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Back from Hajj?…Back to the old routine?

Posted by Admin on December 12, 2008

By Asma bint Shameem

This is a reminder for all those people who did Hajj….whether you did it this year or many years ago…
And even for those who didn’t…..YET.

SO…. you’re back from Hajj, Alhamdulillaah.
Everything went well and now you’re back. Back to the same old routine, the same old hustle bustle of life, the job, the kids…. Back to the same old you.
Huh?? Wait a second….back to the same old you? No, but that can’t be……

You can’t go back to the same old you. You promised Allaah you will change… you will improve for the better…..you will do all you can to be a better Muslim, to be a stronger believer.

Don’t you remember how you felt when you saw the Magnificent Kaaba for the first time with all its glory and splendor…..you were awed….speechless, tears silently rolling down without you even realizing. You trembled….and you promised….

Don’t you remember how you cried in Arafaat, how you beseeched Allaah, spreading out your hands in utter humility, begging Him and imploring Him to forgive you….to give you just one more chance…

And don’t you remember the strength and resolve with which you threw the pebbles at the Jamaraat, determined to give up all your bad habits, resolute to do all good…staying  firm on the Straight path?

Don’t you remember the beautiful days in Mina, the peaceful night in Muzdalifa….all the Ibadaat, the Tawaafs, the duas, the tears, the Tauba???!!

Surely, you couldn’t have forgotten that??!!!

Then don’t let the pomp and glitter of this Dunya take you away from all that. Don’t let the hustle bustle of every day routine make you forget your promises and resolve.

Remember that out of six billion people Allaah invited you……yes YOU… to His Glorious House and honored YOU and blessed YOU with Hajj.

And it was only because of His Mercy that He enabled you to go. For Wallaahi, if it was not His Will, you would never be able to go.

So why not be a thankful slave of His??
Why not spend the rest of your life in His submission, surrendering to Him, obeying His commandments and staying away from His prohibitions?

So fear Allaah in all that you do and always be mindful of Him.
Don’t let the Shaytaan weaken your resolve.

Say NO to those temptations, turn down chances of all that’s Haraam.
Stay away from all your old bad habits and build on your good ones.
Be upright in your character; resist the urge to cheat, lie and backbite.
Spend in the path of Allaah and continue with the daily recitation of the Qur’aan, pondering over the meanings and use those Words of Allaah to change for the better.
And no matter what you do……do not,  do not let the snooze button keep you away from Salaah.
Hold your head up high, wearing that Hijaab or Jilbaab….or sporting that beard…. proud to be a Muslim, Alhamdulillaah. Remember, it’s the mark of a believer.
Don’t let people or so called ‘friends’ talk you out of it.
And if they object, look them straight in the eye and say, “It’s the command of Allaah.”

Keep in mind that Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala gave you another chance….just like you asked Him. You begged for forgiveness and He forgave you and purified you just like the day you were born. So be thankful and make the most of it.

Your life from now is like a blank piece of paper, with nothing written on it. And the pen that you would use to write on it, is in your hands.
So be careful what you write.
Because….you never know…..
You might never have the chance to have your piece of paper blank again…

“Therefore, race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden as wide as heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. Such is the Favor of Allah; He gives it to whom He wills. Allah is the Owner of great favor.” (al-Hadeed: 21)


3 Responses to “Back from Hajj?…Back to the old routine?”

  1. Umm Maryam said

    Assalam Alaikum! SubhanAllah– I just stumbled upon this article and it was if Allah wanted me to read this article- I have just arrived from my Haj and yes– I do relate to this article so perfectly. I am struggling to give up my vices, negative thoughts and useless indulgences (which I have been so used to)and instead wish to pray and turn to Allah sincerely– May Allah help me! Please pray for me!

  2. faryall said

    Assalam o Alikum,
    dearest sisters, yes I am back from Haj. The day Haj was over I was overwhelmed with the thought what now what? has life ended? what to do? The day and every hajji were so quiet dropping down their heads, an emptiness OR lightheartedness cant say, but all the way back from mina to azizia on foot tears rolled out of my eyes and I kept thinking I am 45 years old and done with most part of my life but living life …. performing haj and ….. now living life again…… it is a very difficult task…. the best thing we can do is to remind all our sisters who performed haj that they have been blessed with a second life … a life to give away in the name of Allah may Allah help us all aameen

  3. Dr Farhana Azim said

    Sister Asma has elaborated the feeling of a returning Hajji so vividly MashAllah! Allah bless her.
    As a matter of fact I performed Hajj this year, through the government scheme or the non-VIP Hajj, which means no assistance or facilitation from either governments or even the Muaalim. The ordeals were enormous, we were almost constantly on foot, usually without provisions and cramped in pathetic tents at every place, nevertheless Allhamdolillah we felt like the “chosen ones”. Because Allah SWT never left our side, during all that time. He hurled us out of all odds. My spirits gained more strength, as my Sabr and my devotion were tried to the limits.
    During Hajj the endeavor for my beloved Allah was so fervent and blissful that time, space and any physical comprehension had lost their meaning…it was only me and Him!
    I bowed….. I begged and I wept and I cried! I supplicated with utmost Faith… faith that He is hearing me; He is extending His arm of compassion and holding me with the love more than that of 70 mothers. “My heart and my soul belongs to you forever and with Imaan I seek to meet you my Allah” I pledged. I returned with this commitment for life. It is said that even doubting that our prayers may not have been granted in Araafat is a sin. So very surely I brought with me this blank slate, which I must have earned through this real Jihaad as it unfolded to us. Day after day during the Hajj, while performing the rituals, it was becoming so apparent that repentance is not for granted, the penalty is high. Sinner as I must have been at every step of endurance I acquired an inner satisfaction to be paying a good price for this clean slate which is definitely love’s labour earned!
    Now that my partial physical existence is here back home, the intangible real me is in the “Haram” as it seems. The connection with my Lord’s sphere of influence is what I will undertake to keep intact even after re-establishing myself within the world around me. I am spiritually and morally bound to my creator and “no spoiled entry” I wish to see on my slate. So Allah help me InshAllah. (Ameen)


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