Hajj, one of the five critical pillars of Islam, isn’t just a religious duty; it’s a profound journey that unites Muslims from around the world. It holds a central place in our faith, reminding us of our connection to Allah and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. This article explores the importance of Hajj as described in the Quran and the Ahadith, the sayings and actions of the Prophet.
Discovering the Meaning of Hajj in the Quran
Surah Al-Baqarah: Safa and Marwah
In Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah’s wisdom shines through. ,” In fact, As-Safa and Al-Marwah are two signs of Allah from many signs. So, one who perform Hajj and offer Ummrah of House, no blame upon those walking between them. And, one who volunteers good-then indeed- Allah is appreciative and aware. (2.158)
The Lunar Calendar and Hajj
In another place in Surah Al-baqrah,” They (people) inquire about the new moon from you, Say, they are (the tool) for measuring the time for the people and Hajj. And, it is not right(reasonable) to get into the house from backside but the one who is right, feel fears from Allah, and, get into the house from its door. And feel fear from Allah so you may be successful. “(2.189)
The First House of Worship
In Surah Al- Imran Allah says, “the first-ever house made for human was that at Makkah, blessed and guidance for the entire world.” (3.96)
The Heartfelt Significance of Hajj in the Ahadith
There are several Ahadiths depicting the Importance of Hajj, some are as follows.
Muslims in his book.” Islam is what you say that there is no God but Allah, and Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW is Allah’s messenger, offering prayer, fasting during Ramadan, and perform Hajj of the house of Allah if you have the ability(physically and economically) to get into it.”
The Most Superior Act
In the book of Bukhari, Imam Bukhari narrated,” the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW once was inquired that which the most superior act is. Muhammad SAW said, “Keep belief on Allah and his messenger.” People again asked. Muhammad SAW replied, “Jihad in the way of Allah.”
Then, again People asked, Muhammad SAW replied that offering Hajj by fulfilling all requirements.
Consequences of Abandoning Hajj: A Prophetic Warning
In a Hadith about abandoning Hajj, Prophet Muhammad SAW said,” the Day of Judgment will not establish until no one offers the Hajj.”
Continuity Beyond All Odds
In another Hadith, Prophet Muhammad SAW said, reported by Abu-Said-Al-Kudri” Even after the emergence of Gog and Magog, the Hajj and Umrah will be offered. “
Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Hajj
Facing Unprecedented Challenges
In recent times, the world has faced a global pandemic, leading to unique challenges. Saudi authorities took the difficult step of prohibiting Muslims from participating in Hajj in 2020 to safeguard public health.
Is Abandoning Hajj a Sign of the End Times?
The uncertainty surrounding Hajj has led some to speculate about its connection to the end times. Let’s explore this idea in light of Islamic teachings.
Different Ahadith shows that Hajj will not stop until the end of time. When no one will go to Kabbah to perform Hajj, then the Day of Judgment will establish.
Guidance for Muslims: A Path Forward
Seeking Forgiveness and Reflection
As Muslims, it’s crucial to seek Allah’s forgiveness and reflect on our actions during these challenging times. We must remember that Allah’s wisdom is beyond our understanding.
Addressing Global Issues
We should not forget our responsibility to address global issues, such as the plight of oppressed Muslim communities worldwide. Compassion and action go hand in hand.
Following the Teachings of Islam
In conclusion, let’s remember the teachings of our faith and the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Even in uncertain times, our devotion to Allah and our commitment to our fellow humans can guide us.
Conclusion: The Everlasting Significance of Hajj
Hajj is not just a ritual; it’s a spiritual journey that transcends time and place. In the face of uncertainty, let us hold onto the enduring significance of this pilgrimage and continue to draw closer to Allah.