WHAT IS THE HAJJ?
All acts of worship in Islam are a special form of gaining closeness to Allah. Ibâdas, precepts and prohibitions exist for the believer to lead a proper life and polish his character. The Hajj is a special Ibâdah during which the pilgrims try to combine the physical and the spiritual and to get closer to Allah. Additionally, there is a psychological aspect to the Hajj. Not only can Muslims grow spiritually but gain control over their nafs. Visiting the sacred sites is another way to consilidate one’s personal value system by reinforcing virtues like patience, solidarity, tolerance, support etc.
On a social level, the Hajj contributes to cohesion, solidarity and a sense of community among Muslims. The Hajj reflects the verse “All Muslims are brothers and sisters”. It becomes palpable for all pilgrims when they enter into the state of Ihrâm. The obligations of the Ihrâm aim at sensitizing the pilgrim to the needs of other creatures and turning his mind towards the Hereafter.
The Hajj is like a prequel to the Day of Resurrection. The pilgrim recognizes his Creator and at the same time becomes aware of his position as a creature. The Hajj brings Muslims from all countries together. All of them experience the very same feelings, share the same values and harbour the same hopes. When they have fulfilled their obligations and leave the blessed locations, they do so as an inseperable part of one great Ummah.