~ A piece written long time back ~
Teaching my kids the Talbiyah* and am already having goosebumps and am tearing up! :”) SubhanAllah (Glory Be To The Lord)! Tearing up even NOW while writing this! :”)
I guess that’s what faith and conviction does to you. You believe in something (that is unseen) so much that it becomes the ‘seen’ (in your mind) and the ‘felt’ (in your heart).
There is something so POWERFUL in the words of the Talbiyah** that you feel like you are automatically transported to another world! A world where no worldly concerns matter anymore! A world of peace, and striving to Please the Creator! A world that you do not want to leave, and miss it the moment you step out of it! A memory that is stuck with you, and a wish and desire to return to it as much and as often as possible!
The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no Muslim who recites the Talbiyah but whatever is to his right and to his left of stones, rocks and clods recites it with him, to the furthest point to the east and the west” – meaning from his right and his left. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 828; also by Ibn Khuzaymah and al-Bayhaqi with a saheeh isnaad. [http://islamqa.info/en/ref/21617]
May Allah Grant our desire to perform the ultimate pilgrimage – Hajj! Aameen!
*The Talbiyah is a Muslim prayer invoked by the pilgrims as a conviction that they intend to perform the Hajj/Umrah only for the glory of The Almighty
**”Labbayka Allaahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna al-hamd wa’l-ni’mata laka wa’l-mulk, laa shareeka lak (Here I am, O Allaah, here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise and blessings are Yours, and all sovereignty, You have no partner).”