Narrated Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
I said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Shouldn’t we participate in Holy battles and Jihad along with you?” He replied, “The best and the most superior Jihad (for women) is Hajj which is accepted by Allah.” ‘Aisha added: Ever since I heard that from Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) I have determined not to miss Hajj.
Jihaad against the kuffaar by fighting is not obligatory for women, but they must make jihaad by calling others to the truth (da’wah) and teaching them about Islam, within the limits that will protect them and wearing the clothes that cover their ‘awrah. They should not mix with non-mahram men or speak in soft voices or be alone with non-mahram men. Allaah said concerning the wives of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
“And remember (O you members of the Prophet’s family), the Graces of your Lord), that which is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allaah and Al-Hikmah (i.e. Prophet’s Sunnah)” [al-Ahzaab 33:34]
It was reported that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: I said, O Messenger of Allaah, do women have to do any kind of jihaad? He said, “Yes, they have to do the kind of jihaad in which there is no fighting: Hajj and ‘Umrah.” (Reported by Ahmad, 6/68; Ibn Maajah, 2/968).
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was asked, “Which is the best deed?” He said, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).” He was then asked, “Which is the next (in goodness)?” He said, “To participate in Jihad in Allah’s Cause.” He was then asked, “Which is the next?” He said, “To perform Hajj-Mabrur.”
Above Hadith has been posted before as well. Read it here.
After belief in Allah and Jihad in His Cause comes Hajj Mabrur. A Hajj Mabrur (an accepted Hajj) is a Hajj performed–overall–in a manner pleasing to Allah, and its signs are that a person returns with resolve and determination to fulfill their duty to Allah in a pleasing manner.
If a person completes his pilgrimage in the right manner and completes it only for the sake of Allah then the Hajj can compensate for his every sin. This is shown in the following Hadith related by Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu `anhu) that the Apostle of Allah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said:
“Whoever performs the Hajj and commits no lustful act during it nor disobeys God (in any other way) shall return from it as pure and sinless as he was at the time of his birth.” Bukhari & Muslim
We can understand from the hadith that if anyone performs the Hajj and during it, abstains from all lustful things and every other act of defiance to God which falls within the spheres of lewdness, his sins will be forgiven and he will return from it as spotless as he was when he had been born. This type of Hajj is called Hajj Mabroor and if this is granted to him then he has obtained a great gift and favor in this world as well as the hereafter.
The reward for Hajj Mabroor is more clear in the following Hadith which is related by Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu `anhu), that Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said:
“From one Umra to another (i.e. the two Umras) become an atonement for the sins committed during the period intervening between them and the reward on Hajj Mabroor (i.e. pure and untainted Haj) is paradise itself and nothing less.” Bukhari & Muslim
Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
(the mother of the faithful believers) I said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! We consider Jihad as the best deed.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur.”
Women can start planning + preparing for Hajj Mabrur now. :)
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) 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.”
And that is the reward for Hajj Mabrur. May Allah grant us all the tawfiq to perform such a Hajj.
What about after Hajj? Should one feel satisfied and content with his efforts or fear that Allah might nor forgive him or accept his Hajj? Read this for the answer.