Hajj: The Pillar of Islam.
The Hajj (Mecca Pilgrimage) is Islam’s fifth and final pillar. So, it is a very particular type of worship that allows Muslims to fly to Saudi Arabian. The holy city of Makkah at a certain time of year to perform such rituals.
The word “Hajj” is derived from the Arabic word “حَجّ“. Which means “going to a place for the sake of visiting. Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage to the Kaaba, or “House of Allah,” in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Haj is compulsory for all adult male and female who is physically and financially stable.
The Hajj procedure is done across 5 or 6 days. Based on the lunar Islamic calendar. So, every year, the pilgrimage season starts on the 8th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the Islamic calendar’s final month, and ends on the 13th day.
So, Hujjaj (Pilgrims) make Ihram and perform a number of rituals during Hajj, including walking counter-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba (a cube-shaped structure that serves as the direction of prayer for Muslims), trotting back and forth seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah, and drinking from the Zamzam. Right, so they go to Mount Arafat’s plains to keep watch, spend the night in Muzdalifa’s plain, and conducts ritual stoning of the devil with stones.
Importance of Hajj and Benefits.
The significance of implementing Hajj as one of Islam’s five foundations cannot be overstated. It reminds Muslims of their real purpose in life, which is to worship Allah (SWT). It also serves as a reminder to Muslims of Ibraheem (Peace be upon him) and his praise and obedience to Allah (SWT), which Muslims emulate. Muslims gather at mecca from all over the world to perform Hajj.
- The Hajj travel could be lengthy and difficult. The procedures themselves can be challenging, particularly in Makkah’s hot summers and in the middle of thousands of other pilgrims. As a result, Muslims practice courage and how to remain strong in the face of temptation or tiredness.
- The Mecca Pilgrimage, It’s a wonderful way to visit areas where historical and spiritually important events occurred. In addition to being a great spiritual and religious experience.
- After performing hajj the sin of that person is entirely wiped out. The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any Rafath (obscenity) or Fusooq (transgression), he returns (free from sin) as the day his mother bore him”. – [Sahih-al-Bukhari]
- Almighty Allah, on the other hand, has vowed that those who perform Hajj with. The strongest of hearts will be rewarded with heaven. In this regards, the prophet Muhammad said: “From one ‘Umrah to another is the expiation for what is between them and Haj Mabrûr has no reward except Paradise.” – [Bukhari and Muslim]