In the name of Allah, the most compassionate,
“And pilgrimage to the House is incumbent
upon men for the sake of Allah, (upon) every one
who is able to undertake the journey to it”;
Holy Quran, (3:97)
The word Hajj means to intend, to win over someone
by argument and frequently visit someone. As a
religious term it refers to the act of worship:
circumambulating the Kaaba (Tawaf, praying and
performing the other prescribed deeds).
Hajj is the Pilgrimage to Makkah in Islam. Hajj
is the fifth of the Five Pillars and one of the
ten Branches of religion (Obligations of Islam
or Furo-e-Deen), which takes place during the Islamic
month of Dhu al-Hijjah. Entrance to Makkah itself
is forbidden to non-Muslims and the entire city
is considered a holy site to Islam.
Baitullah is another name for Kaaba, is a sacred
house in the centre of Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah
and Baitullah means House of Allah. Hence Hajj-e-Baytullah,
Hajj-e-Baitullah or Hajj-e-Baitulla means Pilgrimage
to the House of Allah.
This is the Worship (Ibadat) that becomes obligatory
once in a lifetime. Therefore, its conditions,
its difficulties and its rewards are unique.
Those who are able to fulfil this obligation are
indeed privileged. But this privilege can become
a ban instead of a boon if it is misused. And it
is easy to misuse it. Misuse takes the form of
oblivion of the rules, carelessness in performance
of the rites and ignorance of the importance of
the rites of Hajj in the living of one's life.
Therefore, the more sincere effort the Hajji (Person
who performs the Hajj) puts in, the greater the
reward, and this Guide is an aid to this sincere
effort according of many learned scholars.
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