Hasten to do Hajj!
Ibn Abbas radhiAllahu‘anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said to a man – and he was admonishing him, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your leisure before your work, and your life before your death.”
[Al-Bayhaqi, Sha’b Al-Iman, Number 9575, Sahih]
For those of us who have not been to Hajj to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam, time has come to think of the enormous and eternal blessings that Allah gives to those who perform it with right conduct. We must not delay performing Hajj when we have enough money to cover the expenses of the round trip journey to Makkah. It is best to do Hajj while we are still young and strong enough to perform the rituals in a good manner. As most of us know, it is stated in the context of a Hadith that the prayers of youth are worth numerous times more than prayers of the old. It’s indeed a very bad practice prevalent in a lot of places that Hajj is performed after one grows old and has discharged himself of all other responsibilities. In the frail old age, the rituals cannot be performed in an optimum manner. Moreover, when an obligatory act is incumbent upon us, it is recommended to hasten in doing it. The beautiful Shariah already takes into account a lot of conditions and is very liberal in declaring any act as “fardh” (obligatory) upon a person. So, it is actually a sorry depiction of the priorities we have set for ourselves in life, when we make Hajj secondary to several trivial responsibilities, in spite of it becoming obligatory upon anyone.
Hence, we need to hasten to complete our Islam by the performance of Hajj, for death – as bluntly as it arrives –may just come to cut our plans and myriad lengthy aims in life. Indeed, death is certain but as to when it will strike us, we never know; so the best thing is to prepare for it. For our salvation, we need to take admonition from the following authentic hadith (Tirmidhi, Hadith 2535 and Darimi):
Abu Umamah (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) said: “He who is not prevented from performing the pilgrimage by an obvious necessity, a tyrannical ruler, or a disease which confines him at home, and dies without having performed the pilgrimage, may die if he wishes as a Jew, or if he wishes as a Christian.”
May Allah swt bless us all with the taufeeq to set deen and its requirements on the top of our priorities in life, for our own success, peace and happiness in both the worlds….aameen!