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Hajj - The Fifth Pillar of Islam

It is obligatory for every sane, matured Muslim who has the financial means to perform Hajj once in a lifetime unless there is some physical disability. Women need to be accompanied by a Mehram.

Hajj is a Commandment of Allah Ta’ala
Allah Ta’al has said,
"And pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon men for the sake of Allah,upon everyone who is able to undertake the journey to it"– (3:96 Quran)

"And complete Hajj and 'Umrah in the service of Allah" (Qur’an 2:196)

"For Hajj are the months well-known. If any one undertakes that duty therein, let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj and whatever good you do, (be sure) Allah knows it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best of provisions is right conduct. So fear Me, O you that are wise!" (Qur’an 2:198)

The Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

"Islam was built on five pillars: The Shahaadah - declaration - that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, performing prayer, giving Zakaat, performing Hajj, and fasting Ramadan." (Hadith- Bukhari,Muslim)

"O people! Perform Hajj for Allah has made it obligatory on you". Hearing this, a man said, "is it every year O Messenger of Allah?" The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) kept silent until the man repeated the question thrice and then said, "if I say yes it will become compulsory and you won't be able to do it". (Muslim and Ahmad)

Virtues of Hajj

"Whoever performs the Hajj and commits no lustful act during it nor disobeys Allah (in any other way) shall return from it as pure and sinless as he was at the time of his birth."( Bukhari & Muslim)

"From one Umra to another (i.e. the two Umras) become an atonement for the sins committed during the period intervening between them and the reward on Hajj-e-Mabroor (i.e. pure and untainted Haj) is paradise itself and nothing less." (Bukhari & Muslim)

"Those who make the pilgrimage for the Hajj or Umra are the guests of Allah. The petitions they make will be granted and if they seek deliverance from sins, their sins will be forgiven." (Ibn-Maja)

A warning to those who have the means and do not perform Haj:

"Any one who Allah has given enough to perform the Haj, and he also has a conveyance which can take him to the House of Allah. If he still fails to do so then it does not matter whether he dies a Jew or Christian, and it is so because Allah has said: Pilgrimage to the House (of Allah) is a duty men owe to Allah – those who can afford the journey." (Hadith-Tirmizi)

Hajj is….

  • One of the best actions of worship
  • The reward of an accepted Hajj is Jannah
  • Total Purification from Sins (as a newborn)< /o:p>
  • It is the Jihaad of women, children, old people, and weak individuals
  • The pilgrims are the Guests of Allah

DEATH may occur at any time, so if HAJJ is compulsory ……PERFORM IT!...DONT DELAY!

May Allah grant us the means, courage and strength to fulfil this Great Command of Hajj…Ameen

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