Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah and is performed during the month of Zilhajj. It is the fifth and final pillar of Islam. A sea of pilgrims descends upon the holiest city of the Islamic world during this time of the year.
This pilgrimage is obligatory on all Muslims once in their life time provided they are financially stable and physically healthy.
Abu Hurayrah (R A) reports that the Prophet (PBUH) said “Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of pleasing Allah and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall return from it as free from sin as the day on which his mother gave birth to him.”
This holy journey teaches us patience and forbearance: how to give and not react if something goes against our will. It also teaches us a lesson of equality and no discrimination for in the eyes of Allah; those who have spent large sums of money for a VIP Hajj are equal to those resting on mountains without any cover.
Hajj is a universal process of understanding the human needs. It instills in us a sense of humanity or we can say that it raises one’s level of being humane.
Undoubtedly, Hajj is a very special and highly spiritual journey.