Labbayk Allahumma labbayk, labbayk la shareeka laka labbayk, innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal-mulk, la shareeka lak.
“I respond to Your call, O Allah I respond to Your call. I respond to Your call, You have no partner. I respond to Your call. Indeed, the praise and grace are yours as well as sovereignty. You have no partner.”
This prayer called out by millions around the world is not just that but rather a response. It is a response to an invitation from the Almighty, Himself. This once-in-a-lifetime obligation for every Muslim around the world, (except those of course who physically or monetarily cannot) is not just an obligation, but a privilege – in the sense that Muslims around the world believe that they are being invited by God to His house.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) once said:
“Someone who goes to Hajj and Umrah, he is in fact going to God and God honors his guests and forgives them.”
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is believed to be obligatory for all those who can, to visit once in a lifetime. But Hajj isn’t only about completing a religious obligation. The rituals and the overall act of Hajj brings out a better person within us.
In the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah Muslims around the world start their journey to the two holy cities, Medina and Mecca. Both cities are rich with historical and religious sites and those sites along with the rush of people there from different countries and languages, color and social status coming together praying side by side really humbles a person. When an individual places on the simple white cloth to perform Hajj and Umrah, we are reminded that everyone is equal in the eyes of God.
There is no place to look down on someone because of their class or wealth. Nor can you say I am better than someone because of the color of their skin. At Hajj, we are reminded that we are united in our beliefs. On an individual level this humbles us, and on a communal level it brings us together in unity.
Hajj is more than an obligation, but an honor to accept the invitation from God. It is also an opportunity to connect with our past history — to see the sites where our Prophet (SAW) is buried and where the first battles of Islam took place. It is also an opportunity to bring out the good in us and to connect with the greater Muslim community.
So if you are at Hajj this year, enjoy this beautiful opportunity — and if you have not gotten the chance, pray that you can. Here are some duas you can recite, especially if you wish to go for Hajj.
The following duas should be recited after obligatory prayers.
Allahummar Zuqni Dua
In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful. O Allah, from and through Thee I seek fulfillment of my needs and wants, and (like) him who turns to others for satisfaction of (his) desire, I do not make a request to anyone but to Thee alone, (who) has no associate.
I beseech Thee in the name of Thy kindness and indulgence to send blessings on Muhammad and on his children and, in this month, arrange for me the means that enable me to visit Thy Holy House to perform the “Hajj,” in right frame of mind, accepted, pure, sincere, (so that) I am consoled by its pleasant sight, and my rank is raised.
Keep me alive in a manner that I close my eyes and turn them aside (from ugliness), that I watch over my boundaries of action, that I desist from all that which Thou has prohibited, till nothing comes in my way unto Thy obedience, and my fearfulness of Thy punishment, and the lovable actions, and keeping aloof from the despicable deeds which Thou has forbidden (all that Thou has done for ease, happiness and welfare) and that bounties which Thou has bestowed upon me.
I make a request to Thee to let me die striving in Thy way, adhering to the ideals of Thy Prophet and Thy dearest representatives. I make a request to Thee to let me live opposing and putting an end on Thy enemies and the enemies of Thy Messenger.
I make a request to Thee to give me the honor of condemning those who harbor such hostility from among Thy creation, but never touching any one of Thy friends. O Allah keep me on the way of the Messenger. Allah is sufficient for me and enough is that which Allah wants.
By the will of God, may we all be blessed to go on the incredible journey of hajj soon.