Haajar (RA), Eiid-ul-Adha is one of the most famous events in the Islamic world, which is observed after the completion of the Hajj. This event is marked by joy, gratitude and a holiday. However, among the unrest, some of the basic details associated with the event itself remain unnoticed.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adhi revolves around the event of the Hajj and the family of Ibrahim (AS), one of the purest families who are deeply worshiped by Allah. He says in the Quran:
Say: ‘God speaks the truth: follow Milla Ibrahim, the truth in the faith, he is not from the Gentiles.’ (Al-Quran 3:95)
When pilgrims make hajj, they visit the hills of Safa and Marwa and must run between them; This act is, in fact, the re-creation of the mother’s struggle, Hajar (RA) – the wife of Ibrahim (AU), for her dying son. Allah (SWT) revered her victim, combining her experience in the annual pilgrimage and instructing him to become mandatory for all pilgrims performing Hajj. This brings us to this question: what did Haajar (RA) do to take such a high position in the Islamic world?
Haajar (RA) was a pious woman and supported the prophetic mission of Ibrahim (AS) to establish the faith of Allah (SWT) and the spread of Islam. When Allah (SWT) ordered Ibrahim (AS) to go to the Arabian desert, which was isolated and barren, Haajar (RA) together with Ibrahim accompanied his son Ismail (AS) accompanied him. After that, Ibrahim (AS) was ordered by Allah (SWT) to leave his family and move on to other duties set for him. It was then that the real struggle of Haajar (RA) began; When she was left in the valley of Mecca, to take care of herself and her son.
According to a report in the hadIth narrated by Ibn Abbas (RA), the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) described the history of Haajar (RA) as follows:
“Ibrahim brought her and her son Ishmael, when she fed him, to a place under the Kaaba under a tree in the place of Zamzam, at the highest place in the mosque. In those days there was no one in Mecca, and there was no water. So he forced them to sit and put next to them a leather bag with dates palm and a small water skin containing water, and went home. Ishmael’s mother followed him, saying: “O Abraham! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley where there is no person whose company we can enjoy, and there is nothing (to enjoy)? “She repeated it to him many times, but he did not look back at her. Then she asked him, “Has Allah ordered you to do this?” He said yes. “She said:” Then He will not neglect us “and returned while Abraham continued to go forward, and reaching Thaniya where they could not see him, He now faced the Kabaa and raised it with both hands, called upon Allah the following prayers:
“O our Lord! I have made some of my descendants living in the valley without cultivation, your Sacred House (Kabaa in Mecca), in order, our Lord, that they can perform the prayer perfectly for you. So fill the hearts of people with love for them, and (O Allah) give them fruits so that they can give thanks. (Quran 14:37) »(Sahih Bukhari 3364)
This was a great test for the Haajar (RA) of the Almighty; Being devastated circumstances with limited resources. However, Hajar (RA) did not lose hope or did not challenge the will of Allah (SWT), but instead believed in the power and protection of Allah (SWT). Hajar (RA), yielding to the will of Allah (SWT), returned and coped with the deficit provisions that she had. However, soon the water ran out, and she had no milk left for the baby. Then she ran out and climbed Safa’s hill to find someone who could help them. She did not find a living soul. She then descended from Safa, only to climb the hill of Marwa, hoping to find water there. But it was useless.
In the blazing heat of the desert, Hajar (RA) refused to give up hope. She continued to run back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwa, clinging with the hope of finding water for her dying child and herself. She ran to and fro seven times. She refused to see her baby die right in front of her, so she kept walking. It was at her seventh round, when she was about to return to check Ismail (AS) that she heard a voice. According to Ibn Abbas, she replied:
“Oh, whoever you are!” You made me hear your voice; Do you have something to help me? “And so, she saw an angel in the place of Zamzam, digging the earth with her heel (or wing), until the water flowed from that place. She began to do something like a basin. She, using her hand in this way, and began to fill her water skin with water with her own hands, and the water flowed out after she scooped out some of them’ (Sahih Bukhari: 3364) Common Mistakes While Staying in Mount Arafat During Hajj
Today, this flow of water that originated and feeds on both Haajar (RA) and Ismail (AS) is what we call water zamzam.
This demonstrates how persistent Haajar (RA) was in her faith. She did not even doubt that the help of Allah (SWT) was unavailable. She yielded to His will and test for her and her family and treated her with determination and determination, which ultimately was rewarded by Allah (SWT). It is for this reason that during the pilgrimage, Muslims must flee between the hills of Safa and Marwa; This means the power and faith of Haajar [RA]. According to Ibn-Abbas, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“May Allah grant mercy to Ismael’s mother!” If she allowed Zamzam (a stream without trying to control it) (or if she did not scoop out of this water) (to fill her water skin), Zamzam would be a current flowing on the Surface of the Earth. “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “She then drank (pulled water) and nurtured her child.’ The angel said to her; ‘Do not be afraid of neglect, because this is the House of Allah, which will be built by this boy and his father, and Allah never neglects His people'[Sahih Bukhari: 3364]
Allah (SWT) vowed never to leave His people, and He did not leave Haajar (RA) that day. His help came in the form of a miracle for Hajjar (RA), which remains alive to this day, as we enjoy its fruits through a well of zamzam. This miracle reminds us that Allah (SWT) never leaves His creation – all we do is trust in Him and His plans for us, because He loves us more than we can even understand. Therefore, the history of Haajar (RA) is not a desolation, but one of hope and self-determination; A story that we all can learn from every day.