SHAIKH MUHAMMAD KHALFAN
1) Al-Tajliya (Strictly adhering to the apparent Islamic laws and refraining from whatever Islam has prohibited)
2) Al-Takhliya (Cleaning oneself through the water of repentance and Tawba)
3) Al-Tahliya (Beautifying oneself with the perfections of the Absolutely Beautiful according to one’s capacity)
4) Al-Fana (Dissolution in the Beloved, such that one visions that no identity exists save that of Allah)
Aspirants of Hajj should try to journey through these stages, so that on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijja they deserve to put on the Ihram of Musa and sincerely yearn for the vision of the Only Beloved.
What is so captivating is to behold the Musa of Karbala, who in the Mount Sinai (Bihar al-Anwar) of Ghadhiriyya (another name for Karbala), is reported to have said:
I left the entire creation in Your Desire
And made my family orphans so that I may see You
So even if you cut me into pieces in my love for You
My heart would not incline to other than You
This peerless Musa of history was so intensely sacrificing that the Beloved bestowed him with peerless bestowals, one of which is: “Prostrating on the clay of al-Husain severs the seven veils.” (Bihar al-Anwar) A probably meaning of the seven veils is ‘the seven levels of existence’, the highest of which is in the close proximity of the All-Beloved.
But the Beloved’s love is so special for this Musa of Karbala. According to a tradition narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (peace be upon him), Allah on the day of ‘Arafa begins with the visitors of the grave of al-Husain first, and then the lovers stationed in the sacred plains of ‘Arafa. (Bihar al-Anwar)
We pray to Almighty Allah to enable us comprehend the secrets of Hajj better as we cross the stations of our transient life.