[Majlisul Ulama of South Africa]
NARRATING A HADITH, Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) said:
“There will dawn an age over the people when they shall go for Hajj and Umrah in abundance without (a sincere) niyyat. The world will gush on them. They will indulge in sport and amusement. Travelling will become light for them. His (the one who goes for Hajj/Umrah) neighbour will be hungry or naked or in debt. His (the one going for Hajj/Umrah) camel will race with him across wastelands and deserts, whilst verily, he leaves behind his brother in (financial) distress and without assisting him with money. Meanwhile they will proclaim that they have spent thousands. ‘But Allah accepts from only the Muttaqeen.”
This Hadith beautifully attests to the truth of Rasulullah’s Nubuwwat (prophethood). One of the evidences for the truth of Nubuwwat is the materialization of the Nabi’s (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) predictions. The Hadith vividly depicts the condition of Muslims in times in close proximity to Qiyaamah. The specific sign of Qiyaamah described in this Hadith is the bogey of false Hajj and Umrah which people undertake for worldly, nafsaani and corrupt motives.
Reflect on this Hadith, and you will not fail to discern its 100% applicability to the multitudes of people going for ‘hajj’ and ‘umrah’ in this age. Let us examine the Hadith and understand its reference to the hajj/umrah fashion of our time.
“Hajj and Umrah in abundance”
Millions and millions of people are travelling to Makkah all round the year ostensibly to perform Hajj and Umrah. The abundance of juhala, fussaaq, fujjaar and slaves of the nafs and dunya has created chaos and anarchy right inside the Haramain Shareefain. The atmosphere and environment of the Haramain and of the Haram are polluted with physical and spiritual contamination. The sanctity of the Holy Places is being defiled by haraam, fisq and fujoor.
Total intermingling of sexes, ‘zaanis and ‘zaaniyahs’ parading in the Haram, an epidemic of haraam photography, mockery of Salaat, noise and rowdyism of the market-places in the Haram, men and women physically brushing against one another, professional begging, scholars for dollars sitting right inside the Haram engaging in haraam commercial as getting customers for iqaamah permits, etc., etc.
“Without sincere Niyyat”
The droves of people proceeding for Umrah and Nafl Hajj go for a variety of corrupt reasons. According to another Hadith their intentions will be commercial, monetary, touring, holidaying, begging and riya (show/ostentation) The proof for the corrupt intentions is that most people who go to Makkah and Madinah, spend exceedingly little time in ibaadat in the Haramain Shareefain. They waste their times in the haraam kuffaar-style malls, etc. They indulge in gluttony, devouring carrion and just every haraam junk ‘foodtsuff’ the West dumps into the Holy Cities with the blessings of the current corrupt, fussaaq/ fujjaar Saudi regime. When they return from their hajj/umrah holidays, they come back morally more debased than their earlier condition prior to the holiday umrah trip.
The riya (show) intention is the speciality of the ulama and the shaikhs. The monetary intention is generally that of the traders and the wealthy. Labouring in deception, they engage in trade and in money-making ventures.
“The world will gush over them”
That is, they will be drowning in wealth. Despite their abundance of wealth, greed will drive them to acquire more wealth in the Holy Cities. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam): said: “The son of Aadam (i.e. man) grows older by the day while two things in him grow younger; his greed for more wealth and his desire for longer life.” The more money they have, the more avaricious they become with age.
Their attitude conveys the idea that they do not believe in Qiyaamah or the Reckoning in Qiyaamah. In a drunken stupor of greed, they commit sin and transgression to acquire more and more wealth, hence they go to the Holy Cities fooling themselves with the chimera and pretext of hajj/umrah.
Despite having millions and billions at home, their inordinate greed takes them to the Holy Cities in the attempt to gain more wealth.
“Indulgence in amusement“
To fulfil the corrupt and bestial desires of the dishonest frauds who go ostensibly for hajj/umrah, the Saudi regime has transformed the Holy Cities into westernized holiday resorts. The haraam malls and amusement centres prepared specifically for the multitudes of people ostensibly arriving for hajj/umrah are the fulfilment of the prediction stated in the Hadith: “They will indulge in play and amusement.”
“Travelling will become light”
Relative to the arduous journeys of the camel age, is the comfortable air travel. Never ever could people fourteen centuries ago travelling on camels comprehend the meaning of ‘travel becoming light’. This statement of the Hadith refers to plane travel.
“Neighbour – hungry, naked and in debt”
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in this statement draws attention to the callousness of those who undertake ‘hajj’ and ‘umrah’ amusement tours. While they spend hundreds of thousands of rands for the tour, their neighbours and other poor Muslims are struggling to make ends meet. Innumerable Muslims are suffering and struggling for food, clothes and to pay their debts. Without a care or a feeling for the suffering Muslims, the tourists pro ceed on their journey of play and amusement in the name of hajj and umrah. This is the stark reality of the time. Billionaire traders will go for umrah holidays twice and even thrice a year, squander tens of thousands of rands in hotel accommodation and pleasure pursuits whilst Muslims in their community are struggling to make ends meet, and whilst they pay their working staff a pittance as wages. They can waste hundreds of thousands in holidaying, but lack the little spiritual stamina of the heart to upgrade the living standards of their workers, both in their business and in their homes. Their hearts are like stone or harder.
His (the one going for Hajj/Umrah) camel will race with him across wastelands and deserts, whilst verily, he leaves behind his brother in (financial) distress and without assisting him with money. Meanwhile they will proclaim that they have spent thousands. ‘But Allah accepts from only the Muttaqeen.”
The “racing of the camel across wastelands and deserts” depicts air-travel. How swiftly does the plane traverse across deserts, wastelands and oceans! While these imposter pilgrims will proudfully proclaim the huge amounts they squander in their haraam holiday journeys to the Holy Cities, their brethren will be grieving in suffering and debt. They will waste hundreds of thousands, but never will it occur to them to pay the debts of struggling Muslims. On the contrary, they will press and harass their debtors, and conduct themselves like robots in their businesses, devoid of mercy, feeling and pity for the poor, their debtors and their workers. They just lack the taufeeq to double the wages which the huge amounts annually squandered on haraam trips can easily accommodate.
They should remember that their mock umrahs are struck into their faces with rejection and wrath. Allah Ta’ala accepts only the efforts of the Muttaqeen, and the Muttaqeen do not waste and squander like shayaateen on haraam.
In fact man has insight over himself, even though he puts forth excuses.” (to justify his holidaying in the name of Umrah). _(Qur’an)