Performing Hajj or pilgrimage is one of the basic principles in Islam that all Muslims should understand. There so many virtues lies on doing Hajj. As mentioned before in the following verse :
“And complete the Hajj and umrah for Allah. But if you are prevented, then (offer) what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And do not shave your heads until the sacrificial animal has reached its place of slaughter. And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head (making shaving necessary must offer) a ransom of fasting (three days) or charity or sacrifice. And when you are secure, then whoever performs umrah (during the Hajj months) followed by Hajj (offers) what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals, And whoever cannot find (or afford such an animal) – then fast of three days during Hajj and of seven when you have returned (home). Those are tea complete (days). This is for those whose family is not in the area of al-Masjid al-Haram. And fear Allah and know that Allah is severe in penalty.”QS. Al-Baqarah : 196
That hajj is very important for Islam and Muslims should do it at least once in our lifetime. The question then arises on is there any reason why doing Hajj when young is must? Why don’t we wait just for a bit more to get our wealth firt then go to Ka’ba or doing pilgrimage when we are ready?
Here Azislam not only will tell you about how to perform Hajj step by step in the previous article but we also want to share knowledge about performing Hajj as young as we can. Let’s talk about it one by one :
1. Hajj needs a lot of energy
Quran verse said as follows :
“And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage], they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every distant pass – That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor. Then let them end their untidiness and fulfill their vows and perform Tawaf around the ancient House“QS. Al-Hajj : 27-29
From the verse we can concluded that Hajj is a series of activities requiring a lot physical activities. Therefore we need a lot of energy to perform it. You may want to know about tips to gain motivation when learning Islam.
2. As young people, we usually have a good physical
As mentioned before that young people usually have better fitness compare to the old people. Therefore young people have a great advantage when they perform Hajj. You need extra energy to follow step by step of pilgrimage, and healthy physique is needed in order to perform it.
3. Young people are easily adapted into new environment
Hajj is not only about we do a pilgrimage and do worship alone. We must consider about any other factors like environment. Some people might usually live in an environment like Mecca, but some might like us who live in tropical country. The weather and environmental conditions must be different.
And not only that, we do have different culture and customs. For young people it might be easier to adapt into new environment both from cultural, custom, or event weather conditions. Young people have a new knowledge, healthy body, and get used to technology that make it lot of easier.
4. Youngsters are able to communicate in foreign language better than the elders
As well as the ability to adapt into new environment, the reasons why doing hajj when young is a must is because youngsters are more familiar with foreign language. They usually get used to speak in foreign language like English or even Arabic. It makes Hajj more easier since they are able to communicate with other pilgrims from other country.
5. Youngsters still have enough time to prepare themselves
If we do Hajj in such a young age then we will have enough time to prepare ourselves. It is not only for our physical condition but also our mentality. Since for doing Hajj we need a strong mentality.
By doing Hajj or register for doing Hajj then we will try to increase our knowledge. We will try to improve ourselves that we are more solemn when performing the Hajj. You may want to know about 12 benefits of doing hajj muslims should know.
6. Young people are creative and able to grab opportunity
Another reasons why doing Hajj when young is a must is because it will be our opportunity to expand our relation and network. In Mecca or in Arab when we perform Hajj we will meet a lot of people from around the world. It will be our chance to know them, or even get close to them. Share new idea and knowledge or even network can be done while performing Hajj. It is also a mission for us Muslims from across the world to know each other.
Young people usually have any creative idea, and this can be developed there. Now you can find people have tour and travel or organize religious tourism everywhere, initiate by young people. That offer more contemporarty things, which attracted many people.
7. Young people could learn and build their character
Performing Hajj in young age will help us to build new character. It is hope that after pilgrimage we learn to be and will turn to be better people with a great character. More patient, wise, and of course more religious. You may want to read also about tips for muslim to get socialize in non muslim environment.
8. It will encourage the youngsters to work harder
We know that the accommodation for performing Hajj is not cheap. It will motivate us to even work harder to gather money so we can perform Hajj.
9. Hajj is a great experience for young people
It is also a great experience for us or young people to learn that we are equal in the sight of Allah. That Muslims have tremendous brotherhood. This experiences will help youngster to gain new understanding. It also make you learn about tips to stay focus praying when busy, since in Mecca you will pray with thousands of people.
10. Hajj will avoid us from sins and bring us closer to the Creator
Hajj is worship, and a way for us to avoid us from dong sins. There are so things that make us focus only for worshiping Allah and forget wordy things. It also help youngster to get closer to the Creator. And don’t forget to study about Islamic history and the prophet’s life journey.
Those are 10 reasons why doing Hajj when young is a must. Hope that this article can be an useful guide to you and increase your knowledge about Islamic!