True Hajj

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A disciple of Sheikh Shibli (R.A.) once came to him after having performed Haj. The Sheikh asked him many questions about his journey and commented on his answers. Four of those questions are reproduced here.

(The entire conversation, which is a must for every Haji to read, can be found in the book Virtues of Haj by Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (R.A.) at the end of Chapter Four.)
The disciple relates:

The Sheikh asked me: "Did you make a determined intention for Haj?"
 
I replied: "Yes. I made a firm intention for performing Haj."

The Sheikh: "Together with having made a firm intention for performing Haj, did you also have a firm intention of giving up all those things you did since you were born that are opposed to the spirit of Haj?"

I replied: "No, I did not."

The Sheikh: "In that case you had no intention for Haj."

Then he said: "At the time of entering into ihraam, did you remove your clothing?"

I replied: "Yes, I did."

The Sheikh: "At that time did you pledge to remove from you everything save Allah?"

I replied: "No, I did not."

The Sheikh: "In that case you did not remove your clothing. ...Did you enter the Holy Haram?"

I replied: "Yes, I did."

The Sheikh: "Did you at that time pledge to leave aside every haraam (prohibited) act forever?"

I replied: "No, I did not."

The Sheikh: "Then you did not enter the area of the Haram at all. ... Did you perform the tawaaf-ul-widaa (farewell tawaaf)?"

I replied: "Yes."

The Sheikh: "Did you at that time say a complete farewell to your whole self, desires and passions?"

I replied: "No, I did not."

The Sheikh: "Then you did not perform the farewell tawaaf. Go back and perform Haj again in the manner I have described to you."
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