Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is obligatory to perform if you have the means. The pilgrimage to Makkah is on specific days every year and Muslim devotees follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who showed the requirements for it to be completed.
The following collections of Quran verses and Hadith show the importance of performing Hajj at the earliest opportunity. The consequences of the pandemic have shown how you can be restricted from going to Hajj not only by financial means but in other ways. So read the verses below and if you haven’t done Hajj yet, make the intention to go at the earliest available opportunity.
7 Quran Verses relating to Hajj
1. ‘Indeed, aṣ-Ṣafā and al-Marwah are among the symbols of Allah. So whoever makes Hajj [pilgrimage] to the House or performs ʿumrah – there is no blame upon him for walking between them. And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, Allah is Appreciative and Knowing. ‘ (2:158)
2. ‘And complete the Hajj and Umrah for Allah…’(2:196)
3. ‘Ḥajj is (during) well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein (by entering the state of iḥrām), there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding. ‘ (2:197)
4. ‘There is no blame upon you for seeking bounty from your Lord [during Hajj]. But when you depart from ‘Arafat, remember Allah at al- Mash’ar al-Haram. And remember Him, as He has guided you, for indeed, you were before that among those astray. ‘(2:198)
5. ‘Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds.’ (3:96)
6. ‘In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham. 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. But whoever disbelieves – then indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.’ (3:97)
7. ‘And proclaim to the people Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel from every distant path’ (22:27)
7 Hadith about Hajj
1. Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (RA)The Prophet (SAW) said “The people will continue performing the Hajj and `Umra to the Ka`ba even after the appearance of Gog and Magog.” Narrated Shu`ba extra: The Hour (Day of Judgment) will not be established till the Hajj (to the Ka`ba) is abandoned. (Bukhari)
2. Narrated Salim that his father said: I saw Allah’s Messenger (SAW) arriving at Mecca; he kissed the Black Stone Corner first while doing Tawaf and did ramal in the first three rounds of the seven rounds (of Tawaf)
3. Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA) When Allah’s Messenger (SAW) and his companions came to Mecca, the pagans circulated the news that a group of people were coming to them and they had been weakened by the Fever of Yathrib (Madinah). So the Prophet ordered his companions to do Ramal in the first three rounds of Tawaf of the Ka`ba and to walk between the two corners (The Black Stone and Yemenite corner). The Prophet (SAW) did not order them to do Ramal in all the rounds of Tawaf out of pity for them. (Bukhari)
4. Narrated Ibn `Umar (RA): The Prophet (SAW) reached Mecca, circumambulated the Ka`ba seven times and then offered a two rak`at prayer behind Maqam Ibrahim. Then he went towards the Safa. Allah has said, “Verily, in Allah’s Apostle you have a good example.”
5. The Prophet (SAW) “O Amr! Do you not know that embracing Islam washes away all sins committed before it (during disbelief)? And that migration (Hijrah) washes away all sins committed before it. And that Hajj wipes out all sins committed before it”. (Muslim)
6. Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW), was delivering a sermon and he said, “O people, the Hajj pilgrimage has been made an obligation, so undertake it.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, is it every year?” The Prophet remained silent until the man repeated his question three times. Then, the Prophet said, “If I had said yes, it would have been required and you would not be able to do it.” (Muslim)
7. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that: The Prophet (SAW) was asked, “Which deed is the best?” The Prophet said, “Belief in Allah and His Messenger.” He was asked again, “What is next?” The Prophet said, “Jihad [striving] in the cause of Allah.” He was further asked, “And what is next?” He said, “Hajj mabroor [i.e. Hajj accepted by Almighty Allah]” (Bukhari and Muslim).