Hajj for Muslims is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is the responsibility of every healthy and wealthy Muslim to perform Hajj as many times as he can or at least once in a lifetime. Millions of people perform Hajj every year, however, not all of them have the exact intention that is required to perform the Hajj.
Hajj is the issue of Ibadah (worship); however, some people perform Hajj to gain reputation or status among their peers. Being called by the title of ‘Hajji’ is very satisfying for some people even if they don’t perform their other religious duties adequately. It is important to learn that a Hajj performed for any reason other than religious duty will not be accepted and the pilgrim would have to re perform the Hajj next year.
Also, the money used to perform Hajj has to be from halal sources. Stolen money, capital earned from saving profits on a static amount etc. aren’t halal thus cannot be utilised for performing the Hajj. Also, money gained from selling or trading haram products such as alcohol etc. is also not allowed during any part of the Hajj.
“Whoever does Hajj for the sake of Allah (SWT), … will come back like the day his mother gave birth to him” [Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1449; Muslim, 1350]
According to Al-Ghazali, who was a Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic of Persian descent, Prophet Mohammed once said;
“In later days, the people will go for Hajj but their object will be four: the rulers will go for holiday, the rich for trade and commerce, the poor for begging, and the learned for name and fame.” (Imam Ghazali, Ihya ulum ad deen – Kitab al asrar al hajj)