Why is Hajj Important?

Why is Hajj Important

There are many reasons why the hajj is so important. Hajj’s importance lies in struggling against self (jihad), thanking Allah for his blessings, forgiving sins, and honoring the pilgrimage’s rituals.

Why is Hajj Important?

Hajj’s importance lies in struggling against self (jihad), thanking Allah for his blessings, forgiving sins, and honoring the pilgrimage’s rituals.

1. Thanking Allah 

Performing Hajj represents thanking Allah and appreciating his blessings which are well-being and money as the Muslim through these blessings does all Hajj rituals.

2. Loyal worship for Allah

When a Muslim wears Ihram clothing and leaves all luxuries that means they aspire to do this worship for Allah only seeking his forgiveness and satisfaction.

3. Struggling against the self (Jihad Al Nafs)

Performing Hajj is a kind of Jihad as the pilgrims avoid all the prohibitions and sins to obey Allah.

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) asked prophet Muhammed (PBUH):

“O Messenger of Allah, is jihad a duty upon women?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Yes, jihad is a duty upon them in which there is no fighting: the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.”

4. Honouring the rituals of Allah 

Performing Hajj represents honouring rituals such as Talbyiah, Waqfat Arafat, and Tawaf Al Ifadah.

5. Forgiving sins

Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said:” Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of Allah and does not utter any obscene speech or do any evil deed, will go back (free of sin) as his mother bore him.”

6. Gaining immense rewards 

Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said:” An accepted pilgrimage brings no less a reward than Paradise.”

Importance of Hajj in the Quran

The importance of Hajj was mentioned in the Quran several times:

1. Achieving monotheism

In the Quran, Allah mentioned building the holy Kabaa which represents the oneness of worshipping Allah.

{And ˹remember˺ when We assigned to Abraham the site of the House, ˹saying,˺ “Do not associate anything with Me ˹in worship˺ and purify My House for those who circle ˹the Ka’bah˺, stand ˹in prayer˺, and bow and prostrate themselves.}(AL-Hajj 22:26)

2. Purifying the soul

Performing Hajj is an opportunity to purify the soul from all forms of abominations:

{ Whoever commits to ˹performing˺ pilgrimage, let them stay away from intimate relations, foul language, and arguments during pilgrimage} (Al-Baqarah 2:197)

3. Honouring Hajj rituals 

Allah Says in the Quran:

{That is so. And whoever honors the symbols of Allah, it is certainly out of the piety of the heart.} (Al-Hajj 22:32)

4. Urging to remember Allah

Performing Hajj is one of the most beloved deeds to Allah which brings closeness to him.

{When you have fulfilled your sacred rites, praise Allah as you used to praise your forefathers ˹before Islam˺, or even more passionately. Some say, “Our Lord! Grant us ˹Your bounties˺ in this world,” but they will have no share in the Hereafter.} (Al-Baqarah 2:198)

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Conclusion 

Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam which is obligatory worship for Muslims to do on Dhul Hijja. It’s different from Umrah which is sunnah and Muslims can perform at any time except for the season of pilgrimage.

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