Hajj is a journey to attain Allah’s Love. If you are leaving your home to head to a place, where your beloved resides, what would be your personal feeling? Could that be expressed in words?
So, when a believer, with his heart filled with love of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى and His Rasool ﷺ, starts off for Makkah-Madina, how could be the feeling? It is simply ineffable.
A Muslim’s life is a life of obedience to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى. A Muslim knows that every good-act of his life bears high value. He, therefore, does not act upon a good deed in a way he himself thinks right. The prerequisite of love is utmost-obedience. If obedience is absent, any proclaim of love is valueless.
A Muslim is well aware that to perform any good, the way prescribed by Shariah (law based on the Holy Quran & Ahadith) is the pre-requisite for divine acceptance.
A Muslim knows that it is only a waste of time and energy if a good deed does not fulfill the conditions set by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى. Moreover, every conscious Muslim knows that these conditions are again of two types – the inner and outer. If two Muslims X and Y, for instance, say Salat (prayers), pay Zakaat, perform Hajj or carry on any commandment of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, whose worship is more probable to be accepted to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى? Of course, the one, who had accomplished the worships fulfilling the conditions of Shariah.
Therefore, the conditions that an Ibadat or worship to be accepted in Allah’s court, consists of both inner and outer stipulations. For instance, putting on Ihram (the two pieces of cloth worn by men in Hajj) and uttering “Labbaik Allahumma” are outward acts and the intention of entering into Ihram is an inward act.
Therefore, both inward and outward deeds are important to accomplish correctly.