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Hajj Seminar At Hajj Village

Report on 2018 Hajj Conference in Ghana organized by the cultural Consulate of the embassy of Islamic republic of Iran in partnership with the Ghana HAJJ Committee

On the 28th of July 2018, the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Ghana in partnership with the Ghana Hajj Committee organized a one day seminar on hajj on the theme, Hajj, an epistle of Unity among Muslim Ummah and a centre for, morality, honour, dignity, religiosity and spirituality.

Over 1000 Ghanaian Pilgrims attended the event held at the Hajj Village of Ghana near the Kotkota International Airport. The event graced by many prominent Muslims politicians, Islamic scholars, Muslim chiefs and Muslim media personalities was chaired by Dr. Ameen Bonsu, the representative of the President of Ghana on the Ghana Hajj Committee and members of the Hajj Committee of Ghana and a special Representative of the Office of the National Chief Imam of Ghana

Speech of Mr Mohammed Abdul Samad on behalf of the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of I.R.Iran

In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

And all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s greetings be upon our Master, Muhammad (PBUH), and upon his Immaculate Household and chosen companions and upon those who follow them rightfully until the Day of Judgment.

On behalf of the Cultural Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Ghana I stand here to express my joy and gratitude and appreciation to the Hajj Committee of Ghana and most especially to the great Islamic Republic of Iran which has annual financed the Hajj Conference to be a medium of educating our pilgrims on how to perform Hajj.

I sincerely used this occasion to seek for Allah’s blessings and peace on our lives and continues protection of Allah in all things we do.

For Muslims, the Hajj season is a period of honour and glory in the eyes of [all] human beings, and a period for the illumination of hearts and humility and supplication before the Creator. Hajj is a sacred and mundane and divine and communal obligation. On one side, [the Quran] commands “Then remember Allah as you remember your forefathers, or with [much] greater remembrance” and “Remember Allah during [specific] numbered days” and on the other side, the declaration [that] “[Masjid al-Haram is a place] which We made for the people; equal are the resident therein and one from outside,” shed light on its infinite and diverse aspects.

In this one-of-a-kind obligation, temporal and spatial security bestows serenity upon the hearts of human beings like a clear sign and a shining star and frees the Hajj pilgrim from the siege of factors of insecurity [created] by hegemonic tyrants, which have always threatened all humanity, and let him taste the pleasure of security during a specified period.

The Abrahamic Hajj, which Islam has bestowed upon Muslims, is the manifestation of dignity and spirituality and unity and glory. It shows off the greatness of Islamic Ummah and their reliance on the eternal divine power to ill-wishers and enemies, and highlights their distance from the quagmire of corruption and humiliation and oppression, which international bullying powers impose on human societies. Islamic and monotheistic Hajj is the manifestation of [the Quranic verse, which describes the faithful as being] “firm against the unbelievers, [and] compassionate among themselves.” It is a venue for disavowal of polytheists and [promoting] friendship and unity with believers.

This is unity in aim and direction, in sayings and deeds, an internal and external unity, through which they could feel the essence of the verse:

The believers are but a single brotherhood." [Al-Hujurat, 49:10].

Differences in social class, wealth, race, and color vanish within these feelings and rites. A pure and solemn atmosphere of brotherhood, serenity, affection, and love prevails. In a world engulfed in dispute and division, it is a great blessing for a person to have the ability to enjoy this atmosphere of complete peace. In a world where discrepancy is the prevailing system, they (pilgrims) enjoy an atmosphere of equality. In the face of the world"s grudges, hatred, and disputation-feelings all too characteristics of the modern life-pilgrims experience a feeling of love and harmony.

Allah has imposed pilgrimage upon Muslims in a specific time each year, in one place, and in the same manner. Thus, they perform it in gatherings and not in scattered groups. They feel and see unity and brotherhood before their very eyes. Accordingly, they experience the sacredness of the place, time, and situation. Hence, they know their position among other nations and feel Allah"s blessing, as He granted them this straight and sound religion. He favoured Muslims by bringing familiarity among their hearts and making them loving brothers and sisters.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei view hajj as a valuable opportunity for the public to meet the righteous scholars, so that they would benefit from their knowledge and be guided by their juristic opinions. It is also an occasion for Muslim scholars to meet with each other, so that they would know each other, discuss issues of theology, acquire jurisprudence in religion, and study the affairs of Muslims and provide solutions to their problems. It is a great chance for Muslim leaders, thinkers, and politicians to meet, to consult and to co-operate for the welfare of Islam and Muslims.

Seditionist rulers, who have embroiled the Muslim world in civil wars and the carnage of innocents and who have stained Yemen, Iraq, the Levant, Libya and some other countries with blood by forming and equipping Takfiri and evil groups; godless politicians, who have extended the hand of friendship to the occupying Zionist regime and have turned a blind eye to the heart-wrenching suffering and plight of Palestinians and have broadened the extent of their oppression and treason to cities and villages in Bahrain; [as well as] unfaithful and unconscientious rulers, who created the great tragedy of Mina and under the guise of [being] Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques flouted the sanctity of the safe divine sanctuary and slaughtered the guests of the Compassionate God on the Eid day in Mina and before that at the Grand Mosque, are now speaking about non-politicization of the Hajj and accuse others of the big sins they have themselves committed or caused to happen. They are a flagrant example of the clearly enlightening expression of the Holy Quran [where it says]: “And when he turns his back, his aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth and to destroy crops and cattle and Allah does not love mischief. And when it is said unto him: Be careful of your duty to Allah, pride takes him to sin. Hell will settle his account, an [what an] evil resting-place [it is].”

Muslim Brethren and Sisters! This year, the eager and devoted muslim pilgrims are in the Hajj ritual, they are in attendance with their hearts and they are standing along Hajj pilgrims from across the globe and must show concerned about the pligt of the oppressed muslims nations and pray for them to be spared any harm from the accursed tree of tyrants. Remember your oppressed brethren and sisters in your prayers and acts of worship and invocation, and pray for the Muslim communities to get rid of their troubles and to have the hand of arrogant powers and Zionists and their stooges cut off the Islamic Ummah.

I personally honor the memory of martyrs of Mina and the Grand Mosque and the martyrs of Mecca in [the Hajj pilgrimage in] 1987 and I pray to the Almighty God to bestow His forgiveness and mercy upon them and reserve them high positions [in the Heavens]. I salute Hadhrat Baqiatallah al-A’zam (Shall our souls be sacrificed for him) and request that venerable figure’s accepted prayer for the exaltation of the Islamic Ummah and salvation of Muslims from sedition and malevolence of enemies.

And providence belongs to Allah and reliance is on Him.

Thank you.

Sheikh Ahmed Nkrumah, an Islmaic scholar used the occasion to practically teaches the conference participants how to perform the Hajj rituals.

He said:

The tawaf is done in an anti-clockwise movement, with a full circle completed every time a person is back at the Black Stone, or parallel with it. Normally, a pilgrim does the tawaf three times for his pilgrimage, and once for the Umrah. Moreover, the tawaf may be offered as a voluntary act of worship at anytime. In other words, it is not necessary that a person should be on a pilgrimage or an Umrah in order to do the tawaf. When we enter any mosque, it is recommended that we offer a voluntary prayer of two rak’ahs as a greeting to the mosque. This is, however, not done when we enter the Sacred Mosque which houses the Kaabah. The greeting in this mosque is tawaf. Hence, it is important to know the requirements of the tawaf and what is recommended for it so that we may be able to do it properly.

1. The first requirement is purification, in the religious sense of the word. Thus, a person who intends to do the tawaf must make sure that he has removed any impurity from himself or the garments he is wearing, and he should perform the ablution, or wudu.

2. Covering the awrah. The Prophet says: “The tawaf is a prayer, except that God has made it lawful for us to speak while doing it. He who talks, then, must only say what is good.” With such a comparison, all scholars are in agreement that the parts of the body, which must be covered during prayer, must also be covered during the tawaf. A man must cover himself from the waistline down to below his knees. A woman covers all her body with the exception of her face and hands.

3. A further requirement is that the tawaf must be seven full circles. The omission of one step makes it invalid. If a person is in doubt as to how many times he went around the Kaabah, he acts on the basis of the lower number so that he is absolutely certain of completing seven times. If doubts do not arise in his mind until after he has finished the tawaf and left, then his tawaf is considered valid. He must walk in an anti-clockwise movement, so that the Kaabah is always to his left. If he does the tawaf in the opposite direction, his tawaf is not valid.

4. The tawaf must be done from outside the Kaabah. The semi-circular area known as Hijr Ismaeel is considered to be a part of the Kaabah. Hence, if anyone goes through it during his tawaf, his tawaf is not valid.

It is also important to be calm during the tawaf. As we have already said, the tawaf is an act of worship. Hence, our approach to it must be the same as to our obligatory prayers. With the great crowd doing the tawaf during the pilgrimage, it is always possible that tempers flare up. Everyone, however, must remember that he cannot enter into an argument with another person during an act of worship. If he is pushed, or someone trips on his foot, he should not retaliate in kind. It is always better to forgive. It is much more so during an act of worship. On the other hand, one must always be considerate to others. If people walking behind him push him, he must try to make the pushing end with him, and not to allow himself to push others. As he is engaged in his worship, praising God or praying Him for himself or his family or for other people, he must not lose sight of the fact that God rewards those who do not retaliate for other people’s mistakes. Let us always remember, then, that to be considerate to others, especially when the tawaf becomes such a hard task with the great number of people doing it during the pilgrimage season, is very important and will be amply rewarded by God.

Furthermore, it is important to remember, especially during the high season, that we should join the tawaf and leave when we finish in an easy, slow movement in order not to cause any inconvenience to fellow worshipers. Some people try to cut right across the path of tawaf when they have finished. This is both improper and dangerous, considering that the newcomers join in at the same point and that the whole movement slows down from greeting the Black Stone for every new circle. It is far more advisable to continue moving with the rest of people easing ourselves out slowly and gradually, until we are outside the circle.

An occasion of question and answers to opened where many of the participants asked questions relating to the practical aspects of Hajj which was answered by the prominent Islamic scholars panelled at the conference.

In a message read on behalf of the chairman of Ghana"s Hajj Committee, Sheikh I. C Qauye, after commending Iran"s active contributions to the progress of the Muslims world and resistance approache and fierce love for Islam and Muslims called on Muslims Nations to eschew hostility against each other, and focus of the very things affecting the muslim ummas which allows intruders to always use Muslims, knock their heads together. He said one for he most dangerous things facing the Muslim world today is adheriansm of sectarian sentiments.

He urged Muslims in Ghana going to Hajj to conduct themselves well and prepare to live a good life after coming back from Hajj successful. He promised that this year"s preparations for Ghana Hujjaj in Mecca and Madina is better and far ahead than what they arranged last year.

He thanked the Cultural Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Ghana for the continues assisting the Annual Hajj Conference in Ghana

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