Abû Hurairah (RA) states that Nabî (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said: The Hajî and one who performs Umrah are the Ambassadors of Allâh. If they beseech Him, He would respond to them, and if they seek His forgiveness He would forgive them. (Ibn Majah)
As the guest of Allâh, a Hajî has the distinguished status of being the ambassador of Allâh. He enjoys the special mercy and forgiveness of Allâh for responding to His invitation. Abû Hurairah (RA) states that Nabî (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said: He who performs Hajj without being vulgar or obscene, returns (home cleansed from all sin) as the day his mother gave birth to him. (Bukharî & Muslim)
Ibn Umâr (RA) states that Nabî (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said: When you meet the Hâjî, greet him, shake his hands and instruct him to seek forgiveness for you before he enters his home, for undoubtedly he is forgiven. (Ahmed)
Hajj affords the best training grounds for the revival of ones faith and purity of character. It is the most sublime manifestation of the universal brotherhood of the Muslim Ummah. It is a journey of intensified devotion and discipline. An exercise of spiritual enrichment and moral rearmament. A Hajî is therefore expected to display:
- A dynamic revival of faith and trust in Allâh
- A character infused with humility and purity,
- A compelling concern for the general well-being of the greater Ummah.
- A commitment to fulfill all obligatory observances
- A pledge to avoid all prohibited deeds
- An understanding of the purpose of life
- A conscious endeavor to prepare for the Hereafter
Hajj is not a lifeless display of cold rituals. Allâh has cautioned us against becoming complacent with the performance of rituals without appreciating the spirit and intent of particular forms of worship. The Holy Qurân states: It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allâh, the Last Day, the Angels, the Books, and the Messengers; to spend of your wealth – in spite of your love for it – on your kin, on the orphans, on the needy, on the wayfarer, on those who ask and for the ransom of slaves. (Righteousness is) to be steadfast in prayer and to give Zakât, to fulfill contracts that you have made; to be firm and patient in pain and adversity, and in all instances of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allâh conscious.
The Hajî needs to keep his spirit alive by emulating the following directives of Nabî (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Abû Dharr (RA) narrates that he asked Nabî (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) for advice. He, Nabî (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: I advise you to remain conscious of Allâh for it is the best adornment for all your affairs. I said: Give me more advice. He replied: Commit yourself to the recitation of the Quran and the Zikr of Allâh, for it is a means of extolling your name in the heavens and a light for you on earth. I said: Give me more advice. He went onto say: Commit yourself to prolonged silence, for it is a means of repelling Shaitân and a will help you in the affair of your Deen. I said: Give me more advice. He said: Speak the truth even though it may be bitter. I said: Give me more advice. He said: Do not fear the blame of a critic regarding (your duties) towards Allâh. I said: Give me more advice. He said: What you know of your (evil) self should prevent you from (talking ill) of people. (Mishkât)
May the Almighty accept your Hajj, make it a source of your salvation in the two worlds