Characteristic of our species, Homo Sapiens, the importance of any subject holds great magnitude in our eyes, let us now then understand the importance and benefits of Hajj.
Before we enlighten ourselves with the benefits of performing Hajj, I would like to request you all to take a few minutes and introspect, introspect on your lives, however much old you are, think about what you have accomplished until now, whether you can guarantee even a single day in your entire life which you have spent without even a blob of sin and can affirm that you have spent the entire day with only productivity?
Such retrospection definitely give rise to one certain emotion in my heart, that of jealousy, envy towards a newborn, born with a clean slate, with a pure heart, without even a shed of sin scarring his life. Oh! What wouldn’t I do to be like that, to start a fresh, to start anew!
Praise Be To The Almighty, The Most Merciful, The Most Kind
Did you know that we demeritorious people stained by stains and stained repeatedly by sins have actually been granted by our Lord, The Most Loving an opportunity to actually wipe off our slates clean, to spring back, to start a fresh
Hajj is that, which gives us this opportunity
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) 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.
Truly, we have to admit that this by far is one of the greatest rewards that we could ever hope to receive
Another hadith that shows the importance of Hajj is:
But Oh wait, dear readers, we aren’t done yet
Let me now tell you that Hajj also enables us to get the greatest of all rewards.
As Muslims our ultimate goal is Paradise, so know this, Hajj is our way to paradise
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
Also 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.”
What more could we even hope for, truly this ought to make us say Alhamdulillah from the very depths of our hearts
But Oh dear friends, do focus on the ahadith, all of them give emphasis on an accepted performance of Hajj, or Hajj Mabrur, please comprehend that by spending copious amounts of money so as to perform Hajj is not sufficient to attain Paradise, paradise cannot be bought, it has to be earned. An accepted performance of Hajj is that which is perfectly performed and is not tarnished with ill deeds. It is also maintained that an accepted Hajj is that which is worthy of being accepted by Allah, hence we need to make absolutely sure that the Hajj that we perform is definitely performed in the best way we can.
We need to give it our all, we need to put in our best, hence the purpose of this article series
Actions can be manifested by knowledge and knowledge has to be attained, so please look out for our next article whence we shall divulge on the pillars of Hajj and the obligatory actions of Hajj
Note: Please click on the ahadith to get its reference
Also please read on the same vein http://aateam.org/blog/our-salt-bags/