Thursday, July 21, 2005

Allegiance to Islam

Photo: Masjid Baiyya, just on the edge of Mina, where the early Muslims pledged their allegiance to the Prophet (saw) - a move that changed the course of history. © Fareena Alam. Please do not re-use without permission and proper credit.

This masjid is a small, yellowed fortress on the side of a dirt path in a secluded area barely visible from the main road. It's a simple, understated building, the significance of which we did not even begin to fathom until Shaykh Hamza began to explain. The early Muslims swore their allegiance to the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) right here and they never broke this trust. This solidarity changed the history of Islam, providing a strong foundation which helped Islam to grow. Shaykh Hamza's talk inspired us to pledge our allegiance to Islam here, during these trying time for Muslims. We have to try to practise Islam the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) and his companions (ra) did.



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