Hazrat Abu Hurairah R.A. reports that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “When a pilgrim proceeds on his Haj journey with money, provision and his means of conveyance all acquired by lawful and Halaal earnings, then he embarks on means of transport; and cries: “Labbaik O’ Allah; Lab’baik”. A caller from the heavens; a farishta; calls to him: “Welcome indeed to you, and happy may you e, your provisions are proper (halaal), your means of transport is proper; paid for from halal earnings; and your Haj shall be righteous; and accepted by Allah’. And when he proceeds for Haj with unlawful and haraam earnings placing his foot in stirrup; and cries. “Labbaik O Allah, Lab’baik”, a caller from the heavens; a farishta; calls out to him: “No welcome to you, and no happiness, your provisions are unlawful (haraam) and so also are your earnings and your Haj is rejected”.
The Hadith speaks for itself. Another hadith says: “When a person goes to perform Haj with improper (haraam) earnings, and says: “Lab’baik”: Allah replies to him: “You are not welcome; you have been rejected”. In another hadith; Allah replies: “Your Haj is rejected”. And in another hadith it says: “His Haj is folded up and is thrown back in his face”. Further in another hadith it is said: “When a person with haraam earnings goes to Haj; his journey is not considered to be in Allah’s obedience. When he thus cries out ‘Lab’baik’; while sitting on his means of conveyance; the angels answer him saying: “NO welcome for you, and no glad tidings. Your earnings are Haraam, and also your clothing; your conveyance; and your provisions. Turn back wicked and condemned. And when a person with halaal earnings cries out: “Lab’baik”! While seated on his means of transport; the angels also cry out; ‘Lab’baik’; together with him saying; ‘Your earnings are halaal; and so too is your clothing; your passage; and your provisions. Return from here with a righteous and accepted Haj and no evil or corruption have you got’.
It is reported in a Hadith that Hazrat Moosa A.S. came for Haj and when he cried out ‘Lab’baik’ during his run from Safa to Marwa; he heard a voice from above saying: “O my servant, I am with you”. When Hazrat Moosa A.S. heard this he fell down prostrating himself before Allah. (Durre Mansoor)
(Refer also to Hazrat Zainul Aabedeen’s R.A. incident as recorded under Hadith number six in the first chapter); as when he said ‘Lab’baik’ his face became pale and his whole body began to quiver, then someone asked of him; why is this happening to you; he replied: “for fear of being replied; ‘La Lab’baik’; (no welcome nor any glad tidings for you your ‘Lab’baik’ is not accepted.)
Though it should be noted that far’ziyyat (Ordinance) of Haj is considered fulfilled; and the sin of haraam earnings is recorded separately; we tend to take no heed of this. It is seen here how important it is that ones earnings should be proper and halaal according to shari’ah; and that there should be no doubt the money spent in Haj, you will find some of us unjustly taking hold of that which is not his; while feeling pleased within himself that nobody has the courage to reclaim it. Indeed, tomorrow there will come a day when every oppressed and unjustly treated one shall be the stronger one. It will dawn on him; (the oppressor) at that time what injustice really is; when is exchange for an unjustly taken item; the equivalent in value to two paisas (half a cent). One shall have to repay with seven hundred accepted salaah. We may not even have so many accepted salaah; but justice will definitely prevail. (Shami).
Rasulullah Sal’am once inquired from the sahaabah, ‘do you know who the insolvent one is?’ they replied: ‘He is that one who has no money and possessions. Rasulullah Sal’am said: ‘the bankrupt one is he who one the day of Qiyyamah shall come forward with many salaah; fasts etc. however, he swore at someone; and seized the possessions of another; and caused harm to people’. On the day of Qiyyamat they will lay claim to some of his good deeds and each claimant will take some until all his good deeds will be no more. When that happens and more creditors remain; the measure of their claims will in the form of their sins be burdened upon his; the oppressor’s; shoulders. Then with good deeds exhausted and the burden of sins of others also loaded on him; he shall be taken into Hell’.
Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Whoever as a debt to pay; even if it is in the form of an insult he made to someone, etc; let him beg his pardon in this world before that day comes when money shall be of no avail. If on that day he has any good deeds; some of these shall be given to his victim; and if he has none; then the sins of his victim shall be dragged onto him’. (Mishkaat)
In another Hadith it is mentioned: “When a man unjustly takes hold of a piece of land the size of a hand’s span; that piece of ground shall on the day of Qiyaamah be made to the size of all the seven earths and be then hung around his neck’. (Mishkaat)
One can imagine what unbearable weight it will be around his neck. Once while performing salaah because of the eclipse of the sun; Rasulullah Sal’am saw a vision of the conditions of Heaven and Hell. In hell he saw a woman who had kept a cat tied up. She had neglected feeding it. Hence, she was being punished in hell for not feeding the cat, nor freeing it; so that it could search for feed from the earth. (Mishkaat).
Although it seems irrelevant here; I consider it useful to remind those who keep animals as pets to look after them well; because the responsibility of that is great and it often happens that these innocent animals suffer hunger and thirst.
In one Hadith it is stated: ‘On the day of Qiyaamah the most wicked person shall be the one who, for the sake of other’s worldly assets and benefits; destroys his own necessities of the hereafter’. (Mishkaat)
This is the case where someone acted unjustly to a third person and as a result of your friendship or relationship with the unjust one; you also become his assistant in the crime. These things are all heinous crimes in Islam. It is necessary that all Muslims refrain from such acts. Who knows that death may overtake us in such a manner that we have not been injustices. Hence it is a duty of each person, especially those intending to travel to the Holy places, to see and receive pardon from those people who have been victims of our injustices and persecution. Such forgiveness must be sought before proceeding to Mecca. It is imperative that wrongs should be redressed. The journey is a long one and who knows whether he will return or not.