Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which brings in lots of rewards from Allah (SWT).
It is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which every Muslim should try to complete at least once in his lifetime.
For performing Hajj, Muslims visit the most sacred place in the Muslim world, and all their sins are forgiven by Allah (SWT).
Simply put, Hajj is one of the most spiritual events in the life of a Muslim.
Hajj is a clear example of self-discipline and obedience to Allah (SWT). It is a religious duty that a Muslim fulfills to get closer to Allah (SWT).
In this post, we’re going to share with you the benefits of hajj.
Let’s get started.
Benefits of Hajj in the Qur’an
Allah (SWT) has mentioned many benefits of Hajj in the Qur’an.
A believing Muslim should perform Hajj as soon as possible when he can.
Hajj is one of the best righteous deeds, and Muslims show their obedience to Allah (SWT) by performing Hajj.
Allah (SWT) says:
“…And (due) to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find there to a way. But whoever disbelieves – then indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.” [Surah Al-Imran 3:97]
A Muslim is rewarded with paradise when he performs a valid and acceptable Hajj.
Hajj teaches Muslims to honor the symbol of Allah (SWT). Hajj is not anything new to Muslims.
It’s been performed ever since the time of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). He was the one who raised the foundations of the House of Allah (SWT).
Allah The Almighty Says:
“Indeed, the first House (of worship) established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds. In it are clear signs (such as) the standing place of Ibrahim. And whoever Enters it shall be safe. And (due) to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way….” [Surah Al-Imran 3:96-97]
Muslims honor the symbol of Allah by doing Hajj.
One who performs valid and acceptable Hajj, his heart and soul gets purified.
“That (is so). And whoever honors the Symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.” [Surah Al-Hajj 22:32]
The annual Hajj event depicts Muslims’ unity and strength.
“And (mention) when We made the House a place of return for the people and (a place of) security….” [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:125]
By performing Hajj, Muslims follow the example of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son Ismail (AS).
“And (mention) when Ibrahim was raising the foundations of the House and (with him) Isma’il, (saying), ‘Our Lord, accept (this) from us. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing. Our Lord, and make us Muslims (in submission) to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation (in submission) to You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:127-129]
All the previous sins are wiped away from the person who performs Hajj. He returns as clean as a newborn baby.
Allah considers the people who come to perform Hajj as his guests.
Poverty is wiped out of the lives of the people who spent their time and money for Allah (SWT)’s sake by performing the Hajj.
Benefits of Hajj in Ahadith
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has mentioned many benefits of Hajj.
Let’s see some of the benefits of Hajj as told by our Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Hajj is among the most righteous deeds and is considered the best among all the other acts.
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (SAW) was asked: “‘What is the best deed?’ He replied: ‘To have faith in Allah (SWT) and His Messenger.’ The enquirer asked: ‘What next?’ The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘To perform Jihaad for the Sake of Allah (SWT).’ The enquirer asked: ‘What next?’ The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘A valid and accepted Hajj.'” (Bukhari)
A Muslim who performs a valid and acceptable Hajj will return as clean from the sins as a newborn baby.
All his previous sins will be extinguished.
The Prophet (SAW) said:
“Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he, or she, will come out as the day he, or she, was born – pure and sinless.” (Bukhari)
The person who performs Hajj with all the sincerity of his heart will get paradise in reward.
“A Mabroor Hajj, complete and accepted, has no reward for it but Jannah.” (Muslim)
A Muslim who performs Hajj gets his heart rid of all the greediness of wealth and worldly things.
He gets compassionate towards others and gives charity as much as he can.
This makes him get rid of poverty, because the one who gives for the sake of Allah (SWT), never gets poor.
“Perform Hajj and ‘Umrah successively for they remove poverty and sins just as fire removes the impurities of iron.” (Tirmidhi)
All the pilgrims are guests of Allah (SWT). Allah comes close to them to listen to their needs and all prayers. All the duas of pilgrims are accepted.
“The fighter for the Sake of Allah and the one observing the Hajj and ‘Umrah are the guests of Allah; He invited them and they responded, and when they ask Him, He gives them.” (Ibn Maajah)
Benefits of Hajj for an individual
Allah has prescribed many acts of worship to humankind to test people.
Those who do good deeds will enter paradise and be rewarded per Allah (SWT)’s promise. Those who do evil deeds will rot in the hellfire.
Hajj is one of the best righteous deeds a Muslim performs.
Let us see some of the benefits of Hajj for an individual.
On the days of Hajj, the day of Arafat is the most important.
On this day, Allah (SWT) bestows His mercy and forgiveness on His slaves.
There is no better day than the Day of Arafat to ask for Allah’s forgiveness.
Hazrat Aisha (RA) reported a hadith; the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated;
“There is no day when Allah (SWT) frees more humans from hell than the day of Arafah.” – Muslim Book 7, Hadith: 3126
The ultimate goal of every Muslim is paradise.
Muslims worship all their lives to gain this reward from Allah (SWT).
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“A Mabroor Hajj, complete and accepted, has no reward for it but Jannah.” (Muslim)
Hajj is such a great deed that its reward can be nothing but Jannah.
3) Expiation of sins
All the sins of the person who performs Hajj get expiated.
As told earlier, the person who performs Hajj with sincerity of his heart gets as clean as a newborn baby and is pure from sins.
“Umrah is an expiation for sins committed (between the previous ones). Furthermore, Hajj Mabrur (the Hajj that got the status of acceptance) is nothing but heaven.” –Bukhari; Umrah: 1
Spiritual benefits of Hajj
There are many spiritual benefits of Hajj that Muslims experience when they perform Hajj.
Some of them are mentioned below:
1) Realizing that Allah is all forgiving
All the people gather in Mecca while performing Hajj to worship their Lord.
They ask for forgiveness, and Allah (SWT) showers His mercy upon them.
Allah is all forgiving. When a person leaves evil and asks for forgiveness, Allah (SWT) makes repentance easy for him.
Allah (SWT) says (in a hadith Qudsi):
“Repentance is of no effect for those who commit sins constantly until when death faces one of them, he says: Verily I repent now.”
2) Feeling Allah (SWT)’s mercy upon you
Allah (SWT) is so merciful that he forgives all the previous sins of a person who performs Hajj that is valid and acceptable.
“Despair not of the Mercy of God, for God forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Al-Qur’an 39:53]
3) Sense of unity and brotherhood
The Prophet Muhammad (SWT) is reported to have said:
“Three things are the best acts; first, to treat people with equity and justice; second to assist your co-religionist brethren as fellows and aid them financially; and third, to remember God under all conditions” [Bihar-al-Anwar, vol.74, p.392]
All the Muslims gather in Mecca to perform Hajj. They come from around the globe. Everyone performs the same rituals.
This makes us realize that we are all equal in the sight of Allah (SWT). Only those who leave evil and do good are higher in the standards.
‘O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.’ (49:13)
4) Realizing that Satan is weak
One of the rituals included in Hajj is stoning Satan.
Pilgrims stone Satan and make themselves realize that they are stronger than Satan.
They realize that they should not pay much heed to the whispers of Satan.
5) With every hardship comes ease
Hajj is not an easy task to perform.
The weather is mostly hot. You may have to walk a lot under the sun’s intense heat.
You may get tired and thirsty, yet you have to be patient.
Hajj reminds the pilgrims that after all these hardships, there comes ease.
Allah (SWT) also promises His men that after every trouble, there comes relief.
In the trials of life, you may face hardship, but be patient and wait for Allah (SWT)’s help.
“So, surely with hardship comes ease” [Quran 94:5]
6) This life is a test, but Allah is always with us
One of the rituals of Hajj is sacrificing an animal.
This may be like a test for many to sacrifice something for the sake of Allah (SWT).
But a true Muslim realizes this life is a test; we may have to sacrifice many things to seek Allah (SWT)’s pleasure.
But we should remember that Allah (SWT) is there with us in every step of this life.
Scientific benefits of Hajj
Hajj gives us the awareness that God is one.
We realize the oneness of Allah (SWT), so we become God-centered.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Islam is based on five [pillars]: recognizing the oneness of Allah, performing salah, paying zakat, observing fasting in Ramadan and Hajj.”
Hajj helps us develop a sense of universal human brotherhood.
Everyone performs the same rituals whether men or women, rich or poor, and old or young.
You gain all the spiritual benefits by performing Hajj.
The relationship with our Lord gets stronger.
We start focusing on Him for the rest of our lives.
Hajj makes you patient.
Besides being a spiritual and emotional journey, Hajj is physically tiring and exhausting. When you realize that you are performing all these rituals for the sake of Allah (SWT), you tend to be patient.
You learn patience and practice it for the rest of your life in all matters.
Hajj wipes away all the sins of the person who performs it with sincerity. Removal of all the sins makes the man innocent.
Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said;
“Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return as if he were born anew.” (Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 596)
Economic benefits of Hajj
Besides all the other benefits, there are also many economic benefits of Hajj.
Let’s discuss some of these:
- Millions of people come to Saudi Arabia each year and bring billions of dollars to the Saudi economy.
- After hydrocarbons, Saudi Arabia generates the most considerable revenue during the hajj season.
- Hajj generates a lot of income.
- A lot of jobs are created during the hajj season.
- Restaurants, travel agents, airlines, and mobile phone companies, earn a lot during Hajj.
- Saudi government benefits from all the taxes that people pay during Hajj.
Communal benefits of Hajj
Let’s discuss some communal benefits of hajj:
1) Unity and integrity
Muslims show that despite being different in colors, culture, race, and social status, they are all one and believe in One God.
Hajj is a depiction of unity and integrity among Muslim ummah.
2) Annual congregation
Hajj is a perfect opportunity to meet your brothers and sisters in Islam.
Different people from different parts of the globe come to perform Hajj annually.
Meeting one another and knowing about them is great for the growth of the Muslim community.
Social benefits of Hajj
Muslims from all over the world come together for the sake of Allah (SWT). This creates a sense of brotherhood among them.
People from different continents and parts of the globe meet to exchange ideas and get to know each other. They get to know different cultures.
The realization of the Muslim brotherhood makes them responsible. They help one another in their time of need.
People forget all the barriers of race, color, and culture while performing Hajj.
A sense of unity is developed among Muslims.
A person avoids all immoral acts during the performance of the Hajj.
All Muslims wear Ihram. This makes them all equal visibly too.
People face hardships with patience, so they start appreciating those who face trouble in their everyday lives.
Moral benefits of Hajj
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Verily, I was sent to perfect good morals,” and “Take your rites from me.”
Some of the best moral benefits of Hajj include:
- Deepening the feeling of brotherhood
- Practicing patience
- Being kind to others
- Helping their Muslim brothers in need
- Getting rid of worldly things
- Wiping away the love of wealth from their hearts
- Being sincere in their feeling for Allah (SWT)
- Avoiding disobedience to Allah (SWT)
- Avoiding all the evil deeds as well as the evil thoughts
- Helping the needy by doing charity