Hajj . A Spiritual Journey. Invitation to Hajj. وَأَذِّن فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالاً وَعَلَى كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ لِيَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ
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Hajj A Spiritual Journey
Invitation to Hajj وَأَذِّن فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالاً وَعَلَى كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍلِيَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ • And proclaim among men the Pilgrimage: they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, coming from every remote path, That they may witness advantages for them and mention the name of Allah during stated days
Which group? Imam Sadiq (a.s) said: The Hajj pilgrims who return home are three groups; one are rescued from the fire (of Hell), another are cleansed from their sins as if they have been just born, and the third group return home with their wealth and family secured. This is the least reward the Hajj pilgrims can obtain.” الحُجَّاجُ يَصدُرونَ على ثَلاثةِ أصنافٍ؛ صِنفٌ يُعْتَقُ مِن النّارِ وَصِنْفٌ يَخْرُجُ من ذُنوبهِ كَهَيئَةِ يومِ وَلدَتهُ أُمُّهُ وصِنْفٌ يُحْفَظُ في أَهلِهِ ومَالِهِ، فَذلِكَ أَدْنى مَا يَرجِعُ به الحَاجُّ.
Preparing for Hajj Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.): “When a man intends to go on Hajj, for every step he takes in preparing for his journey Allah will write ten good deeds for him and will write off ten of his wrongdoings and will elevate his ten scales until he completes his preparatory affairs.” • إنَّ الحَاجَّ إذا أخَذَ في جِهازِهِ لم يَخطُ خُطْوَةً في شَيءٍ مِن جِهازِهِ إِلا كَتَبَ اللهُ عَزَّ وجَلَّ لهُ عَشْرَ حَسَناتٍ ومحَى عَنهُ عَشْرَ سَيّئاتٍ ورفعَ له عَشْرَ دَرَجَاتٍ حتّى يفْرُغَ مِن جِهازِهِ مَتى ما فَرَغ...
Guests of Allah • Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) • “Hajj and Umrah are two markets of the Hereafter. Those who enter into them are Allah’s guests. If Allah preserves his guest’s life, he will live free from sins and if He makes him die, he will be admitted into Paradise.” • Imam Ja’far al Sadiq (a.s.) • “The performers of Hajj and umrah are Allah’s guests. If they ask, they will be given, if they pray, they will be answered, if they intercede, their intercession will be accepted, if they keep silent, they will be blessed, and they will be given a million dirhams for each one they have spent.”
Remembrance of Allah. • Holy Prophet (P): “The daily prayer, Hajj, circumambulation, and the other rites are aimed at remembering Allah. But when there is no remembrance of Him in your heart, what value will your oral remembrance have?” The Holy Prophet (P): “O servants of Allah, you are like patients and the Lord of the worlds being like a physician. Therefore, the interest of the patient is in what the physician prescribes for him, not in what he –the patient- likes. Therefore, submit to Allah so as to be delivered.”
Valuable advice Choose a co-traveller who is truly reminder of God. “Seize the opportunities for they are like transient clouds.” • Good temperament “Keep good company.” 6th Imam (a.s.) “Good temperament diminishes the sins in the same way as the sun thaws ice.”
Holy place KA’ABA Imam Sadiq (a.s) said: Whoever looks at the Kaaba, rewards are written for him and his wrongdoings are written off until he takes his look away from it.” The Imam (a.s) also said: “Whoever looks at the Kaaba, a reward is written for him and ten of his wrongdoings are written off.”
Take benefit of the opportunity 6th Imam (a.s.): “There are a hundred and twenty kinds of Allah’s mercy in the precinct of the Kaaba; sixty of them are for those who circumambulate, forty for those who perform prayers there, and twenty for whose who look at it.”
ARAFAT – PEAK OF HAJJ 5th Imam (a.s.) 6th Imam (a.s.) “For a believing man of any village who stays in Arafat, Allah will forgive all the believing people of that village, and for a single man of a believing family who stays in Arafat, Allah will forgive all the believing members of that family.” • “The dua’s (supplications) of every pious or impious man who stays in Arafat and al-Mash’ar will be absolutely answered. The dua’s of a pious man will be fulfilled in matters regarding this world and the Hereafter but the dua’s of an impious man will be fulfilled only in matters regarding this world.”