Why and in What Ways is Hajj Important
Hajj is a worship, loved by Allah Subha na wa Ta’ala. This worship takes about five days to complete and requires financial and physical sacrifices from the believer. Hajj is an obligatory worship and denying this fact brings a person in line with disbelievers.
“It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision: if anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.” (Al-Ahzab, 36)
There is wisdom in each of Allah’s orders and we may never be able to comprehend it entirely; but to some extent, we have analyzed and come forward with some of the many benefits of hajj.
Hajj takes about five days in which the pilgrim moves, worships and remembers Allah with hundreds of thousands of other muslims.
It can get tiresome to travel from one place to another almost each day and stay in different locations, some of which may not be comfortable. This entire period requires a lot of patience. The believer should not shout at or curse another believer; and be kind and helpful to them even when he is tired or irritated.
The pilgrim practices resisting temptations. Some of the otherwise Halal acts are prohibited during hajj, for example, hunting, intimacy between husband and wife, and haircut.
Hajj also teaches humility. All the muslims wear similar garbs, do not apply perfume and cannot beautify themselves specially, regardless of their social status. They all look same and one cannot distinguish between a king and a beggar.
Islam puts emphasis on equality of all human beings. As said by as Allah’s messenger Mohammad (P.B.U.H) in his one and only hajj sermon:
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor does a black have any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”
Hajj brings forth a practical example of equality and universal brotherhood. Muslims from every corner of the world come together and perform the rituals of hajj as one. Race, skin colour, size, nationality, or any other physical difference cease to exist; and the universality of Islam becomes evident.
Being Muslims, we believe firmly in the life after death when we will be resurrected and directed to heaven or hell according to our deeds. We try our best to act to please Allah Almighty and avoid sins. But, humans are prone to committing sins and hajj is the best way to expiate them. Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said:
“Whoever performs Hajj to this House (Ka’aba) and does not approach his wife for sexual relations nor commits sins (while performing Hajj), he will come out as sinless as a newly born child.”
Other than the attainment of forgiveness, the pilgrim is rewarded greatly for the physical and financial sacrifices he makes for hajj as well as reward for his patience and good conduct during this period is also extraordinary.
“Whoever sets out to observe Hajj shall refrain from sexual intercourse, misconduct, and arguments throughout Hajj. Whatever good you do, God is fully aware thereof.” (Al-Baqarah, 197)
May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala grant us all the opportunity to perform hajj and please Him in the best possible manner.