Why is the essence of Hajj on the brink of destruction? [Part 1]

Why is the essence of Hajj on the brink of destruction? [Part 1]

(This is part of the series Hajj: The Inner Journey updating daily on Sheikh’s Telegram Channel @haj1438)

In Arabic, the term duty (takleef) means ‘being burdensome/difficult’. Why? Because Islamic rituals and duties entail a degree, albeit tolerable, of burden. Let’s briefly peruse through some of them.

In salaat (five obligatory daily prayes), there are a series of disciplines one must observe at least for five periods during the day at specific allocated times, thus preventing one from being occupied in other activities during such moments.
In sawm/fasting, one must avoid committing a number of actions, including eating and drinking, from daybreak to sunset. This too has its own burden.
In zakaat, one must give away a percentage of one’s wealth during the year. In jihad, one must compromise one’s quality of life or one’s life per se.
In amr bi’l ma’roof wa nahy an-il munkar (enjoining virtue and dissuading vice ), one may in effect be compromising one’s public image before others.

In all these duties and acts of worship, people usually avoid them or they commit to them to an absolute superficial minimum. Why? Because they realise that these duties are burdensome and exert an inhibitory effect on one’s animalitic passions and ones egoistic desires. Why must I give away my wealth? Why must I not eat? Why must I pray at this hour? Why must I sacrifice myself etc etc.

Whenever one commits either of the above with joy and no reluctance, one must evaluate oneself honestly and truthfully.