Part one of lessons in ‘Aqeedah
دروس عقدية مستفادة من الحج
Excerpts from The Teachings of Hajj by Abdul Razzaq ibn Abdul Muhsin
Hajj is a magnificent institution of education for the soul where Muslims receive tremendous lessons and beneficial admonitions in many realms. It is similar to an educational seminar after which Muslims from all over the world return to their homelands having rectified many incorrect understandings they may have previously held.
1- Virtues of Hajj
It wipes away what was before it.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to ‘Amr ibn Al ‘Aas when he accepted Islam,
أما علمت أن الإسلام يهدم ما كان قبله و أن الهجرة تهدم ما كان قبلها و أن الحج يهدم ما كان قبله؟
Don’t you know that Islam wipes away what was before it; and that Hijrah wipes away what was before it; and that Hajj wipes away what was before it? (Sahih Muslim)
It is a means of attaining Jannah.
Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anh narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
العمرة إلى العمرة كفارة لما بينهما و الحج المبرور ليس له جزاء إلا الجنة
The performance of ‘Umrah is an expiation for what occurred between it and the previous ‘Umrah, and there is no reward for the accepted Hajj other than Jannah.
Once a Muslim is granted the ability to carry out this act of obedience and he reaches the destination to fulfill this act; he is granted the honor of seeing the Ka’bah, the ancient House of Allah and the Qiblah for the Muslims from all over the world; he must learn how to be grateful for this tremendous blessing. He should ardently strive to perfect the rites of Hajj without negligence, remain on the moderate path of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and seek to please Allah; intending thereby nothing but His forgiveness and reward.
This will allow him to return to his homeland with his sins forgiven, his effort rewarded, his deeds righteous and accepted; while he may continue to live a life filled with Iman and Taqwa; profuse with diligent striving in obedience to Allah. These opportunities begin with the initial rite of Hajj at the Meeqat and finish with the final rite of Tawaaf.
وَأَذِّن فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالًا وَعَلَىٰ كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ
“And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj)” (Hajj:27)
It is therefore important to shed light upon these benefits and explain them to the people in order for them to make the most of their Hajj.
2- Benefits of Hajj
Scholars of Tafsir have agreed that the meaning of this verse is that it is not sinful or objectionable for someone performing Hajj to seek profit from trade during the days of Hajj, provided that doing so does not interfere with him fulfilling any of the rites.
However, the religious benefits acquired from Hajj are incomparable to these worldly gains. What good could be better and what profit greater than a person performing Hajj and coming away from it sinless just as the day his mother bore him?
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
من حج هذا البيت و لم يرفث و لم يفسق خرج من ذنوبه كيوم ولدته أمه
Whoever performs Hajj at this House, desisting from speaking indecently, refraining from marital relations, and not acting wrongly, shall return absolved from his sins just as the day his mother gave birth to him.
Obviously this forgiveness is for the one who fulfills the commands of Allah and avoids His prohibitions.
Allah boasts to the angels about His servants who have come to perform Hajj on the day of Arafah,
انظروا إلى عبادي أتوني شعثًا غبرًا ضاحين من كل فج عميق
أشهدكم أني قد غفرت لهم
Look at my servants! They have come to Me- unkempt, dusty and exposed to the heat of the sun- from every deep valley and distant mountain pass. Bear witness that I have forgiven them.
This is the greatest gain and profit possible!
اللهم بلغنا حج بيتك الحرام
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