Pilgrimage: A pillar of Islam

Q425 :Is pilgrimage the fifth pillar of Islam, even for people living in Saudi Arabia?

A425 : Pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam. This applies to all Muslims wherever they live. It is needless to say that pilgrimage is easiest for people of Makkah and surrounding areas. Still, when these people do the pilgrimage, they receive its reward in full. You must not forget that a person may live in Makkah for 70 years and not do the pilgrimage. Hence, one who offers the pilgrimage acknowledges its place in Islam. Someone may say that a person who comes from a remote area spends more time and money in performing the pilgrimage, will he receive the same reward? To this I answer that Allah is the most just of judges. While the basic reward of pilgrimage is earned by all pilgrims, Allah may multiply the reward to whomever He wills. None will be treated unfairly. Pilgrimage: A question of validity

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