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!
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October 25, 2012 - Posted by MuQeet | Hajj related, Muqeet's (assorted) | Abraham, Five Pillars of Islam, Hagar, Hajar, Hajira, Hajj, Islam, Makkah, Marwa, Muslims, Prophet Ibrahim, Saee, Safa, Zam Zam
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