention is to visit me, on the day of judgement he will be next to me and I will intercede for him." (Jaame as Sagheer, page 117)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said,
"The person that goes for Hajj to Makkah and then comes to my mosque with the intention of visiting me, he receives the reward of two accepted Hajj." (Jazbul Quloob page 196)
Those that visit Madinah and show patience in the face of difficulties or problems are given glad tidings. Those fortunate people that pass away (die) in Makkah or Madinah are also given glad tidings for the hereafter, please read on.
"The person that visits my resting place will be my neighbour on the day of judgement. The one that remains quiet and shows patience when faced with difficulties in Madinah I will give testimony on his behalf on the day of judgement. The one that dies in the precincts (Haram) of Makkah or Madinah, he will be raised with the peaceful ones on the day of judgement." (Mishkat al Masaabih, page 240)
There is glad news for one that prays for an exalted status and for the station of intercession for Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and also for one that visits Madinah. The one that prays for an exalted status and intercession for Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam will receive the intercession of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and the one that visits Madinah will be the neighbour of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. (Jazbul Quloob, page 197)
After hearing and becoming aware of all these narrations, all those with faith and love, would hasten to get to Madinah as soon as they are financially able to. One would present himself in the court of the master and helper and spill his heart, and receive the cure for all that troubles him in this world and also in the hereafter. If one is able to, but decides that it is not necessary to visit Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam (Ma'azallah) after performing Hajj, and returns home without going to Madinah. Such a person has not only deprived himself of blessings, he has also committed injustice against Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam.
He has not respected the rights of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam, and a person whose state is such that he commits injustice on a Prophet of Allah Ta'ala should realise what his punishment will be. Listen to the words of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam carefully and with your heart. Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whoever performs Hajj and does not visit me, definitely he has committed tyranny against me." (Wafa-al Wafa, Vol. 2, page 398)
Hazrat Anas radiallaho ta'ala anhu reports that when Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam migrated from Makkah, darkness fell over everything. And when he arrived in Madinah everything in Madinah became illuminated and bright. Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "My home is in Madinah and this is where my resting place will be and therefore it is the duty and right of every Muslim to visit it." (Mishkaat al Masaabih, page 547)
The great scholar, Shaikhul Imam Faqeehul Muhadith Taqiuddeen Al-Sabki Shafi alaihir rahmah has written a great book in Arabic on the importance and excellence of visiting Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. The name of the book is "Shifa as Saqaam Fi Ziaratey Khairul Anaam." In the book he has presented excellent responses and replies to those that deny the importance or necessity of visiting Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Also, in Urdu, Imam Ahmed Raza Muhaddith e Bareilly alaihir rahmah, and many other scholars of Islam have written books on this subject. I am using the benefit of these great scholars and attempting to present some thoughts regarding visiting Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam.
The Companions Enthusiasm to Visit Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam
The companions of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam used to place great importance on visiting Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Why would they not? They knew that visiting the resting place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam is, in actual fact, visiting Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam himself as it is proved from the Ahadith (plural of single Hadith) mentioned earlier on.
It is mentioned in "Fatuhus Shaam" and other books that during the reign of Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu, Syria came under Islamic rule and Bait Ul Maqdas (Jerusalem) also came under Islamic rule without any bloodshed. At that time, Hazrat Ka'ab Ahbaar radiallaho ta'ala anhu accepted Islam. This pleased Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu greatly. Before returning to Madinah Ameer Ul Mo'mineen gave an invitation to Ka'ab Ahbaar radiallaho ta'ala anhu to visit Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu asked him if he would like to travel back with him to Madinah and be blessed with visiting the resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. He replied, "Yes I will definitely do that."
Therefore Hazrat Umar and Hazrat Ka'ab radiallaho ta'ala anhuma made this long journey and arrived in Madinah and the first thing they did was visit the resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. (Fatuhus Shaam, page 409).
It was the habit and practice of Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhuma that whenever he would return from any journey, the first thing he would do would be to present himself at the resting place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and give salutation (salaam) in the following manner:
"o Alaika Yaa Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam" (Peace Be On You O Prophet Of Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam)
People asked Hazrat Naf'i, the slave of Hazrat Ibn Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhuma, "Did you ever see your master (Hazrat Ibn Umar) present himself in the court of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam to give salutations?" He replied, "I did not just see him on one occasion, I saw and heard him on many occasions. He would give salutations in the following manner, "o Alan Nabi, o Alaa Abi Bakr, o Alaa Abee. (Peace Be On You O Prophet, Peace Be On You O Abu Bakr, Peace Be On You O Father)" (Muwatta Imam Malik, volume 1, page 382)
Hazrat Abu Ubaidah bin Jarrah radiallaho ta'ala anhu sent Misrah bin Masrook as his messenger to Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu. When Hazrat Misrah reached Madinah at night, he first of all he went to visit the resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam, and presented blessings and salutations (salat o salaam). Then he presented salutations on Hazrat Abu Bakr radiallaho ta'ala anhu and then went about his work. Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz radiallaho ta'ala anhu used to regularly send a messenger from Syria to Madinah to present his salutations in the court of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam.
The Broken Hearted Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu
Hazrat Bilal Habshi radiallaho ta'ala anhu was the Mo'azzin (person calling the Azaan) of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. After Syria was conquered he went to Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu and said, "If you give permission, I want to leave Madinah and go to Jerusalem and lead a quiet life. Because the beloved whose blessed face was the cure for my aching heart is resting and has hidden his glowing face from us.
This has resulted in great restlessness and anxiety for me. A true lover can not bear to be away from his beloved. Whenever I look at any part of Masjid E Nabvi, the Mihraab or Mimbar, my heart cries out for my beloved. How can I explain to my broken heart? How can I comfort my dejected heart and soul? How can I satisfy my aching heart?"
Sometimes the path of true love means you have to be apart. But that is only when you have reached the pinnacle of love like Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu.
The broken hearted Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu was given permission by Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu to go to Syria. Who can know the love of Bilal better than Ameer Ul Mo'mineen? Only one broken hearted person can know the pain being felt by another with a broken heart, and this was the case with Ameer Ul Mo'mineen Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu. The love of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam has intoxicated the heart to such an extent that when he heard that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam had left this world, he drew his sword and said, "If anyone says that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam is dead, I will take his head off." Can you imagine the obsession and sincere love?
What causes this level of emotion and passion? The companions were those who had witnessed Hazrat Jibrael alaihis salaam bringing the verses of the Qur'an and for whose reformation and improvement the leader of the Angels would bring verses. None of these walking examples of the Qur'an grabbed Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu by the hand to stop him. None of them tried to stand in his path. The shock of the departure of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam shook and scattered the harmony of the mind and brain. However, this same Prophet of Mercy sallalaho alaihe wasallam had also trained him and moulded him into what he was today. It was the height of devotion and love that shook the walls of wisdom and sanity for a few moments. It was also love and devotion that covered itself with a quiet blanket later on.
That Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu, who could not control himself due to grief at the departure of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam, is the same Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu that also controlled the whole ummah. He took on the extraordinary responsibility of being a deputy of a Prophet and guiding and helping the nation and the religion towards greatness.
Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu knew exactly what Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu was going through and knew the state of his heart. He gave permission and Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu left for Syria. But the heart never left Madinah. His remembrance and his thoughts were always lost in Rasool Allah (sallalaho alaihe wasallam) and always yearning for him.
My Heart Is Attached To Your Memories In Such A Way
Now There Is No Chance Of Me Being Alone Ever.
Seeing the state of Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu night and day, those with sincerity and love decided to do something to ease his mind and soothe his pain. Therefore they arranged for him to be married, and his Nikah was performed in due course. But, how could Hazrat Bilal deny and forget the bright glow and the showers of mercy in the city of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam?
One night he was asleep and Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam came to him in his dream. The Mercy to the Worlds sallalaho alaihe wasallam asked him, "O Bilal, will you not come to visit me anymore?" Allah! Allah! Who knows what affect these words had on this devotee but Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu immediately got up and his heart and soul were singing with joy and happiness.
How could Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu rest now? Immediately he got up and set of for the blessed city of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. When he entered Madinah he saw that it was the same streets of mercy and light. The same calm wind of pleasure and happiness. But the centre and the reason for this amazing environment was nowhere to be seen. He hurried to the resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam with a fast beating heart, wounded passion, tears in his eyes and presented his salutations (salaam). He embraced the blessed resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and cried and cried. The heart and soul of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam, his grandsons, Hazrat Imam Hasan and Hazrat Imam Hussein radiallaho ta'ala anhuma saw this slave of their grandfather and were reminded about the time when he was amongst them.
Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu used to play with them when they were young boys, he would carry them on his shoulders, and would hold their fingers and walk with them. They both ran forward and embraced Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu, and said, "O beloved Mo'azzin of the Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam! Will we never hear the Azaan that we used to hear when our grandfather was amongst us? It is time for Namaz, please give Azaan today."
Hazrat Bilal was now in a predicament. He could not refuse an order from the leaders of the youth of Paradise, but for giving Azaan, Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu needed the beauty and elegance of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam in front of him. Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu stood to give Azaan, and as soon as the first words of the Azaan were carried into the streets of Madinah, hearts trembled. It was like a spear through the hearts of people. The voice of Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu immediately bought to life the era of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Allah o Akbar! Everyone remembered that glorious time when Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam was amongst them. Everyone that heard the Azaan of Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu, dropped what they were doing and ran to the mosque. The era of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam had returned.
The Azaan of Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu ignited the embers of love of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam that had been restrained and subdued. The flames of love roared to life, there was a deafening noise and chaos in the streets of Madinah, people stopped working in the fields, veiled ladies lost their senses and ran out into the streets of Madinah out of love for Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Allah! Allah!
When Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu said "Ash-hado Al-Laa Ilaha Illal-Laah" his voice trembled, because when he used to give Azaan before, when he would say "Ash-hado Anna Muhammadur Rasool Allah", he would point his forefinger at Muhammad Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Today when this Aashiq E Rasool sallalaho alaihe wasallam said those words and opened his eyes, he did not find his beloved in front of him, his voice stopped and Hazrat Bilal was unable to complete the Azaan. He lost his senses, fainted and fell to the floor. Allah O Akbar!
Why did Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu leave Syria and go back to Madinah? The only reason Hazrat Bilal radiallaho ta'ala anhu made this journey was to visit Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Subhan Allah.
A Bedouin In The Court of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam
It has been the belief and faith of Muslim's for 1400 years that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam is the medicine for all pains, the cure for all illnesses, the comforter for all pains. All the requirements for this world and the hereafter are received from this blessed court. This was the faith of all our pious predecessors. In previous generations Muslims would go with their requirements to the blessed court of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. As proof of this, read the following incident.
Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Utba states, "I was blessed with a visit to the court of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. I presented my salutations and sat down in a corner of the Mosque. Suddenly a Bedouin (villager) came riding a camel. He presented himself in front of the resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and said, "O Prophet of Peace! Allah Ta'ala revealed his Qur'an to you. In that Qur'an it says, "And if when they do injustice unto their souls, then O beloved! They should come to you and then beg forgiveness of Allah and the prophet should intercede for them, then surely they would find Allah Most Relenting, Merciful" (Surah Nisa, verse 64).
Then he said, "Oh beloved of Allah Ta'ala, I have arrived in your court and am seeking forgiveness of my sins from Allah Ta'ala, and for that I need your intercession. Upon saying this he began to weep uncontrollably, and in this state he said the following verses:
Oh the best of all creations! May my life be sacrificed on this blessed place where you are resting. There is peace and blessings and benedictions here. You are the helper whom we are all depending on, especially at that time when people's legs will be slipping when crossing the bridge (Pul Siraat). And I can never forget these two companions of yours. Peace and blessings on all of you as long as there is a pen in the world to write with.
After this the Bedouin asked for forgiveness of Allah ta'ala and left. (The narrator writes), during that time sleep overcame me. I saw Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and he said, "Go and tell that Bedouin that Allah Ta'ala has forgiven him with my intercession." (Shifa as Saqaam Fi Ziaratey Khairul Anaam, page 16)
Allama Naeemuddin Muradabadi alaihir rahmah writes in his commentary of the Qur'an "Khaza-enul Irfaan" regarding the above quoted verse, (Surah Nisa, verse 64). He reports the same incident that has just been mentioned and states that we learn a few important points from this.
Points- When asking or wanting something from Allah Ta'ala, to seek and ask for the intercession of those that are accepted in His court is a way to success and fulfilment of needs.
" To go to the resting-place for needs is also covered by "Jaa-oo-ka" (come to you) and is the way of those that follow the Qur'an
" Calling those that are accepted by Allah Ta'ala as "Yaa" (O.... in the present tense) is permissible.
" Pious friends of Allah do help and their Dua's result in needs being fulfilled.
About Madinah Munawwara
There are great blessings in the city of Madinah Munawwara. It is impossible to write about all the excellencies of Madinah. It is crucial to always stay with complete respect in this city because this is the preferred city of Allah Ta'ala. This is why Ala Hazrat, Imam e Ishq o Mohabbat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan radiallaho ta'ala anhu says,
"Haram Ki Zameen Aur Qadam Rakh Key Chalna
Arey Sar Ka Moqa Hai O Jaaney Waaley"
Some Essential Requests
Always remain with ablution (wudhu) in Makkah and Madinah. There are countless blessings of ablution. Ablution is one of the deeds of Paradise and one of the paths to Paradise. There are many benefits and benedictions of ablution. Some are being mentioned here to strengthen our faith.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Should I not tell you about those deeds through which Allah Ta'ala will forgive your sins and elevate your status?" The companions replied, "Of course. We are in great need of deeds like that." Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Performing complete ablution even during difficulties, always walking towards the Mosque, and completing one Namaz and waiting for the next Namaz. These things are also Jihad (struggle)." (Mishkaat, page 38)
Hazrat Uthmaan radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "The person that performs a thorough ablution, all the sins leave his body, up to the point that the sins under his nails are removed." (Mishkaat, p38)
Hazrat Uqbah bin Aamir radaillaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "The Muslim that performs ablution properly, then stands and prays two rak'ats Namaz in such a manner that his heart and face are fully engulfed in the two rak'at, Jannat is compulsory (wajib) for him." (Mishkaat, p39)
Ameer Ul Mo'mineen Hazrat Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whoever amongst you performs a thorough ablution and then recites Ash Hado Al Laa Ilaha Illal Laaho Wa Ash Hado An-na Muhammadan Abdohu Warasooluh, all eight doors of Paradise open for him, and he can enter through whichever door he pleases." (Mishkaat, p39)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "My ummah will be called on the day of judgement in such a state that their foreheads will be glowing brightly and their arms and legs will be illuminated because of the effects of ablution. Therefore whoever can increase his brightness should do so." (Mishkaat, p39)
Explanation and Benefits about the above Ahadith
" Ablution in itself does not appear to be an act of worship. Pouring water and washing certain body parts does not seem to equate to worship. However, ablution is a means to pray Namaz and the means to any worship is also worship, and that is why ablution is also worship. Such a great worship, that it grants one Paradise and is one of the paths of Paradise.
" In the Hadith it mentions performing ablution during difficulties. This means that during the winter when it is cold, even though it may seem troubling, perform complete ablution. Do not take any short cuts and do not leave out any part of the ablution.
" In the Hadith it mentions performing complete ablution, going to the Mosque regularly and waiting for the next Namaz. Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam described these three things as "Fazaa-Lekumur Rabaat" "Rabaat" means mounting a horse for Islam and fighting against the enemies of Islam and to defend it. The Hadith means that doing these three things earns the same reward as Jihad.
In the same way, all sins leaving the body means that performing ablution removes all the small sins (Gunah E Sageerah). Large sins (Gunah E Kabeerah), if they are related to the rights of Allah Ta'ala, for example missing Namaz, not fasting etc., are not forgiven without true repentance to Allah Ta'ala. If the large sins refers to the rights of people, like stealing from someone, then together with repentance to Allah ta'ala, it is necessary to be forgiven by the person you have wronged as well.
Worldly Benefits of Ablution
There are many worldly benefits as well as benefits for the hereafter in performing ablution. If a person remains in a state of purity and with ablution, he is protected against the whispers of shaitaan whispers and his attacks.
" Wudhu (ablution) is the cure for many illnesses and the means to stay healthy.
" If you leave home with ablution, all your tasks and jobs will become easier and your good intentions will reach fruition. This is why Friends of Allah Ta'ala remained with ablution as much as possible.
Attendance In Madinah Munawwara
When you enter the blessed boundaries of Madinah Munawwara, have duroods and salutations on your lips in abundance. You should be restless about reaching the resting-place of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam; because all true lovers have a deep desire to meet their beloved. Therefore complete the necessities as soon as possible, (hotel room, settling in, bathroom etc.) and prepare to present yourself in front of the beloved of Allah Ta'ala. Take a bath, wear new clothes, put on Ittar (perfume), apply surma in your eyes, comb your hair and beard properly, put on an Imama Shareef (turban), and look the best that you possibly can.
Method of Attendance
Stand outside Baab e Jibrael in such a manner as if you are waiting for permission. Wait for a short while and then enter Masjid E Nabvi. Enter with your right foot first and as you enter recite the following:
"Bismillah-hir Rahmaan-Ir Raheem. Assalato Wasallamo Alaika Ya Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Bismillahe Dakhalto Wa Alaihe Tawak-Kalto Wa Nawayto Sunnatal E'te-kaaf"
Upon entering the Mosque walk right for a short distance and stand there and recite blessings and salutations in brief. Walk slowly towards the Roza Mubarak. Pass through Raiz-ul-Jannat and kiss the blessed Mimbar and Mihraab of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam with your eyes. Keep moving forward and you will find yourself in front of the Blessed Golden Gates of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam. Stand with complete respect, head lowered, arms folded and humbly present your salutation:
Assalato Wassalamo Alaika Yaa Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam
Assalato Wassalamo Alaika Ya Nabi Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam
Assalato Wassalamo Alaika Ya Noor Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam
Assalato Wassalamo Alaika Ya Khaira Khalqillah sallalaho alaihe wasallam
Wa Alaa Aaleyka Wa Zaweeka Fee Kulla Aaniw Walah Zatin Adada Kulla Zarrata Alfa Alfa Marratin.
After this present the salutations (salaams) of all those that have asked you to. Then make Dua as much as possible, for yourself, for family, for friends, for relatives, and for all Muslims. If possible also make Dua for me and especially make Dua for Sunni Dawat E Islami.
Then move slightly to your right and present salutations to Sayyedina Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique radiallaho ta'ala anhu:
o Alaikum Ya Ameerul Mo'mineen
o Alaikum Ya Khalifata Rasoolillah
o Alaikum Ya Saahiba Rasoolillah
o Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wa Barakatuhu
Then move slightly to your right and present your salutations in the court of Sayyedina Hazrat Umar Faruq E Azam radiallaho ta'ala anhu:
o Alaikum Ya Ameerul Mo'mineen
o Alaikum Ya Khalifatul Muslimeen
o Alaikum Ya Izzal Islam
o Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wa Barakatuhu
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! You have read about the importance of visiting the blessed court of Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam from the Holy Qur'an and from Ahadith, and the practice of our pious predecessors. Let us make Dua that Allah Ta'ala grants us all the great blessing of visiting Madinah Munawwara with respect, and that he guides us to honour the etiquette's of Madinah and stay there with complete humility and respect. Aameen Summa Aameen.
A Noble person was holding the covering of the Ka'aba (Gilaaf e Ka'aba) and was appealing to Allah Ta'ala. He said, "O Allah, this is Your House, and a visit here is known as Hajj.
There are two letters in the word Hajj. "Haa" and "Jeem" (Arabic letters). The "Haa" is for your Leniency and Tolerance (Hilm) and "Jeem" is my crime (jurm). Therefore, you forgive my crime with your Leniency. A voice said, "O My bondman! What a great request you have made, say it again." The person appealed again with different words and said, "O Merciful One! Your sea of Forgiveness is flowing strongly to forgive our sins, and the treasure of your Mercy is open for all that ask for it. O Lord! Visiting this house is called Hajj.
There are two letters in the word Hajj. "Haa" and "Jeem." "Haa" is for my need (Haajat) and "Jeem" is for the blessings that you bestow on us (Jood o Karam). Oh Allah! Fulfil my need and give me what I require." Again a voice was heard saying, "O young man! What a great praise you have said, repeat it." The person said, "O Sustainer of the Universe! Your Blessed Self has covered the Muslims with peace and goodness. Visiting this house is called Hajj.
There are two letters in the word Hajj. "Haa" and "Jeem." O Lord! "Haa" is for the sweetness of my faith (Imaani Halaawat) and "Jeem" is for your Majesty and Splendour (Jahan Daari ki Jalaalat). With the blessings of Your Majesty, save the sweetness of this weak bondman's faith from the clutches of shaitaan." A voice said, "O my sincere and true bondman! All that you have asked from My leniency, My Giving, and My Majesty, I have granted to you. Our aim is to bestow and to fill the needs of those that ask. One just needs to ask to receive." Subhan Allah!
'I am the Great Benevolent Giver; There are no beggars
Who can be shown the way? No one is willing to take this path!'
When Hazrat Shaikh Yahya alaihir rahmah had completed his Hajj, he went to the door of the Ka'aba and pleaded, "O Merciful One! It is the way of the kings of the world to give their slaves great gifts and treasures when they complete their task and are leaving. The slave is filled with happiness when he receives these gifts. When the slave reaches his family and friends, he has so many treasures and gifts that they ask him for some of them. He gives them some of his treasures and they are filled with joy as well.
O My Lord! I am your slave and You are the Ruler of all the kings and rulers of this world. My time for departure is close. I am seeking some gifts to take back with me from your Blessed Court. I want to be able to return safely to my friends and family with those gifts and say to them, O friends, I have brought gifts of Mercy and Forgiveness for you from the Court of Allah Ta'ala. O My Master! Grant me these gifts so that I do not have to be embarrassed when I face them."
A voice was heard saying, "O Yahya! The gifts you have asked for, I have granted them to you. Give them the good news of My Mercy and My Forgiveness. Undoubtedly I am the Generous One. When a beggar and hopeless one reaches the court of the Generous One, all their needs are fulfilled. Go I have opened the river of Benevolence and given you the gift of intercession and forgiveness for those with faith. Subhan Allah!
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Yaqoob Al Basri rehmatullahe ta'ala alaihe states, "Once I was in Masjid E Haram. I had been there for 10 days without eating. This made me very weak and my heart and body forced me to step outside to look for something to eat, to ease my hunger. I went out and saw a rotten, dried turnip. I picked it up but something inside me said, "You have been hungry for 10 days and all you are given is a rotten turnip?" I threw it away and went back inside the Blessed Haram and sat down.
A short time later a person came and placed a bag in front of me and said, "This bag contains 500 dinars (unit of money) and it is for you." I asked him, "Why did you choose to give this to me?" He replied, "We have been travelling for 10 days on the sea and our boat was close to sinking. All of us on the boat decided to give an offering and decided that if we were saved, we would present this offering for the sake of Allah Ta'ala. I decided that the offering would be given to the first attendant that I laid eyes upon in Haram Shareef. You are the first person I have met and therefore this is for you." I told him to open the bag. He opened it and the bag contained a white cake, almonds and some salty snacks (sakkar-paarey). I took a handful of each and said take the rest and give it to your children from me. I have accepted your gift. Then I thought to myself, your livelihood and sustenance had been coming to you for 10 days, and you were outside looking for it?"