Attain the Reward of Hajj Without Actually Performing It

Attain the Reward of Hajj Without Actually Performing It
10 Days Of Dhul Hijjah

Attain the Reward of Hajj Without Actually Performing It

  • masjidmuhammad
  • Jul 15, 2021

How many times have you performed ḥajj?
How many times would you have liked to perform ḥajj?
Although nothing compares to physically performing
ḥajj, Allah from His kindness and sheer generosity has
provided us with the opportunity to receive the reward of
ḥajj without actually performing it.
Ibn Rajab wrote: “Allah has placed the love and
longing in His slaves’ hearts to visit His Sacred House,
and yet not everyone is capable of doing so every year.
Therefore, He made the ḥajj obligatory once in a lifetime
for the one who is able, and He made the season (the
10 days of Dhul Ḥijjah) for everybody: those travelling
to His House and those remaining behind at home. Thus,
whoever is unable to perform ḥajj can still perform acts
of worship in these 10 days, the reward of which is
greater than the reward of jihād; and the reward of jihād
is greater than the reward of ḥajj.”

Even though we cannot visit His Sacred House and
be physically present in the inimitable atmosphere
of ʿArafah and ḥajj, we can still hope to obtain similar
rewards inshā’Allah by performing the following actions:

  1. Fajr in congregation, dhikr until sunrise followed by
    two rakahs
    The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever offers Fajr
    in congregation and remains seated, engaging in the
    remembrance of Allah until the sun has risen, and then
    offers two rakʿahs, he will have a reward equal to that
    of performing ḥajj and ʿumrah.” He said: “Complete,
    complete, complete (i.e. complete reward).” (Tirmidhī)
    The scholars have also stated that this reward is equally
    applicable to a woman (praying at home) who sits in the
    place where she performs Fajr and remembers Allah or
    recites the Qur’ān until sunrise.
  2. Salah in congregation
    The Messenger of Allah  said: “Whoever leaves his
    house having purified himself for the compulsory prayer,
    his reward is like the reward of the pilgrim in iḥrām…”
    (Abū Dāwūd) By walking to the Masjid for all the compulsory prayers
    for a year, you will gain the reward of performing ḥajj
    more than 1,770 times.
  3. Going to the Masjid to learn or teach
    The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever goes to the
    Masjid, only intending to learn some good or teach it, he
    will have the reward of a complete ḥajj.” (Ṭabarānī)
    In the past, people would travel far and wide to seek
    knowledge. Now, even though we have scholars and
    classes on our doorsteps, we struggle to devote time
    to attending lectures and classes in the Masjid. Let us
    change this by seeking knowledge in the Houses of Allah.
  4. Financing someone’s hajj
    The Messenger of Allah  said: “Whoever equips a
    warrior, or finances a pilgrim or takes care of his family
    in his absence, or provides ifṭār for the fasting person, he
    will have the same reward as them, without their reward
    being diminished at all.” (Ibn Khuzaymah)
  5. Tasbih, tahmid and takbir 33 times after salah
    Abū Hurayrah  narrated: Some poor people came to
    the Prophet and they said: “The wealthy have taken
    the higher ranks and permanent bliss: they pray like we
    pray, they fast like we fast; but they have more money
    through which they perform ḥajj, ʿumrah, jihād and
    charity.” He  said: “Shall I not inform you of a matter
    which if you hold on to, you will catch up with those who
    have outdone you; and nobody after you will be able to
    catch up with you, and you would be the best of those
    amongst the people around you – except for the one who
    does the same as you: say Subḥanallāh, Alḥamdulillāh
    and Allāhu Akbar thirty-three times after each ṣalāh.”
    Ibn al-Qayyim wrote: “Thus, he made dhikr a
    substitution for the ḥajj, ʿumrah and jihād they had missed
    out on; and informed them that they would surpass them
    with this dhikr.”
  6. Umrah in Ramadan
    The Messenger of Allah  said: “…Inform her that
    (performing ʿumrah in Ramaḍān) is equivalent to
    performing ḥajj with me.” (Abū Dāwūd)
  7. A genuine intention to perform hajj
    Make a genuine intention in your heart that if Allah
    gave you the means, you would travel to His House and
    perform ḥajj. If Allah sees that your intention is sincere,
    He will grant you the reward of a complete ḥajj.
    This is similar to what the Prophet  said about the
    companions who were unable to join them in the Battle
    of Tabūk: “Indeed there are some people in Madīnah:
    you did not travel any portion of the journey nor did you
    cross any valley except that they were with you.” The
    companions asked: “O Messenger of Allah, whilst they
    are in Madīnah?” He replied: “Whilst they are in Madīnah.
    A (genuine) excuse held them back.” (Bukhārī)

Ibn Rajab explains that those who remain
behind due to a valid excuse partake in the reward
of those who perform the journey:
يا راحلين إلى البيت العتيق لقد سرتم جسوما وسرنا نحن أرواحا
إنا أقمنا على عذر وقد رحلوا ومن أقام على عذر كمن راحا
“O you who are journeying to the Ancient House,
You have journeyed with your bodies and we
have journeyed with our hearts.
We have remained behind due to an excuse, and
they have gone;
And whoever remains behind due to an excuse is
like the one who has gone.”

Ibn Rajab goes on to say that whilst some of Allah’s
servants physically travel to His house, there are some
servants who travel to Allah with their hearts. These
individuals may surpass the ones physically travelling to
His House, due to their sincerity and determination.
May Allah make us from those who always long, mentally
and spiritually, to visit His Sacred House. May we never
be deprived from the mercy that surrounds it. And may
our actions be a means of securing the same rewards as
the fortunate pilgrims who visit it every year.

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