In this talk delivered by esteemed scholar, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, he discusses how the sanctuary (haram) in Mecca is full of signs; manifest signs. The first of these signs is the standing place of Ibrahim (Maqamu Ibrahim).
The Abrahamic qualities that the haram contains are quite evident, from them:
- The sacrifice on the Day of Adha
- The retracing of Abrahamic moments during the Hajj
- Sa’i as well as Safa and Marwa
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad says regarding the latter ritual:
“…And another of these great signs is …. the Sa’i, between Safwa and Marwa which are from Allah signs or tokens (min shaa’iril Allah), that this is her moment, and the moment of the female dimension of the Abrahimic possibility in religion, because Hajar is the only one really in the history of world religions to have been identified explicitly with the instituting of a religious obligation. I’m not familiar with any other obligatory practice in any of the world’s religions that is specifically identified in it’s founding moment with a woman…”
Shaykh Abdal Hakim continues to discuss the black stone and what we can learn from it. Umar said, “I know, you are just a stone; you cannot do anyone harm nor can you do any good, but if it were not for the fact that I saw the holy Prophet kissing you, I would not kiss you.” But the story continues:
…then he cried until his sobbing was audible.
He turned and there he saw Ali – May God exalt his face – Umar says to him, “O Amir al-Mu’minin, in this place the tears fall and the prayers ascend”
Ali says to Umar, “It does harm and it does do good!”
And he said, “How?”
Ali answered, “Truly, Allah when he took the covenant from the descendants of Adam he wrote it and he, fed this writing to the stone, and it bares witness to the faithfulness of the believer and the rejection and negation of the unbeliever.”
Shaykh Abdal Hakim then explains the covenant that Ali was referring to.
Other things discussed in this wonderful talk:
- What does it mean when we say we’re from the Abrahamic religions? What makes us different from the Christians and Jews?
- How is Hajar an indication of Islam’s ethnic inclusiveness?
- Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah (upon him be peace)
- Ibrahim’s arguing and debate with Nimrod
- and many other interesting discussions
The talk ends with some questions from the audience.