Earn the blessings of one Hajj and one Umrah each day

Posted on September 28, 2007

1


The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever prays the dawn prayer (fajr) in a group and then sits and does dhikr until the sun rises, then prays two rak’as, shall have the like of the reward of a hajj and an ‘umra.” Anas said, “The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: ‘Completely, completely, completely’ “[Tirmidhi]

This is an authentic hadith, but it does not mean that one should not perform Hajj if one has been blessed by Allah with the means to do so. The following opinion from islamonline.net clarifies this issue:

Elaborating on this, Dr. Ahmad Taha Rayan, a Professor of Comparative Fiqh at Al-Azhar University, states:

Islam encourages Muslims who can afford Hajj and `Umrah to perform them. Hajj is an obligation upon able Muslims who can afford its expenses. It brings pilgrims great rewards, eradicates their sins, multiplies their good deeds, and makes them as if born anew.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, “What is the best deed?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “To believe in Almighty Allah and His Messenger.” The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: “To participate in jihad in Almighty Allah’s Cause.” The questioner again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “To perform Hajj mabroor (one that is accepted by Allah, performed with the intention of seeking Allah’s pleasure only and not to show off, without committing a sin and in accordance with the traditions of the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him])” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) also reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever performs Hajj and does not approach his wife for sexual relations nor commits sins (while performing Hajj), he will come out as sinless as a newborn child” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

It was also reported by Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The (performance of) `Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj mabroor is nothing except Paradise” (Reported by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and At-Tirmidhi).

Hajj is one of the basic pillars of Islam. It combines the attainment of many noble aims and brings one great rewards in both this world and the Hereafter.

Hajj is the obligation that brings Muslims all over the world together, regardless of their differences in color, homeland, or language. It is the conference under which the Muslims get acquainted and consult on what the Muslim Ummah should do, so that it can be truly the best nation [as Almighty Allah has destined it to be]. Hajj is to be the strongest tie that brings Muslims together. If Muslims are to realize the core theme of Hajj and make use of it in seeking unity and solidarity, the seeds of awe will be thrown into the hearts of their enemy.

Each Muslim, male and female, who is able to perform Hajj and can afford it must perform it. Allah Almighty says: “And pilgrimage to the House is a duty unto Allah for mankind, for him who can find a way thither” (Aal `Imran: 97).

This verse indicates that Hajj is a duty upon the legally responsible Muslim who can afford the journey of Hajj and has enough money to leave for his dependants until he gets back from Hajj. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, “Messenger of Allah, what does ‘a way thither’ refer to?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “It refers to (affording) the provision of the pilgrim and the vehicle that can get him there.”

 For other ways to increase the rewards when performing ibaada (worship),  please click here to read the article “Easy Actions for which Rewards Are Multiplied.”

Advertisements
Posted in: Islam