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The Soul's Response To Allah's Call

Since the Qur'an calls on Muslims to perform Hajj, worshippers respond to this eternal call. They begin by humbly repeating the call of love, loyalty, and faithfulness to Allah:

"Labbaika Allahumma labbaik. Labbaika La sharika laka labbaik. Innal hamda wan ni mata laka wal mulk. La sharika lak"

(Here I am, my Lord. Here I am.
Here I am, You have no partner.

Here I am. Praise, grace, and the kingdom is for You. You have no partner.)

Thus was the call of Muhammad (s.a.w.), which he taught his ummah. It is a call recited by the hearts that faithfully respond to Allah's call. By so doing, they display their loyalty, and good intentions, bravely challenging all the troubles and hardships.

They sincerely express their love and longing to Allah, the Exalted, for visiting the holy lands. The pilgrim calls, along with the others Here I am, my Lord, here I am.' I have responded to Your call and command, and Tam under the cloak of Your mercy, because of my love and loyalty to You. You are the One Who has possessed my soul, feelings and life. Nothing except You can prevent me from coming to You. You have granted me the honor of being Your servant. You love me, that is why You have embraced me with your mercifulness. How can I decline your invitation?

Are not the creatures and the worlds Yours?

Are not You the source of all graces, deserving of our deep thanks and praise...? Am I not indebted to you? I, the servant, who always praises and glorifies you?

Here I am before You, I have left all of what You have bestowed on me: My family, wealth, social status and pleasures, in seeking of Your pleasure, out of my great desire to come to You. O my Lord, accept me as You have accepted Your servant. Accept my prayer, and grant me Your blessings and mercy. Accept me, for I have forsaken all disobedience to You.

Adapted from the book: "The Hajj As Worship and Education" by: "Al-Balagh Foundation"

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