💎 Sixth goal: To Witness Things that are of Benefit to Them
Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat al-Hajj (22:27-28):
“And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj). That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the Name of Allaah on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah), over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice) (at the time of their slaughtering by saying: Bismillaah, wa Allaahu-Akbar, Allaahumma Minka wa Ilaik). Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time.”
The benefits of Hajj are numerous and uncountable. Similarly, one cannot enumerate its lessons and admonitions. Allaah (Ta’ala) mentioned the word ‘benefits’ in indefinite form to signify its abundance and diversity (variety). Witnessing the benefits of Hajj is something intended, because the letter Laam in the word “Li-Yash-Hadu” (witness) signifies reason and is linked with the Command in verse 27. Accordingly, the meaning is as follows: Read the rest of this entry
In part two of the series, we look at two more goals behind performing Hajj.
💎 Fourth goal: Establishing the Remembrance of Allaah
From the goals of Hajj is to establish the remembrance of Allaah, as is the noble purpose behind all other righteous deeds.
Allaah (Ta’ala) says regarding the prayer, in Surat Ta-Ha (20:14):
“Verily! I am Allaah! La ilaaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-Salaat Iqaamat-as-Salaat) for My Remembrance.”
Similarly, Hajj, fasting, and all acts of worship have been prescribed for the purpose of establishing the remembrance of Allaah. Therefore, Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat al-Baqarah (2:198):
“Then when you leave ‘Arafat, remember Allaah (by glorifying His Praises, i.e. prayers and invocations, etc.) at the Mash’ar-il-Haram. And remember Him (by invoking Allaah for all good, etc.) as He has guided you, and verily, you were, before, of those who were astray.”
And in Surat al-Hajj (22:27-28), Allaah (Ta’ala) says: Read the rest of this entry
Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam that a Muslim is obliged to make at least once in his life. It is a great and lofty act of worship and one of the greatest acts with which the believer draws nearer to Allaah. Hajj consists of many noble goals and great purposes through which are sought. In this three part series ‘Noble Goals of Hajj’, eight goals will be presented in detail.
💎 First goal: The Fulfilment of Tawheed
The greatest goal of Hajj is the fulfilment of the Tawheed of Allaah and disassociation from its opposite; Shirk. This is because Tawheed is the purpose which Allaah has created us for. The great status of Tawheed is clearly shown in the great rites of Hajj and its blessed symbols. Tawheed is the foundation on which the Religion of Allaah is based and by which every act of obedience which the believer performs to draw nearer to Allaah is established. Allaah will not accept any act of worship that is not based on Tawheed and disassociation from Shirk.
🔖Therefore, Jabir (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated in the context of his explanation of the Hajj of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), that he (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) pronounced the Oneness of Allaah (saying): Read the rest of this entry
Q: When should a person start Takbir (saying: “Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]“) following the conclusion of Prayer [during the days of `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice)]? And what is the evidence of this prescription?
A: It is prescribed for the pilgrims to pronounce Talbiyah (devotional expressions chanted at certain times during Hajj and `Umrah) when they enter into Ihram (ritual state for Hajj or `Umrah) until they throw pebbles at Jamrat-ul-`Aqabah (the closest stone pillar to Makkah). This is based on the Hadith reported on the authority of Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his father): We left early in the morning with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) from Mina to `Arafah; some of us were performing Talbiyah and the others performing Takbir. The obligatory Takbir of Hajj starts after offering the Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer on the Day of Nahr (Sacrifice, 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, when pilgrims slaughter their sacrificial animals) until the `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer on the last of the Days of Tashriq (11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah). As for non-pilgrims, they should start Takbir starting from after the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer on the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah) until the end of the Days of Tashriq. The evidence of the prescription of Takbir is Allah’s Saying: And remember Allâh during the appointed Days and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to say Takbîr (Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great)] for having guided you This is what the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) used to do.
Grand Mufti Of Saudi Arabia His Eminence Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh
It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (Radi Allaahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
“The best Du’aa is the Du’aa on the Day of ‘Arafah, and the best thing that I and the Prophets before me said is:
‘Laa ilaaha illallaah, wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-Mulku
wa lahul-hamd, wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shayin qadeer’.”
(There is nothing that deserves to be worshiped in truth except Allaah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is All-Powerful over all things)
[ At-Tirmidhee (#3585): Declared hasan by Shaykh al-Albaanee. See As-Saheehah (#1503)]
Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years. :
The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim (no. 1162)]
Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) – rahimahullaah – said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]
[ Source: The Month of Dhul-Hijjah – Al-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue No.6 ]
Allah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day
Likewise, the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]
[ Source: The Month of Dhul-Hijjah – Al-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue No.6 ] Read the rest of this entry
The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord.
It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” 
Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” 
Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) – rahimahullaah – said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” 
 Related by Muslim (no. 1162), from Aboo Qataadah (radiyallaahu ’anhu).
 Related by Muslim (no. 1348), from ’Aa‘ishah (radiyallaahu ’anhaa).
 Refer to Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377).