The Ibrahim-like Hajj plays a very valuable role not only in the political and
social life of the Muslims but also in the fate of all human beings. The great
significance of Hajj with its magnificent functions has led to the fact that no
other practice of worshiping can ever be an equal to it or take its place. It is
quoted from the messenger of Islam (SA), who said: “There is nothing superior
to Hajj except ‘prayers’, but prayers are performed in Hajj too”.1
This is because Hajj, in comparison with other religious practices, is the
only worshiping that if it were performed in a lively and enthusiastic move
together with the announcement of disgust to the polytheists, the believing
Muslims never become captive to the Jews of the time, and no action can ever
have such an effect. Imam Khomeini (s) says in this regard:
“The precept of Hajj among other percepts enjoys a special characteristic;
perhaps it is because the political and social aspect of Hajj is prior to its
With regard to such an importance, our immaculate Imams (SA) have called Hajj a
means of strengthening the Islamic religion. They have introduced Kaaba as a
lofty flag for Islam. This means that as long as Hajj is properly performed and
is given magnificence, the Divine Religion will remain powerful with its flag
hoisted and fluttering.
It is evident this role of Hajj will be put into action on the condition that it
is performed spiritedly and enthusiastically to display the real Islamic unity,
and this will not be possible unless we can reject the aliens and enemies of
Islam by announcing our freedom of obligation toward them. It is for this reason
that the enemies of Islam are trying hard not to let social and political
dimensions of Hajj be elaborated for the Muslims; sometimes they consider the
political movement in Hajj as a contradictory to the spiritual nature of Hajj,
which is unfortunately one of the matters of grave concern for the Islamic
In this respect, the enemies of Islam struggle to show the glorious congregation
of Muslims in the ceremonies of Hajj less attractive and make it avoid of its
excellent political-social content. They have planned to render the great and
important function of Hajj, in holding the Muslims in high esteem and
reinforcing the religion of Islam, fruitless.
So, in the words of Imam Khomeini (s), "That kind of Hajj can be fruitful if it
is spirited, animated, with the people risen against oppression and for the
unity. That kind of Hajj is useful, that can cause to shake the bases of
atheism, polytheism, and can intimidate the enemies of Islam and Muslim's honor.
On this basis, Hajj will have lots of political benefit; so Muslims are
obligated to struggle to gain that benefit.
It is every Muslim's obligation to challenge false beliefs. The faithful
believers will rise, combat and renounce those who are hostile to God's
creatures. According to their religious motivation and by following God's
commands and His messenger (SA), they must stop their spiritual and practical
relations with those who obstruct the way to God.
Therefore, being disgusted with enemies of God and whatever keeps a person back
from growth and evolution, and whatever is an obstacle in the way of their
prosperity have educational and religious values before they can be political
and social issues. We can also say that rejecting the enemies is the principal
policy of the Islamic school, particularly in the practice of Hajj. So, it is
necessary for the pilgrims of the House of God and the believers to seek
separation from disbelievers, idols of the time and polytheists, that is, those
who are determined to terminate Islam and humiliate Muslims.
Announcing that you are disgusted with the atheists and polytheists is publicity
and a psychological defense against and a confrontation with the global
arrogance and corruption, which indicates foreign policy of Islam toward
disbelievers in the scene of international relationships, publicity, the
campaign and the holy war.
Imam Khomeini (s) in his historical message about seeking separation from
polytheists, by taking inspiration from the Quranic verses, says:
“Never is it feasible that the purity of monotheists' love becomes apparent
except by expressing the complete disgust to the polytheists and hypocrites.
Which house is there more deserving than the safe and pure House of Kaaba for
the people, in which they can reject any form of oppression, aggression,
exploitation, slavery, non-humanity or ignobility both practically and verbally?
Where is it a better place than Kaaba for the Muslims to renew the promise of
“Am I not your Lord…3 to break the idols of goddesses and other
dispersed masters? Why ought we not to keep alive the most important and
glorious political movement of the prophet on the day of “Greater Pilgrimage?”4
The prophetic tradition related to the announcement about "being disgusted with
the polytheists" is not something to become old-fashioned or abolished! This
tradition is not restricted to the time of Hajj. Muslims ought to make the space
of the world replete with love and affection toward the Eternal Being, and
practical hatred toward God's enemies. Muslims should not listen to the
"sneaking whispers", the creators of doubts and hesitations, to the deviated and
the ossified. They should not neglect this sacred tune of monotheism, this
universal tune of Islamic divine command!”5
And in continuation, the Imam says:
“Our shout is the shout of a nation to whose death the whole irreligious and the
arrogant are lying in wait. All the arrows in their bows and all the spears have
aimed at the Quran and the household of the prophet. But how unlikely it is that
the followers of Mohammad (SA) and those trained in the Ashoora of Imam Hussein
and those awaiting the inheritance of the righteous will ever submit to a
contemptible death and the captivity to the west or the east! How far it is that
Khomeini remains silent and quiet in the face of the aggression to the sanctuary
of the Quran by those demonic polytheists or infidels and those insulting the
household of the messenger Mohammad (SA) and the followers of the noble Ibrahim
(PBUH)! How far it is that he sits to observe humiliating Scenes of inferiority
The great congregation for performing the precept of Hajj, in addition to its
unique qualities, is one of the effective factors in thwarting the conspiracies
that are planned to cause disunion among Muslims and disrupt the unity of the
Islamic communities. If their were not such a great monotheistic congress at
Hajj, no doubt, the plots would work and hardly would there be a desirable
alliance between millions of Muslims of different sects in the world.
Imam Khomeini (s), by taking inspiration from the noble prophet of Islam (SA)
says with regard to Hajj:
“Hajj is the manifestation and reiteration of all pleasant, enthusiastic
scenes in a man’s life and a perfect society in the world. The ceremonies of the
pilgrimage to Mecca are the same ceremonies of life. Since the Islamic peoples’
society of all races and nations must become Ibrahim- like, it must be linked to
the great nation of the prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his household)
to constitute a single entity. Hajj is the regulating and practicing scene for
the formation and organization of such a monotheistic life.”7
1- Wasa'il al-Shi'a,
vol. 9, p. 77.
2- Sahifeh-ye Imam, vol. 15, p. 168.
3- Referred to Quranic verse: ... الست بربکم؟ قالوا بلي
4- Referred to the verse: و اذانٌ من الله و رسوله الي الناس يوم الحج الاکبر ان
الله بريٌ? من المشرکين و رسوله
5- Sahifeh-ye Imam, vol. 20, p. 314.
6- Ibid., vol. 20, p. 318.
7- Ibid., vol. 21, p. 77.