The story of Hajar (AS)
In these blessed 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, we wanted to highlight the story of Hajar A.S., the wife of Prophet Ibrahim and the lessons we can learn not only from her difficult journey but also her trust in Allah swt. Because of this trust in Allah swt, every person who wants to complete Hajj or Umrah must travel between Safa and Marwa, as Hajar did.
"Prophet Ibrahim took Hajar and their baby, Ismael, to a valley that was completely deserted. As he was leaving, Hajar went after him and kept asking why is he doing this. When he didn’t respond, she asked, “Has Allah commanded you to do so?” He said: “Yes."
She said: “Then He will not neglect us.” [Al Bukhari]
At this point, she didn't just “talked the talk”, she literally had to “walk the walk.”
The food and drink she had eventually ran out and her baby started crying desperately. She started taking the means, walking between two mountain tops looking for food or water. But there was nothing. She could have doubted the relief of Allah then. But she didn’t.
“Finally, she saw an angel at the place of Zamzam, digging the earth until water flowed out. Then she drank and suckled her child. The angel said to her: ‘Do not be afraid of being neglected, for this is the site on which the House of Allah will be built by this boy and his father, and Allah will never neglected His people.’ [Al Bukhari]
Hajar faced her difficulty saying “Allah will not neglect us”; she experienced physical struggle, emotional struggle, psychological, spiritual and even existential struggle, but her belief and trust in Allah did no waiver. To honour her sacrifice and trust in Allah, the Saee’ between Safa and Marwa is a rite of Hajj and Umrah and every single person walks in the footsteps of a woman for their pilgrimage to be accepted. And we don't just follow in her physical footsteps, but also in times of hardship, we should remember her words, "Allah will not neglect us.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this couldn't be truer in the case of Hajar and Ismael, or the residents at Nisa Homes.
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