Does Hajj Forgive Zina? Know The Truth

The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every physically and financially capable Muslim must perform it at least once in their lifetime. Yet, many Muslims are concerned about whether performing Hajj will forgive them for any previously committed Zina, which is one of the gravest sins in Islam.

According to a Hadith, if any Muslim performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and repents sincerely, then he will return to his home from Hajj sinless like a newborn.

If anyone repents for his previously committed Zina sincerely with the intention of never committing again and performs Hajj only for Allah’s pleasure, it can be expected that Allah SWT will forgive the sin of Zina. In this article, we’ll talk about this issue and get the necessary details.

Does Hajj Forgive Zina: What Hadis Say About It?

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Zina is a sin that involves engaging in sexual intercourse outside of marriage. The penalty for Zina, according to Islamic law, is lashing for unmarried individuals and stoning for married individuals. Following are several Hadiths suggesting Hajj may be effective in attaining forgiveness from Zina.

Does Hajj Forgive Zina?

The following are several Hadiths suggesting Hajj may be effective for forgiving Zina:

Hadith No 1. Abu Hurairah (RAA) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins, then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 1521]

Hadith No 2. Abu Hurairah (RAA) also narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,

“The performance of ‘Umrah is an expiation for all the sins committed (between this ‘Umrah and the previous one), and the reward for Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah or the one which was performed without doing any wrong) is nothing save Paradise.” [Bulugh al-Maram 708]

Hadith No 3. Abdullah (bin Mas’ud) (RAA) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, 

“Alternate between Hajj and Umrah; for those two remove poverty and sins just as the bellows removes filth from iron, gold, and silver – and there is no reward for Al-Hajj Al-Mabrur (accepted by Allah) except for Paradise.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 810]

Based on these Hadiths, we can understand that performing Hajj Mabrur, the one Allah accepts, is nothing short of Paradise. Hajj and Umrah are both expiations for sins and we will discuss in the next segment if it includes major sins.

Does Hajj Remove Major Sins?

Performing Hajj with sincere intention is a significant step towards seeking forgiveness from Allah and hoping to receive his Mercy and Compassion.

Does Hajj remove major sins?

So, if someone goes to Hajj and performs all the necessary prayers while also sincerely repenting for their past sins and seeking Allah’s forgiveness, all their sins, including major ones, will be forgiven. Every Haaji must make this Tawbah and seek forgiveness for all sins during their Hajj.

Seeking Forgiveness and Mercy from Allah through Hajj

Although performing Hajj is not a magical solution to expiate sins, it is a significant step towards seeking forgiveness from Allah and hoping to receive his mercy and compassion.

Hajj is a time to reflect on one’s actions and seek forgiveness for Zina and all sins committed. It is important to note that forgiveness comes from Allah, and we should continue striving to avoid sin.

As Muslims, we must remember to be mindful of our actions, seek repentance, and perform good deeds. We may attain Allah’s mercy and forgiveness through this life and the Hereafter.

Omar Abdullah

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