Purpose and reality of Haj

2016-07-27 06:00

HAJ in Arabic denotes having intention to do something or achieve a goal. It also means a journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose.

In the legal sense Haj refers to pilgrimage to the house of Allah, the Kaabah, in specific bodily and mental state, within a specific time frame to perform specific rituals.
As such Haj is a broad and extensive form of worship that requires one to put together and manage his financial, physical, mental and emotional resources for an extended period of time in which he or she has to perform a large number of deeds of varying religious weights, prerequisites are obligatory and recommended acts, and that requires one to have a reasonable knowledge of what, how and where to do each one of this particular acts.

Those who have been to Haj or studied it attest to how intricate performing Haj can be.

On the face of it Haj rituals may seem to be mostly physical and financial in nature, but when we deeply consider what is being carried out, in any of its stages, we realise that it is these other meanings and objectives, so-called intention or ultimate goals and intents of Shariah that are being emphasised to the pilgrims, not the rituals themselves.

Ihram is the first pillar of Haj and probably the most powerful form of Islamic worship of Haj rites.
Ihram is an act through which the pilgrim acknowledges the sacredness and reverence of the worship of Haj and the Kaabah and sanctuary surrounding it.

By not passing the Miqat point towards the Kaabah without being in the state of Ihram, a state in which all pilgrims of all social, racial and economic backgrounds remove all apparent signs of these differences, wear the same two pieces of simple white cloth and all declare the same intention and utter the same words of submission to Allah, the one God, loudly asserting labbaik, call pronounced by Ibrahim (R.S) to mankind to submit to him and come in pilgrimage to Allah’s house and sacred place - one may look at Haj as a physical spiritual journey to Almighty Allah because in essence, a pilgrim parts with his loved one, wealth and work and head to the sacred places hoping for Allah’s reward and forgiveness.

Haj is also a way of commitment which demonstrates his determination to free oneself from wrong and bad to engage afresh in a new life that is centered around Allah’s love and obedience. Wishing all intending to embark on the Haj pilgrimage a Maqbool and Mabroor Haj.

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