The Objective of Hajj: Ibn Taymiyah

Sheikh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyah wrote the following words concerning the purpose of our worship, and Hajj in particular:

والعبادات التي شرعها الله كلها تتضمن إخلاص الدين كله لله تحقيقا لقوله تعالى وما أمروا إلا ليعبدوا الله مخلصين له الدين حنفاء ويقيموا الصلاة ويؤتوا الزكاة وذلك دين القيمة . فالصلاة لله وحده والصدقة لله وحده والصيام لله وحده والحج لله وحده إلى بيت الله وحده فالمقصود من الحج عبادة الله وحده في البقاع التي أمر الله بعبادته فيها ولهذا كان الحج شعار الحنيفية حتى قال طائفة من السلف حنفاء لله أي حجاجا فإن اليهود والنصارى لا يحجون البيت

All of the worship which Allah has legislated is comprised of making the religion exclusively, sincerely and truly for Allah. This is like His statement:

وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّـهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاءَ وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ

And you have not been commanded except to worship Allah, making the religion exclusively for Him, as monotheists, and to establish the salah and to give the zakah. And that is the upright religion [98:5]

So the salah is for Allah alone, and charity is for Allah alone, and fasting is for Allah alone, and the Hajj is for Allah alone to the House of Allah alone. So the objective of the Hajj is worship of Allah alone at the place which Allah has commanded for His worship to be. And for this reason the Hajj is a sign of al-Haneefiyyah (Islamic Monotheism), so much so that a group of the salaf would say hunafaa’ lillaah to refer to those performing the Hajj, for the Jews and the Christians do not make pilgrimage to the House.

[Iqtidaa al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem 1/449]

See also: Khutbah regarding Hajj: Imam al-Sa’di

See also: Purifying the Ka’bah: Tafsir ibn Kathir

See also: “Whoever is Not Able to Stand at ‘Arafah …”: Ibn Rajab

2 thoughts on “The Objective of Hajj: Ibn Taymiyah

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