Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims, that must be carried out one in their lifetimes by all adults who can physically and financially undertake the journey. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with Shahadah (belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as prophet), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity) and Sawm (fasting). The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to Allah.
- “Among the lessons I learned on Hajj was that I needed to be mindful and keep the inner connection with God at all times and that self-improvement is definitely a never-ending struggle.” – Kristiane Backer, From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
- “The knolls of Safa and Marwah are among the rites decreed by God. Anyone who observes Hajj” – Quran 2:158
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- “Umrah commits no error by traversing the distance between them. If one volunteers more righteous works, then God is Appreciative, Omniscient.” – Quran 2:158
- “Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) Said: Whoever performs Hajj with any obscenity Shall return (from Hajj) like a newborn baby.” – Al Bukhari.
- “Hajj – A journey that starts off by seeking for his forgiveness and culminates with giving our forgiveness to others.” – Unknown
- “Don’t save Hajj for the old age! You don’t know the date of your appointment with the angel of Death.” – Dr Bilal Philips
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- Most Muslims will greet each other during this time by saying ‘Hajj Mubarak’, which loosely translates as ‘happy Hajj’.
- O, Allah! Give me the ability to perform Hajj and to stay on the right lane forever.
- O Allah, please grant blessings on this special Hajj. Accept their hajj and give us a chance to perform hajji every other year. Ameen!
- As we celebrate this special day may joy change your spirit with excitement and grace!
- O’ My fellow Muslims, let’s all turn to Allah and repose trust in him. May we seek his blessings along the way. Hajj Mubarak!
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