|Hajj is one of the 5 basic articles of Islam, which Fardh (obligatory) on those who have the means of reaching there. Hadhrat Imam Ghazali (May Allah shower His mercy on him) says: In this worship, such things have been ordered, which are beyond the comprehension of the intellect. For e.g., throwing stones, running between Safa and Marw, etc. Those things, which the mind can understand, they seem familiar to one’s nature and one feels comfortable in performing them. However, the perfection of our slavery to our Lord is that we heartily bow our heads to with all sincerity to His orders without thinking about the hows and whys of it and the perfection of the slave is in the obedience of the master and not in worrying about the wisdom of the command.
Whoever steps on this path should remove the very thought of bodily comfort from his (or her) heart. He (or she) should take the thorns on the path to be flowerbeds, the dunes of sand to be silken bedspreads and the sweltering sun to be the cool early morning breeze. His eyes should be full of tears in the separation from the beloved. His heart should be restless for the city of the Beloved. He should passionately stride forward and his gaze should not be raised for anybody apart from the Beloved. Even the though of disobeying Him should not cross the heart. Let alone, fighting with somebody, he should love even the dog of the Beloved, because the Beloved is aware of every stray thought that crosses the heart and His gaze is on every movement of his hands and legs.
The journey of Hajj should be spent happily and one should embrace piety in this journey. One should perform Dhikr of Allah Ta’ala profusely and refrain from misbehavior and anger. One should bear the misbehavior and the anger of others and embrace leniency and magnanimity.
Translation of Hadith: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Allah Ta’ala forgives all the sins of that person who dies either going to or coming from Makkah. He will not have to account for his (or her) deeds and neither will his (or her) deeds be weighed. He (or she) will keep getting the reward of Hajj until the Qiyamah. This person will enter Jannah without any questioning and without any kind of punishment.
Translation of Hadith: If a person stays in the plain of Arafaaton the day of Arafah, even for a short period of time, and thinks that Allah Ta’ala has not forgiven that person, then this is that person’s greatest sin.
Translation of Hadith: The Sahabah (the companions) asked the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), what are the good deeds of the journey of Hajj? The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Feeding others and talking gently.
Translation of Hadith: Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of Allah Ta’ala and did not talk to women about desires of the flesh and did not quarrel and/or abuse the fellow passengers, then while returning, that person will be so pure as if his mother has given birth to him on that very day.
Translation of Hadith: Offering 1 Raka’at in the Haram is like offering 100,000 Raka’at anywhere outside it and offering 1 Raka’at in my Masjid (Masjid Nabawi) is like offering 50,000 Raka’at anywhere outside it and offering 1 Raka’at in Bait Ul Muqaddis is like offering 25,000 Raka’at anywhere outside it. Every good deed will be rewarded in this proportion only.
Ask the pilgrim to Pray for You
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Allah’s Apostle (May the blessings of Allah be with him) say: When you meet one who has made pilgrimage, greet him, shake hands with him and tell him to ask forgiveness for you before he enters his house, for he has been forgiven. (Ahmad)
Stoning the Jamarah
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported from Fadl-bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) who was riding behind the Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) that the Prophet had said during the night at Arafat and the morning at Muzdalifa to the people when they were returning: “March on with peace.” And he was (at that time) holding back his camel, until he entered Muhasser which is a part of Mina. He said: You should take small pebbles of Khazf for being thrown at the Jamarah. And he said; Allah’s Apostle (May the blessings of Allah be with him) did not stop saying ‘Labbaik’ till he threw pebbles at the Jamarah. (Muslim)
Narrated Muhammed bin Abu Bakr Al-Thaqafi: I asked Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) while we were proceeding from Mina to Arafat, “What did you use to do when you were with Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him)?” Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Some of us used to recite Talbiya and nobody objected to that, and others used to recite Takbir and nobody objected to that.” (Bukhari)