The Pilgrimage Rituals and Their Purpose
By Dr. Muhammad Kamal Al-Shareef
As Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the lunar year, approaches, millions of believers throughout the world experience a strong sense of longing to visit the Kaaba and offer the pilgrimage. They dream of beholding the place where the first house ever dedicated for pure worship was built, to walk around it, pray close to it, and walk between the two hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, where Hagar, Ishmael’s mother, walked when she searched for water for her thirsty young child. They feel a strong drive which wants to take them to Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina; to take up pebbles and commemorate Abraham’s action as he stoned the devil who tried to dissuade him from obeying God’s orders.
A question persists in our minds: What is the wisdom behind imposing this duty which involves much endurance of hardship and requires a substantial amount of money to fulfill?