Hajj: “…embracing Islam wipes away all sins committed before it… and the Hajj pilgrimage wipes away what came before it…”

The blessed Hajj pilgrimage creates a way for previous sins to be removed. Amr ibn al-‘As reported:

“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Do you not know that embracing Islam wipes away all sins committed before it, that emigration wipes away what came before it, and the Hajj pilgrimage wipes away what came before it?’” (Sahih Muslim)

We learn from a hadith that during the Hajj pilgrimage, the Prophet (SAW) noticed that two men had not prayed the congregational prayer of Fajr with him. They said that they had already prayed at their Hajj camp, so the Prophet (SAW) taught them that when they come to the mosque they should still pray with the congregation, as it will be recorded for them as a voluntary deed. Yazid ibn Al-Aswad reported:

“I witness the Hajj pilgrimage with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and I prayed the dawn prayer with him in the mosque of Al-Khaif. When the Prophet finished his prayer and turned around, he saw two men in the back of the people who had not prayed with him. The Prophet said, ‘I must see them both.’ I brought them while they were trembling with fear. The Prophet said, ‘What stopped you both from praying with us?’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we had already prayed at our camp.’ The Prophet said, ‘Do not do so. If you pray in your camp and then come to a congregation in the mosque, pray with them for it will be awarded to you as a voluntary deed.’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (SAW) compared the Tawaf (circling the Ka’bah) to Salah. We read in a hadith:

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Circling around the House is similar to prayer, except that you speak during it. Whoever speaks during it, let him speak nothing but goodness.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

When responding to the call of the Hajj pilgrimage, the Prophet (SAW) would praise Allah with sincere and humble submissiveness. Abdullah ibn Umar reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would answer the call of the pilgrimage, saying, ‘At your service, O Allah, at your service. At your service, you have no partner, at your service. Verily, all praise and blessings are for you, the dominion belongs to you, and you have no partner.’” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

In another hadith, we learn that the Prophet (SAW) would urge people to be calm during the Hajj pilgrimage, teaching that there is no righteousness in urgency. Ibn Abbas reported:

“He was riding with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, on the day of Arafat. The Prophet heard people behind him making a loud disturbance, striking and shouting at their camels. The Prophet pointed to them with his whip and he said, ‘O people, you must be calm, for there is no righteousness in urgency.’” (Sahih Bukhari)

May Allah accept the Hajj of all the pilgrims and may He grant them strength and ease. Aameen.