Hajj – Simplicity (Hadith No. 1292)
Narrated Thumama bin ‘Abdullah bin Anas:
Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) performed the Hajj on a pack-saddle and he was not a miser. Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) performed Hajj on a pack-saddle and the same Mount was carrying his baggage too.”
Among the purposes of Hajj, as outlined by Shaykh Yahya ibn Ibraheem, is:
It trains him to be content with modest clothing and accommodation, when he wears two pieces of cloth and it is sufficient for him, and his accommodation gives him just enough room to sleep.
Seeking comfort isn’t wrong, but traveling in simplicity and modesty isn’t bad either. It’s a training for the body and soul because of the hardships that come with it. And it’s a Sunnah as well – Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had one animal (camel) which carried him and his baggage for the whole journey (multiple nights and days of traveling – not a joke!).
Simplicity is cool. B)