Compiled by Shaikh Abdul Majid Ali (IslamiQA Presenter)

There are many Ahaadiths which speak of the virtues of Hajj. Below are just a few of them:

Hadith 1

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked which deed is best. He said, “Belief in Allah and His Messenger.” He was asked, then what? He said, “Jihad for the sake of Allah.” He was asked, then what? He said, “An accepted Hajj.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 26; Muslim, 83).

An accepted Hajj means:

  1. It must be paid for with halal money.
  2. One should keep away from evil, sin and unjust disputes during Hajj.
  3. One should observe all the rituals according to the Sunnah.
  4. One should not show off by doing Hajj; it should be purely and sincerely for the sake of Allah.
  5. One should not follow it with acts of disobedience and sin.

Hadith 2

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “Whoever does Hajj for the sake of Allah and does not have sexual relations (with his wife), commit sin, or dispute unjustly during the Hajj, will come back like the day his mother gave birth to him.

(Narrated by al-Bukhari: 1449; Muslim: 1350)

Hadith 3

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “‘Umrah is expiation for the time between it and the previous ‘Umrah,

and an accepted hajj has no less a reward than Paradise.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1683; Muslim, 1349)

Hadith 4

‘Aishah, the Mother of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with her) said: I said, O Messenger of Allah, can we not go out on campaigns and fight in jihad with you? He said, “But the best and most beautiful of jihad is Hajj, an accepted pilgrimage.”

‘Aishah said, I never stopped going for Hajj after I heard that from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

(Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1762)

Hadith 5

‘Amr ibn al-‘As (may Allah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Hajj wipes out whatever (sins) came before it.”

(Narrated by Muslim, 121)

Hadith 6

‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood said: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Keep on doing Hajj and ‘Umrah, for they eliminate poverty and sin just as the bellows eliminate impurities from iron and gold and silver.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 810; al-Nasa’i, 2631)