Saying of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم: ‘اَلْحَجُّ الْمَبْرُوْرُ لَيْسَ لَهُ جَزَاءٌ إِلَّا الْجَنَّةُ’. Translation: The reward for Hajj Mabroor is nothing else but Jannah [Paradise]. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 586, Hadees 1773)
It means that the reward for accepted Hajj will not only be worldly benefits and the forgiveness of sins or salvation from Hell or reduction in torment, but one will definitely get Jannah. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 4, pp. 96)
What is Hajj Mabroor?
Mabroor [مَبْرُور] has formed from ‘بِرٌّ’ which means: That obedience and great virtue through which closeness to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is attained. Hajj Mabroor can also be called “Hajj Maqbool”. ‘Ulama [Islamic scholars] have mentioned its different definitions:
1 Hajj Mabroor is the Hajj in which a person refrains from sins.
2 That Hajj in which one refrains from pretentiousness, fame and showing off.
3 That Hajj after which a pilgrim refrains from sins till his death and does not commit a deed which wastes his Hajj.
4 Hajj Mabroor is the one which softens the heart of a Haji so that his heart remains grieved and eyes remain tearful.
5 Hajj Mabroor is: Perfectly fulfilling those commandments (Arkaan, conditions, Wajib acts, etc.) of Hajj which a person has been commanded to fulfil.
6 Sayyiduna Khuwajah Hasan Basri رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated: Hajj Maqbool is the one after which a Haji becomes uninterested in Dunya, and interested in the matters of the Hereafter. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 5, pp. 441; Fath-ul-Baari, vol. 4, pp. 329, Taht-al-Hadees: 1521)
O devotees of Rasool! Every Haji should wish that his Hajj is accepted in the court of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.
How can a Hajj be Mabroor?
Those deeds which are helpful in Hajj being accepted:
1 A person should do Hajj from Tahir [pure] and Halal [lawful] wealth. (Zurqaani ‘alal Muwatta Imam Maalik, vol. 2, pp. 376, Taht-al-Hadees: 783)
2 A person should refrain from sins.
3 A person should show goodness to people.
4 He should serve them food.
5 He should talk to them politely.
6 He should say Salam [to people] extensively. (‘Umda-tul-Qaari, vol. 7, pp. 402, Taht-al-Hadees: 1779)
7 He should keep food more than his need so that he keeps helping his companions and giving it to Faqeers [the poor]. (Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, pp. 1051)
Signs of Hajj Mabroor
Hujjat-ul-Islam, Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad Ghazali رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated: The following are the signs of Hajj being accepted:
1 If a person suffers a loss or physical or financial trouble, he should accept it contentedly.
2 A person should abandon the sins he used to commit.
3 A person should abandon the friendship of bad friends and make friendship with pious people.
4 A person should abandon the gatherings of “fun and frolic” and heedlessness, and he should join the gatherings of Zikr and wakefulness. (Ihya-ul-‘Uloom, vol. 1, pp. 354)
5 After his return, a person should become uninterested in Dunya and pay attention to the Hereafter; and after beholding Baytullah [بَیْتُ اللّٰە], he should prepare for meeting his Rab عَزَّوَجَلَّ. (Ihya-ul-‘Uloom, vol. 1, pp. 349)
Hajj is not a permission letter to commit sins in the future
After Hajj, if a person does not carry out the missed acts of worship and does not fulfil the unfulfilled rights of people, he will start bearing the burden of all these sins again. Delaying fulfilling the unfulfilled rights is a new sin. Hajj washes away previous sins; it is not a permission letter for committing sins in the future. The sign of Hajj Mabroor is that a person returns after becoming better than before. (Derived from: Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 24, pp. 466)
Refrain from disobedience
Sayyiduna Fudayl [فُضَیْل] Bin Iyaad رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه said to a Haji: O Haji! Certainly, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ puts a stamp of Noor [light] on deed of a Haji; therefore, refrain from breaking this stamp by committing disobedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. (Ar-Raud-ul-Faaiq, pp. 55)
O Hajis! Make the intention: I will make tremendous efforts to refrain from sins not only during this sacred journey but even after it.
Adopt good company
Remember! The desire to refrain from sins while being in a bad company is similar to the desire that clothes do not get wet after jumping into water! It is a Madani advice that adopt the company of devotees of Rasool by getting associated with the Madani environment of Dawat-e-Islami; اِنْ شَـآءَ اللّٰە, along with other blessings, you will develop the yearning for refraining from sins, and yearning for carrying out virtuous deeds and respectfully paying a visit to Makkah and Madinah again and again. May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless us with the privilege of Hajj Mabroor again and again.
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم