Cannot Do Hajj This Year? Let’s Reflect on Surat Al-Hajj

3. Nothing can taint that which is sacred

{Indeed, those who have disbelieved and avert [people] from the way of Allah and [from] al-Masjid al-Haram, which We made for the people – equal are the resident therein and one from outside; and [also] whoever intends [a deed] therein of deviation [in religion] or wrongdoing – We will make him taste of a painful punishment.} (Al-Hajj 22:25)

The Sacred Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Haram) is such a monumental location in Islamic history. It represents the evolution of Islam from an alienated faith to the ultimate success of the Muslims after the conquest of Makkah.

It also represents how nothing can taint that which is sacred. Not the ills of commercialism promoting indulgence and spiritual gluttony in the most blessed land on earth. And not a ban during a pandemic.

4. Allah supports His believers in trying times

{That [is so]. And whoever responds [to injustice] with the equivalent of that with which he was harmed and then is tyrannized – Allah will surely aid him. Indeed, Allah is Pardoning and Forgiving. That is because Allah causes the night to enter the day and causes the day to enter the night and because Allah is Hearing and Seeing. That is because Allah is the Truth, and that which they call upon other than Him is falsehood, and because Allah is the Most High, the Grand.} (Al-Hajj 22: 60-62)

So many times throughout the surah, Allah references some of his creative miracles and evidence of injustice from people and justice from Allah. As certain as Allah allows the day to come after the night, Allah will support His believers in ease and trying times. He even describes in detail what His justice looks like in this life and life to come.

Other Lessons from the Surah

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The lessons from Surat Al-Hajj are extensive. There are verses that narrate the history of the hajj from Abrahim’s time, the truth behind Allah’s justice and reliance on Him, and beautiful descriptions of His other qualities. Our job is to demonstrate our thankfulness through our worship. Our job is to never forsake the relationship with Allah by living “on the edge” of faith. May Allah make us from the faithful, the just and the forgiven. 

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