‘…to see Al-Masjid Al-Haram’

Beautiful words from Ibn Rajab, rahimahu Allah:

When Allah (subhannahu wa ta’ala) instilled in the believer the craving to see al-Masjid al-Haram, and since not everyone is able to see it every year, He obligated it once in lifetime for those who are able, and He made the ten days (of Dhul-Hijja) a [virtuous] season for those marching forth (to Hajj) as well as those sitting behind; so whomever is unable to perform Hajj in a given year will be able to perform deeds at home which are greater than Jihad and thereby, better than Hajj.

[Lata’ef Al-Ma’aref, 1/271]

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