Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad. His last Messenger, his household, his companions and all those who follow him till the Last Day.
One of the things on which there is consensus among all the Muslims, ancient and modern, past and present, is that Hajj or pilgrimage to the Sacred House of Allah is one of the five pillars of Islam, as proven in 1:31-Saheehayn from the hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar (RAH) and others. Here we are in the season of Hajj and several people will be embarking on this journey of a lifetime.
It is well known that Hajj, like other acts of worship, involves special actions, and each of these actions must be done in the prescribed manner, such as entering ihraam from the meeqat, tawaaf, sadi between al‑Safa and al-Marwah, standing in 'Arafah, staying overnight in Muzdalifah, stoning the jamaraat, slaughtering the sacrifice, and others. All of these actions should be done in accordance with the teachings of the prophet (sallaallahu alayhi wa sallaarn). There are very many ahaadeeth which describe the Hail of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam). The Muslim should pay attention to learning these rulings and acting upon them.
After learning the rulings, the hujjaj [Muslims on hajj should remember that the basic purpose of the actions of Hajj is to establish the remembrance of Allah. Allah says:
"Then when you leave 'Arafaat, remember Allah (by glorifying His Praises) at the Mash'ar-il-Haraam. And remember Him (by invoking Moan for all good) as He has guided you, and verity, you were, before, of those who were astray. Then depart from the place whence all the people depart and ask Micah for His forgiveness. Truly, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most- Merciful.
So when you have accomplished your Manaasik [rituals of Hajj], remember Allah as you remember your forefathers or with a far *pre remembrance....And remember Allah during the appointed days. But whosoever hastens to leave in two days there is no sin on him and whosoever stays on, there is no sin on him, if his aim is to do good and obey Allah) (fear Him), and know that you will surely be gathered unto Him" (Q2[al-Baqara]:198- 203)
Approach The Symbols With Piety
'Aa'ishah (RA) said:
"Tawaaf around the House and saa’i between al-Safa and al-Marwah and the stoning of the jarnaraat were only prescribed so that the remembrance of Allah may be established." (Bayhaqi /marfoo), so the Muslim venerates the rituals of Hajj because Allah has commanded him to venerate them. Allah says:
'Thus it is and whosoever honours the Symbols of Allah, then it is truly, from the piety of the heart? (Q22 [alHajj]:31)
Today, some question the rationale for these rituals and why Muslims continue to observe them at great personal risks each year. We say, as al-Imaam lbn aljawzi (RAH) said;
'The basis for acts of worship is something rational and comprehensible, which is the submission of the slave to his Lord and obedience to Him. The background to these rituals is no longer present but the rulings remain in effect."
May Allah make it easy for the hujjaj to accomplish this great act of worship with humility and piety; and may He accept the hajj from them. Ameen
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited