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The Wisdom and Virtues of Hajj

The Wisdom of Hajj

Some of the wisdoms why Hajj was enjoined Fard upon Muslims are; the dignity of Islam, unity of Muslims and brotherhood. All Muslims coming from different parts of the world benefit from each other. Hajj is one the most beneficial and holiest journey in one`s lifetime. When the pilgrim puts on the two garments of his Ihraam, he cannot help but be reminded of the shroud in which he will be wrapped [after he dies]. This prompts him to give up disobedience and sin. Just as he has given up his regular clothing [for Hajj], so he has to give up sin. Just as he has put on two clean, white garments, he has to make his heart clean and white [pure], and keep his faculties clean and pure, uncontaminated by the stain of sin and disobedience.

When a person travels to carry out the rituals of Hajj, he is reminded of his journey to Allaah and the Hereafter. When he travels, he leaves behind his dear friends, wife, children and homeland, and the journey to the Hereafter is like that.

Travelling is a kind of torment, and the same is true of the journey to the Hereafter, only much more so. Ahead of man there is his dying, death, the grave, the gathering, the accounting, the scales and al-Siraat, followed by either Paradise or Hell. The blessed one will be the one whom Allaah saves.

There is a great community come together at Hajj. All Muslims learn one anothers` life, and help each other about taqwa and goodness. Everyone benefits the wisdom of Hajj while becoming stronger spiritually with the effort and crowds.


The Virtue of Hajj

Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds. In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham. And whoever enters it shall be safe. And [due] to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way. But whoever disbelieves – then indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds. (Ali`Imran 96-97)