- Your saying: ‘Labbayk’ (here I am). This includes the response to your supplication by The One supplicated to and the response to your call by The One called upon. It is not correct linguistically or intellectually that you call someone who does not speak or that you supplicate to someone who cannot answer you, so in this is the affirmation of the attribute of Allaah’s Speech.
- That the Talbiyaah includes love. ‘Labbayk’ (here I am) is not said except to The One who is loved and glorified. This is why it is said of its meaning: ‘I am directing myself towards You with what You love’, and it is said: a woman is beloved. i.e. beloved to her son.
- That the Talbiyaah comprises an adherence to a continuous (al-Uboodiyah) worship, so this is why it is said: the Talbiyaah is taken from the word al-Iqamah(establishment), i.e.: I am established on Your obedience.
- It includes humility and submissiveness, i.e. humility and more humility, in what they say: I am responding here in front of You, i.e. with humbleness and submissiveness.
- It comprises al-Ikhlaas (sincerity), that is, it is said: the Talbiyaah is taken from the word al-Lubb (the core) and it is something pure.
- It comprises an affirmation that Allaah, The Lord, hears; since it is impossible that a man will say ‘Labbayk’ (here I am) to someone who will not hear his supplication.
- It includes coming closer to Allaah, since it is said: that the Talbiyaah is taken from the word al-ilbaab (establishing) and that is seeking nearness.
- The Talbiyaah is used as a distinction between moving from one state to another and from one rite to another in Ihraam, just as the Takbeer(sayingAllaahu Akbar) in the prayer is a cause for moving from one pillar of the prayer to another. This is why it is the Sunnah to say the Talbiyaah up until the start of the Tawaaf at which point you break off from the Talbiyaah. Then (after that), the pilgrim again begins to say the Talbiyaah until he stands at ‘Arafat, then he breaks off the Talbiyaah. The pilgrim then resumes the Talbiyaah until he stands at Muzdalifah then he breaks off from it. Then he makes theTalbiyaahuntil he stones the Jamaraatul-‘Aqabah (the Large Pillar) then he stops makingTalbiyaah. Therefore, the Talbiyaah is a sign of Hajj and a (sign of) change in the actions of its rites. So, when the pilgrim moves from one action to another action he says: ‘Labbayk Allaahumma Labbayk’, just as the one praying says ‘Allaahu Akbar’ when he moves from one act to another. So, when he completes his rites, he breaks off from the Talbiyaah, just as the one praying says theTasleem (saying salaams at the end of the prayer) which cuts him off from hisTakbeer.
- The Talbiyaah is a sign of Tawheed and the creed of Ibraheem – alayhis Sallat wa Sallam, which is the spirit of Hajj and its purpose. On the contrary, it is the spirit of all acts of worship and its purpose. This is why the Talbiyaah is the key to this act of worship, wherewith a person enters into the Hajj.
So, whoever comes to know the meaning of the Talbiyaah, testifies to them and truly believes in them, then he will be unlike all the sects of the Muattilah (those who nullify the attributes of Allaah.)