Hajj: the Inward Spiral

Friday sermon (jum'ah khutba) - Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad - 12 November 2010 - Cambridge - 20 mins 51 secs


This sermon, delivered just before Eid al-Adha, reminds us of the deep significance of Hajj. The great annual gathering of pilgrims from all over the world recalls an even greater gathering before time when every human soul bore witness to Allah's Divine Sovereignty: "Bala shahidna!" The outward ritual of journeying to the Noble Sanctuary thus corresponds, with Allah's help, to an inward journey toward remembrance of our true nature and station. The pilgrim's call of "Labbayk Allahumma labbayk!" ("At Your service oh Allah!") echoes the soul's primordial attestation. It is the worldly counterpart to the acknowledgment that He is our Lord, and we are His humble servants. Sheikh Abdal Hakim explains the kissing of the Black Stone in this context, and describes the fundamental tranquility brought about this great journey of remembering and submission. May we all be able, God willing, to journey to Mecca and receive the treasure of inward transformation that is the gift of travelling as humble supplicants to Allah's earthly court.

Image: 'Meccacentric' by Lateefa Spiker. Used with permission.

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Cambridge Khutbas said...

Thanks to Sidi Junaid for noticing the wrong date posted initially :)

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shahid fazal said...

Assalam Alaikum,
I listen to many lectures of Shaykh AHM and admire and love him a lot. I am from India.As we all know,Muslims in India live peacefully with Hindus and don't face problems OFTEN....But the same is not the case with Hindus in Pakistan.Although there are other minorities in Pakistan,but I would stress more on HINDUS....The hindus in Pak are subject to constant torture,Kidnappings,Killings,rape by so-called muslims....They are dehumanised often...We as muslims can not turn a blind eye to such atrocities being Committed by muslims there on innocent Hindus.
My purpose for writing these things is to REQUEST Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad(May Allah preserve him) to give a Khutba/lecture or atleast a press release addressing this issue.....I want him to raise the concerns of Hindus in Pakistan,urge the Pakistani community in Britain to put pressure on the Pakistan Govt. to take concrete steps to provide security to the minority Hindus there....Please take this message of mine to Shaykh AHM,please don't ignore.....such actions of muslims make me and other Muslims in India hang their heads in shame.Please Please Please.I request from the bottom of my heart and with tears in my eyes.

shahid fazal said...

Assalam Alaikum Shaikh AHM,
I am Mohammad Shahid Fazal from India......I listen to your lectures frequently and I admire you a lot,follow you and other great scholars like Shaykh Hamza,Imam Zaid,etc..I don't know any means to Contact you.This is why I am raising the issue I had in my mind through this platform.....
I am a Muslim who lives in a Hindu Majority country......Although Muslims sometimes face problems here which are many times caused due to increasing Hindu Nationalism,but these problems are very less compared to the problems that HINDUS FACE IN PAKISTAN......Hindus,as other minorities, in Pakistan are subject to regular torture,Rape,Kidnappings,extortions,occupation of their properties,etc......As an example,I cite an incident which I read about.......a hindu woman's house was forcefully occupied by some people and She had a Cow at her house.The occupiers forced that woman to slaughter that Cow with her own hands and forced her to eat the bEEF.....This happened inspite of people knowing that Hindus are prohibited from Beef eating......She was then forced to become a Muslim.
The reason for me writing these things is as a Muslim I am concerned.The actions of fellow 'muslims' in Pakistan have forced me to hang my head in shame........I have heard many of your lectures and I hope many of your students must be Pakistanis(I don't know exactly,I am just guessing,I never have been to USA)......I want/request you to do a Khutba/sermon or atleast a press release or a videocast(I have seen many of them from you) addressing this issue....... I request you to please give a word of advice to the Pakistani and other Muslims who abuse people of other faiths,in the light of Islamic scriptures,and the teachings of our Holy Messenger(pbuh).......I want/request you to specifically address the issue of HINDUS in Pakistan..........Please Please Please don't ignore this for the Sake of Allah and His Prophet Muhammad(pbuh).........I also don't have any ideo on how to contact Shaykh Hamza,Imam Zaid........If you can convey this concern of mine to them too and request them too to issue a sermon(or at best a Video message) addressing Hindu issue in Pakistan for the Blood thirsty vultures(who have taken the garb of Muslims) in Pakistan to listen........I will be very thankful to you if you do this..........I am already thankful to you and Shaykh Hamza,Imam Zaid,etc. for instilling a new vigour of IMAN in me..........But please don't ignore this issue.........I BEG with tears in my eyes!!!!!!!!

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