Flexible Rituals Rigid Principles!

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Flexible Rituals Rigid Principles!

With the name of Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful…

All Praise and Glory to Allah for taking me and my wife to fulfill our duty to Him by visiting His House!

One of the lessons I learnt during my Haj journey.

Flexible Rituals Rigid Principles

As an ummah there are indeed many critical flaws in our faith and actions. This is a reality we as an ummah need to embrace to work towards peace and justice as established by the Prophet(SAW), guided by Allah(SWT) through the Quraan.

We cannot live in denial of this reality. We see the ummah bleeding in almost every part of the world. We see the chaos and divisions in our ummah.


There might be numerous critical flaws but just one that I learnt on my journey. I might be correct and if I am not, may Allah(SWT) forgive me and feel free to reply with any correction you deem fit.


We live the mentality of

Rigid Rituals Flexible Principles

Rigid Rituals

Yap, if your nose and forehead don’t touch the ground in Sujood, your salah is invalid?

Watch out if you make a mistake in wudu if “moulana” sees you!

Your sandal must not cover certain “footbones” when in ihram

……many many more examples

Flexible Principles

Principle of justice – We seem very flexible when it come to justice and business. We easily lie and easily deceive in business without any guilt

Principle of Ihsaan (goodness) – We don’t even recognize this as one of the principles of our Deen. We are harsh and vulgar at times and justify our vulgarity

Unity & Brotherhood – We very flexible and selective in our unity

…many more examples

My Haj Experience

The principles started shining

Everyone shares and cares, love and brotherhood grows. People you never knew become best friends.

People start sharing food, medicines, taxi’s and even while walking in the heat there are people giving out cold water and food all along the roads.

Ihsaan, Justice, Generosity, Brotherhood become the norm except with the taxi drivers who multiply their prices manifold J


So what about the rituals

It was so easy Alhamdulillah. The Prophet(SAW) himself ensured the ease of these rituals

Flexible Rituals – The following, though a bit lengthy, worth the read. Gives us an insight into the mercy and love of Rasoolullah for us, his Ummah.

One can clearly see how he ensured ease and practicality for his ummah just as Allah(SWT) had ordained in His Book.

And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discipline).

He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion;

it is the way of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation);

that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind!

So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector – the Best to protect and the Best to help!



All the hadith below are from Sahih Bukhari – Book of Haj


Hadith no: 64Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Abdullah bin Umar
A person stood up and asked, “O Allah’s: Apostle! What clothes may be worn in the state of Ihram?” The Prophet replied, “Do not wear a shirt or trousers, or any headgear (e.g. a turban), or a hooded cloak; but if somebody has no shoes he can wear leather stockings provided they are cut short off the ankles, and also, do not wear anything perfumed with Wars or saffron, and the Muhrima (a woman in the state of Ihram) should not cover her face, or wear gloves.”


Hadith no: 136Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Umar
A man asked the Prophet (SAW): “What (kinds of clothes) should a Muhrim (a Muslim intending to perform Umra or Hajj) wear? He replied, “He should not wear a shirt, a turban, trousers, a head cloak or garment scented with saffron or wars (kinds of perfumes). And if he has any slippers, then he can use Khuffs (leather socks) but the socks should be cut short so as to make the ankles bare.” (See Hadith No. 615, Vol. 2).

Hadith no: 779
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Abbas
The Prophet was asked about a person who had his head shaved before slaughtering (his Hadi) (or other similar ceremonies of Hajj). He replied, “There is no harm, there is no harm.”

Hadith no: 780   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Abbas
A man said to the Prophet “I performed the Tawaf-al-Ifada before the Rami (throwing pebbles at the Jamra).” The Prophet replied, “There is no harm.” The man said, “I had my head shaved before slaughtering.” The Prophet replied, “There is no harm.” He said, “I have slaughtered the Hadi before the Rami.” The Prophet replied, “There is no harm.”

Hadith no: 781
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Abbas
The Prophet was asked by a man who said, “I have done the Rami in the evening.” The Prophet replied, “There is no harm in it.” Another man asked, “I had my head shaved before the slaughtering.” The Prophet replied, “There is no harm in it.”

Hadith no: 790   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Abbas
The Prophet was asked about the slaughtering, shaving (of the head), and the doing of Rami before or after the due times. He said, “There is no harm in that.”


Hadith no: 733   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Umar
The Prophet offered the Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers together at Jam’ (i.e. Al-Muzdalifa) with a separate Iqama for each of them and did not offer any optional prayer in between them or after each of them.


Hadith no: 741   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Aisha
We got down at Al-Muzdalifa and Sauda asked the permission of the Prophet to leave (early) before the rush of the people. She was a slow woman and he gave her permission, so she departed (from Al-Muzdalifa) before the rush of the people. We kept on staying at Al-Muzdalifa till dawn, and set out with the Prophet but (I suffered so much that) I wished I had taken the permission of Allah’s Apostle as Sauda had done, and that would have been dearer to me than any other happiness.


Hadith no: 748   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) saw a man driving his Badana (sacrificial camel). He said, “Ride on it.” The man said, “It is a Badana.” The Prophet said, “Ride on it.” He (the man) said, “It is a Badana.” The Prophet said, “Ride on it.” And on the second or the third time he (the Prophet ) added, “Woe to you.” Check the practicality here! A man not willing to ride his sacrificial camel as though it’s a religious act, yet the Prophet(SAW) leads him to practicality by telling him to ride on it.


Hadith no: 677   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Abbas
In his Last Hajj the Prophet performed Tawaf of the Kaaba riding a camel and pointed a bent-headed stick towards the Corner (Black Stone).


Hadith no: 698   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Um Salama
I informed Allah’s Apostle that I was sick. He said, “Perform Tawaf (of the Kaba) while riding behind the people.” So, I performed the Tawaf while Allah’s Apostle was offering the prayer beside the Kaba and was reciting Surat-at-Tur.


Hadith no: 723   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Um Al-Fadl bint Al Harith
On the day of Arafat, some people who were with me, differed about the fasting of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) some said that he was fasting while others said that he was not fasting. So I sent a bowl full of milk to him while he was riding his camel, and he drank that milk.


Hadith no: 718   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Haritha bin Wahab Al-Khuzai
The Prophet led us in a two-Rakat prayer at Mina although our number was more than ever and we were in better security than ever.


Hadith no: 731   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Ibn Abbas
I proceeded along with the Prophet on the day of Arafat (9th Dhul-Hijja). The Prophet heard a great hue and cry and the beating of camels behind him. So he beckoned to the people with his lash, “O people! Be quiet. Hastening is not a sign of righteousness.”


It becomes crystal clear that the Prophet(SAW) ensured ease for his Ummah but also shows the practical nature of Rasoolullah. Crowds during Haj are huge even in the time of the farewell Haj the crowds were a challenge as can clearly be understood from some of the hadiths. Hence such flexibility on the part of the final messenger.


Rigid Principles – Just one example from one of the sermons delivered by Rasoolullah(SAW) during Haj


A believers Blood, Property and honor are sacred as the Kaba as Makkah as the month of Haj. In a time of Jahilliah the messenger established the sacredness of life at a time when killing and stealing were part of the culture of Jahililiah! Just imagine if we the ummah of Muhammed(SAW) could hold every human beings life, honor and possessions as Sacred as we hold the Kaba sacred. We wouldn’t be killing each other, ridiculing each other cheating each other because each human will be Sacred!


Hadith no: 797   Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated / Authority of: Abu Bakra
The Prophet delivered to us a sermon on the Day of Nahr. He said, “Do you know what is the day today?” We said, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” He remained silent till we thought that he might give that day another name. He said, “Isn’t it the Day of Nahr?” We said, “It is.” He further asked, “Which month is this?” We said, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” He remained silent till we thought that he might give it another name. He then said, “Isn’t it the month of Dhul-Hijja?” We replied: “Yes! It is.” He further asked, “What town is this?” We replied, “Allah and His Apostle know it better.” He remained silent till we thought that he might give it another name. He then said, “Isn’t it the forbidden (Sacred) town (of Mecca)?” We said, “Yes. It is.” He said, “No doubt, your blood and your properties are sacred to one another like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours, in this town of yours, till the day you meet your Lord. No doubt! Haven’t I conveyed Allah’s message to you? They said, “Yes.” He said, “O Allah! Be witness. So it is incumbent upon those who are present to convey it (this information) to those who are absent because the informed one might comprehend it (what I have said) better than the present audience, who will convey it to him. Beware! Do not renegade (as) disbelievers after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another.”


In the Quran the Kaba is “Masjid Al Haram”  or “Baital Haraam” just as LIFE is Sacred “Nafs Al Haram”

  OK, so is this mentality Flexible Rituals Rigid Principles only for Haj?

Flexible praying times – Practicality

Hadith no: 514Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Abu Dharr al-Ghifari
We were with the Prophet on a journey and the Mu’adhdhin (call maker for the prayer) wanted to pronounce the Adhan (call) for the Zuhr prayer. The Prophet said, ‘Let it become cooler.” He again (after a while) wanted to pronounce the Adhan but the Prophet said to him, “Let it become cooler till we see the shadows of hillocks.” The Prophet added, “The severity of heat is from the raging of the Hell-fire, and in very hot weather pray (Zuhr) when it becomes cooler.”

Hadith no: 29Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Anas bin Malik
The Prophet used to offer the prayer earlier if it was very cold; and if it was very hot he used to delay the prayer, i.e. the Jumua prayer.

Hadith no: 213Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Anas bin Malik
Whenever the Prophet started the journey before noon, he used to delay the Zuhr prayer till the time for the ‘Asrprayer and then he would dismount and pray them together; and whenever the sun declined before he started the journey he used to offer the Zuhr prayer and then ride (for the journey).

Hadith no: 197Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Abdullah bin Umar
“I saw Allah’s Apostle delaying the Maghrib prayer till he offered it along with the ‘Isha’ prayer whenever he was in a hurry during the journey.” Salim narrated,

Hadith no: 553Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever could get one Rak’a (of the Fajr prayer) before sunrise, he has got the (morning)prayer and whoever could get one Rak’a of the’Asr prayer before sunset, he has got the (‘Asr) prayer.”

Hadith no: 642Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Nafi
Ibn ‘Umar said, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If the supper is served for anyone of you and the Iqama is pronounced, start with the supper and don’t be in haste (and carry on eating) till you finish it.” If food was served for Ibn ‘Umar and Iqama was pronounced, he never came to the prayer till he finished it (i.e. food) in spite of the fact that he heard the recitation (of the Qur’an) by the Imam (in the prayer). Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet said, “If anyone of you is having his meals, he should not hurry up till he is; satisfied even if the prayer has been started.”

Hadith no: 39 Report Mistake   Permalink
Narrated: Abu Huraira
The Prophet said, “religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.” (See Fath-ul-Bari, Page 102, Vol 1).


Just some food for thought!

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah on you and your family!


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