We read from Mulfoozat Volume 7, where the Promised Messiah continues to describe how one may meet a ‘good’ end to one’s life. One must keep the company of the righteous so that they inspire in his heart the fervor to do good, obey Allah and serve humanity.
The British Museum located in Central London in the United Kingdom will be holding a special exhibition entitled ‘Hajj journey to the heart of Islam’. The exhibition will be showing from the 26th January 2012 until the 15th April 2012.
One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able. This major exhibition charts the history of this deeply personal journey.
Examining the extraordinary travel logistics involved and how the wider operation of the event has changed over time, the exhibition compares how pilgrims over the centuries negotiated this often monumental undertaking and how it continues to be experienced by people from all corners of the globe today.
Beautiful objects, including historical and contemporary art, textiles and manuscripts, bring to life the profound spiritual significance of the sacred rituals that have remained unchanged since the Prophet Muhammad’s time in the 7th century AD.
‘This exhibition will enable a global audience to deepen their understanding of the significance and history of the Hajj. In particular, it will allow non-Muslims to explore the one aspect of Islamic practice and faith which they are not able to witness, but which plays such a major part in forming a worldwide Islamic consciousness.’
Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum
The Promised Messiah speaks about the condition of the heart of a prophet. In the case of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) this is reflected in the verse : “will you kill yourself with grief because they do not believe?” The word used here is ‘mumin’ which reflects the fact that it applies as much to Muslims as to non-Muslims. It applies to non-Muslims because they do not embrace Islam and to Muslims because although they profess faith by their tongues they do not act upon it.