Meaning Of Hajj-E-Akbar

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh / Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Q. “What is the correct term “Hajj-e-Akbar”? It is generally presumed that the Hajj performed on Friday is called “Hajj-e- Akbar” and it is a superior kind of Hajj as compared with the Hajj performed on other days of the week. What is the correct position in Shariah?” (Ibid)

A. The term used in the Holy Quran is “al-hajj-al-Akbar”. But it does not mean a Hajj performed on Friday, as generally alleged by ignorant people. The Holy Quran has used this term for the Hajj performed by the Muslims under the supervision of Sayyidna Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A.) in the year 9 A.H.i.e. one year earlier to the last Hajj of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam), and this Hajj (the Hajj of 9 A.H.) was not performed on Friday. Still, the Holy Quran has called it “al-Hajj-al- Akbar”. It is clear from this that this term has no reference to Friday.

The Correct meaning of the term, as explained by a large number of the commentators of the Holy Quran is that the Umrah, which can be performed at any time throughout the year, was generally called “al-hajj-Asghar” (the minor Hajj). In order to distinguish hajj from Umrah the former was named “al-Hajj-al-Akbar” (the greater hajj). Therefore, each and every hajj is al-hajj-al-akbar, no matter whether it is performed on Friday or on any other day. The word “Akbar” (greater) is used only to distinguish it from Umrah which is a minor Hajj.

17 Replies to “Meaning Of Hajj-E-Akbar”

  1. thanks brother, your information are very helpful for me, really i am very happy, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  2. Al Hamdulellah,One big confusion present in my mind for so long has been solved and the matter is now crystal clear to me.I am really thankful to you for this precious
    information provided under the light of Quran.


  3. Thanks alot Sir ! Well I was quite right about this confusion but my cosins were disagreed with me.Now I’m feeling much better. May Allah bless you

  4. clearly defined the term…and I think there are lot of misconception about the term but this one answers all the doubt.Good

  5. Hajj on Friday (Jummah) is more rewardful then on other days. It is 70 times more rewarding. Read Hadees Reference Fathul Bari Book # 9, Page # 231.

  6. Assalaamualaikum, Qul aam wa antum bakhaiyr.
    Jazak Allah Khaiyr for this valuable in formation.
    loads of people have misconception regarding Al-Hajj-Al-Akbar. I, myself wasn’t aware that Umrah had a second name as Al-Hajj-Asghar.
    Thank you for educating us, may Allah{SWT} reward you more & more, In-Sha-Allah.
    Eid-ul-Adah Kareem.
    Sr. Syeroon

  7. It is very well cescribed in the answer and most of muslim have impression that the Hajj-e-Akbar is which is being performed on Friday. Thanks and JazakumAllah Khair the concept is cleared now m. MashaAllah.

  8. but can you provide a reference for it, as I have to quote while discussing with some of my friends.specially the reference for Haj about which is mentioned in the Quran was not on friday. JazakAllah

  9. Please comment for the under mentioned view:

    “n the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

    As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

    Akhbari Hajj refers to every normal Hajj. It is called Akhbari Hajj(big Hajj) to distinguish it from Umrah which is called Hajj-e-Asghar (small Hajj).However, if the day of Arafaat is a Friday, the reward for such a Hajj is 70 times more.(Tirmidhi vol.3 pg 245).

    And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

  10. I think hajj means farz hajj and there cannot be hajj sageer.
    umrah and hajj are two different rituals.
    There is no two zakats only one zakat that is farz zakat.
    Thank you.

  11. I would like to thanks to the ones who have created this website with the help of Allah and his own efforts and i would also thanks the one who have written this amazing information about HAJJ because if i was unable to get this so maybe be my concept of hajj would not be cleared.

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