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Written by Haz. Maulana Abulfatah S Nusrat Qibla Tashreefullahi   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 21:35

 

                                                                                                 HAJJ --A PILLAR OF ISLAM

 

     The Hajj is an Arabic term used for  the Pilgrimage to Makkah. It is one of the “five pillars of Islam". Every  Muslim  who can afford to do so is obliged to make the pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in his/her lifetime.  It is performed during the  Islamic Month of Zul Hajja in the city of Mecca. When the pilgrim is about ten kilometers from Mecca, he must dress in Ihram Clothing, which consists of two white seamless sheets. Rituals of the Hajj include walking seven times around the Kaaba,  touching the Black Stone, running seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in Mina. The pilgrim, or the hajji, is honored in his or her community, although Islamic teachers say that the Hajj should be an expression of devotion to God instead of a means to gain social standing.

 

QURANIC VERSES THAT GIVES DETAILED INSTRUCTONS ON HOW  HAJJ SHOULD BE PERFORMED:

Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca) for Allah. And if ye are prevented, then send such gifts as can be obtained with ease, and shave not your heads until the gifts have reached their destination. And whoever among you is sick or hath an ailment of the head must pay a ransom of fasting or almsgiving or offering. And if ye are in safety, then whosoever contenteth himself with the visit for the pilgrimage (shall give) such gifts as can be had with ease. And whosoever cannot find (such gifts), then a fast of three days while on the pilgrimage, and of seven when ye have returned; that is, ten in all. That is for him whoso folk are not present at the Inviolable Place of Worship. Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is severe in punishment. (2:196)

The pilgrimage is (in) the well-known months, and whoever is minded to perform the pilgrimage therein (let him remember that) there is (to be) no lewdness nor abuse nor angry conversation on the pilgrimage. And whatsoever good ye do Allah knoweth it. So make provision for yourselves (Hereafter); for the best provision is to ward off evil. Therefore keep your duty unto Me, O men of understanding. ( 2:197)

It is no sin for you that ye seek the bounty of your Lord (by trading). But, when ye press on in the multitude from 'Arafat, remember Allah by the sacred monument. Remember Him as He hath guided you, although before ye were of those astray. (2:198)

Then hasten onward from the place whence the multitude hasteneth onward, and ask forgiveness of Allah. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (2:199)

And when ye have completed your devotions, then remember Allah as ye remember your fathers or with a more lively remembrance. But of mankind is he who saith: "Our Lord! Give unto us in the world," and he hath no portion in the Hereafter. (2;200)

And of them (also) is he who saith: "Our Lord! Give unto us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and guard us from the doom of Fire." (2:201)

For them there is in store a goodly portion out of that which they have earned. Allah is swift at reckoning. (2:202)

Remember Allah through the appointed days. Then whoso hasteneth (his departure) by two days, it is no sin for him, and whoso delayeth, it is no sin for him; that is for him who wardeth off (evil). Be careful of your duty to Allah, and know that unto Him ye will be gathered. (2:203)

 


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