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Virtues of Hajj

The Prophet (S) said when he was asked about the best deeds that a person could do, 

"Belief in Allah and His Messenger." Then he was asked: "what else?" He said, "striving for the sake of Allah -Jihaad -" Then he was asked: "what else?" He said, "a Hajj, which is free from vice - accepted and complete." [Agreed upon]

He also said,

"A 'Umrah is a mean of expiation of sins committed between it and the next and a Mabroor Hajj - complete and accepted - has no reward for it but Jannah." [Agreed upon]

And he also said,

"Whoever performs Hajj to this house - Ka'bah- and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he, or she, will come out as the day he, or she, was born - pure and free from sins." [Agreed upon]

And when he was asked by his wife 'Aisha (r) whether women are also supposed to perform Jihaad or not, he replied saying,

"Yes! The Jihaad they have to do is a Jihaad without fighting; it is Hajj and 'Umrah." [Ahmad and Ibn Maajah]

Since there is a lot of physical effort in Hajj and 'Umrah, it is usually more difficult for the old people, women and children. Therefore, performing this act of worship is considered as high as doing Jihaad, which is the striving in defending the necessities of life. The Messenger of Allah (S) said in this regard,

"The Jihaad of old people, children, physically weak persons, and women is by performing Hajj and 'Umrah." [Ahmad and An-Nassaa'i]

The people performing Hajj or 'Umrah are the guests of Allah because He invited them and they came. The Prophet (S) said,

"The people performing Hajj or 'Umrah are the guests of Allah. If they ask Him something He answers them and if they ask him forgiveness He forgives them." [Related by an-Nassaa'i, ibn Maajah, ibn Hibbaan and ibn Khuzaymah]

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