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The correlation between Ihram and Kafan

The happiness of celebrating Eid al Adhaa on Thursday took a 180 degree turn.

The heart breaking news of the stampede at Mina resulting in the death of 717 Hajj pilgrims and injuring 800+ changed the entire scenario.

Sorrow and sadness is prevailing among Muslims around the globe. Some are in shock, unable to hear the distressing news coming from Makkah.

The incident has reminded Muslims throughout the world that death can strike us anytime, anywhere.

Just before the tragedy struck at Mina, Muslims were drawing inspiration marveling at the scores of video clippings and photographs published in the media of over a 2 million pilgrims donning white robes – ihram – having assembled at the plains of Arafaat after performing the Tawaaf of Ka’bah.

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After the stampede, media flooded in its news with images that turned ihram into kafan! 

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Ihram which is the official/formal Muslim dress of Umrah and Hajj is nothing but a simple clothing: 2 pieces of seamless, unstitched white cloth wrapped around one’s body.

Ihram is a great leveller: One Humanity, Equality of mankind

The message of ihram is loud and clear: All are one in the sight of Allah.

Ihram removes distinctions of race, nationality, colour, ethnicity and language.

Ihram also reminds man of his BIRTH, the humble origin. You COME with NOTHING!

It reminds man of his DEATH, the humble end. You GO with NOTHING!

So when a Muslim wears his ihram it is as if he wears his own Kafan!

And this precisely happened at the Mina tragedy!

Ihram not only reminds the pilgrims of their birth and death, it also sends strong signals for non-pilgrims spread around the globe that this world is nothing but a temporary staying place.

One day everyone must leave this world. So be prepared to face death!

“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow (i.e. the Hereafter) – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” Surah al Hashr 59: 18

So dear brothers and sisters, remind yourself of the kafan that would shroud your body. One day you will be taken to the graveyard for burial.

The grave is beckoning you! Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam said:

“When carried to his grave, a dead person is followed by three, two of which return (after his burial) and one remains with him: his relative, his property, and his deeds follow him; relatives and his property go back while his deeds remain with him.” Sahih al Bukhari

Think about your deeds which you have done.

It is time to turn to Allah in repentance. Tomorrow would be too late!

May Allah forgive the sins of all Muslims, dead and alive.

May Allah guide us onto the Right Path.

Related Reading: That which takes happiness away!

Sal-lal-laahu-ala-Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam.

Baarakallaahu Feekum.


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  1. Salam
    Your post is such an eye awakening one! I felt so bad when I heard that tragedy and yes, it sends such a powerful message.
    May Allah guide us all.

    Comment by revels1 | September 26, 2015 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah
      Jazakallaah Khayr.

      Comment by MuQeet | September 26, 2015 | Reply

  2. Asalaam o alaykum wa rahmatullah, both the articles (this and the related post) are very well articulated. May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless your writing ameen. The joy turning into a test was indeed a strong reminder that life changes in an instant. May He allow us to make the most of our limited time here, be His grateful servants and remember all pains and luxuries will soon be over. May He bless the pilgrims with highest levels of Jannah and the company of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyred and the righteous and sabrun jameelun to their families ameen.

    Comment by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle | September 26, 2015 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rhamtullahi wa barakatuhu.
      Aameen, Jazakallaahu Khayra.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | September 26, 2015 | Reply

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  4. Ostad Muqeet, I wish I should be one of them who got stampede. fee sabelillah. Allahu Akbar.

    Comment by Akram | September 28, 2015 | Reply

  5. Aslamu alaikum .Ihad a information to you that our Salafi masjid Emaam Asif ali baig is going to umrah along her mother on 22nd tuesday. So make dua for him and her mother.

    Comment by Salman Fariz | November 17, 2016 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.

      May Allah accept their endeavour and reward them abundantly.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | November 17, 2016 | Reply

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