Posted by: TheMajlis
'Umrah' Also a Deception
A MONG THE INNUMERABLE
ploys and deceptions
of shaitaan is his
strategy of using acts of
ibaadat to ensnare people.
Shaitaan has divided his armies
into two main groups—the shayaateen
of the east and the shayaateen of the
west. Once the shayaateen were asking
the question: Which of the two
groups is the greatest? That is, the vilest
in their sphere of satanism.
Khaleel, a Fiqh kitaab of the Maaliki Math-hab, in the
discussion on the question of Hajj, it is
mentioned: “If a man knows that if he
embarks on a sea voyage he will be
overwhelmed by dizziness which will
prevent him from performing Salaat,
then it is not permissible for him to
journey (to perform Hajj). There is no
difference of opinion on this issue. A
person who has this problem, and inspite
of it, sets off for Hajj, his Hajj is
the desire of the nafs. In fact, it is the
prompting of shaitaan.
Al-Barzali said: “Verily, our Shaikh
Abu Muhammad Ash-Shabeebi narrated
from Taalib that: ‘The shayaateen
of the east and the shayaateen
of the west disputed (among
themselves)—Who are the greatest
perpetrators of deception?
of the east said to the shayaateen of the west: ‘We are
the greater conspirators than you because,
most certainly, we exhort a
man to sin and violate prohibitions in
the places of the Ambiya.’
of the west said: ‘We are the greatest deceits. We find a
man (in the peace and comfort of his
home) with his wife and children. He
fulfils the Faraaidh obligations of Salaat,
Zakaat, etc. comfortably and with
peace of mind while the Malaaikah are
in his company. Then we suddenly
send an agent (like the Hajj agents
and SAHUC—The Majlis) to entice him
into journeying to the Land of Hijaz.
We poke him with a knife (a figurative
expression for shaitaani manipulation).
Thus he cries (yearns to go for Umrah).
We exhort him to emerge from
his home (to undertake the Umrah
journey). Then he comes out of his
home and embarks on the journey.
From the very
day he emerges from his home (to go on the journey), we
induce him to neglect his Fardh obligations
and to commit violations (of the
Shariah’s Ahkaam), from the day of
departure to the day of return.
he suffers loss of wealth and has harmed his Deen
(whether it be) in the east of the world
or in the west of the world.” The shayaateen of the east conceded
to their counterparts of the west
that indeed they are the greatest deceits.
Al-Barzali adds: “I myself have observed
some of these perpetrations on
my Hajj journey. We seek the protection
of Allah.” In this discussion of the two groups
of shayaateen is a sombre lesson for
the droves of people who go for Umrah.
Most of them embark on the journey
under a spell of self and shaitaanideception.
While their ostensible argument
to soothe their conscience and
dupe people is the ibaadat of Umrah
or Nafl Hajj, their true agenda is nothing
They go for a holiday. They squander
wealth and time in evil, in sin and
futility. They proceed to the Holy
Places with foul intentions and loaded
with sins. They return from the Holy
Places with a greater burden of sin
Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh) said that there are
people who emerge from their bathroom
purified of sin while others return
from the Ka’bah loaded with the burden
When the Mu’min makes wudhu or
takes ghusl, and he observes the Sunnat
rules of these acts of ibaadat, his
sins are washed and eliminated as the
water rolls off his body. He therefore
emerges from the bathroom purified
from sins. On the other hand, people
commit many Shar’i violations and indulge
in acts of flagrant sin in the Holy
Places. Thus, instead of being purified,
they return from the Ka’bah with a
heavy burden of sin.
Right from the time a man sets out
from his home for Umrah, he invariably
becomes trapped in sin and neglect of
even if he
be a sincere
pious man. All hijaab totally evaporates.
His females are all exposed to
fussaaq and fujjaar at the airports, at
the immigration, at the customs, in the
transit lounges, in the hotel foyers, in
the hotel lifts, in the streets, in the
taxis, in the buses, in the planes, and
in every place. Every rule of Hijaab,
morality, shame and honour in the sacred
Book of the Shariah is violated.
These acts of baatini persecution
and torture have to be suffered and
committed from the very first day until
entry into the blessed sanctuary of the
Even in the Holy Cities, the exposure
to moral crimes and violations
saps the spiritual energy of one who is
conscious of his Imaan. Men and
women brush against one another
right in the Harmain Shareefain. A total
breakdown of Hijaab and Akhlaaq occurs
in the Holy Places where the Hajj
and Umrah have been thoroughly
commercialised and transformed into a
holiday. Ibaadat is furthest from the
heart and mind.
The modern shaitaani
shopping malls—the haunts of the shayaaten—
are overcrowded 24 hours of the day
with those who had ostensibly undertook
a Journey of Love—Love for Allah.
The treachery of the claimants of
Divine Love is absolutely revolting and
They argue, they fight, they abuse
and they project everything of the
worst which the nafs of insaan has to
offer. They fight over food, over accommodation
and over the inconveniences
which have to be incumbently
On the plane, Salaat is either abandoned
or performed in a mock display.
Interacting with faajirah and faajir
plane staff is incumbent. The majority
of those who proceed for Umrah blissfully
forget about Salaat in the plane.
Haraam food is ingested with the
greatest relish. Food is accepted from
the same impure hands which serve
wine and pork.
In a nutshell,
nothing is correct on the journey. Assault on and mutilation
of the Ahkaam of the Shariah are acceptable
norms of the journey. Every
man has to incumbently become a
dayyooth in this era on a journey. Females
enjoy the air of ‘liberation’ in the
Haramain Shareefain. They have
gained the idea that everything goes
for permissibility in Makkah and
Madina. Roaming the streets, prowling
around on shopping sprees, eating in
the public, close contact and interaction
with the male shopkeepers, etc.,
all become acceptable for the socalled
Purdah Nasheen females. The
evils perpetrated in the ‘national’ tents
at Mina is a story of a different kind
where even divorce takes place.
Molvis have added
their weight to the criminilisation of the Hajj and Umrah
with their commercial agenda. In
the name of ibaadat, they have become
Because they are in Makkah and
Madina, they have the outer cover of
ibaadat. Women freely trot to the Harams,
mixing with the thousands of
males in the streets and in the Musjids.
This is not ibaadat. This is not
Umrah. It is the ploy of Iblees.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
said: “Journey is a portion of the
Fire.” Today, this Naar (Fire) blazes
most fiercely on the Umrah journey.
Stay at home and gain the thawaab
of a Maqbool Hajj and a Umrah
on a daily basis by performing forur
raka’ts Ishraaq Salaat.