Friday July 21, 2017
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Friday July 21, 2017
Just as we perform tawaaf around the Holy Ka'bah on earth, the Angels perform tawaaf around Baitul Ma’mur.
Baitul Ma’mur, also known as the “Frequented House”, is a prototype of Ka'bah, the House of Allah (SWT), and it is located outside of the human realm. It is located directly above the Ka’bah in the highest Heavens,i.e. the seventh Heaven, and just above it, is Allah’s (SWT) throne. This sacred and Holy house is also mentioned in Surah Tur of the Holy Quran, where Allah (SWT) says:
“And by the Bait-ul-Ma'mur (the house over the heavens parable to the Ka'bah at Makkah, continuously visited by the angels)” (Holy Quran Surah 52:4)
Just as we perform tawaaf around the Holy Kaba’ah on earth, the Angels perform tawaaf around Baitul Ma’mur, day in and day out. 70,000 Angels visit Baitul Ma’mur to worship and pray every single day, who never return, hence Baitul Ma’mur is welcomed by a new legion of 70,000 Angels every day– which puts into perspective the massive number of Angelic population that exists as compared to mortal humans residing on earth. In a hadith about Isra and Miraj (The night journey and the ascension to Heaven), the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
"Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma’mur (i.e. Allah’s House). I asked Gabriel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma’mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily)" (Sahih Bukhari 3207; Sahih Muslim 164)
In the same hadith, it is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) also said:
“Then the Bait-ul-Ma’mur was raised up to me. I said: O Gabriel! what is this? He replied: It is the Bait-ul-Ma’mur. Seventy thousand angels enter into it daily and, after they come out, they never return again. Two vessels were then brought to me. The first one contained wine and the second one contained milk, and both of them were placed before me. I chose milk. It was said: You did right. Allah will guide rightly through you your Ummah on the natural course. Then fifty prayers daily were made obligatory for me. And then he narrated the rest of the hadith to the end.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3207; Sahih Muslim 164)
The Angels come to offer their salah and once they are done, they leave to never return. They are then followed by another group of 70,000 angels who pray and leave; this cycle will continue until the Day or Resurrection. It is also believed that every day, the leader of the group of Angels is assigned the duty of taking the other Angels to a designated spot located in the Heaven, where they will stand and engage in dhikr till the end of time and the Day of Judgment.
This serves as a reminder for all of us, that Allah (SWT) does not need our worship. In fact, it is the exact opposite- We need to worship Allah (SWT) and engage in ibadah so we may save ourselves from the scorching fire of Hell. We are the ones who need to kneel down and bow our heads to the Almighty so He may guide us, protect us and forgive us, so we may have a chance at entering Jannah. The number of Angels is vast- and their sole purpose is to worship Allah (SWT) all day, every day. So Allah (SWT) does not need our prayers- He has endless legions of Angels worshipping Him. We are the ones who need Allah (SWT) and His mercy because without Allah (SWT), we cannot attain any semblance of peace, happiness or success in this world or the Hereafter.