By Saqib Akbar
I was also blessed as was Ghulam Hurr to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Makkah, where from he sent me a message. He wrote that I am in the House of God praying for us. He also asked us to pray. May Allah accept his prayers and his presence there. His message once again revived the glory and beauty of the Khana-e-Kaabah in my mind and soul. It is such a fountain of blessing that a sip of its water conferring immortality sets in motion a storm of thirst. The sight of the Kaabah makes one restless forever. The charm and attraction of it also mesmerize those who are far from it. It serves as such a centre point for humans that they do not feel weary while making “Tawaf” (the prescribed seven circuits of Kaabah). Its attraction is such that a person cannot think of going round anything else after performing the “Tawaf” for the first time.
After reaching there, Ghulam Hurr remembered us in his prayers because he is the follower of that Prophet (pbuh) who at the time of ascensions to the heavens did not forget to pray for the mankind. Allama Iqbal has written about a “Sufi” (mystic personality) who after seeking nearness to God had not wished to come back. Responding to the “Sufi’s” wish it was said: The difference between the “Sufi” and the prophet is that the prophet after receiving favours and blessings comes back to share these blessings with the mankind. After quenching the thirst of his soul, the prophet thinks of the restless and crying people. He plans to create a point of connection so that others can also benefit from the spring of blessing. He becomes a link between the God and the mankind. He does not eternally remain a spectator of glory and splendor but thinks of those who are stuck in wilderness. He resolves to show the right path to these misguided people. He comes back to guide the mankind towards the ultimate truth. That is why he says: “Namaz” (prayer) is the spiritual ascension of “Momin” (believer). He connects people with God. He connects people with one another so that all benefit from the Eternal Light.
Many people forget the rest while going to Makkah to perform the Hajj. Most of them only keep in mind their children, wives, friends and those who have asked for “Dua” (benediction, supplication, prayer). They remember only these people in their prayers and their world revolves round them only. Their world and for whom they pray is limited.
Their “Dua” is restricted to temporal things only e.g. for someone to be successful in a test, or examination, for somebody’s employment, for someone’s marriage, for the recuperating of somebody and some other prayers like these and that’s it. Some people also include the safety and security of their country in their supplications and as such their sphere of “Dua” widens a bit. But, very few people bear it in mind that they have come to the House of that God who is the Lord of the worlds. Then why only pray for selective people and worldly things. One must pray for all the oppressed and destitute people. One must include all those in his “Dua” who have been denied peace and tranquility, whose resources have been looted and who have been robbed. Why only pray for the subjugated people only. One must also pray for the annihilation and destruction of the oppressors and tyrants.
The teachings of the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) should reflect from the character of devotees on reaching the House of God. It is the House built by Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail. They were true servants of the God. Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) had refused to bow to anyone except Allah. He took a firm stand against Namrood who was the “Taghut” (devil) of the time. He refused to obey him. He raised the flag of “Tawheed” (monotheism) before him. He put up a bold front in face of the society which was worshipping idols on the whole. He opted to jump in the fire rather than accepting to bow before any idol or “Taghut”. On arrival at Khana-e-Kaabah, one should make a firm resolve to rise up against tyrants of the time. The pilgrimage to Makkah should act as a spur to work for freeing mankind from the slavery of idols.
We should also learn from the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) how to make our supplications all-inclusive. On completion of the construction of the Khana-e-Kaabah, Ibrahim (pbuh) after praying for acceptance of this service included all in his supplications. He started to supplicate to the All Mighty:
O Lord: Make me submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You and make them raise the flag of monotheism.
O our Lord! Come to our rescue and accept our prayers.
O Lord! Forgive me on the day of reckoning. Forgive my parents and all the believers.
The supplications of the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) come to mind and the knots get untied when one visits Khana-e-Kaabah.
I fail to understand why the Muslims at the present time while going to perform Hajj not lament on the unfortunate state of the Ummah and not pray for its salvation from this backwardness and suffering. How can an awakened Muslim scholar not pray to God for cure and betterment of the severely wounded and torn apart body of the Muslim Ummah. How is it possible that the followers of Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) and Hazrat Ibrahim (pbuh) will not get restless and impatient in Khana-e-Kaabah on the condition of those Muslims who are suffering at the hands of savage imperial beasts?
A follower of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) will also pray for redemption of all the oppressed people. He will seek guidance, help and courage from God in order to work for this sacred cause.
The name of Ghulam Hurr took me back to Hurr of Karbala. He proved that he was a “Hurr” (free man, noble, freeborn) in reality. He left the army of Yazid. He left his position and the army he was commanding and joined Imam Hussain. He knew with absolute certainty that he was going to die by making this choice. But he gave his life to achieve the real freedom because he was enthralled and mesmerized by the pure and virtuous personality of Imam Hussain who was the son of Moulood-e-Kaabah (one of the titles of Hazrat Ali as it is believed that he was born inside Kaabah).
دائرہ جذب میں پہنچا تو شیداہوگیا
دیکھ لیجیے حر کو، کیسے غیر اپنا ہوگیا
(He fell in love after entering into the circle of attraction. Look at Hurr, how a stranger became a partner.)
A human becomes a free man by entering into the circle of attraction of Khana-e- Kaabah and those are very unfortunate people who do not become free even after performing circumambulations of the House of God.