These are the two small hills near The Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia named the Masjid Al-Haram. Every muslim pilgrim who visits Mecca for Umrah or Hajj has to run seven times between these two hills.The distance between these two hills is approximately 450m. So the seven trips amounts to roughly 3.2 km. The two points and the path between them are now inside a long gallery that forms part of the mosque. The walkway is entirely covered by a gallery and is divided into four one-way lanes, of which the inner two are reserved for the elderly and disabled.The act of running seven times performed by every pilgrim is a commemoration of one mother's sacrifice for her son.
Bibi Hajira (may Allah be pleased with her) and her son was the Prophet Ismail (peace be upon him). Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was Hajira's husband, and Ismail's father.Hajira's example of sacrifice took place when she and her baby was left in the valley of Makkah by Allah's order. All for the sake of pleasing our Creator.
As Prophet Ibrahim headed for his next responsibility from Allah, he reached an area where Hajira and Ismail could not see him. At that point, he turned back, raising his hands in Dua and said,"O Our Lord! I have made of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation by Your Sacred House; in order Our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits, so that they may give thanks." (Quran 14:37).
Hajira started drinking water from the water-skin, and her milk increased for her child.But when the jug of water ended infant Ismail (A.S) was crying for water,she ascended the Safa hill and looked, hoping to see somebody.The area was empty.She came down and then ran up to Marwa hill. She ran to and fro (between the two hills) many times, then went to check on her baby Ismail.He was dying. And she could find no water for him or herself.She could not watch her son perish. How could any mother?'If I go and look, I may find somebody,' she told herself. Then she went and ascended the Safa hill and looked for a long while but could not find anybody.In all,Hajira ran seven rounds between Safa and Marwa, in the hot, waterless valley, where her thirsty baby lay.She told herself to go back and check on Ismail. But suddenly she heard a voice: it was the Angel Jibreel.'Help us if you can offer any help," she said to him.The angel hit the earth with his heel and water gushed out. Hajira was astonished and started digging. Allah, as she had rightly proclaimed, had not abandoned them.On finding the spring, and fearing that it might run out of water, Hajira enclosed it in sand and stones. The name Zamzam meaning 'stop flowing', a command repeatedly said by Bibi Hajira during her attempt to contain the spring water.
Today we all drink this water with the name as Zam Zam which is the outcome of struggle and greatest sacrifice of a mother.Bibi Hajira's faith in Allah in such harsh circumstances are all examples of not only what an excellent mother she was, but also as a strong believer of Allah.