Importance and Virtues of performing the Hajj and Umrah

Hajj (Pilgrimage) is pillar of Islam

Hajj (Hadj) or Pilgrimage to Mecca is obligatory on Muslims. Importance of Hajj (Pilgrimage) and Umrah in Islam can be understood by this that Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj, Umrah and its virtues are discussed with the help of Hadith.

Pilgrimage to Makkah is an obligatory duty

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka’bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence).” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

Many Hadith on Hajj (Hadj) also explain the importance of Hajj.The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“If any one possesses sufficient provision and transportation to take him to Allah’s House (Ka’bah) but still he does not perform Hajj (in his lifetime), it does not matter whether he dies as a Jew or Christian.” (Tirmidhi)

Abu Hurayrah said that The Prophet (P.B.U.H) gave a sermon and said:

“O people, Allah has enjoined Hajj upon you so do Hajj.”(Muslim, 1337)

This same Hadith states that it is obligatory to perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime

Abu Hurayrah (R.A) said the The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) gave a sermon and said:

“O people, Allah has enjoined Hajj upon you so do Hajj.” A man said, Is it every year, O Messenger of Allah? He remained silent until the man had said it three times; then he said, “If I say yes, it will become obligatory and you will not be able to do it.” Then he said, “Do not push me to tell you more than what I have left you with, for those who came before you were destroyed because they asked too many questions and argued with their Prophets. If I command you to do a thing, do as much of it as you can, and if I forbid you to do something; then avoid it.” (Muslim, 1337)

Hajj is a pillar of Islam

Ibn ‘Umar (R.A) said: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Islam is built upon five (pillars): testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing regular prayer, paying Zakaah, Hajj and fasting Ramadan.” (Bukhaari, 8; Muslim, 16)

Do not delay the Hajj 

It is said that do not delay Hajj if you can afford it.

Ibn Abbas (R.A) said that The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“Whoever wants to go for Hajj, let him hasten to do it, because he may fall ill or some other problems may arise.” (Abu Dawood, 1732)

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Hajj is one of the Best deeds

Abu Hurayrah (R.A) reported that the Prophet (P.B.U.H) was asked which deed is best.

He said, “Belief in Allah and His Messenger.” He was asked, then what? He said, “Jihaad for the sake of Allah.” He was asked, then what? He said, “An accepted Hajj.” (Bukhaari, 26; Muslim, 83)

Hajj wipes away the sins

Abu Huraira (R.A) said:

I heard the Prophet (P.B.U.H) say: “Whoever does Hajj for the sake of Allah and does not have sexual relations (with his wife), commit sin, or dispute unjustly during the Hajj, will come back like the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhari, 1449; Muslim, 1350)

Amr ibn al-Aas (R.A) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said:

“Hajj wipes out whatever (sins) came before it.” (Muslim, 121)

Most beautiful Jihad is Hajj

Narrated by Aisha (R.A):

“I said, O Messenger of Allah, can we not go out on campaigns and fight in Jihad with you? He said, “But the best and most beautiful of Jihad is Hajj, an accepted pilgrimage.” Aisha (R.A) said: I never stopped going for Hajj after I heard that from the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H).” (Bukhari, 1762)

An accepted Pilgrimage (Hajj) has reward of Paradise

Abu Hurayrah (R.A) reported that the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“Umrah is expiation for the time between it and the previous Umrah; and an accepted hajj has no less a reward than Paradise.” (Bukhari, 1683; Muslim, 1349)

The Pilgrim is a Guest of Allah (SWT)

Ibn Umar reported that the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“The one who fights for the sake of Allah and the pilgrim who goes for Hajj or Umrah are all guests of Allah. He called them and they responded; they ask of Him and He will give them.” (Ibn Maajah, 2893)

Hajj eliminates Sins and Poverty

Abdullah ibn Masood (R.A) said that the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“Keep on doing Hajj and Umrah, for they eliminate poverty and sin just as the bellows eliminate impurities from iron and gold and silver.” (al-Tirmidhi, 810; al-Nasaa’i, 2631)

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