Ayatullah ul-Uzma Khamenei
The Hajj in Islamic law is a group of sacred rites and is one of the pillars upon which Islam is established as it has been quoted from Imam al-Baqir (a.): “Islam has been built on five things: salat, zakat, sawm, Hajj and wilayah to the Ahlul-Bait (a.)”.
Hajj in its two parts, the wajib and the mustahabb, is of great merit and with an ample reward. Many hadiths have been quoted from the Prophet Muhammad (s.) and his progeny (a.) regarding the merit of Hajj. Imam al-Sadiq (a.) said: “The pilgrim and mu`tamir are the guests of Allah, if they question Him, He will answer them, if they supplicate to Him, He will answer them, if they want to intercede for others, He will accept it, and if they keep quiet, He will be the beginner, and they will be compensated instead of one Dirham, a million Dirhams”.
The ruling regarding those who deny the obligation of Hajj and those who neglect it
The obligation of Hajj is a proven subject in the Qur’an and Sunnah and it is among the necessities prescribed in our religion. Its neglect is considered as a great sin if he who neglects it possesses the required characteristics and he knows that it is wajib. Allah the Sublime in the Qur’an said: “Pilgrimage to the House is a duty imposed upon mankind by God, for anyone who can afford a way to do so. Any one who disbelieves will find that God is Transcendent, beyond any need for the Universe”. It has been quoted from Imam al-Sadiq (a.) that: “If any one died without performing the Hajj and there was no harmful request, severe illness or preventing sultan, which might have prevented him from doing it, he would have died like a Jew or a Christian”.
Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah.