Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, in his will at the time of his demise, ‘I exhort you, by Allah, by Allah, to take care of the House of your Lord! Do not leave it empty for as long as you live, for if it is deserted you will be given no respite.’
الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ فيما أوصي عِند وفاتهِ ـ :اللّهَ اللّهَ في بَيتِ ربِّكمُ ، لا تُخْلوهُ ما بَقِيتُم ، فإنَّهُ إنْ تُرِكَ لَم تُناظَروا.
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 47]
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘The pilgrimage is the jihad of every weak person.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- al-Khisal, p. 630, no. 10]
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘And He made obligatory for you the pilgrimage to His Sacred House which he made the ‘qibla’ for all people. They come to it like the cattle coming to water, and eagerly turn to it like the birds eagerly returning to their nest; He, glory be to Him, made it a sign of their humility before His greatness and their yielding to His Might.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 1]
Description: Imam Zayn al-Abidin (a.s.) said, ‘Perform the Hajj [obligatory pilgrimage] and the ‘umra [voluntary pilgrimage] so that your bodies become healthy, your sustenance expanded, and your faith improved; and suffice yourselves with the expenses of people and the expenses of your families.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Amali al-Tusi, p. 296, no. 582]
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘There is no place dearer to Allah, most High, than the mas’aa [place of running between the mounts of al-Safa and al-Marwa in Makkah], for every overbearing person is lowered and debased before Him there.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Bihar al-Anwar, v. 99. p. 45, no. 34]
Description: Imam Ar-Ridha’ (a.s.) said, ‘If someone asks why He commanded the pilgrimage, it is answered: in order for people to perform the journey to [i.e. for] Allah, Mighty and Exalted, and ask for increase… in addition to the benefits it has of understanding religion and relating the reports of the Imams (a.s.) to every side and region.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- al-Khisal, p. 117, no. 101]
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘I have never seen anything faster at attracting wealth and at repelling poverty than habitual pilgrimage (Hajj) to this house.’
الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ما رأيتُ شَيئا أسْرَعَ غِنيً ولا أنْفي للفَقرِ مِن إدْمانِ حَجِّ هذا البَيتِ.
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Amali al-Tusi, p. 694, no. 1478]
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.), when Ishaq b. ‘Ammar said to him: ‘I have made up my mind to go for pilgrimage every year either personally or by sending one man of my household at my cost’ – asked, ‘Are you determined to do that?’ He said, ‘Yes’. The Imam said, ‘If you do that, then be certain of abundance in your wealth, and take glad tidings of abundance in your wealth.’
عن إسحاقَ بنِ عمّارٍ : قُلتُ للإمامِ الصادقِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إنّي قد وَطّنْتُ نَفْسي علي لُزومِ الحجِّ كلَّ عامٍ بنَفْسي أو برَجُلٍ مِن أهلِ بَيْتي بمالي. فقالَ : وقَد عَزَمْتَ علي ذلكَ؟ قلتُ : نَعَم ، قالَ : فإنْ فَعَلتَ (ذلك) فأيقِنْ بكَثْرَةِ المالِ ، و أبْشِرْ بكَثْرَةِ المالِ.
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Thawab al-A’amal, p. 70, no. 4]
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Complete your pilgrimage by visiting the Messenger of Allah (S) when you leave to visit the House of Allah, for deserting it is unkind, and that is what you have been commanded to do [i.e. in the Qur’an: and complete …] by observing the rights of the graves that Allah has made incumbent upon you to visit, and ask for [increase in] your sustenance thereat.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Uyun Akhbar ar-Ridha, v. 2, p. 262, no. 29]
Description: Imam al-Baqir (a.s.) said, ‘Indeed people have been ordered to come to these stones [i.e. the edifice of the Ka’aba] to circumambulate them, and then to come to us to inform us of their friendship, and to declare their support for us.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Bihar al-Anwar,v. 77, p. 58, no. 3]
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘He who abandons the pilgrimage for one of his worldly needs will not be able to satisfy that need until he sees the shaven heads [i.e. after the return of the pilgrims from Makkah].’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Thawab al-A’amal, p. 281, no. 1]
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.), when ‘Abd al-Rahman told him: ‘Some of these narrators are saying that it is better for a man to go for pilgrimage once and then to gives alms and maintain his kinship with his relatives [with that money than to go for pilgrimage again]’ – said, ‘They are wrong. If people were to do that the House would become deserted. Allah has made this House a [means of] sustentation for mankind.’
الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لَمّا قالَ لَهُ عبدُالرّحمنِ : إنَّ ناساً مِن هؤلاءِ القُصّاصِ يَقولونَ : إذا حَجَّ رجُلٌ حجّةً ثُمَّ تَصدَّقَ ووَصَلَ كانَ خَيراً لَهُ ـ : كَذَبوا ، لَو فَعلَ هذا النّاسُ لعُطِّلَ هذا البَيتُ ، إنَّ اللّهَ تعالي جَعلَ هذا البَيتَ قِياماً للنّاسِ.
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- ‘EIlal al-Shara’ie, v. 1, p. 452]
Description: Imam al-Baqir (a.s.) said, ‘The pilgrim to this House is of no worth unless he has three attributes: piety that restrains him from acts of disobedience to Allah, most High; clemency with which he controls his anger; and good companionship with whoever accompanies him.’
الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ما يُعْبَأُ بِمَن يَؤُمُّ هذا البَيتَ إذا لَم يَكُن فيهِ ثَلاثُ خِصالٍ : وَرَعٌ يَحْجِزُهُ عن مَعاصي اللّهِ تعالي ، وحِلْمٌ يَمْلِكُ بهِ غَضَبَهُ ، وحُسْنُ الصَّحابةِ لِمَن صَحِبَهُ .
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- al-Khisal, p. 148, no. 180]
Description: Abd al-Rahman b. Kathir narrated: ‘I went for pilgrimage with Abu ‘Abdillah [al-Sadiq] (a.s.). When we had gone a certain way, he climbed a hill and looked down at the people and said, ‘What a lot of clamour and what few pilgrims!’
عن عبدِ الرّحمانِ بنِ كثيرٍ: حَجَجْتُ مَع أبي عبدِ اللّهِ، فلَمّا صِرْنا في بَعضِ الطَّريقِ صَعِدَ علي جَبَلٍ فأشْرَفَ فنَظَرَ إلي النّاسِ، فقالَ : ما أكْثَرَ الضَّجيجَ وأقَلَّ الحَجيجَ!
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- Bihar al-Anwar, v. 27, p. 181, no. 30]
Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘When he who makes pilgrimage by means of unlawful money says: “Here I am O Allah! Here I am (labbayk All?humma labbayk)”, Allah will say to him, ‘No labbayka and no welcome for you. Your pilgrimage is returned to you.’
Reference:[From Mizan al Hikmat -- al-Durr al-Manthur, v. 2, p. 63]
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘Pilgrimage is of two kinds: the pilgrimage [performed] for Allah and the pilgrimage for the people. So he who goes on pilgrimage for Allah, his reward is upon Allah and will be Paradise, and he who makes pilgrimage for the people, his reward on the Day of Resurrection will be with the people.’