This monograph explains the concept of the Hajj pilgrimage in its historical background and spiritual context. It also details out, step by step, the various rites and rituals associated with this pilgrimage.
The rites and rituals as enjoined in Islam are not merely ceremonies to be performed mechanically. They always carry a profound spiritual significance and guide mankind to the path of piety and righteousness. As for instance Salaat (five daily prayer) prevents us from sinful and blasphemous deeds. Saum or fasting continuously for one month from dawn to dusk is a great exercise in patience, restraint and self control. Zakaat or the Poor Due inspires us to be charitable and to help the needy and the poor and mitigate their suffering in order to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Similarly, the pilgrimage for Hajj inspires Muslims to submit completely to the will of Allah (SWT) as was done by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his elder son Prophet Isma’il (AS). Simultaneously it inculcates among Muslims a strong feeling of fraternity, equality and unity.
The spiritual benefits of the Hajj pilgrimage maximize if the rites and rituals relating to Hajj are performed precisely the same way as they were performed by the Prophet (SAWS). The meaning and significance of the various rites relating to the Hajj pilgrimage such as the declaration of the state of Ehram at Miqaat, the stay at Mina, and prayers in the plains of Arafat, which plays a key role among the pilgrimage rites, have been explained in simple language for easy understanding. Further, the monograph also highlights the actions and deeds, which are forbidden during the course of the Hajj.
The monograph is compiled by a Committee of Experts led by late Mr. Syed Abdul Wali Quadri, former Chancellor of Jamia Nizamiah, Hyderabad, one of the oldest and reputed Islamic Institutes in India.