But we just don’t think about it.
we have all that money saved up but we are either saving it for that trip to
Disney Land or that vacation to Hawaii. Perhaps it is for a bigger house or a
fancier car. Or we are just so busy in our jobs and day to day lives that even
the thought of going to Hajj doesn’t cross our minds.
tells us in the Quraan that Hajj is fardh on every Muslim once in lifetime,
provided they are able to perform it.
"And Hajj to the House (Kabah) is a duty
that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses; and whoever
disbelieves [i.e., denies Hajj, then he is a disbeliever of Allah], then Allah
stands not in need of any of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that
And the Prophet (Sal
Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said during a Khutbah: "O people! Hajj has been made incumbent
upon you, so perform Hajj." (Muslim)
From this we can
conclude that hajj is obligatory on whoever has the (physical, financial, and
circumstantial) ability to reach the sacred precincts of the Kaabah in
But somehow, we don’t realize that delaying Hajj for no specific
reason is so wrong.
The Ulama tell us that those who have the ability to
go for Hajj but delay it for no specific reason are concurring a major sin. That’s
fact, Umar bin Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I was about to
send envoys to the towns to check on all those who have the means to make Hajj
but do not perform it, in order to demand them to pay Jizyah; they are not Muslims,
they are not Muslims”.
Allaah! What strong words and we didn’t even think it was such a big
Qudaamah said: "If a person is obliged to do Hajj and is able to do it, he must
do it straight away and it is not permissible for him to delay it."
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen was
asked about Hajj and whether one can delay it. He replied: "The correct view is
that it must be done straight away and it is not permissible for a person who is
able to go on Hajj to the Sacred House of Allaah to delay it. The same applies
to all the duties enjoined by shareeah: if there is no set time or reason, they
must be done immediately." (Fataawa Ibn Uthaymeen)
But come to think of it,
why would one want to delay it anyway?
Wouldn’t you want to have your
sins...and I mean, ALL your sins forgiven?
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Whoever performs Hajj
to this house - Kaabah- and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he, or
she, will come out as the day he, or she, was born - pure and free from
imagine! Pure and free from sin...as the day you were born!
want to be free from Hell Fire?
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "There is no day on
which Allah sets free more slaves from Hell than He does on the Day of
it is a rigorous journey. But isn’t Jannah worth it?
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "The reward of Hajj
Mabroor (i.e., one accepted) is nothing but Jannah."
And don’t think spending for Hajj will decrease your wealth or make you
poor in any way. For not only does Hajj wipe away sins, but it also gets rid of
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Keep on doing Hajj
and Umrah, for they eliminate poverty and sin just as the bellows eliminate
impurities from iron and gold and silver.”
al-Nasaai, saheeh by al-Albaani)
And you don’t have to
worry about anything when you go there, because you are Allah’s guest and He
will take care of you.
What more could one want?!!
“The one who fights for the sake of
Allaah and the pilgrim who goes for Hajj or Umrah are all guests of Allaah. He
called them and they responded; they ask of Him and He will give
(Ibn Maajah-- hasan by
And imagine the reward for
all this? Nothing but Jannah.
Also, the Prophet (Sal
Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) encouraged us to go for Hajj as quickly as we can and
fulfill this duty and not delay it.
He (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa
“Hasten to do Hajj – meaning the obligatory
Hajj – for none of you knows what will happen to him.” (Ahmad- hasan by
So hasten to the maghfirah
(forgiveness)of your Lord...rush to seek His Bounty, His Mercy, His
Pleasure....and race to a Jannah whose width is as wide as the heavens and the
earth. For you never know what is in store for us. We are alive today but we may
not be here tomorrow. We might be healthy today, but we may be sick
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu
Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Take benefit of five before five: your
youth before your old age, your health before your sickness,your wealth before
your poverty,your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your
you ever thought what it is like to pray in al-Haram...with the Kaabah right in
front of your very eyes?
is where the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) sat, walked, prayed. This
where the Sahabah were. What a magnificent place to be in! And you can multiply
your good deeds there. And Tawaaf and Saaee cannot be done anywhere in the world
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu
Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "One prayer in al-Masjid al-Haraam is
better than one hundred thousand prayers anywhere else.” (Ibn Maajah, Ahmad,
Hajj is the perfection of
faith and true surrender to the Almighty. It is a reminder of the purpose of
life and man’s ultimate end. It is a stage in which you can develop yourself
spiritually. It is a time when you forget your home, your comfort, your
families...your wealth, your friends, relatives and everything you possess,
purely for the sake of Allaah. It is the time when you train yourself for
absolute and complete surrender to the Divine Command of the Almighty. It is a
perfect chance to earn Jannah.
surely, that trip to Disney Land can wait, that house can be bought next year,
that vacation can be postponed.
Make the intention for
hajj now. And don’t just make the intention. Do something about it. Ask your
boss for time off for Hajj. Work out your finances and other arrangements. And
make lots of dua to Almighty. Surely He
will make a way out for you if you are sincere. And even if you have been for
hajj some years ago, go ahead and repeat your Hajj.
Because the Prophet (Sal
Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Keep on doing Hajj and Umrah, for they
eliminate poverty and sin...." (Tirmidhi)
plan for Hajj today. Don’t delay it any further. There is still time for you to
make it this year.
Go for Hajj to earn the
pleasure of your Lord, and come back with all your sins forgiven.
one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord, and towards
Paradise, the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for
those who believe in Allaah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allaah
which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allaah is the Owner of Great