An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

She ran for water, we run having water!

Sa’ee – the act of running between As-Safa and Al Marwah – is an important pillar of Hajj.

It reminds us of the great struggle of Hajira (or Hajar), the blessed wife of Prophet Ibraheem عليه السلام and the great mother of Prophet Ismaeel عليه السلام. 

History is witness to the fact that this great mother ran between two mountains called As-Safa and Al Marwa in her anxiety to fetch water for the crying and thirsty child, Ismaeel.

She ran from pillar to post to find water, the source of life.

It was not an ordinary running. It was a great struggle of a mother to provide water to her child. In the midst of a desert surrounded by mountains. And no human population around!

Imagine how sad and pained the mother would have been!

When the child cries and if the mother can’t find water, she runs into stress. The stress of seeing the child crying! The pain of not finding water to quench the thirst of her baby!

Even in normal conditions, a mother can’t afford to see her baby crying. The moment a mother sees her child’s face changing, she understands the signals and jumps to hug the child even before he starts crying!

The impulse from mothers is spontaneous.

We can imagine how horrifying it would have been on Hajira when she, on the one hand,  saw her son crying because of thirst and, on the other hand, couldn’t find water!

She was thirsty and her loving son was thirsty!

The helplessness must have been almost killing on her!

Dear brothers and sisters, we know the story that Allah thereafter provided cool, refreshing waters of Zam Zam. And the rest is history!

Allah liked the sincere act of a Muslim mother so much that He included Sa’ee to be an important part of Hajj and Umrah. Everyone must run in her memory. (Find some points here and some hadeeth here)

Sa’ee means endeavor, strife, effort.

The purpose of Sa’ee is to instill the concept that nothing in life can be achieved without struggle! 

Today’s situation is different from olden days. The Saudi Government has kept water coolers filled with Zam Zam water on both sides of the corridors.

While in Sa’ee I noticed that people drink water and walk between As-Safa and Al Marwah. Some hold glasses of water and run!

What a tragedy of sorts! A paradox perhaps!

Hajira ran to fetch water. You run drinking water!

She ran to find that which was not traceable. You run in the midst of plenty!

Today everything is becoming easy!

Hajj itself means struggle. But modern convenience is making people lose sight of higher goals of Shariah.

Zam Zam water in the Sa’ee zone must be used only in case of emergency.

Focus must be on du’aa and dhikr.

We must realise that we won’t die if we don’t drink water while performing Sa’ee.

And if we die, wouldn’t it be a great death?

The great lady’s sacrifice and struggle must be fresh in mind. You won’t feel like drinking water!


What is your opinion on Makkah Metro? Do you think it is diluting the spirit of hajj?

Those willing to participate, please send in your comments, Inshaa’Allah.


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  1. When I went to Madinah in June, I felt excited and overwhelmed at first. But afterwards, as our bus went deeper into Madinah, I felt so disappointed. All I can say is that I expected to see more sand!
    Another thing is the towering cranes behind The Ka’bah. Everytime I look up at the Ka’bah into the sky above, I see the Dunya(literally)
    It takes the ‘feel’ away..
    When I stand on Jabal Nuur at night, all I see is lights of the Dunya and lots of people. You can’t really feel how The Prophet pbuh felt as He sat in the Cave alone, reflecting, isolating himself from the Dunya…
    But all of this couldn’t be avoided. The amount of Muslims is increasing thus there are more visitors to Makkah and Madinah. So, they have to expand and build more places for accommodation to support all these extra people. Also, some Muslims are deviating from the Truth. They mix culture with religion than impose it on others.
    We are circling Allah’s House, feeling small and insignificant compared to Allah, when suddenly people are pushing and pushing and shouting to pass.
    It would be nice though, to feel the environment in which Rasulullah pbuh lived…
    But as we all know, we are very near Yaum Al-Qiyaamah so all the things mentioned here and in your post are expected.
    Take all these as lessons for us and be grateful to Allah who has saved us from deviation:)
    Interesting paradox though, never thought about it that way:)

    Comment by Suhailah | October 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Jazakillahu Khayra for taking time to share your thoughts and experiences.
      Vassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah.

      Comment by MuQeet | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  2. Asalamu alaykum,

    Jazakallahu khairan for this post…Could you please refer to a daleel for the statement “zamzam water in the sa’ee zone must only be used in the case of emergency”.

    Barakallah feek

    Comment by islamic solace | October 28, 2012 | Reply

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.
      Wa iyyaaki.
      I hope you understood the spirit of my discussion.
      Certain things are understandable in Islam.
      I don’t know about daleel. I expressed my feelings. Wallahu ‘Alam.

      Comment by MuQeet | October 28, 2012 | Reply

      • Yes mashallah the spirit was very insightful…perhaps we need more preparation before going to hajj and umrah to understand the purpose of the actions we do so that we can do them humbly and not contradict the action with the manner that we conduct that action in….never the less its important to ensure that we do not forbid what is halaal (such as drinking during sa’ee) or allow what is haraam. And I understand that this isnt the purpose of the article…but just a reminder inshallah. May Allah guide us to what He loves and pleases. Jazakallahu khairan!

        Comment by islamic solace | October 31, 2012 | Reply

        • Jazakillah Khayr for your concern.
          Barakallahu Feek.

          Comment by MuQeet | October 31, 2012 | Reply

  3. And thank you for refering me to these posts on your blog! May Allah reward you.

    Comment by islamic solace | October 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Barakallahu Feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | October 28, 2012 | Reply

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