Hajj: The Inner Dimensions
We're all familiar with the fact that Hajj is a pillar of Islam - a time when Muslims worldwide embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It's also known that Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for those who are physically and financially capable. But are we truly aware of the deeper and more profound meanings of Hajj? Let's delve into it together and examine Hajj from all perspectives.
The Spiritual Journey
Hajj is not merely a physical journey; it is also a spiritual one. It eases a profound spiritual connection to Allah. Pilgrims are asked to exert themselves, not only outwardly but also inwardly. This is all to develop a deeper connection with Allah and The Prophet ﷺs, bringing each pilgrim into a state of pure submission to their Lord.
The Equality of Ihram
Every pilgrim must enter a state of Ihram. This spiritual state embodies purity and marks the beginning of the Hajj for each pilgrim. The Ihram, symbolizing equality, consists of only two pieces of white cloth. Everyone wears the same - signifying our equality in the eyes of Allah, beyond all material attachments.
Circling the Kaaba
During Hajj, pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba. This ritual pertains to Tawhid, which means "The Oneness of God." As thousands upon thousands circle the Kaaba together, a shared sense of unity is built into each person’s heart, reflecting our common humanity and the fact that we all descend from the same ancestor - Prophet Adam (AS).
The Utterance of "The Talbiya"
Even before their departure, pilgrims recite a profound and significant affirmation called "The Talbiya". It translates as: "Here I am, O Allah! Here I am Here I am, there is no partner unto You, Here I am; all praise, Favors, and sovereignty belong to You, there is no partner unto You." (Labbaik, Allahumma labbaik, labbaika la shareeka laka labbaik, innal hamda wanne'matah laka wal mulk, la shareeka laka) A beautiful prayer that signifies the humility of worship.
Prophetic Sayings on the Excellence of Hajj
One of the Best Deeds: Abu Hurairah narrated that when asked, "What is the best deed?" The Prophet ﷺreplied, "To have faith in Allah and His Messenger." On being asked, "What next?" The Prophet ﷺstated, "To strive in the Way of Allah" When asked once again, "What next?" The Prophet ﷺ concluded, "A valid and accepted Hajj." (Bukhari)
Complete Forgiveness: The Prophet ﷺdeclared, “Whoever performs Hajj and refrains from any obscenity and wrongdoing will emerge as pure and sinless as the day they were born.” (Bukhari)