The Merits of the Hajji

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InshaAllah, may reading all of these merits make our hearts yearn for Hajj. Ameen!

As reported by Mujahid (RadiAllahu Anhu), Ibn Abbas (RadiAllahu Anhu) once said,

“We were in the company of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) when a group of people arrived from Yemen. They said: ‘May our mothers and fathers be your ransom! Will you tell us bout the special merits of the Pilgrimage (Hajj)?’
He (ﷺ) said:

“Yes! If any man sets out from his home, as a Pilgrim (Hajji) or a Visitant, whenever he lifts a foot, or sets a foot down on the ground, sins are scattered from his feet, just as leaves are scattered from the trees. Then, when he reaches the city of Madinah Munawarrah, shakes my hand, and salutes me with the greeting of peace (salaam), the angels will likewise salute him with the greeting of peace. Then, when he reaches Dhul-Halifa, and performs the major ritual ablution (ghusl), Allah will purify him of his sins. When he puts on two new pieces of clothing, Allah will renew his good deeds for him. When he says:

“I wait intent upon Your service, O Allah, time and time again. Doubly at Your service!”
“Labbaika Allahumma labbaik”

Allah (Exalted is He) will respond to him with:

“I wait intent upon your service, time and time again, and upon aiding your cause, time and time again. I hear your speech, and I am watching you!”
“Labbaika wa sa’daik. Asma’u kalama-ka wa anzuru ilia-k”

When he enters Mecca, performs the tawaaf (circling around the Kabah Shareef), and walks at a brisk pace (sa’a) between Safa and Marwa, Allah will bestow good things upon him.

When he performs the rite of standing at Arafat, and voices clamor at him with all kinds of needs, Allah (Exalted is He) will hail them (him and all those like him) as shining examples, saying to the angels of the seven heavens:

“My angels and inhabitants of My heavens, you must surely notice My servants! See how they come to Me from every deep ravine (from Quran 22:27), disheveled and thick with dust. They have spent their wealth and wearied their bodies, so, by My Might ad My Majesty and My Honor, I shall give the evildoer among them (as ransom) for the one who does good, and I shall set them apart from sins, as on the day when their mothers gave them birth.”

In another narration, Sayyidinah Rasulullah(ﷺ) is reported to have said,

“Look over there, at (Mount) Abu Qais. Even if you possessed a stack of fine gold, the size of Abu Qais, and you applied it all to the cause of Allah, you would not obtain what the Hajji obtains.”

He (ﷺ) then went onto say:

“Whenever the Hajji picks something up, or puts something down, while making preparations for his journey, Allah will record ten good deeds in his favor, erase ten bad deeds from his debit column, and advance his spiritual progress by ten degrees. Once he has mounted his camel, Allah will likewise improve his record for him, each time the camel lifts a hoof or sets it down on the ground. When he circles the House (Kabah Shareef), he will leave his sins behind. When he walks at a brisk pace (sa’a) between Safa and Marwa, he will leave his sins behind. When he performs the rite of standing at Arafat, he will leave his sins behind. When he stands at the Sacred Monument (Mashar al Haram), he will leave his sins behind. When he throws pebbles at the pillars (jimar– representing the devil), he will leave his sins behind.”

As reported by Ibn Abi Malika, Abdullah ibn Abbas (RadiAllahu Anhu) once heard Sayyidinah Rasulullah (ﷺ) say:

“Every night and every day, one hundred and twenty merficful blessings descend upon this House (Kabah Shareef). Sixty of them are for the benefit of those who circle (do tawaaf) the Sacred House. Forty of them are for the benefit of those who practice worshipful seclusion around the Sacred House. Twenty of them are for the benefit of those who simply turn their eyes toward it.”

As reported by Umar ibn Salama (RadiAllahu Anhu) that Sayyidinah Rasulullah (ﷺ) once said:

“The Hujjaj (Pilgrims) and the Visitants are the delegation of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He). If they appeal to Him, He will answer them, and if they seek His forgiveness, He will forgive them.”

As reported on the authority of Hadrat ad-Dahhak (RadiAllahu Anhu) that Sayyidinah Rasulullah (ﷺ) once said:

“…If any Muslim sets out from his own house, bound for the House of Allah (Kabah Shareef), but death then descends upon him, before his arrival, Allah will surely award him the Garden of Paradise.”

As reported by Hadrat Abu Hurairah (RadiAllahu Anhu), Sayyidinah Rasulullah (ﷺ) once said:

“If someone comes as a Pilgrim to his House, then goes back home, without having acted obscenely, without having acted immorally, and without having acted foolishly, he will return as he was on the day when his mother gave him birth.”

These ahadith are just a few examples of how blessed the Hajji is. Even for those not going on Hajj, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are very holy, sacred, and special days. We should all make efforts to go on Hajj, if not physically, then at least spiritually, by sending our hearts to do tawaf and sending our hearts to Tayyibah (Madinah Munawarrah Shareef). InshaAllah Ameen!