Significance of Hajj: Allah has promised Paradise for the pilgrims
Continued from Part 1
In the History of Hajj article, we learned our history surrounding the events of Adam (AS), Eve (AS), Hajera (AS), Ibrahim (AS), and Muhammad (SAW) seem to be still alive. On the journey of Hajj, let us see their struggles to please Allah. In this part of the article, we intend to discuss some reflections of their lives and how they seem to float in front of us as the significance of Hajj.
We follow in their footsteps in every step in the hope that our worship will be more acceptable and lively. In Hajj we practice our Day of Judgment. We sincerely pray to Allah to save us from misguidance and misfortune. Our past and our future come together in Hajj.
The significance of the Hajj journey
When we leave our homes and go on the path of Hajj, we leave injustice and go on the path of righteousness. The significance of Hajj is based on this credence. May we be closer to Allah in every step. When we take off our ordinary clothes and wear Ihram, we remove arrogance and put on a lot of humility.
Hajj is (during) well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein (by entering the state of Ihram), there is (to be for him) no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” (2: 197)
When we circumambulate the Kaaba, it reminds us of the purpose of our creation in the world.
“Purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who are staying [there] for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer]” (2: 125)
Recognition of Allah’s grace
When we run between Safa and Marwah, we admit that we, like Hajera, are desperate for what Allah has bestowed upon us.
“There is no blame upon you for seeking bounty from your Lord [during Hajj].” (2: 198)
When we stand on Arafah surrounded by a sea of humanity, it reminds us of the Day of Judgment and we continue to ask Allah for forgiveness. This is the same place where our original father and mother Adam (AS) and Eve (AS) met on earth.
Understanding the infinity of the Lord
When we are in Mina and Muzdalifah, it reminds us of our limitations and the limitlessness of our Lord and helps us to be thankful for the commands that Allah has given us.
“And remember Allah during (specific) numbered days. Then whoever hastens (his departure) in two days – there is no sin upon him, and whoever delays [until the third] – there is no sin upon him – for him who fears Allah. And fear Allah and know that unto Him you will be gathered.” (2: 203)
When we stone on the Jamarat, as Ibrahim (AS) did, we acknowledge Satan’s ability to lead us astray and deepen our desire and sincerity to seek true guidance.
Significance of Hajj in the spiritual realization
Although all the acts of worship in Hajj seem outwardly physical, there are some spiritual aspects in each act of worship.
“Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you…” (22:37)
This verse highlights the essence of Hajj. It is to perform some physical acts of worship in order to please our Lord. Through Hajj, it is clear that we are willing to accept any hardship in order to attain Allah. Despite the physical hardships of the Hajj pilgrimage, a different spiritual feeling awakens in every pilgrim, the taste of which cannot be acquired through any other form of worship.
As a result of this spiritual journey, in honor of this sincere intention, Allah has promised Paradise for the pilgrims. The Prophet (SAW) said, “The reward for accepting Hajj is nothing but the Paradise.” (Bukhari)
May Allah grant us all to perform Hajj. Ameen