Complete Description of Hajj (Pilgrimage)


DESCRIPTION OF HAJJ (PILGRIMAGE).

Hajj is one of the best acts of worship. It is one of the pillars of Islam with which Allaah sent Muhammad and without which a person’s religious commitment is incomplete. Worship cannot bring a person closer to Allaah and cannot be accepted unless it meets two conditions:

1) Sincerity towards Allaah alone, i.e., it is done to seek the Countenance of Allaah and the Hereafter, and is not done to show off, to enhance one’s reputation or for worldly gain.

2) Following the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in word and deed. Following the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) can only be achieving by knowing his Sunnah.

Hence the one who wants to worship Allaah by doing any act of worship – Hajj or anything else – has to learn the teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning it, so that his actions will be in accordance with the Sunnah.

CONTENT :-

1) HAJJ IS ONE THE PILLAR OF ISLAM

2) VIRTUES OF HAJJ.

3) PURPOSE  OF HAJJ.

4) The purposes of Hajj

5) The educational purposes of Hajj.

6) Hajj and its role in strengthening our faith

7) Devotion in Hajj

8) IHRAAM.

9) RULING ON WOMEN COVERING FACE IN IHRAAM.

10) DESCRIPTION OF BLACK STONE.

11) DESCRIPTION OF TAWAAF.

12) DESCRIPTION OF SAAII.

13) PROCEDURE OF HAJJ ACCORDING TO SUNNAH AND THEIR STEPS ON EACH DAY.

14) RULING ON FASTING ON THE DAY OF ARAFAA (9th DHUL-HIJJAH) FOR HAJI,NON-HAJI.

15) RULING ON WOMEN TRAVELLING FOR HAJJ WITHOUT A MAHRAM.

16) SOME INNOVATIONS OF HAJJ.

17) RULING ON DOING HAJJ ON BEHALF OF DECEASED.

18) SUGGESTION FOR MUSLIMS PRIOR TO HAJJ.

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1) HAJJ IS ONE THE PILLAR OF ISLAM

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence).

(SURAH AL IMRAN 3 VERSE 97)

And when We designated for Abraham the site of the House (saying): “Do not associate anything with Me, and purify My House (Kabah) for those who walk around it and those who stand and those who bow and make prostration.”

(SURAH HAJJ 22 VERSE 26)

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

Allah’s Apostle said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):

1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle.
2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly.
3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) .
4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca)
5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan.

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol.1,Book 2,Hadith 7)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 1, Hadith 18)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 1, Hadith 19)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 1, Hadith 20)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 1, Hadith 21)

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that:

A man said to him: “Why don’t you go out and fight?” He said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah [SAW] say: ‘Islam is built on five (pillars): Testimony that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, establishing Salah, giving Zakah, Hajj, and fasting Ramadan.’” (Sahih)

SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 6, Book 1, Hadith 5004)
2) VIRTUES OF HAJJ. :-

Abu Hurairah narrated that :

The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever performs Hajj for Allah, and he does not have sexual relations nor commit any sin, then his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih)

SUNAN TIRMIDHI (Vol. 2, Book 4, Hadith 811)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.”

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 2, Book 26, Hadith 596)
SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 3, Book 28, Hadith 45)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 3, Book 4, Hadith 2628)

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying. He who came to this House (Ka’ba) (with the intention of performing Pilgrimage), and neither spoke indecently nor did he act wickedly. would return (free from sin) as on the (very first day) his mother bore him.

SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 7, Hadith 3129)

Ibn ‘abbas said:

“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Perform Hajj and ‘Umrah consecutively; for they remove poverty and sin as the bellows removes impurity from iron.”’(Hasan)

SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 3, Book 4, Hadith 2631)

Abdullah (bin Mas’ud) narrated that:

The Messenger of Allah said: “Alternate between Hajj and Umrah; for those two remove poverty and sins just as the bellows removes filth from iron, gold, and silver – and there is no reward for Al-Hajj Al-Mabrur except for Paradise.” (Hasan)

SUNAN TIRMIDHI (Vol. 2, Book 4, Hadith 810)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 3, Book 4, Hadith 2632)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “(The performance of) `Umra is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise.

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 3, Book 27, Hadith 1)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 7, Hadith 3127)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” The questioner again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To perform Hajj (Pilgrim age to Mecca) ‘Mubrur, (which is accepted by Allah and is performed with the intention of seeking Allah’s pleasure only and not to show off and without committing a sin and in accordance with the traditions of the Prophet).”

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol 1,Book 2,Hadith 25)

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2. Virtues of Hajj

Hajj, being the fifth pillar of Islam, needs to be performed by every Muslim once in their lifetime so that they may preserve their religion. But why is Hajj such a big deal for Muslims to perform, and why is it referred to as the Journey of a Lifetime? In this section Hajjplans.com will look deeply into both the virtues and conditions of performing such an important pillar of Islam.

The Virtues

The virtues of Hajj are many and those who have performed Hajj are indeed aware of the spiritual contentment and uplifting experience such an act plants in the hearts of mankind; forever. The Prophet Muhammad (S) has spoken endlessly on the virtues of Hajj throughout his lifetime. We at Hajjplans.com have broken down a few of the mentioned virtues from the Prophet Muhammad (S) below along with the proper references from the Hadeeth. 

  1. The act of Hajj is amongst the best deeds one can perform when pleasing Allah (swt). This is known from the saying of the Prophet (S) when his companions asked him about the absolute best deed in the eyes of Allah. The Prophet replied “Belief in Allah and His Messenger.” Then he was asked: “what else?” He said, “striving and struggling for the sake of Allah” Then he was asked: “what else?” He said, “a Hajj, which is free from vice – accepted and complete.” [Agreed upon, Bukhari & Muslim]
  2. The ones who perform Hajj, in its proper and complete form, has all their past sins forgiven from Allah and they return to their homes as a newborn comes into this world; sinless. The Prophet Muhammad (S) said “Whoever performs Hajj to this house – Ka’bah- and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he, or she, will come out as the day he, or she, was born – pure and free from sins.” [Agreed upon, Bukhari & Muslim]
  3. The reward for completing a Hajj and having it accepted is nothing less than Paradise itself. The Prophet Muhammad (S) said “An ‘Umrah is a means of expiation of sins committed between it and the next and a Mabroor Hajj – complete and accepted – has no reward for it but Jannah.” [Agreed upon, Bukhari & Muslim]
  4. When performing Hajj, we are known as the guests of Allah (swt) and will be fully taken care of by Him (swt). The Prophet Muhammad (S) said “The people performing Hajj or ‘Umrah are the guests of Allah. If they ask Him something He answers them and if they ask him forgiveness He forgives them.” [Related by an-Nassaa’i, ibn Maajah, ibn Hibbaan and ibn Khuzaymah]
  5. One who sets forth and leaves for Hajj is in the state of a pilgrim till he/she reaches back home, and therefore remains a guest of Allah (swt) throughout the entire journey until he/she returns home. The Prophet Muhammad (S) said “When you meet anyone who has performed Hajj, greet him, shake hands with him, and beseech him to pray for the forgiveness of your sins before he reaches his home, for he is in the state that decision of forgiveness has been taken for him (and it is confidently expected that his supplication will be accepted).” [Musnad Ahmed]

These are just some of the virtues mentioned about Hajj. Indeed the virtues of Hajj are priceless to any Muslim and it is therefore referred to as the Journey of a Lifetime.

Following, are a further few points of the deeper meaning of Haj. These I wish to outline merely as a specimen indicative of the many significance of Haj, similar to the two points of wisdom and virtue mentioned at the beginning of this chapter.

1. There are times when rulers, governors and kings call the various classes of their subjects together to discuss matters with them and receive reports. For this reason they are often made into various organizations; and each has its annual conference. This is what happens in Haj where representatives from all over the glove, from all spheres of life and from all ranks; gather at His House. Such is the Haj congregation.

2. Should any influential personality have any proposition to put forward for the progress of the Muslim world; then Mecca during the Haj is indeed the very best place to introduce such a proposal. From there it is most certain that the terms of such a resolution will spread to all corners of the world.

3. What better place can there be for talks than at Mecca at the time of Haj; for discussions and deliberations between rulers, ministers and ambassadors of the Islamic countries; for the improvements of relations of all sorts; for the forming of unity and co-operation among them? There at the spiritual headquarters of Islam with the added influence of the spirit of goodwill and brotherhood at the time of Haj; some solution is sure to be found to solve their problems.

4. So many are the different tongues and dialects spoken around the Ka’bah at Haj. At once one can hear Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Persian, Japanese, Push’tu, Chinese, English etc. spoken by the many thousands of Hajees. What a grand expose of the cosmopolitan nature of Islam. A linguist and a lover of languages cannot find any place more to his liking than this.

5. No where else can a person see a better exhibit of the soldier like uniformity as on the Haj journey. This uniformity is a special and unique symbol and badge of Islam. Hence, we see all the Hajees in the same dress, following the prescriptions and commands, avoiding the same prohibitions, doing the same actions at the same time.

6. For years and years an unsuccessful struggle; resisting capitalism; is being carried on among the various nations to attain equality between the rich and the poor, and to narrow the gaps between them. To date no real solution has been found. Islam on the other hand; with its practical and realistic approach to problems has solved this one in a most easy manner. We see true equality brought to the fore in salaah, fasting, zakaah and in Haj; and no better solution and cure has been found than that up to this day. These Islamic principles, which are undoubtedly the best and most effective and workable solution to the world at large on condition that these principles be applied in conjunction with the true fundamental teachings of Islam.

7. Similar to the afore-mentioned; it is a fact that no better demonstration for the teaching and propagation of equality between the various classes can be seen, than that in Haj. Here at the same time; and at the same places; for a substantial period of time, the rich and the poor, the Arab and the Turk, the Englishman and the African etc; all dressed in the simple pilgrims garb present themselves for the remembrance of Allah. All barriers of rank, class, wealth and status are set aside.

8. To observe national celebrations people make elaborate arrangements; lavish preparations and extensive propagation, well advance. For Muslims the first two weeks of Zil Hijjah are more important than similar celebrations, for which there is neither special arrangements nor lavish expense or extensive propagation made.

9. Haj is the ideal occasion for Muslims of the world to foster brotherhood, love acquaintance and relationship of unity.

10. A golden opportunity exists at Haj time for the spread of Islam and the revival of the concept of true Islamic living. Those present in Mecca and the surrounding area duty bound ethically to deal hospitably with those arriving for Haj. True hospitality in this case means to increase their enthusiasm for Dee; and to provide an incentive; and encourage them to follow the path of Islam; and also to revive and reform their love and liking for Deen.

Similarly, those arriving from foreign lands should assist the local people in this noble work of inviting and encouraging others to the true path. In such cases the real benefit to Islam and the Muslims world in crystal clear.

11. The intermingling of the rich and the poor during Haj has added advantage. This intermingling does much to remove the pride and haughtiness of the rich; while making the poor feel themselves completely at their own home, among fellow brothers. The rich whose necessities are many turn to the poor for help; i.e. carrying goods, cooking, transport arrangements, which they find difficult to do themselves. On the other hand, the poor to fulfill their financial needs turn to the rich. Due to this contact the relationship does not remain one of acquaintance and hospitality only, but develops into love and friendship. This it to its fullest extent witnessed during Haj.

12. We all know that a vast gathering of Muslims; particularly with humbleness and sincerity is a magnetic point for invoking Allah’s mercy, grace and generosity. This is especially so when they are truly humble and sincere. No better show of this can be seen than that scene of the huge gathering of sincere and humble people on the plain of Arafaat.

13. The greatest advantage achieved from Haj is the preservation of the monumental teachings of our predecessors, especially the methods of the prophets.

3.The Values of Hajj:

Hajjis a collection of actions and recitations. These collections inspire the Muslim’s soul with spiritual sublime feelings.Generally speaking, Hajj includes a number of prayers performed by the pilgrim during a definite period. Every action, word, and prayer is a symbol that inspires the soul with a vivid feeling and encompasses a secret and an objective.

 

 

Ihram, Talbiyah (Tawaf) (circumambulation), Saa’y, Wuquf (staying at Arafat) to name but a few, are a mixture of actions and feelings which are spiritually experienced by the pilgrim. Every action has got a deep meaning and each rite aims at the accommodation of the values of Islam and the demonstration of its purposes in a symbolic and accurate way.

Rites are performed within the hugest gatherings of people. Crowds assemble to worship Allah, the almighty.  Their target is Allah’s satisfaction and forgiveness, submission and surrender to his will.

Once a Muslim decides to perform Hajj, his heart will long to reach his purpose, Allah’s satisfaction and the purification of the self.

Performing Hajj is the sacrifice of money and many physical desires and pleasures for the sake of Allah. It leaves an everlasting mark in the Muslim’s heart to constantly remember the Almighty.

It equally renewed the society. Performing Hajj cannot be undertaken singly. Its rites have to be performed communally. Herein, lies the basic principles of Islam: Brotherhood, Unity, peace and equality.

Pilgrims coming from different nationalities will get to know each other, pray and supplicate together so that the Almighty ease their hardships and forgive them.

14. Through this Haj journey it also becomes possible to get acquainted with the various countries which one passes; and also as a result of coming into contact with their peoples. In this manner knowledge is gained about the agriculture, industries, products and conditions prevailing in other countries.

15. From an educational point of view Haj is most beneficial. So many learned ones from a great number of countries; and graduates from numerous universities come together; which leads to worthy discussions on educational topics. One gets to know the views, progress, decline and achievements of those various institutions. All this definitely affords an opportunity of teaching others and also at the same time learn from them.

16. Similarly, great saints attend the Haj gathering annually; whereby an opportunity is offered to derive spiritual benefit from their esteemed presence.

17. In Haj, the Haji resembles the angels who are an innocent and sinless creation of Allah. They are continually busy performing tawaaf of Allah’s throne. His action is similar while performing tawaaf of the Ka’bah; as the Hadith states that: “whosoever imitates a group is regarded as one of them”. Those angels never commit any act contrary to Allah’s will; therefore imitate them. Thus resembling their tawaaf of Allah’s throne is praiseworthy action.

18. Among previous nations monkery used to be the highest order, and greatest achievement for man. At the end of Islam it was henceforth prohibited and in its place Islam instituted a refined decree; known as the Haj journey. Thus avoiding all things of adornment, sexual intercourse; in fact even talk about sex during ihraam. (Ithaaf)

19. Among many people and religious groups there has been the custom since time immemorial to organize annual fairs; as for example the fairs of Europe in the middle ages, the Hindu Melas, Catholic masses, Ancient Egypt, Babylon, Pre-Islamic Arabia, etc; which people await, and they also prepare themselves for such gatherings annually. This all is done well in advance. In such fairs sport, play entertainment, amusement, joy and pleasure is the theme of the day. Islam removed this type of a fair; of meaningless worldly affairs; and made a change for the better by Haj which was made into a gathering where people came together in the name of Allah; for the sake spent on worldly pleasures and sheer amusement was diverted to the brief in the oneness of Allah and love for Him.

20. Haj also means a visit to the blessed places where those who had inordinate and ardent love for Allah spent their energies in worshipping Him, until eventually they sacrificed their lives for Him.

21. While on the one hand provides a means of cleansing the character; it also assists in giving health to the body. Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Travel and become healthy.” (Kanz)

A change of climate is good for health, and Haj provides a good opportunity for this.

22. Haj is actually a means of continuing and reviving the remembrance of that worship which from the time of Hazrat Aadam A.S. has been part of every religion.

23. Haj in itself holds a great lesson. It is a visit to the Holy cities of Mecca and Madina. Visiting these two places; in the first place; refreshes the remembrance of them in our minds. Secondly, Mecca is the town where in the early days of Islam Muslims used to live in utter poverty, oppression, persecution and injustice. However, with great perseverance and humility they went through all those atrocities and hardships brought to bear on them by the disbeliveers of Mecca.

Later came a time; after the Hijrat: when they conquered Mecca, and after having successfully settled down in Madina; they not only completely pardoned their enemies due to the kindness at heart, but progressed further owing to the deep conviction of the truth of their religion. They also displayed the most sublime characters to spread Islam afar; so that its light spreads to every nook and corner of the entire globe.

Haj means this visit to these towns, which revives the remembrance in us of the heroic achievements of the devotees of Allah.

24. Haj refreshes the memory and revives our love for our Nabi Muhammad Sal’am himself. Mecca is his birthplace where up to fifty-three years of age he spent various stages of his life. Thereafter he migrated to Madina, where he peacefully rests in his grave. Visiting these two towns definitely revives memories of each and every stage of his life.

When people wish to retain the love for some special person; various types of memorials, statues etc, are erected. Islam has instituted the Haj, during which; among other numerous advantages the memory of Rasulullah Sal’am refreshed and love for him increases.

25. Haj is indeed the best means of lending strength and power to the center of Islam, and it provides the best means to render assistance and help to the people of the two Holy Harams. It also gives one the ideal opportunity to study and have an insight of the citizens of these two Holy places. It has been proved that when the pilgrims do in actual fact see the needs of these people; and their plight; a feeling of readiness to assist them is therefore aroused in the hearts of the visitors of the Holy Ka’bah and Madina. This mutual and sympathetic attitude normally continues to be felt long after Haj.

In brief, these points have been mentioned regarding the benefits of Haj. There are so many more; but let this be remembered that at all times the true aim of Haj is actually to strengthen the contact with Allah, and to remove the love for worldly things.

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4The purposes of Hajj are too many to name. In what follows some of them:

 

1 – Hajj recalls a sense of connection with the Prophets (peace be upon them): from the father Abraham of prophets who built the Ka’abah, to our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). As pilgrims visit the holy places and redo the prophets’ acts, they remember them.

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The white colour of the pilgrims’ clothes: the white colour represents purity

and cleanliness of the heart. It means putting aside all beautification and showing unity. Whiteness is nothing but a reminder of death and life in the same time. It is the colour of clothes with which we worship the Almighty during Hajj and meet him when dead.

3 – Entering into Ihram from the Meeqaat is a submission to Allah’s commands and laws: Allah prescribes that each one has to enter into Ihram from Meeqat. It is a confirmation the unity of the Muslim community. Being restricted to one system without exceptions.

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Hajj symbolizes Monotheism (Tawheed) from its very first moment: It is the realization and affirmation of the Oneness of the Almighty. Allah has no partner One in his Essence, His Attributes and His Acts. Before the existence of the universe there was nothing but Him.

5 – Hajj is a reminder of the Hereafter when all the people gather in one place in Arafah and elsewhere, without differentiations or exemptions. All of them are equal in this place and no one is better than another.

6 – Hajj symbolizes unity: Pilgrims wear the same clothes, perform the same rituals, have got the same Qiblah and they visit the same places. Thus, the sense of superiority does not exist; no king or slave, no rich or poor, we are all equals. Equals in rights and duties.

7 – Hajj represents the Muslim contentment: when pilgrims wear modest clothing, the two white pieces of cloth and, this embodies sufficiency for them. Moreover, just one room is sufficient for them to sleep.

8 – Hajj establishes a harmonic Muslim gathering:  We usually Muslims travelling alone, However in Hajj they travel and gather in huge groups.

9 –Hajj allows Muslims to exchange pieces of advice and benefit from them.

10 – Hajj allows Muslims to meet scholars and decision makers from everywhere  to study the situation and needs of the Muslims worldwide.

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He/she who performs Hajj his/her sins will be washed out, for  Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever does Hajj and does not speak any obscene words or commit any sin will go back cleansed of sin as on the day his mother bore him.”

12 – Hajj is a proclamation which states that Islam is the religion of organization:  the performance of the rites during time is well organized, every rite is performed in a definite place and at a precise time .

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Hajj trains the rich to give up their distinct clothing and accommodation and makes them equals to the poor in clothing and in the rituals of tawaaf, sa’ay and stoning the Jamarat. This teaches them Humility and reveals the insignificance of the worldly life.

14 – Hajj develops good characteristics such as forbearance and putting up with annoyance from people, for the pilgrim will inevitably be exposed to crowding and arguments, etc. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“ The Hajj ( pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months (i.e. the 10th month, the 11th month and the first ten days of the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, i.e. two months and ten days). So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein (by assuming Ihraam), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj.”

(Al-Baqarah 2:197)

15– Hajj trains the pilgrim to be patient and enduring to hardships such as heat, long distances, being apart from one’s family and relatives, crowdedness and congestion.

16 – Hajj strengthens bonds with the believers, as represented in the words of the Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “ Your blood, your honour and your wealth are sacred to you as this day of yours in this month of yours in this land of yours is sacred.” Narrated by Bukhari, 65; Muslim, 3180.

17 – Hajj separates Muslims from disbelievers (mushrikoon) Allah says :

“O you who believe ( in Allah’s Oneness and in His Messenger Muhammad )! Verily, the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah, and in the Message of Muhammad) are Najasun ( impure). So let them not come near Al Masjid Al-Haraam (at Makkah) after this year; and if you fear poverty, Allaah will enrich you if He wills, out of His Bounty. Surely, Allaah is All-Knowing, All-Wise”

(Al-Tawbah 9:28)

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5.The educational purposes of Hajj

Islam came to teach people the true human values and moralities by following the prescriptions of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah. Hajj like all any other Islamic practice is full of symbolic acts and codes. The Muslim sacrifices his/her time, health and wealth in order to gain the satisfaction of the Almighty.  Thus, this endurance and sacrifices have got a crucial impact in educating the self to be patient during hardships .Hajj also teaches the Muslim not to be skimpy as he/she will spend his/her money for the sake of the Almighty.  

It contributes to the familiarization of the self to be committed and respectful to time. No more waste of time as the pilgrim is limited and restricted to specific times during the performance of the rites. Equally, The Muslim has to take profit from the opportunity while he/she is in the holiest sites of the earth to establish friendship and for God’s sake relationships. The pilgrim has to try to examine and improve and even propose solutions for the Muslims dilemmas.

The educational purposes of the Hajj are clearly embodied in the unique Quranic guidance to avoid the debates: “So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein (by assuming Ihram), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj. (Surah Al-Baqara 197)

Islam wants Muslims to give up their bad habits via worship practices. Hajj as a pillar among the five pillars of Islam teaches Muslims to be highly respectful. Rites are performed communally and pilgrims share their rooms with those they have never met before! This is the real solidarity between Muslims worldwide and particularly during Hajj.
Hajj represents a good opportunity to get used to constantly worship the Almighty by training oneself to pray, supplicate and remember Allah. It unites all the Muslims and strengthens them. It let them feel the greatness of their religion.

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6.Hajj and its role in strengthening our faith

Hajj is a once-in-a-life time obligation upon us whose health and means permit it. It is an essential part of our faith and practice as it is the fifth pillar of Islam. It symbolises central concepts of Islam and commemorates the trials of the Prophet Abraham.Hajj provides us with the opportunity for a spiritual rebirth that gets us closer to the Almighty .We are united through submission to the will and communal worship of our beloved creator.  

The role that Hajj plays in strengthening our faith springs from our determination, perseverance, patience and control of acts.

Diverse rites are performed during Hajj; all of them reinforce our attachment to Allah. By attending Hajj and communally performing its rites, we strengthen bonds with the Almighty.  During the Ihram for example, we wear unique white garments that symbolizes human equality and unity in front of Allah . It is of great importance for us as we feel that barriers of discrimination are completely and that there are no differences to separate us. Such feeling significantly deepens connection with Allah.

Thus, Hajj is important as a fulfillment of pillars that strengthens our faith. It affects us to affirm commitment to Allah where the strengthening of the global Islamic community would be possible.

Our most intensive experience as Muslims is to perform Hajj. Hajj allows us the recognition of the Oneness of the Almighty .It equally offers us the opportunity to awaken our consciousness of his centrality.

Moreover, the collective form of worship during Hajj offers us a sense of belonging. One feels that he/she is part of the Umma. Hajj is the pillar by which we increase our certainty of faith as we see more than two millions performing it. It forges our Muslim identity.

When supplicating during Hajj, we seek forgiveness of our previous sins. Hence, we develop a sense of spiritual rebirth and renewal to strengthen our faith and loyalty to the Almighty.  

Essentially, Hajj plays a crucial role in strengthening our faith. All its rites reflect a unified strong faith in Allah.

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7.Devotion in Hajj

 Hajj is a journey full of symbolism, for it represents the soul’s journey towards the Almighty. All its aspects are replete with profound meanings about life. when performing Hajj we decipher that each rite and stage reveals and embodies our strong devotion to Allah .

” So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” (Surah Al-Kahf : 110)

And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, and that is the right religion. (Surah Al-Bayyina : 5)

So worship Allah (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake only.  Surely the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allah only. And those who take Auliya’ (protectors, helpers, lords, gods) besides Him (say): ” We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah.” Verily Allah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever. (Surah Az-Zumar :2,3)

In Islam, devotion and loyalty in worship means to worship only for the sake of Allah’s love and his veneration in the hope of gaining his reward and satisfaction. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. (Surah Al-Fath : 29).

Thus, any kind of worship whether by performing Hajj or any other act of worship is not accepted unless it is solely performed for Allah’s sake. Thus, Hajj pilgrims must be faithful and loyal to the Almighty. They must not make from their Hajj trip a touristic or commercial one.

Moreover, pilgrims must be sincere in their intentions. One should not seek to be called “HAJJI” and avoid talking much about his/her Hajj trip intending to let others know about his/her performance of Hajj.

Pilgrims should avoid speaking about the hardships they encountered during their trip too. Such behaviour will discourage those who still have not performed Hajj.

Furthermore, Hajj is not a trip to gain fame. Pilgrims should strictly refrain from such kind of behaviour and talk. It must consolidate our faith and reinforce our loyalty and devotion to the Almighty. It has to be considered as an act that increases our love to the hereafter and decreases the love of the worldly pleasure.

“Whoever performs Hajj for the Pleasure of Allah and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall return from it (free from sin) as the day on which his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

 
 

About Abdullah

Analytical & Creative. --- I'm not a Sheikh or a scholar, I'm just a regular guy in love with this Deen. Don't praise me for practicing my Deen. But pray for me, for the errors, that you haven't seen.

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