Awaiting The Actions Of The ĎAmbassadors Of Tawheed': The Jamarat, Forging The Oppositive Mentality
10 December 2010
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahdiun
Soon, the 200+ thousands
Indonesian pilgrims will arrive home. Their homecoming
is adding up to the list of hajj "alumnis"
since there were Indonesian people who went for the
pilgrimage. Notwithstanding that, indeed, their tasks
are still unfinished yet. As they are returning from
the great ritual in the city where Islam first
started, it would certainly be very naive if we only
hope for a portion of souvenirs from them in the form
of zam-zam water and Indian tasbih.
It is also very unfortunate if, with their return,
they only bring the pride of the prestige because of
the addition of the title "H" in front of their names.
Whereas, the ritual of hajj is laden with the
symbols of tawheed and opposition against
kufr. Their arrival in the holy land itself is
already a manifestation of tawheed. They are
heading towards the one same kiblat, the one same
Masjidil Haram and worshipping in the one same place,
though crammed with people from diverse ethnicities,
races and skin colors. Since the early morning, Islam
melts all the differences under the banner of
tawheed. Each person who has accepted the
invitation of Allah to come into the house of Islam is
welcomed to take off his clothing's of ethnicity,
nationality and skin colour at the front porch.
Such is the way, that Abu Bakar RA who had fair skin
and Bilal who was dark-skinned, sat together as
believers. Umar RA, an Arab and Salman al-Farisi, a
Persian fought under the same banner of tawheed.
So, if there is an expression of "internationalism",
then this is the "internationalism" of Islam, which
liberates mankind from the racial boundaries. The
Hajj demonstrates this perfectly.
In the plain of Arafah, they unite their hearts. Not
only that, they melt, melted by the one blazing sun
created by Allahu Ahad. They melt away their
national identities. There is no more nationalism
which in truth is a shackle of animalism. The
Nationalism is destroyed and seen only as a junk
before the bond of the Aqeedah.
It is in that moment of wukuf that every
pilgrim leaves behind them their nationality and
ethnic identities. From then on they are no more
Indonesian, Pakistani, Egyptian, Turkish or Malaysian.
They, under the intense heat of Arafah, have become a
one Ummah, everyone is a Muslim only. Their
identity is only Islam. When they return home soon,
they are not going back to being the nationals of
Indonesia, Pakistan and Egypt, but only to return to
their birthplace or residences, nothing else.
The awareness for a unity as Muslims should grow in a
moment like this. Furthermore, the awareness for a
political unity becomes the consequences that cannot
be avoided. Just like the scene in Arafah: one
wilayah (territory), dressed in the same white,
uttering the same kalimah, thus how the
Islamic ummah should be: One Ummah,
One Territory of Daulah Islamiyah, the same
thoughts and feelings, the same Rules, raising high
the same Kalimah i.e. the Kalimah
When they have completed the hajj and
returned to each of their country, actually this
"Jama'ah of Arafah" does not simply disperse, but
they expand that territory of Arafah as far and as
wide as the Islamic countries in which they reside.
They must bring this spirit of "unity under
each country in order to break the shackles of the
The Jamarat, Forging The
In Mina, the pilgrims spend the night while collecting
stone bullets to be thrown at the Jamarat.
This ritual is a symbolization of the opposition of
Prophet Ibrahim AS against satan who whispered doubts
to him. Ibrahim AS is the Father of Tawheed
who opposed the shirk of his people who were
idol worshipers. He was the one who rebelled against
the shirk of Namrud who considered himself as
god, he was the one who confronted the idolatry system
of the people of Kana'an at that time. Thus how
Ibrahim AS confronted satan and the thaghut.
It was in such ways that he raised high the
When stoning the Jamarat, the pilgrims should
be aware of the meaning of this symbolic ritual. They
are fighting satan in its many different forms,
whether it be the satans that show their hostility
openly, or the satans that pose as friends, as well as
the satan that controls the carnal desires inside the
human beings. They are also in confrontation with the
symbol of shirk and the arrogance of the
thaghut i.e. the leaders who are defined by
Sheikh Ibnu Taimiyah as, " ...one who rules by
other than Kitabullah where he becomes the reference
for legislation, he is called thaghut".
While Allah SWT, since day one, has already ordered us
to disobey the thaghut,
"They wish to refer legislation to thaghut, while
they were commanded to reject that thaghut." (QS.
Therefore, take this spirit to every corner of the
Muslim countries. Indeed, the biggest shirk
is festering on this ummah, when mankind
invent their own laws and are unwilling to apply the
laws from Allah SWT. Yes, that shirk is
called democracy, wherein the sovereignty is placed in
the human hands, not in the hands of Allah. Indeed,
the thaghuts are sitting on the thrones in
the land of the Muslims. They are looking after the
system and ideology of the colonial heritage, they
even become the tentacles of the invaders until today.
They are betraying the Tawheed by making the
Christians and Jews as their helpers, whereas at the
same time Allah SWT forbids to be allies (al wala')
"O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and
Christians as allies." (QS Al-Maidah : 51)
That's them, and pelt them just like the jamarat
are pelted with stone bullets. Pelt them with words of
da'wah which are sourced from the mabda
(ideology) of Islam. There can be no doubt here, just
as there can be no doubt when throwing jumrah.
The Tasks Of The "Ambassadors
their task, the pilgrims who have just returned from
the ritual which is a sociodrama of the unification of
the Islamic world and an opposition against thaghut
as exemplified by Ibrahim AS. They, upon returning
from the ritual, will become ambassadors of Tawheed,
conveyors of the spirit of
to all corners of Nusantara (the archipelago). They
are active in arousing the
for the sake of the interests of the akhira,
not carried away with worldly prestige when people
call them by their title of "Haji".
Al-Hasan had been asked, "What
is haji mabrur?"
He answered, "He returns from
performing the hajj to become a person who is zuhud
with the dunya and longing for the akhira."
(As-Suyuthi, Durr al-Mantsur, 1/473;Al-Qurthubi,
Tafseer Al-Qurthubi, 2/408)
We are waiting for the actions of the ambassadors of
tawheed. The Holy Land of Makkah is the
wellspring of tawheed which channels the
roh of tawheed to all corners of the
world. It is the pilgrims who carry the streams, just
like the reformer ulama's of this native land
in the past centuries, who had brought the clear
streams on their return from the Holy Land. We are
waiting for their tangible contribution in the
struggle to cleanse the ummah from the
kufr thoughts and feelings, so that it is only
the Shari'a of Allah that is established, and
the ummah is liberated from the shirk
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