what is Ihram and what are the Prerequisites for Hajj?
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Ihram is the intention to perform either Hajj or 'Umrah, or to make intention of performing both. Intention is an important element of both.
"And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion.'' (Qur'an 98.5)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "The actions will be rewarded according to the intentions behind them, and every person will have what he had intended." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[VOL:1, BOOK:1, HADITH:1]
Q. Prerequisites for Hajj
There is a consensus among jurists concerning the prerequisites that must be found in a person for Hajj to be incumbent on him:
-1- He must be a Muslim.
-2- He must be an adult.
-3- He must be of a sound state of mind.
-4- He must be free.
-5- He must have the necessary power and ability.
Anyone lacking any of these conditions is not obligated to perform Hajj. All these conditions, that is, being a Muslim, being of adult age and of sound mind, being free, and possessing the power to discharge a duty are equally valid with respect to all other forms of worship in Islam.
Freedom is an essential prerequisite for Hajj, for this worship needs time as well as financial ability. A slave lacks both, for all his time is spent in the service of his master, and financially he lacks the ability to undertake this obligation.
The Qur'an says: "Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah - those who can afford the journey" (QURAN 3.97).
And Allah alone knows the best.
I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.
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