To maximize the Hajj experience, the pilgrim has to realize the importance of the journey they are about to embark upon. Hajj is a tradition of Ibrahim, respected and performed throughout the ages even by the pagan Arabs. It is not a mere ritual; it is a way to establish life on Earth. Allah alludes to this in the Quran when He says, “Allah has made the Ka’bah, the Sacred House, the sacred month, the sacrificial animal, and the necklaces put around sacrificial animals as a qiyam for mankind” (5:97). Qiyam means that by which something is made to stand/prop. The Ka’bah, the sacred months and sacrificial animals are called the prop for mankind because Allah propped life in Arabia using Hajj and its rituals.
The Ka’bah and its precincts were made a place of safely and security wherein hostilities and violence were prohibited. Similarly, the institution of the sacred months (Dhul Qa’dah, Dhul Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab) prohibited killing and violence. Highway robbery was checked by making the sacrificial animals apparent with their necklaces, allowing them and the pilgrims safe passage to the Ka’bah.
Without Hajj, the pre-Islamic Arabs could well have looted and killed each other due to constant fighting. Hajj is not just a ritual. Life was established in Arabia due to the Hajj.