No Hajj This Year But Zakat Is Also Important As Hajj
عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُوْلُ : بُنِيَ اْلإِسْلاَمُ عَلَى خَمْسٍ : شَهَادَةُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّداً رَسُوْلُ اللهِ وَإِقَامُ الصَّلاَةِ وَإِيْتَاءُ الزَّكَاةِ وَحَجُّ الْبَيْتِ وَصَوْمُ رَمَضَانَ
On the authority of Abdullah, the son of Umar Ibn-Al-Khattab (R.A.), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) say: "Islam has been built on five [pillars]: testifying that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing the Salah (Namaz, Prayer), paying the Zakat (obligatory charity), perform the Hajj (pilgrimage to Makah) to the House of Kaaba, and fasting in Ramadan." (Bukhari: 8)
Islam is based on the Five Pillars, which constitute the most important aspects of Muslim practice. Islam teaches that all Muslims have five responsibilities to follow if they are to live a successful and responsible life. These are the Five Pillars:
- Salat or prayer
- Zakat or charity
- Swam or fasting
- Hajj: the pilgrimage to Makah
Muslims consider all these pillars to be very important because they are the foundation of Islam.
Unfortunately, Due to the ongoing epidemic of Corona virus, many of us will be unable to perform Hajj this year. Muslims had a difficult time not attending Friday and Eid prayers in Makah, but this year, applicants to perform the Hajj will be faced with even more disappointment.
The Holy Prophet SAW said:
“(The performance of) the Umrah to the (next) Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between them. And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (Hajj which is accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise.” [Bukhari]
For those who are planning for the Hajj this year, its cancellation has probably made them very sad, as Hajj is a lifelong opportunity. Hajj is so expensive that there are always people who cannot afford to perform it, and those who cannot perform it are those who don’t possess the resources. It is true that Islam is not just a religion for the wealthy, therefore there are a number of practices that are equivalent to Hajj. Alhamdulillah! The obligation to perform Hajj cannot be altered by any of these actions. In contrast, there are some deeds that offer similar rewards to Hajj.
Good Deeds Same Reward as Hajj
You can also gain the same rewards for your good deeds as the Hajj by performing the following good deeds
- Remembering Allah from Fajr to sunrise.
- Perform wudu then go to the masjid to perform salah
- Pray the Ishraq prayer after sunrise
- Go to the masjid to learn or teach
- Give to Masjid Al-Aqsa
- Performing Eid prayer
- Fulfill the needs of your brother or sister
You can get a reward equal to Hajj even if you can’t do Hajj due to a corona virus or another issue. The rewards for doing the good deeds mentioned above, especially fulfilling the needs of your brothers and sisters in Ummah and performing Zakat, are equal to Hajj. In this way, the human race is constantly performing Hajj – not in the sense of the rituals of Hajj but simply by seeking Allah in every action.
Zakat reminds us that our wealth is given by Allah, and is cleansed for Him, making sure that we fulfil the obligations of our benefit, which our excess wealth is rearranged to those who are struggling to survive.
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