Every year, millions of Muslims perform Hajj. People visit Mecca to fulfil their religious duty from all parts of the world. There are a number of benefits that performing Hajj provides to every Hajji. Here we will take a brief look at each benefit to understand the importance of the rituals of Hajj for Muslims.
Step One: Purification
The first step of the pilgrimage to Mecca is purification. When a Muslim decides to depart for Mecca, he sheds his worldly concerns in order to be fully involved in the activities performed during Hajj. Each individual is required shedding his attire and wearing the two white sheets in order to symbolise purity.
Step Two: The Journey of Renewal
Step two is the journey of renewal. Every pilgrim recites a constant stream of prayer throughout the journey, verses from the Holy Quran, in order to purify his thoughts and to remain focused.
Step Three: Circumambulation
Every Muslim circles around the House of God, the Ka’aba seven times while reciting verses praising the power of Allah (SWT). The whole process of circumambulation reaffirms that everything belongs to Allah.
Step Four: The Sacrifice
Lastly comes the sacrifice, which is the fourth step of Hajj. The ritual run between two stones as well as the assailing of the stones using pebbles is a symbolic battle and triumph against Satan. This step is followed by prayer and the sacrifice of an animal such as a goat, cow or camel. This sacrifice mimics the centuries old sacrifice that prophet Ibrahim made for the will of Allah (SWT). Lastly, the pilgrims show a similar devotion by shaving their hair to complete the ritual of renewal.
When a Muslim has completed all the rituals of pilgrimage, he becomes a hajji. May Allah (SWT) give us the power to perform Hajj in the manner that covers all the rituals which are required to fulfil the purpose of Hajj (Amen).