Running to remember a mother and her trust in Allah

Muslims who perform the Hajj or Umra must run in the middle portion of the distance between Safa and Marwa seven times. Safa and Marwa are two hills close to the Kaba. This is a commemoration of one mother's sacrifice for her son.

That mother was Hajira (may Allah be pleased with her). Her son was the Prophet Ismail (peace be upon him). Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was Hajira's husband, and Ismail's father.

Hajira's example of sacrifice took place when she and her baby was left in the valley of Makkah by Allah's order as pioneers to start a civilization.

Here was the wife of a Prophet, the princess of the king of Egypt, left with her child in the desert. All for the sake of pleasing our Creator.

As Prophet Ibrahim headed for his next responsibility from Allah, he reached an area where Hajira and Ismail could not see him. At that point, he turned back, raising his hands in Dua and said,

"O Our Lord! I have made of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation by Your Sacred House; in order Our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits, so that they may give thanks." (Quran 14:37).

Hajira returned to her place and started drinking water from the water-skin, and her milk increased for her child.

But when she had used up all of the water, she ascended the Safa hill and looked, hoping to see somebody.

The area was empty.

She came down and then ran up to Marwa hill. She ran to and fro (between the two hills) many times, then went to check on her baby Ismail.

He was dying. And she could find no water for him or herself.

She could not watch her son perish. How could any mother?

'If I go and look, I may find somebody,' she told herself. Then she went and ascended the Safa hill and looked for a long while but could not find anybody.

In all,Hajira ran seven rounds between Safa and Marwa, in the hot, waterless valley, where her thirsty baby lay.

She told herself to go back and check on Ismail. But suddenly she heard a voice: it was the Angel Jibreel.

'Help us if you can offer any help," she said to him.

The angel hit the earth with his heel and water gushed out. Hajira was astonished and started digging. Allah, as she had rightly proclaimed, had not abandoned them.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), in the Hadith in Bukhari in which much of this incident is narrated, said, "If she (Hajira) had left the water, (flow naturally without her intervention), it would have been flowing on the surface of the earth."

Today we are bearing the fruits of this mother's struggle and sacrifice. Many of us drink and have drunk from the well of Zamzam. And those of us who have made Hajj run in a much more comfortable way than Hajira ever did, between Safa and Marwa.

Her commitment to her son, her sense of urgency and her unshakable faith in Allah in such harsh circumstances are all examples of not only what an excellent mother she was, but also what a strong believer in Allah she was.

If you're going to Hajj this year, Insha Allah, remember this incident and think of that great mother, in whose memory Muslims today run between Safa and Marwa. Also think about your own mother, and how she too, would probably have done the same for you.

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mashallah a very touching piece of work

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this site is the greatest may allah bless you and every one else.

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Masha'Allah.. great site..

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Al-hamdollilah that allah has made me a muslim. May allah bless all you who have put up this site.

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May all that log on to this site believe and learn that ALLAHTALAH is always with us in rich and poor. May we all pray to ALLAH and I pray that all muslims visit Makkah and Madina to see purity.I am proud to be a MUSLIM and a true worshiper

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Hajira's sublime act of obedience to Allah, her trust in His promise, and her sacrificial love for her son are inspirational examplesfor human beings for all times, both male and female. Oh how I pray to develop a loving and trusting heart like hers, and that of Ibrahim of whom it is written, "He came to his Lord with a sound heart". Ameen

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In the rich tradition of the followers of Ahlul Bayt (Peace and blessings of Allah upon Muhammed and his progeny), the Sa'ie (running between Safa and Marwa) is the utmost form of demonstrating the inner state of a true Muslim which is the continuous fear from Allah’s punishment while hoping for his mercy. The example of Hajjir (Blessing of Allah upon her) is the practical lesson that can be derived from her persistency. In spite of her fear for the life of her beloved son Ismael (Peace and blessing of Allah upon him), she never gave up hope in Allah's mercy. Of course to remember the wonderful story of Hajjir and Ismael and integrate it in ones life and also to reflect upon it during Sa’ie is a wonderful thing, but to suggest that "in whose memory Muslims today run between Safa and Marwa" is a very narrow interpretation of the rights of Hajj and make it sound more of a ritual than a form of warship. Hatha wa Assalaam, Raid Mohammad.

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Living in this world, we are all almost Sister Hajjar may Allah be pleased by her.Everyday for a true muslima is a day of of obedience and sacrifice. We are facing a lot of challenges, but by persistency and trust in Allah we will have our acceptable Saii in this life. Whover we are daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother-in law or grandmother, if we behave as good muslimates with sincere Iman, we will change our situation and be like Sister Haggar who changed her life and the history.May Allah guide us always.

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I could just say "great site" or "good job" but I feel that would be an unjust understatement. So you siblings in Islam and in Humanity, Jazakallahu Khairal Jaza for an awe inspiring website and articles. May Allah give tawfiq and furqan to all.

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Asalamu Alaikum! That story really touched me. I know that every mother would do that for their own child. I could never be able to watch my child dying. I hope Insha-Allah that when i go to Hajj that I visit that si te. I also want to make Hajj for my mother who will, Insha-Allah be alive at that ti me and she'd be able to come with me!

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