Hazrat Abu Jafar R.A. reports from his father who reports from his grandfather that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Every man or woman who is stingy in spending in things or places in which lies Allah’s pleasure, he will be made to spend much more in such a cause which incurs Allah’s displeasure, and whoever, because of some worldly obstacle (requiring his attention) postpones going for Hajj, will find that the obstacle shall not be overcome until he sees the Haajis returning from their pilgrimage; and whoever (refuses) to assist another Muslim brother will be made to assist somebody in some form of sinful act for which there is no reward.
Hazrat Abu Saeed Khudri R.A. reports that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Allah says: ‘That servant of mine whom I have given health and sufficient sustenance and he allows five years to pass by without visiting my House, he is verily deprived of great goodness and many blessings.”
Hazrat Ibn Abaas R.A. said: “Whoever has enough money to perform Hajj and does not do so, or enough wealth making Zakaat obligatory on him, and he does not give it, he shall surely at the time of his death beg to be sent back to the world.”
The fact that they shall beg to be returned to this earth is a reference to the verse I n Surah Mu’minoon which is thus: “In falsehood and deception will the be until when death comes to one of them, he says: “O My Lord, send me back to life, in order that I may work righteously in the thing I neglected.’ By no mean! But is a word he says.” Before them is a partition till the day they are raised up.”
(Surah 23 verse 99 and 100)
Hazrat Abi Umama R.A. reports that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Whoever fails to perform Hajj while not being prevented from it by a definite and valid necessity, or by oppression from an unjust ruler, or by sever illness, and then passes away, in such a state has the choice to die as a Jew, if he so wishes, or as Christian if he so wishes.’
The same type of Hadith is reported by Hazrat Umar R.A. in it is thrice mentioned: “he has the choice to die as a Jew if he so wishes or as a Christian.” Another report from Hazrat Umar R.A. does not do so, then you can swear (by Allah) that he has died as a Christian or as a Jew.” (Kanz)
Hazrat Ali R.A. says Rasulullah’ (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) said: “Whoever possesses the provisions (for the journey) and the means of transport to bring him to the Hose of Allah yet he does not perform Hajj, then there is no difference in him dying as a Jew or as a Christian.”
To substantiate this, Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) recited the verse “Pilgrimage to the House (of Allah) is a duty.”
This Hadith according to the strict code of the Muhadditheen (experts in Hadith) has a weak sanad, yet the verse of the Qur’an quoted above as well as numerous Ahaadith substantiate the contents of this Hadith.
“And spend of your substance in the way of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to your destruction.”
Some of the commentators of the Holy Qur’an are unanimous that this verse refers to the pilgrimage among other things pertaining to the obligations and duties we owe to Allah. This verse encourages to spend in Allah’s way; to spend in Hajj and warns that refusal to spend that which Allah given in His own path means destroying your own self with your own hands. There can be no doubt in this.
“Pilgrimage to the House (of Allah) is a duty man owes to Allah upon those who can afford the journey.”
The ulama inform us that Hajj became obligatory when this verse was revealed. When we look at the verse we see a lot of emphasis and stress. Let us study it:
Firstly, we find a Laam on the word of Allah (Lillaahi) which lays emphasis on the fact that Hajj is obligatory. (see Allama Ainy)
‘Alan-naas’ is another term that denotes extreme emphasis.