Hajj in known to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in a person's life, which leaves a trail of reflections to be pondered upon. Although the reflections of Hajj are more of a personal feeling one feels within himself, we at Simply Hajj and Umrah feel that it is our duty to share some of those reflections and also things to keep in mind while on the journey. In this final section, you will have the opportunity to read about certain facts about the journey of Hajj along with some very important ahadith which encourages positive reflection about the journey. Please note that Allah (SWT) opens the heart of those who seek true guidance and repentance on this blessed journey. So we should all seek to come out of Hajj with a tremendous benefit and deep reflections in order to make a positive change in our lives, insha'Allah.
Facts About the Hajj Journey
- Hajj is an act of Worship - not tourism or promenade - which requires a physical and spiritual preparation.
- It is a station of renewing faith with hopes of our sins being wiped out by forgiveness and the love and trust of Allah (SWT) increases. The pilgrim gets purified and comes out of his sins like a newborn baby.
- It is a school of training for Taqwah - consciousness of one's duties towards Allah -, good character and discipline like in the pillars of Islam.
- It is a manifestation of brotherhood, equality and Unity. The Muslims are like different branches but from one tree. In Hajj, we learn how to develop the Spirit of Unity.
- It is an annual Muslim convention attended by Muslims from different horizons, colours, races, and tongues. They exchange ideas and news and celebrate their unity in faith and diversity in culture. They meet in their center-point Makkah (Qiblah). Muslims always have to have a center-point and should be constantly focused on their noble goals.
The following Ahadith from Sahih Al-Bukhari, shed some light on a few of the aspects associated with the month of Thul Hijjah and Hajj:
The Prophet (S), said: "Whoever performs Hajj, only for the sake of Allah (SWT) and does not have sexual relations with his wife (during Hajj), and does not do evil or commit sins, then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew." (The reward for Hajj is a new start with a clean slate.)
Abdullah bin Umar narrated that the Talbiya of Allah's Messenger (S) was: Labbaik Allahuma labbaik, labbaik la sharika laka labbaik, in-nal-hamda wan-ni'mata laka, wal-mulka la sharika laka. (This means, I respond to Your Call, O ALLAH, I respond to Your Call and I am obedient to Your Orders, You have no partner, I respond to Your Call, All the praises, thanks and blessings are for You, All the sovereignty is for You, And You have no partners with you.)
Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri narrated that the Prophet (S) said: "The people will continue performing the Hajj and 'Umra to the Kaba even after the coming out of Ya-juj and Ma-juj (Gog and Magog)." (This is a message that Hajj will be performed until the end of life on Earth. What a call our beloved Prophet and Ibrahim (S) made; the call which is heard around the globe and until the end of life on Earth!)
Umm Al-Fadl narrated that the people doubted whether the Prophet (S) was observing the Saum (fast) on the day of 'Arafat, so I sent something for him to drink and he drank it. (This shows one should not fast on the day of 'Arafa if they are performing Hajj. However, if one is not performing Hajj, they are encouraged to fast, as indicated in another Hadith.)
Ibn 'Abbas narrated that the Prophet (S) said: "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Thu Hijjah)." Then some companions of the Prophet (S) asked, 'Not even Jihad?' He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah's sake, i.e. with his life and property) and does not return with any of those things (i.e., is martyred)." (This shows the blessings placed in these days of Hajj. Let us make every effort to take advantage of the blessings. Ameen).
These are just some of the ahadith in reference to the immense blessings and reflections of Hajj. Simply Hajj and Umrah wishes you a great Hajj, and prays that your Hajj is accepted from you and made easy on you. Ameen.