Hazrat Aa’isha R.A. reports from Rasulullah Sal’am: “Verily the angels shake hands with the Hajees arriving in Mecca mounted (on horses, camels etc), and embrace those arriving on foot.”
When Hazrat Ibn Abbas become sick, he said: “Nothing fills me with more regret and sorrow than the fact that I did not perform Hajj on foot.”
Indeed Allah mentioned those arriving in Mecca on foot in the Ayah of the Quran (Durre Mansoor)
This Ayah and its translation has been mentioned at the beginning of the book.
Hazrat Ismail A.S. used to perform Hajj on foot. (Durre Mansoor)
Another report says that Hazrat Adam A.S performed Hajj one thousand times on foot from India. (Targheeb)
Another report says that forty of those pilgrimages were on foot. (It’haaf)
Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. says that this was the practice of all the Hazrat Ambiya A.S. to perform Hajj on foot. (It’haaf)
Mullah Hazrat Ali Qari R.A says: “That no matter what ones form of transport may be; the best is to enter the Haram on foot. And in this respect Hazrat Imaam Ghazali R.A. also states; that it is better for a person who is fit and able to walk to Mecca and perform Hajj on foot. And to substantiate this he quotes that Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. made wasiyyat (a bequest) to his children at the time of his death to do that, telling them that every stride taken, seventy hundred good deeds are rewarded each of which is rewarded one hundred thousand times. Therefore those who are used to walking long distances and it is safe for them to do so; then it is desirable for them to perform Hajj on foot. Further, as for those young men who are strong and healthy and all those who have a habit of walking and are sufficiently healthy and strong, it is best for them that they should proceed on foot from Mecca to Mina and then onto Arafat Muzdalifah Mina etc. at least this much should be done. Apart from the great reward, one get the opportunity by going on foot and performing so many of those deeds which are mustahab. How much do we not lose by not performing those mustahab deeds as a result of being more or less bound to a certain form of transport. Moreover, the distances during Hajj are not great at all for a strong and healthy person. On the eighth day from Mecca to Mina is a mer three miles; on the morning of the ninth from Mina to Arafat is a distance of five to six miles. This should be no burden for those who are fit and able to walk. The thawaab is so great that for each step taken; the reward will be 70,000,000 rewards.
Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. also said: “whoever walks (in Hajj) from Mina to Arafat shall receive 100,000 good deeds of the Holy Haram.”
It is reported that Ali bin Shu’aib came walking for Hajj from Nesapur more than sixty times. And about Mugheera bin Hazrat Hakeem R.A. it is known that more than fifty times did he go walking from Mecca for Hajj. Hazrat Abul Abbas R.A performed Hajj more than eighty times on foot. Hazrat Abu Abdullah Magrabi R.A. performed Hajj ninety seven times on foot. (Ithaaf)
How great is their reward at seventy million per step Qazi Ayaaz wrote in his book Shifa that a saintly man traveled the whole journey on foot? When people asked him about the great difficulty he encounter and the reason for undertaking his journey on foot, he said: “when a slave has run away from his master, is it suitable that he returns to Master on foot or on horseback. Had I the strength to present myself before Him traveling on my head; I would have done so.” These are only a few examples about the hardships of this journey. Similarly, one should bear all those things that are against one’s nature.
Rasulullah Sal’am in a hadith; to Hazrat Aa’isha R.A. that was mentioned at the beginning of this chapter; said to her: ” Your reward is proportionately according to the hardships you undergo.” This includes all types of hardships. All the hardships of this journey should be borne with patience, tolerance; without anger or arguments. Hazrat Imaam Ghazali R.A. writes that one should never nag or annoy one’s companion on the journey, instead one should be soft-spoken, friendly and brotherly. When any pain or injury is caused from their side then patience is required. In a case where one’s temper becomes unpleasant through walking, it is best to go by transport.
Such is the journey to one’s Beloved. Like an ardent lover traveling in the direction of the town where the Beloved resides. His happiness, yearning and expectation is such that nothing on his way to his Beloved discourages him, not the heat of the day, nor the cold by night, nor the fierce winds or the rain from above. Neither should the taunts or disturbances of others, nor their abuse cause one’s temper to flare and change from remaining cool and calm.