Hajj the fifth pillar of Islam is not just a religious duty, but it is also a rewarding journey for any Muslim, who has performed all its rights in properly. One of these rewards is that Allah will write off all our past sins that will eventually pave our way to Paradise in eternal life. You can learn more about the rewards of Hajj from the following Ahadith in which our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said that “He who came to this House (the Ka’bah) (with the intention in performing Hajj) without speaking or committing indecencies, would return (free from sin) as on the day his mother bore him.” (Muslim, 2/3129)
Another hadith reveals that “From one ‘Umrah to another is expiation for what is between them and Hajj Mabrûr has no reward except Paradise.” (Bukhari and Muslim). It means that the everlasting reward of major pilgrimage is nothing but Paradise. Where, we will experience a life that will be full of happiness, prosperity and peace. The Quran says, “But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness. We shall soon admit them to Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath, to dwell therein forever. Allâh’s promise is the truth, and whose word can be truer than Allâh’s?” (Qur’an 4:122)
That’s not all our prayers are also accepted as a reward for performing Hajj properly. So Hajj is the best time to ask for forgiveness of Allah, as he responds to our prayers. As it is mentioned in the following Hadith, Abu Hurayrah (r.a., radhiallahu anhu) relates that Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Those who perform the Hajj and those who perform the umrah are people who have come to visit Allah. If they supplicate Him He will respond to them, and if they ask Him for forgiveness He will forgive them.” (Tirmidhi 2536 and Ibn Majah)
Since Allah listen and responds to pilgrims’ supplications therefore it is the best time to ask for his blessings both in this world and the life after it. Pilgrims can make such a prayer when they are performing the Tawaaf of Khana Kaaba and are between Yamini corner and Hajr e Aswad (black stone) based on this Ahdith: ‘Abdullah bin As-Sa’ib narrated: “I heard Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) say between the two corners, ‘O Allah, bring us a blessing in this world and a blessing in the next and guard us from punishment of Hell.’” (Abu Dawud 1887)
Besides eternal benefits, Hajj Mabrûr also enables pilgrims to enjoy great rewards in world too. Economic wealth is one of these worldly benefits. Allah says in his last book that “It is no crime in you if you seek of the bounty of your Rabb (during pilgrimage). Then when you pour down from (Mount) Arafat, celebrate the praises of Allah at the Sacred Monument, and celebrate His praises as He has directed you even though before this you went astray.” (Qur’an, 2:198)
Above all, performing Hajj increases your imaan and at the same time it improves your physical fitness too, as the holy journey demands lot of walking and running. Thus, one has to take good care of themselves if they really want to complete this journey. And the best way to do it is by performing regular exercise and eating good food.