We are just days away from the most awaited journey for the Muslims to start once again.
Similar to Ramadan, the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj and the first 10 days of the month of Dhul Hijjah brings with it a season where Muslims become extra generous, extra forgiving and extra merciful – all in the hope of gaining the pleasure of Allah.
A 37-year-old British Muslim, Abu Zubair ibn Abdul Razzaque, is trying to do just that.
The Bangladeshi born teacher’s heartwarming whatsapp group message of wanting to give free lifts to the hujjaj, people going to hajj, from East London to the Heathrow airport went viral as people were touched by his gesture.
Muslim Council of Hong Kong got in touch with Abu Zubair in order to find what made him do this sweet act.
1) So it’s true you will take hujjaj for free?
“Yes, I am using my family car to help those who need help with travel to Heathrow airport.
I am a means of support to the guest of Ar-rahman, what an honour.”
2) What made you think of this act and have you done it before?
“I have not done this before. Wallahi I wanted to go to Hajj and I have been making du’a to Allah but due to few issues (financial and personal) I am unable to and I cried to Allah.
So, I thought why not help those who have been accepted by Allah jalla wa a’la as His guests.”
3) Why do you want to do this?
“I thought to myself if I am unable to go and stand on the plain of Arafah and ask Allah to forgive me and help me with my difficulties that I am currently facing in life,
then let me help the guests of Ar-Rahman and ask them to make du’a for me by mentioning my name to Him subhana wa ta’ala on the plain of Arafah.”
4) Have you taken any as of yet?
Alhumdulilah I am fully booked for this week.
5) What’s your message to those going on Hajj this year in sha Allah?
“Please make du’a for the entire mankind for peace. And make special du’a for the Muslims around the world.
Finally please please please make du’a for Abu Zubair.”
Subhan’Allah, look at the lengths some people are going to gain the pleasure and it ought to put us to shame. What are we doing to seek the forgiveness of Allah? How are we planning to stand in front of Him subhana wa ta’ala not just on Arafah, but on Yawwmul Qiyyamah?
May Allah reward this beautiful brother abundantly for his kind gesture and allow us to race to gain the mercy and forgiveness of Allah.