Why the abundance of exoteric, zahiri rituals in Hajj? [Part 1]

Why the abundance of exoteric, zahiri rituals in Hajj? [Part 1]

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

Before answering this question it’s important to understand what the term ‘ghayb’ (unseen) means. Belief in the ghayb is a manifestation of one’s faith. Sometimes one believes in the unseen by means of rationality or philosophy. That is a minimum in faith. For example proving by deduction that there are metaphysical, immaterial realms and existents is a step one prerequisite to faith. But were one to see such realms – whilst asleep or awake – with the same eye that sees in one’s dreams, not the physical eye, ones faith has in effect increased. We want to see beyond that which cattle see.

Now ghayb is something unseen. Unseen meaning NOT that it is material but hidden behind a veil. No, that thing does not qualify as ghayb. Something is ghayb means it is immaterial. This is a very important concept to grasp. We are talking about immateriality when discussing ghayb. One’s dreams are immaterial and thus unseen to others. A lot of articles in faith deal with the ghayb.

Even in relation to the Mahdi -for whom all Muslims are awaiting – some may say: “it is we people who are in ghaybat, not the Mahdi”. Such usage of words can be misleading if not explained.

The Mahdi is in occultation (ghayb) but what does that mean? (See part 2). To say he is not in ghaybat, period, has distanced one from the whole idea of Messianism and it’s benefit today. Think about it!