Hajj- Supreme Obligation To Complete A Muslim's Faith

06 February 2024

Hajj Is the most prestigious pilgrimage which is performed in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mecca for Muslims has a very important position for their faith and worship towards Allah. Allah is the demonstration of Muslims that they have to submit themselves for Allah. This is chance of getting the blessings and this is not only the journey to Allah’s house physically but also the submission of past present and future in the path of Islam, which is the right path! This pilgrimage is performed from 8th to 12th (or in some cases 13th) of Dhu al-Hijjah, as this is the last month of the Islamic Calendar. This calendar is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar as the Islamic calendar is lunar and that is the reason why the date of Hajj keeps changing every year.

The Literal Meaning of Hajj

If we talk about the literal meaning of Hajj, Arabic: A "pilgrimage" during this pilgrimage Muslims visit Kaaba which is the home of Allah, so we can say that Hajj means visiting House of Allah. The practice of Hajj is reported to begin in the era of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) when Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) built Kaaba after Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him)  and Prophet Adam (Peace be Upon Him) also built the same place for worship during their age.

Rituals of Hajj

When the pilgrims wear Ihram, they have to restrain themselves from all the prohibited deeds, as Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) also did the same while performing this pilgrimage and from the 7th century till now the rituals of the Hajj are same as explained and showed by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). So Ihram is considered to be the spiritual state when Muslim men wear white sheets which are un-stitched and females wear the gown and gloves, but let their face uncovered. During the days of Hajj, more than 3 million of people from all over the world come to perform this religious obligation and for a week, these pilgrims simultaneously converge on Mecca to perform the series of rituals. In 2017, their were 1,752,014 pilgrims who were reportedly gathered in Mecca from outside The Kingdom so that they can perform Umrah and it was also reported that the number of Saudi residents which came was 600,108 if we combine the figures the total number of pilgrims was 2,352,122 altogether.  All these Muslims walk around the Kaaba counter-clockwise seven times and runes between the Safa and Marwah then they drink the water from Zamzam well.  Then they go to the plains of Arafat and in vigil, they all stand and spend the night in the plains of Muzdalifa, and there these Muslims perform the symbolic stoning of Satan and throw the stones on three pillar which depicts the confined devil. Then the Muslims perform the sacrifice of their animal ( goat, sheep, camel, cow) and shave their heads, females trim their hair a bit. Then comes the festival of Eid ul Adha which is celebrated by the Muslims three days.

Eligibility for Hajj

This pilgrimage is carried by Muslims once in their life, when they are mental, physically and financially stable enough that in their absence their family gets the proper support. This state of being capable of performing Hajj is known Istita'ah, and the Muslims which are capable enough is known as Mustati. In the Quran, Allah states that “And complete the Hajj and Umrah for Allah. But if you are prevented, then [offer] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And do not shave your heads until the sacrificial animal has reached its place of slaughter. And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice. And when you are secure, then whoever performs 'umrah [during the Hajj months] followed by Hajj [offers] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And whoever cannot find [or afford such an animal] - then a fast of three days during Hajj and of seven when you have returned [home]. Those are ten complete [days]. This is for those whose family is not in the area of al-Masjid al-Haram. And fear Allah and know that Allah is severe in penalty.” (2:196) This gathering is one of the largest gatherings in the world where Muslims from all the casts and creed gather to visit Kaaba and perform their religious obligation. As this is the part of every Muslim's faith, till there is a relief for those people who are not physically and financially stable enough.


All the Muslims know that Hajj has very significant importance in the history of Islam, the first Hajj was performed by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him)  after he completed the construction of Kaaba. This means that it’s importance is not reported only in the tenure of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) but from the age of his grandfather Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him). This is the process which purifies the soul of Muslims from all the sins which they have done in the past. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said, "Whoever performs Hajj (pilgrimage) and does not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commits sin, nor disputes unjustly (during Hajj), then he returns from Hajj as pure and free from sins as on the day on which his mother gave birth to him." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Endless Blessings From Allah

This is the source of getting as much blessing as you can from the Allah Almighty and come close to religion. This chance is given to the people so that they can actually come close to Allah The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said: “He who intends to perform hajj should hasten to do so.” Sunan Abi Dawud 1732

The Privilege of Becoming the Guest of Allah

Hajj is the chance which is given to Muslims by Allah to become His guest. This is a very big thing and that is the reason why pilgrims who get the chance are said to be the lucky ones who are given the chance to avail the unlimited blessings of Allah live from His Almighty’s house, Abu Hurairah said: "The Messenger of Allah said: 'The guests of Allah are three: The ghazi, the Hajj (pilgrim) and the Mu'tamir''' Sunan an-Nasa'i 2625 This is a blessing for all the Muslims who have already performed Hajj or have the plan to go on the most important pilgrimage of their lives. May all the Muslims from all around the world get the chance to perform this journey safely, Ameen.

Muslims Holy Travel
Recent Posts
02 February 2024
Performing Hajj Can Protect You from The Dreadful Abode of Hell-Fire

The word "Hajj" is an Arabic term that simply means "constantly striving to achieve one's goal." The Hajj is amongst Islam's five pillars, and all capable Muslims are supposed to perform it at least once in their lifetime. The Hajj is frequently viewed as a chance to atone for past sins and begin freshly. Hajj is held on the eighth of Zilhaj, the very last month of the Islamic year, and is preceded by your true intent, also known as "Niyat." Haj...Read More

Muslims Holy Travel
02 February 2024
An Extensive Hajj Guide About Performing Hajj with Kids

Hajj is the name assigned to the annual pilgrimage undertaken by thousands and millions of Muslims. This religious pilgrimage starts in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and is important in Islam. Every elderly Muslim must perform this excursion at least once in their lifespan. The pilgrimage takes place during the Islamic month of Zil Hijjah, which also happens to be the Islamic calendar’s final month. It's among Islam's five pillars, along with Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm. ...Read More

Muslims Holy Travel
02 February 2024
Top 10 Historical Landmarks to Visit in Mecca

Makkah is best defined as the center of Islam. It has several magnificent and iconic sites that everybody, irrespective of religion, wishes to experience. Due to a large number of Muslim visitors and to preserve the sacredness of this Religious site, the government of Saudi Arabia has expressly forbidden non-Muslims from entering the Grand Mosque. However, they are permitted to enter all other mosques in the district. For Muslims, Makkah is the heart of their faith. Each year, thous...Read More

Muslims Holy Travel
02 February 2024
The Significance and Role of Mosques in the Islamic World

A “mosque” refers to a Muslim house of worship. This word derives from the Arabic Term Masjid, meaning "place of prostration." Muslims gently bend and bow their foreheads to the floor while praying as a gesture of subjugation to God's will. A mosque is a really meaningful venue for a Muslim since it is a simple and effective method for Muslims to replicate the purest heavenly existence in the world. The mosque's essential role is to provide a gathering ...Read More

Muslims Holy Travel
06 July 2023
A Changed and Blessed Life After Hajj

Yearly, Muslims of every ethnicity, race, social class, and culture congregate in Mecca to worship Allah (SWT) collectively in front of the Kaaba. It is a ritual intended to strengthen the ties of Muslim brotherhood and sisterhood by demonstrating that everyone is equal in Allah's (SWT) eyes. By removing all indicators of social rank, money, and pride, the Hajj allows Muslims to realize the true value of life on earth as well as in the hereafter. During the Hajj, everyone is tre...Read More

Muslims Holy Travel