Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A reports from Rasulullah Sal’am who said: “Whoever goes for Hajj to Mecca on foot, and return; for him is written the reward of seven hundred good deeds performed in the Holy Haram for every stride taken.” The companions asked: “And what is the meaning of good deeds of the Haram?”
Rasulullah Sal’am replied: “Every good deed is granted the reward of one hundred thousand good deeds.” According to the above calculation it would mean that seven hundred good deeds are equal to seventy million good deeds. And such is the reward gained at every step; hence on can only imagine what the sum would be after completing the whole journey. Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. is reported to have recommended to his children; at the time of his death; that they travel for Hajj on foot, and quoted this Hadith to them. (It’haaf)
On numerous occasions the companions are reported to have heard Rasulullah Sal’am say: “The Salaah in the Haram is equal to one hundred thousands Salaah.”(Elsewhere)
Hasan-ul-Basari used to say: “In the Holy Haram one fast is granted the reward equivalent to that of one hundred thousand fasts, and giving one Durham in charity brings the reward of one hundred thousand Durham’s. Similarly, every good deed inside the Holy Haram is rewarded one hundred thousand times more than any good deed outside the Haram.” (It’haaf)
In the same way as reward is increased for good deeds in the Haram, so also are the punishments for evil and sin increased. This is why some Ulama maintain that it is makrooh to reside in Mecca (more than is necessary). At some time or other sins are committed, as man is prone to sin. And to commit sin there is a great calamity brought upon one’s self by oneself.
Just outside the Holy Haram is a place name RUKYA. Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. says: “For me to commit seventy sins at Rukya is so much better than committing a sin inside Mecca.”
This will be dealt within detail under the seventh Hadith of chapter six.