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What is the importance of Hajj

In Islam worships are of two kinds: first physical, like Prayers and Fasting, and the second financial, like Zakat.
But Hajj is a unique combination of both.
It is obligatory once in a lifetime, on those who can afford to perform it.
Allah the Exalted declares in the Holy Quran:
“Wa Lillaahi `Alan Naasi Ĥijjul Baiti Manis Tţaa`a ilaihi Sabeelaa. Wa Man Kafara Finnallaaha Ghaniyun `Anil `Aalameen”
(Allah has, therefore, a right on the people that the one, who can afford to reach the House, should perform Hajj there; and the one who disobeys (this command) should know that Allah is All-Sufficient and does not stand in need of any creature of the worlds. Soorah 3: Aayat 97)
Allah the Exalted also orders in the Holy Quran:
“Wa Atimmul Ĥajja Wal `Umratah Lillaah”
(And complete Hajj and `Umrah for Allah. Soorah 2: Aayat 196)



Few Aĥaadith mentioning the importance of Hajj are reproduced below:
1. Hazrat Abu Hurairah RadiAllahu Anhu narrates that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “the one who performs Hajj, and does not indulge in any indecency/obscenity and abstain from sins, then such a person returns home from the Hajj free from all the sins like the day his mother gave him birth.”
(Bukhari, Muslim)
2. Hazrat Aayishah Radiallaahu Anhaa narrated that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “your (the women’s) Jihaad is Hajj.”
(Bukhari, Muslim)
3. Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallaahu Anhu narrates that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “to perform Umrah after Umrah serves as the expiation for sins committed between these two Umrah, and reward for Hajj-e-Mabroor is nothing but Paradise.”
(Bukhari, Muslim)
4. Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbaas Radiallaahu Anhumaa narrated that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “ An Umrah performed during the month of Ramadhaan is like performing Hajj with me.”
(Bukhari, Muslim)



5. Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbaas Radiallaahu Anhumaa narrated that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “the one on whom a Hajj has become Fardh should hasten to perform it, for verily one never knows what will befall one.”
(Aŝbahaani)
6. Hazrat Aboo Amamah Radiallaahu Anhu narrated that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said “the one who is not stopped by a tyrant, or a need, or disease from performing Hajj, then he may die as a Jew or a Christian.”
(Daarmi)
7. Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbaas Radiallaahu Anhumaa narrated that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said that one who sets out on foot for Hajj from Makkah, Allah will record seven hundred rewards of Ĥaram for each step he takes till he returns to Makkah.
The companions inquired, what is the reward of Ĥaram?
To which the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam replied that for each good deed in Ĥaram, the reward is one hundred thousand times.
(Ĥaakam)
In simple words, a person who walks from Makkah to Mina, then to Arafat, Muzdalifah, Mina and back to Makkah gets seventy million rewards for each step he takes.
Surely Allah is Most Generous and Most Merciful.
Book: BAHAAR-E-HAJJ
Nawasa E Sadrushshariah
Khalifa Huzoor Tajushshariah
Mufti Mehmood Akhtar Qadri Razvi Amjadi (Qazi-E-Sheher Mumbai)

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