As the day’s pass, we progress from youth to maturity, from strengths to weakness’, from impoverished to wealth. As we progress in life, our obligation to perform Hajj awaits.
We plan and strive, but in reality how certain is the next day, the next week, the next month, let alone the next year. Are we prepared to return to our maker without fulfilling this ultimate duty?
What does The Almighty Creator say?
Allah says in the Quran:
“Verily, the first House of worship appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for the Mankind and Jinn. In it are manifest signs, the Place of Ibrahim; whosoever enters it, he attains security. And Hajj to the Ka’bah is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses…” [Surah Al-Imran]
What does the best of mankind say?
Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم said:
“Whoever dies without, having performed Hajj let him die, if he wishes, either a Jew or a Christian.” [Al-Tirmidhi]
Are we willing to chance our hereafter by falling short of what is arbitrary upon us? Allah prescribed Hajj upon us once in a life time for those of us that are capable of undertaking it. This pillar represents the perfect example of worshipping Allah, the ultimate submission, exerting all efforts to obey Him and attaining divine propinquity.
The wisdom behind Hajj according to Imam Al-Ghazali; Hajj is the act of worship of a lifetime, the seal of all that is commanded, the perfection of Islam and the completion of religion. We know our ultimate abode will be the hereafter, and we have no further ambition than to attain Paradise. For this reason, the reward for Hajj is the pinnacle of all rewards as attested in the words of the Prophet Muhammad who said:
“The reward for an accepted Hajj is nothing short of Paradise.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Every year millions of Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah on the lifetime spiritual journey of Hajj, where one meets Allah in the context of matchless diverse and multicultural meetings. It is a great favour Allah has bestowed upon his servants, so we can draw closer to Him and have our sins forgiven and erased. As The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم indicated:
“He who performs Hajj without speaking or committing indecencies will return as free of sins as he was on the day when his mother gave birth to him.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Need we ask again, why now?
Don’t deter this obligation any further, as the day’s pass, we progress from maturity to dependency, from health to ailing. As our decline enhances, our prospect of completing Hajj continues to deplete. Let us not be the ones to perish in anguish.