Hajj is the 5th pillar of Islam and is considered the best form of Muslim worship and is one of the most sublime virtues. All the Muslims around the globe come to Makkah to offer their prayers and complete their duties towards their religion. Every year Government announces hajj packages and takes the free hajj applications. There are different Hajj packages for the Hajj travelers. You can choose any according to your requirements and budget.
Their decision is based on their convenience and feasibility. Every year, it is seen that the number of senior citizens is greater than the youth. People go to Hajj after getting retirement or in old age. It means they need more facilities as compared to young travelers. Other than these facilities, they need to learn some other things to make their travel comfortable.
Significance of Hajj and Umrah
Hajj is mandatory once in a life on the people who can afford it. Significance of Hajj is proved through the Hadith and Quran. Among several rituals, Hajj is the most important duty for the Muslims. It is a prime component. According to the Hadith, it is an indispensable pillar. Prophet PBUH has said
“Islam has been built on five pillars: testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, performing the prayers, paying the zakah, making the pilgrimage to the House, and fasting in Ramadan.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Once in a lifetime
Hajj is mandatory but it is for once in a life. Muslims can perform Hajj one time in their entire life because Islam gives relief to its people to perform Hajj and Umrah because journey is not easy and affordable again and again. One day, prophet PBUH, has narrated to Abu Hurairah May Allah be pleased with him and has said
“O people! Allah has prescribed Hajj upon you, so perform it.“
A man asked is it mandatory for every year. Prophet Peace be upon him kept silent. Then, he asked the question again. Prophet Peace be upon him said
“Had I answered in the affirmative, it would have become a (yearly) obligation, and this would have been beyond your capacity.”
Then he said again to people
“Leave me alone so long as I leave you alone (i.e. do not ask questions about things I didn’t mention). What caused the destruction of the people before you was that they used to ask so many questions, and disagree with their Prophets.
So when I command you to do something, do it to the extent of your ability, and if I forbid you from doing something, avoid it.” (Muslim)
Significance of Umrah
Umrah is not mandatory but performing umrah many times does not mean that you can get an exemption from Hajj. It is the best prayer to get confession from the sins. Actually, this is the reason, Muslims come for Umrah in Mecca throughout the year. For Muslims, it is a sacred and holy city.