Origin and Significance Of Hajj

Origin and Significance Of Hajj  

Hajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the Last among those acts of worship which Islam enjoins Upon you, 
Like the Prayer, Fasting and thanks giving, it moulds your life and prepares you so that -you may live in surrender to Allah. 
The world Hajj means  to visit a holy place: visiting the Ka'ba in Makka is, therefore, called Hajj. 

How did it begin?

The origin of Hajj is rooted in the Prophet Ibrähim's life, peace be him. That story is very instructive, and illustrative, too, of the true meaning and significance of Hajj. That story you must know to fully understand the benefits Hajj can bring to you. Life and Mission of the Prophet Ibrähim Which Muslim, Christian or Jew does not know the name of Ibrähim (peace be on him)! Two-thirds of mankind revere him as their leader. The Prophets Müsä, 'isä and Muhammad, peace be on them, are all his descendants. It is the lamp of guidance lit by him that has long illuminated the whole world. Ibrahim was born in what is now, Iraq, over forgotten the One God. No One recognized the Master. no one lived in surrender and obedienceto Him.

The people among whom Ibrahim was born while the most advanced in the world in science, industry and agriculture. were also the most steeped in ignorance and error. one simple thing they. despite their technological advance. could understand: anything which has itself been created Cannot be worthy of worship. Idolatry was the norm Superstitions like astrology, idol-worship, divination' witchcraft and use of talismcn and amulet  was widespread. A priest class controlled the temples, worship rites and ntuals, conducted marriage and funeral ceremonies, and claimed to be oracles. able to disclose the unknown. foretell the future, and detcrmir Divine wishes. And the people, in general. that they indeed had such powers. that they had access to their deities, that they could intercede with them on their behalf or invoke their wrath to fan upon them. For them the priests were the lords their fate, The kings were in collusion with the priests, two sides working together to keep the people under their servitude. They gave full backing to the priests, and the priests made the people believe that the king of the day, as well as being the owner of his country and complete master of his subjects, was also a god among other gods. His word was the supreme law; hi power over their lives and properties was absolute. Indeed, worship rites were performed for and before the king so that the belief in his godhood came to the entrenched in the minds of his subjects. In times like this, the Prophet Ibrahim was born into a family of privileged priests. His forefathers were high priests and it was quite natural that he should follow in their footsteps. He received the same education and training; the same gifts and offerings were awaiting him. Many adherents were eagerly waiting for the moment when they could bow their heads before him with folded hands. The ancestral seat priestly power could be his for the taking. In this dismal darkness, where not a single soul existed who knew or believed in the Truth, it would not ordinarily have been possible for a man like Ibrähim to find its light, nor break away from the life of comfort and power mapped out for him by his family.

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