by Crescent International (Special Reports, Crescent International Vol. 27, No. 3, Dhu al-Hijjah, 1418)
Hajj reflects the state of the Ummah at any particular time in history. If Hajj is performed in a mechanical way by the vast majority of Muslims, it is because its true meaning and import have been deliberately obfuscated from them. Hajj, like all other aspects of Islam, has been largely shorn of its true meaning. What is that meaning and what should Muslims know about Hajj? The best way to understand the Hajj is from the Qur'an and the seerah of the noble messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace and blessings. The Qur'an stipulates in Surah at-Tauba (9), verses 1-3, that at the time of Hajj, Muslims must proclaim their total dissociation from the mushrikeen. This is a Divine command, not a man-made law. It is imperative to ask whether Muslims are aware of this at all. Perhaps, over the centuries when the Haramain - the two holy cities of Makkah and Medina - were under the control of Muslims who were not subservient to the kuffar, Muslims could settle for performing the Hajj as a process of self-purification. Today, too, Muslims must perform this act. But the Hajj cannot be confined to a private affair anymore. The state of the Ummah requires Muslims to utilise the occasion of Hajj in a deeper way today. There is too much suffering in the Ummah; the enemies of Islam are inflicting terrible atrocities upon Muslims. The great occasion of Hajj cannot be allowed to pass by each year without doing something about the plight of the Ummah.
When the noble messenger performed Umrah in the seventh year of the hijra, he ordered the companions to bare their right shoulders in a show of strength while performing tawaf of the Ka'aba. Muslims must reflect on this prophetic command. Imagine, Muslims are asked to demonstrate their power and strength in the House of Allah! They are not asked to walk meekly even though Allah has condemned arrogance. The idea of showing the Muslims' power was to put the fear of Allah in the minds of the kuffar. This was done at a time when the power of kufr had not been completely subdued. Makkah was still controlled by them.
Muslims find themselves in a similar situation today. So the revival of the Prophetic sunnah is needed today as well. Muslims must use the occasion of Hajj to demonstrate the power of Islam and the global Islamic Movement. Those who are in control of the Haramain obviously do not like such revival. The House of Saud and its allies want the Muslims to come to the holy land meekly and leave as soon as the rituals are completed. They demand that there be no display of Muslim power or abhorrence of the mushrikeen and the kuffar. The Saudi demand runs totally contrary to the commands of Allah and His noble Messenger. The Saudis are, in fact, guilty of bida' (innovation) of the highest order.
When Muslims, especially following Imam Khomeini's advice, started to participate in the Bara'at min al-mushrikeen marches as commanded by Allah in the Qur'an, the Saudis took great offence. They and their court scholars and paid agents around the world cried out that it was disturbing the 'peace and tranquillity' of Hajj. If Muslim fulfil the Qur'anic command, the Saudis feel that this is disturbing their version of what the Hajj should be like. Naturally, the Saudi regime, which is totally subservient to the US and the zionist State, the greatest enemies of Islam today, does not want Muslims to know who their real enemies are.
Similarly, the Saudis forbid discussion of any of the problems facing Muslims, be they in Palestine, Chechenya, Bosnia, Kosova, Kashmir, Somalia or any other place in the world. As far as the Saudis are concerned, the Hajj is a mechanical exercise and Muslims should perform it as quickly as possible and then leave the kingdom. The only other activity allowed is to go on a shopping spree, in the manner of the days of paganism. This is no surprise since the House of Saud are modern-day pagans who want to eliminate Islam and its pristine principles from the lives of Muslims. This state of affairs is totally unacceptable to the Ummah.
The global Islamic Movement must take steps to remove the House of Saud from the control of the Haramain. Tribalism and monarchy have no place in Islam. By allowing these twin evils to exist in the most sacred territory of Islam, the global Islamic Movement is failing in its duty. The Ka'aba needs to be cleansed today as it was at the time of its liberation from the descendants of Abu Jahls and Abu Lahabs by the noble Messenger. It is time to consign the modern-day Abu Jahls and their minions to the dustbin of history. Islam demands no less.