“If a person has wealth which is over and above his basic necessities and which will be sufficient for him to make the onward and return journey for hajj, then hajj becomes fard upon him. There are great virtues in performing hajj. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “There is nothing in return for a hajj that is free of sins and evils except paradise.” Similarly, great rewards have been mentioned for performing umrah. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Hajj and umrah wipe out sins just as a furnace removes the rust that has settled on steel.”
Severe warnings have been mentioned with regard to the one who does not perform his hajj despite it being fard upon him. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who has food, drink, and the means of transportation in order to undertake the journey of hajj and still does not go – Allah Ta’ala has no concern if the person dies as a Jew or a Christian.” He has also said that the abandoning of hajj is not the way of Islam.” (Bahishti Zewar, p. 278)
Since Hajj is coming nearer and nearer, I’m planning to post a series on it. An eBook written by Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Sahab (db) titled as “Hajj: Merits and Precepts” makes the start. In an easy language and comprehensive ways this book covers large parts of the Fiqh and Masa’il concering Hajj, Umrah and visiting Medina Munawwarah.