This is the translated conversation of a phone call that we received this week from a very energetic young lady.
Her: (A rapid flurry of Arabic words)…FedEx…(Urbndervish’s name)…sent from America…(more words)…
Me: This is FedEx?
Me: Are you on Haddah Street near Shumailah Hari?
Her: Yes…(more words)…anytime.
Me: What time do you close?
Her: 8’o clock.
Me: Good. Thanks.
If Ms. FedEx spoke any slower, I probably would’ve asked her to speak in English, for fear that I might miss some pertinent details, but somehow we managed. This is a call we’ve been waiting for but not the call we’ve been waiting for. The package we received from FedEx was our hajj visas and the call we’ve been waiting for us the invitation to make Hajj.
The Qur’an refers to the pilgrims who make Hajj as “duyuufa’r Rahman” (guests of the Most Merciful) because of the esteem an honor placed on this pillar of our faith. The Hajj is a physical journey to the house established for the worship of God, the Creator, by Prophet Abraham and his son (peace be upon them). The ritual of the Hajj is symbolic of historical events of the past that are still very relevant to us all in the present. During Hajj, the pilgrims pray in the very place that Prophet Abraham prayed (pbuh), run between the same two mountains that Hagar (pbuh) ran between when she sought water for her and her son in the desert, drink from the same well that Allah (God) caused to gush forth at the end of her search, and stand and pray on the very mountain that Adam and Eve (peace be upon them) were reunited at, after leaving the Garden. One might say that they can remember these righteous people and the events of their lives in any place, which is true. However, designated places for designated events tend to increase the awe, significance, and esteem given to the event. It’s like eating alone in your bedroom wearing pajamas versus eating at a reserved time, at a reserved place with others. The Hajj is performed in a designated time, in a designated place, with millions of people gathering in one accord for the same purpose. There is a galvanizing energy derived from being with so many people striving for the same cause and worshipping together. Hopefully, an energy that galvanizes one to leave the Hajj better than before and more singular in their purpose than before.
Furthermore, the Hajj is the largest single gathering of any faith, religion, or way of life. People come from all ends of the earth, from all walks of life to attend this auspicious event. The pilgrims don the same white garbs, and, at least those few days, the egotistical barriers of race, class, nationality, and gender are suspended. Considering such a sight, it is no wonder how attending the Hajj so significantly affected the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X). The Hajj gave our beloved comrade a glimpse of an incomparable and authentic unity.
Urbndervish was blessed with the opportunity to make Hajj almost five years ago. Now we have the opportunity to experience this together and we’re really looking forward to it and praying that it is a safe, sound, and enlightening journey. We really want to attend the Hajj with a clear heart and conscience, as much as possible. That being said, if we offended or harmed anyone in anyway, please notify us, so we can rectify our affairs with you, or please forgive us. If anyone was hurt in anyway, by anything we said or did, please accept our sincere apologies and pray for us. Insha’Allah (God willing), all of you will attend this journey with us; in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.