Some Important Things About Hajj ~ Hi all readers! In several previous articles, I have explained many things about Hajj and Umrah. There are many important things about those two things that we must understand. Well, in this article I will explain some more important things about Hajj. I think we all know that the obligatory hajj is the first hajj. But do you know why only the first Hajj is required? Why does Islam not require Muslims to do that every year? Does anyone capable of performing the hajj have to do it immediately? If you want to know the answer, then you should read this article to the end!
As usual, before I explain this article more, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Some Important Things About Hajj
The hadith I mean is as follows;
عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : خَطَبَنَا رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ : إِنَّ اللهَ كَتَبَ عَلَيْكُمْ الْحَجَّ . فَقَامَ الْأَقْرَعُ بْنُ حَابِسٍ فَقَالَ : أَفِيْ كُلِّ عَامٍ يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ ؟ قَالَ : لَوْ قُلْتُهَا لَوَجَبَتْ , الْحَجُّ مَرَّةً فَمَا زَادَ فَهُوَ تَطَوُّعٌ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةُ غَيْرُ التِّرْمِذِيِّ
From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhu, he said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ever preached to us. He then said, “Verily Allah has obliged Hajj to you.” Al-Aqra’ bin Habis then stood up and asked, “Is it every year, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “If I said that, it would be an obligation. Hajj (mandatory) is one time. The Hajj is done after that is a suggestion.” The hadith is narrated by five people besides at-Tirmidhi (Ahmad, Abu Daud, an-Nasa’I, and Ibn Majah).
All Readers! There are some important things about the above hadith that we must know;
First; The hadith explains that the obligatory Hajj is the first Hajj, while the Hajj after that is a recommendation.
Second; the majority of Islamic legal experts say, that if a Muslim is able to perform the hajj, then he must do it immediately. If he delays doing that, he will sin. Ash-Shafi’I said that a Muslim may postpone the pilgrimage, even though he is able to do it immediately. He will not sin even if he does.
Third; if a Muslim has made Hajj, then he left Islam, then he returned to Islam, then he is not obliged to do Hajj again. Hajj is an obligation that must be done once in a lifetime, for people who are able to do it.
All Readers! If we understand the brief explanation above, then of course we already understand the answers to some of the questions above. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that’s enough for a brief explanation of some important things about Hajj. May be useful! Amen!
See you in the next article!
Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibanatu al-Ahkam Syarhu Bulughi al-Maram, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 366-368.