Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Benefits of Hajj

In Hajj, there are many benefits for Muslims both in this world and the Hereafter.
As for religious benefits, when Muslims perform the Hajj rituals in the best way it is a way of showing obedience and love for Allaah. Hajj also purifies the pilgrims from their sins. As for worldly benefits, Hajj season is an annual gathering for Muslims from all over the world where they meet to consult each other and cooperate in all that is beneficial.
Properly Performed Hajj:
Hajj is one of the greatest acts of worship which a Muslim performs in order to get nearer to Allaah, because Allaah made Hajj a means for forgiving sins.
The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was asked:
"Which of the deeds is the best?"
He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: "Belief in Allaah and His Messenger"
He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was asked: "What is next?"
He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: "Fighting Jihaad for the Sake of Allaah"
He, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, was again asked: "What is next?"
He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam,  replied: "Properly performed Hajj" (Al-Bukhaari)
In this narration, Hajj is mentioned as the third act preferred by the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.
A properly performed Hajj is a sort of Jihaad in which a Muslim bears hardship and exerts great efforts. At the same time, he will be far away from his family, property, and children just for the hope of attaining the Reward and Pleasure of Allaah as well as His Paradise.
A properly performed Hajj is a sincere Hajj in which one does not intend to show off. It is also the one which is free from obscene words or deeds and false disputes. As well as this, a properly performed Hajj is the one in which the rituals of Hajj are performed in accordance with Allaah's and His Prophet's, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, orders.