The representative of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-Sistani in Europe states:
• Pilgrimage is considered one of the obligations of the basic worships that muslims needs to fulfil, hence if Muslims were to exploit its benefits and objectives, they would become rulers of the world however they are lured into the love of the world (Dunya) , degrading the individual and causing them to become weak and unrespectable.
• The importance of a true Muslim is to hold on to the fundamentals of Islam and its implementation, and not to rely on others and Hajj is one these fundamentals.
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With this statement in the Friday Ceremony that was held in the province of Slough city. He started off with the narrations of Imam Mohammed Al Baqir (as):
(بني الإسلام على خمس دعائم، إقام الصلاة، وإيتاء الزكاة، وصوم شهر رمضان، وحج بيت الله الحرام، والولاية لنا أهل البيت).
Islam is based on five pillars prayer, zikaat, fasting the month of Ramadan, the Pilgrimage and Wilayat of the Ahulul Bayt.
The obligation of Hajj is one of the political obligations and it is an important lesson for Muslims,if the Muslims knew the economic, social, moral, political, spiritual and financial benefits of it they would have becomes rulers of the world. This is the reference to the Almighty saying,
((لِّيَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ عَلَىٰ مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا الْبَائِسَ الْفَقِيرَ))
"To witness the benefits of them and mention the name of Allah in the days of information on what they have provided". Due to the limitation of time, we cannot explain fully the benefits of Hajj therefore we will mention some of the important political objectives, which Muslims have overlooked or ignored and considered to be only religious obligations:
1- The Hajj creates a single unity amongst the Muslims, so we find the pilgrims and the non- pilgrims in these days their hearts and consciences are tightened to the Holy Kaaba and to the Holy places. This movement to the holy house of Allah creates a single entity and a single spirit with one goal and one objective and one message and one faith. They do not have affiliations and loyalties to others, rather they have only one direction which is towards religion.This type of the feeling between Muslims creates the same spirit, which is an important political principle, When the pilgrim repeats the statement of “labayka Allahuma labayk” this indicates the answer to Allahs call to Hajj and practically pilgrims answer “we did not go any other place except for your holy House nor do we belong to a certain political party or side or for others. But rather we are bound to face the All Mighty and nothing else. It is you who created us and to you we will return, you are our trust and hopeO’Lord of the Worlds”. And this is the deep political meaning if only the Muslims knew about its content, where the tawaaf around the house and to pray to the direction of the holy Kaaba and to walk between Safa and Marwa.Therefore, the circulation where Allah ordered, and prayer where Allah ordered, and the walk where Allah ordered, and so as this Ihram is another example where the pilgrims learns a very important lesson in discipline and unity driven by one line by one system to eliminate conflicts, hostilities and what is considered as grudges. With this, it enables us to strive to the path that Allah has designed for us without indifferences to all sectors ideologies and orientations. And this type of benefit from worship cannot be found except in Hajj, so you see the pilgrims looking the same, wearing the same clothing, leaving behind all the routines of the world and desires of life and do not forget abandonment of the Ihram also in itself gives the individual strong will to controloneself and their desires and to strengthen his relationship with Allah Almighty.
This form of connection with Allah in this form and in this pattern will not leave any room for any connections or ties because it creates in the Muslim individual the true sense of power, and will not recognise any oppressor or any tyrant or arrogant. And the identification of the phrase (لبيك اللهم لبيك) and (الله اكبر) is a frightening and scary political slogan for all who do not know Allahas well as for every oppressor and aggressor, and therefore we see the evil forces afraid of this slogan and afraid of the union of Muslims on this slogan and along this line and on this road.
This is the sum of the first political goal.
The second political goal that we benefit from the Hajj is that it creates reverence amongst Muslims so that there is no such appearance in this image, it creates the side of honour and dignity, and this is what we see through some of the legislations, we see the congregational meetings as part of worship to show the power ofMuslims, and this appearance is not used if Muslims pray individually, while we see it in the case of the establishment of congregational prayer.
In addition to the social, moral, educational and other goals. Thus, we see Friday and Eid prayer as a broader gathering than the normal congregational prayer. The Hajj is the annual conference in which Muslims gather regardless of their color, nationalities, languages, ethnicity and positions. Thus demonstrating their reverence, dignity, strength and self-glory. And this gathering, frightens the enemies as Muslims unite in one place and on one land and in one body to travel and seek and Mina and Arafat and in the Holy Mosque and in other holy rituals.
The question we should ask here is whether the Muslims benefited from this huge annual conference to abandon their differences and sit in one place so that they can remember what they need through their bilateral meetings. Answer: No! Regrettably. As Allah Almighty states
((ولا تنازعوا فتفشلوا وتذهب ريحكم))
The second question is that the number of Muslims today is estimated at one and a half billion Muslims on earth, who control the most important resources in the world and have big arsenals of weapons and black gold, and Allah has given them great good and great grace, but we see that the differences tore them apart due tobloody conflicts dividing them. And some countries who have interests played a role in diving them even more and subjecting them to their conditions.Therefore, Muslims became weak and servile as a direct result of disunity and disagreement and their love of the world and hatred of death, theProphet peace be upon him said:
(توشك الأمم أن تداعى عليكم كما تداعى الأكلة إلى قصعتها قيل أمن قلة نحن يومئذ قال بل أنتم كثير ولكن غثاء كغثاء السيل ولتنزعن المهابة منكم وليقذفن الوهن في قلوبكم قالوا وما الوهن قال حب الدنيا وكراهية الموت)
If the nations soul of defence and morale dies the result will be exactly what’s happening now, while we see the nation, which thirsts for martyrdom for the sake of faith, to remain alive and immortal as the first Muslims did. And brought back to us those memories of the Iraqi victories despite their different ranks and positions where they have defeated the enemies and liberated Mosul and other places in Iraq.
We cannot return to our strength and reverence except through our adherence to the principles of Islam and its implementation, and not to rely on the unbelievers and oppressors and to this life and to resort to it, because this approach keeps within us the love of survival and comfort and then neglects to defend our faith and our sanctities.
In conclusion, we must know that the enemies are not indifferent to us. They are planning to remove the reverence of the Muslims and deprive them of their dignity and honour, and with all force, because they know of our union and our adherence to our principles. We defeat these hostile forces and Muslims remain in control of their natural wealth and goodness. Thus depriving them of the benefits they have come to plunder and plunder.
((ولله العزة ولرسوله وللمؤمنين ولكن المنافقين لا يعلمون))
((Glory be to Allah and His Messenger and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know))
We ask the Almighty Allah to protect the Muslims from all evil and affliction.