Virtues of Hajj
A person who intends to perform hajj or ‛umrah must learn about the Islamic rulings relating to them.
Performing hajj has numerous virtues including the following:
- It is one of the best deeds in the sight of Allah. The Prophet ﷺ was once asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “Belief in Allah and His Messenger.” He was then asked, “What next?” “Fighting in the way of Allah,” he replied. He was further asked, “What next?’ He replied, “Hajj that is preformed correctly and is accepted by Allah.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 1447; Saheeh Muslim: 83)
- It is a season of great forgiveness. The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever performs the pilgrimage for Allah’s sake, avoids intimate relations [with his wife], does not fight with anyone nor abuse anyone, he will return home free from sins like the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 1449; Saheeh Muslim: 1350)
- It provides a great opportunity to be saved from the hellfire. The Prophet ﷺ said, “There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire as He does on the Day of ‛Arafah.” (Saheeh Muslim: 1348)
- The reward for it is Paradise, as evidenced by the saying of the Prophet ﷺ: “There is no reward for a hajj that is preformed correctly and is accepted by Allah except Paradise.” (Saheeh Muslim: 1349)
However, these and other merits will be enjoyed only by those who perform it solely for the sake of Allah and follow in the footsteps of the Prophet ﷺ.