The Fifth Pillar of Islam: Understanding the Significance of Hajj

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Allah s.w.t. mentioned  in the Al-Quran in surah Ali-Imran on the obligation of hajj for every able Muslim. 

Surah Ali-Imran 3:97

In it are clear signs and the standing-place of Abraham. Whoever enters it should be safe. Pilgrimage to this House is an obligation by Allah upon whoever is able among the people. And whoever disbelieves, then surely Allah is not in need of ˹any of His˺ creation.

(Surah Ali-’Imran, 3:97)

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. once said:

The Fifth Pillar of Islam: Understanding the Significance of Hajj

“Islam is built upon five: to testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to give Zakat, to perform Hajj, and to fast the month of Ramadan.” (Hadith Narrated by Imam Al-Bukhari)

Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage, is performed during the month of Zulhijjah, which marks the final month of the Islamic calendar. This period is a time of immense spiritual significance and unity for Muslims worldwide. 

Pilgrims from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations converge in Mecca, leaving behind their daily routines and responsibilities. This gathering exemplifies the essence of Islamic brotherhood and equality, as pilgrims don simple white garments, symbolizing purity and the shedding of material distinctions.

The rituals of Hajj, including Tawaf (circumambulating the Kaaba), Sa’i (walking between the hills of Safa and Marwah), and standing in prayer on the plains of Arafat, are profound acts of worship and reflection. These rites commemorate the trials and sacrifices of the Prophet Ibrahim and his family, reinforcing the values of faith, patience, and submission to Allah’s will.

Hajj is not only a physical journey but also a transformative spiritual experience. It is a time for pilgrims to seek forgiveness, renew their faith, and attain a sense of closeness to God. The culmination of these rites fosters a deep sense of humility, gratitude, and solidarity among Muslims, reminding them of their shared faith and purpose. 

Additionally, Muslims who are not performing Hajj can still engage in the spiritual essence of the pilgrimage by increasing their good deeds through prayers, fasting, and charity. The first ten days of Zulhijjah are a particularly blessed period for all Muslims, as emphasized by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Zulhijjah)

“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Zulhijjah).” Then, some companions of the Prophet said, “Not even Jihad?” He replied, “Not even Jihad, except that of a man who risks himself and his property (for Allah’s sake) and does not bring anything back.” (Hadith Narrated by Imam Al-Bukhari)

May Allah s.w.t. grant us His blessings and mercy in this blessed month.

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