Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man sets out for Hajj with wholesome provision and places his foot in the stirrup and calls out, ‘At Your service, O Allah,’ then a caller from heaven calls out, ‘At your service and obedience! Your provision is lawful and your mount is lawful and your Hajj is accepted and unencumbered.’ When a man sets out with unwholesome provision and puts his foot in the stirrup and says, ‘At your service, O Allah,’ then a caller from the heaven calls out, ‘You have no service or obedience! Your provision is unlawful and your mount is unlawful, and your Hajj is not accepted.” [Tabarani]
This hadith informs us of the benefit of setting out for Hajj with Halal money. Such a person’s Hajj is performed smoothly, as angels assist him/her and smooth out difficulties that may come in his/her path. When he/she says “Labbaik Allahumma (At Your service, O Allah),” the angels answer that they in turn are now at his/her service.
To set out for Hajj with Haraam wealth makes one’s exercise of Hajj fruitless and un-rewardable. When such a person sets out and says “Labbaik Allahumma (At Your service, O Allah),” the angels respond by saying they have nothing to do with such a person.
The greatest reward of an accepted Hajj is to be saved from the Fire of Jahannum. For a Hajj to be accepted it must be done with lawfully earned money. Some examples of un-lawfully earned money are: money earned by selling alcohol or other material forbidden by the Shariah; money earned by writing, arranging or acting as a witness to transactions involving Riba; money earned through kick-backs or bribes; money earned by judging or ruling with commands contrary to the Shariah.
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