Why we resemble the Haji

Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Hafizahullah) has said that his spiritual mentor Hadhrat Dr Abdul Hayy Arifi (rahimahullah) used to say, that the mercy of Allah Ta’ala searches for excuses to descend upon us.

Resembling the Haji by not cutting our nails and hair in this period is done with the hope that when Allah Ta’ala showers His mercy upon the Hujjaj, some of it may also be directed to us. So we are hopeful that our resemblance to them will direct some of that mercy to us.

Hadhrat Khwaja Majzoob (rahimahullah) says, “I stand before you having adopted the appearance of your beloved, my Lord. I transformed my outer appearance, O Lord you transform my inside.”

Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Hafizahullah) states that it is quite possible, by virtue of us emulating the Hujjaj, Allah Ta’ala will change our inner condition.

Hadhrat Dr Abdul Hayy Arifi (rahimahullah) used to say that if a person does not have the means to perform Hajj, will Allah Ta’ala deprive him just because of this? Will Allah Ta’ala deprive a person of the special mercies of Arafah just because his condition does not permit him to go for Hajj? No! All we have to do is to show eagerness and take initiative. By adopting some likeness to the pilgrims, Allah Ta’ala will include us in His mercy as well.

Adapted from the book “Divine Gifts” by Mufti Taqi Usmani (hafizahullah).

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