In the name of Allah
“Verily, the first House appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and guidance for all the worlds. In it are manifest, the Station of Ibrahim; whosoever enter it, he attains security. And Hajj to the House is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the journey to it, and whoever disbelieves then Allah stands not in need of any of the worlds.” [The Holy Quran 3:96-97]
The people of the world are usually aware of two kinds of journey. One journey is that which is made to earn livelihood which includes business, immigration and educational trips. The second one is that which is undertaken for pleasure and sightseeing and visiting family and friends.
In both of these journeys man is impelled to go abroad by his need and desire. He leaves home for the purpose of his own, he spends money or time for his own requirements. Therefore, no question of sacrifice or devotion arises in such a journey.
There is however a unique journey called ‘Hajj pilgrimage’ that is quite different from that of all other journeys.
A Hajj pilgrim leaves his family and business behind, bearing the rigors of the travel to a dessert country, spends money with no worldly expectation and compensation.
Such act is a proof of devotion to the Command of the Almighty God and that there is a fear of God and love for Him.