Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam that lay the foundations of a Muslim’s life. It is incumbent upon every mentally, physically and financially able Muslim to perform Hajj at least once in his or her lifetime.Hajj is a beautiful act of worship, a ritual that symbolizes complete submission to Allah SWT.
There is an immense wisdom and purpose behind Hajj. Hajj is a very comprehensive form of worship, it is the culmination of all the remaining pillars of Islam. The main purpose of Hajj is the obedience of Almighty Allah, to acknowledge that everything we own is a blessing that He bestowed upon us, so we should not attach our hearts to the worldly possessions and hence devote ourselves completely to the one and only, Allah, as He SWT says in the Quran:
“And (remember) when We showed Ibrahim(AS) the site of the House (saying): ‘Associate not anything with Me, and sanctify My House for those who circumambulate it, and those who stand up (for prayer), and those who bow and make prostration (in prayer).” [Surah al-Hajj: 26-27]The grandeur of this journey can only be understood when one realizes who he/she is going to visit: The house of Allah SWT on this earth, SubhanAllah!
Right from the beginning, Hajj serves as a connotation for the journey of the Hereafter. Before embarking on this holy pilgrimage, the Muslim pilgrims (or Hajis) have to wear Ihram, which is the dress code for Hajj. There is no particular restriction for women, they can wear any modest clothing which maintains their Hijab, provided it is not made of silk. For men, it consists of two un-sewn pieces of white cloth, sounds familiar?
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