The Holy City of Mecca

وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَٰذَا الْبَلَدَ آمِنًا وَاجْنُبْنِي وَبَنِيَّ أَن نَّعْبُدَ الْأَصْنَامَ

“Remember Abraham said: “O my Lord! Make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols.” (Surah Ibrahim: 35)

وَاللَّهِ إِنَّكِ لَخَيْرُ أَرْضِ اللَّهِ وَأَحَبُّ أَرْضِ اللَّهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَلَوْلَا أَنِّي أُخْرِجْتُ مِنْكِ مَا خَرَجْتُ

“For the sake of Allah. You are the best of the earth and His most beloved earth. Had I not been expelled from you I would not have come out (left you)”[1]

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيۡبَةُ بۡنُ سَعِيدٍ: حَدَّثَنَا عَبۡدُ الۡعَزِيزِ – يَعۡنِي ابۡنَ مُحَمَّدٍ الدَّرَاوَرۡدِيَّ – عَنۡ عَمۡرِو بۡنِ يَحۡيَى الۡمَازِنِيِّ، عَنۡ عَبَّادِ بۡنِ تَمِيمٍ، عَنۡ عَمِّهِ عَبۡدِ اللهِ بۡنِ زَيۡدِ بۡنِ عَاصِمٍ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ قَالَ: (إِنَّ إِبۡرَاهِيمَ حَرَّمَ مَكَّةَ وَدَعَا لِأَهۡلِهَا، وَإِنِّي حَرَّمۡتُ الۡمَدِينَةَ كَمَا حَرَّمَ إِبۡرَاهِيمُ مَكَّةَ، وَإِنِّي دَعَوۡتُ فِي صَاعِهَا وَمُدِّهَا بِمِثۡلَيۡ مَا دَعَا بِهِ إِبۡرَاهِيمُ لِأَهۡلِ مَكَّةَ

“Qutaibah bin Sa’id had told us: ‘Abdul’ Aziz bin Muhammad Ad-Darawardi narrated to us, from ‘Amr bin Yahya Al-Mazini, from’ Abbad bin Tamim, from his uncle ‘Abdullah bin Zaid bin Ashim , That the Prophet peace be upon him said, “Verily Ibrahim had forbidden (sanctified) Mecca and pray for the good of the people. And I forbid Medina as Ibrahim forbid Mecca. And verily I pray for the sha ‘and mud (the scale that similiar to pound or kilo) with what Ibrahim prayed for the people of Mecca. “[2]

An unpleasant rough sound awakened me, it was like waking up next to a carpenter who was sawing, “Ladies and gentlemen, sorry for interupting your sleep.” Apparently Wahyudi, not a carpenter. He is running one of the guide roles, which is giving information about the city we entered. “Alhamdulillah we have arrived in the holy city of Mecca Al-Mukarramah.”

Apparently the pilgrims were sleeping too. After they fully recovered, their eyes began to search for light around. The drowsiness is still visible on their faces but as soon as the word Mecca goes into the ears; the tangled faces looked much smoother than the face of facial cream’s model. “Masya Allah.” They began to show different reactions. Some chanting talbiyah, the others busy to pray, and another group start taking their smartphone.

I was speechless. What a pleasant feeling that I would came back into the city i love most; a city I consider as the second home. I continue to thank God who still mercy on me, inviting me to be one of million guests of Him. For most people, just a year’s absence from Mecca and Medina is not surprising; But for a professional counselor it feels so long. Alhamdulillah, thank you o Allah.

This is the city that was first built by Hajar when Abraham was commanded by God to leave her and their son there. As soon as Abraham had reached a very barren place he left Hajar and Ishmael who were still infants. Their provisions were only a bag of dates and one bottle of water. When Abraham was about to leave the two persons he loved, Hajar continued to call out, “O Abraham to where do you go? Are you going to leave us here? “Abraham did not answer a word. Hajar again repeated her question and Ibrahim was still unmoved. When Hajar changed the question, “Did God command you?” Abraham stopped and replied “Right.” The next act showed a qualify of Hajar as a prophet’s wife. Instead of complaining, she said confidently, “Then God will not waste us.”

Time passed and the water and dates run out. Moved by a motherly instinct when Ishmael wept with hunger, Hajar ran from Shafa Hill then to Marwah under blazing sun of the desert. In both places there were no water but she did not despair. She went back and forth between two hills seven times before finally returning to where her son was left.

How astonished Hagar when she found that by the side of Ishmael stood an angel digging the ground with the tip of his wings. Suddenly fresh water spread from the former excavation, Hajar immediately dammed the water using sand. “Zami zami, get together-gather!” Said Hajar joyfully. In a hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas, the Messenger of Allah said about the zamzam which dammed by Hajar,

لَوْ تَرَكْتَ زَمْزَمْ أَوْ قَالَ: لَوْ لَمْ تَعغَرَّفْ مَنَ الْمَاءِ لَكَانَتْ زَمْزَمُ عَيِنًا مُعَيَّنًا

“If Hajar let Zamzam flow, or he said:” If Hajar did not collect it, zamzam would be a flowing lake.”

Time went by until a group of Yemeni nomads passed near Mecca. Seeing the flying birds spinning somewhere they aware that there must be water. Messengers were sent to the place in question and it turns out there are Hajar and Ishmael who live near a lake. The envoys introduced themselves and asked permission to live near the lake. Hajar allowed them on condition that the zamzam became the property of his family. Once agreement settled the nomads entered the teritory ; so the embryo of the city of Mecca was formed.

A few years later Prophet Abraham returned to Mecca and found Ishmael had grown into a handsome young man. They hugged to release the longing while Prophet Ishmael told his father about the death of his beloved mother. After releasing the longing, prophet Abraham expressed the purpose of his arrival is to fulfill God’s command to build a house of worship. Prophet Ishmael agreed to help his father and they built the Kaaba.

While Abraham composed the stones to the height, Ishmael was in charge of collecting stones and giving it to his father. When the building is almost completed, there was a small space that didnt have stone to filled. So Abraham went for a moment then back with a white stone that Allah sent down from heaven. The stone had broken into pieces of black smaller part. We know it as Hajar Aswad or Black Stone.

[1] Shahih. Narated by At-Tirmidzi no. 3925.

[2] Shahih. Narated by Muslim no. 1360.

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