The Importance of Hajj

The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the defining rituals of Islam. Every able Muslim is required to journey to Mecca at least once in their lives’. Here are five reasons outlining the importance of the Hajj pilgrimage. 1.  It is Fard (obligatory) for anyone who can afford and is physically able.
“O people! Allah had ordained fard the worship of Hajj.”  (Sahih Muslim) 
2. It is one of the 5 pillars of Islam
“Verily, al-Islam is founded on five (pillars): testifying the fact that there is no God but Allah, establishment of prayer, payment of Zakat, fast of Ramadan and Pilgrimage to the House.” (Sahih Muslim 16d)
3. All sins will be forgiven
“Whoever performs Hajj to this House (Ka`ba) … he will come out as sinless as a newlyborn child.”  (Sahih al-Bukhari 1819)
4. It is Islam’s Holiest Site As well as being the birthplace of the Prophet ﷺ, Mecca holds many Islamic historical sites, which pilgrims visit during Hajj rituals.
The Kaaba is the direction of the Qibla and the 1st Home of worship built by Ibrahim and Ismail. The Kaaba also holds the Al-Ḥajaru al-Aswad (the Black Stone), brought from Jannah. (Tirmidhi 877)
5. Mt Arafat  Mt Arafat is where the Prophet ﷺ gave his farewell sermon before passing. Safa and Marwa Safa and Marwa are the two hills in which Hajar ran in between seven times in search for water for her baby son Ismail, after being tested by Allah in the desert. Therein Allah had blessed her with the miracle of the Well of Zamzam. Muslims reenact this during Hajj by walking in between the hills.