This event, held in Makkah on 15th of November 2006, was the third lecture in the Maqasid Centre’s series of lectures, addressing various issues related to Islamic legislation, such as its philosophy, purposes and objectives, as well as its branches.
In this lecture, Professor Abdul-Wahhab Abu Sulaiman addressed the subject of the maqasid of pilgrimage rites in Islam. He started the lecture with a theoretical introduction on the topic of maqasid, in which he explained that the general objective of the Islamic law is to contribute to people’s interests and prohibit harm and mischief. He illustrated that this general objective is consistent throughout the sections of the Islamic law, including rites and acts of worship. He, then, elaborated on the spiritual benefits of each of the pilgrimage rites, especially the strong reminders of the hereafter, cultural benefits, as a result of the interaction of pilgrims from various cultural backgrounds, and economic benefits, through promoting Makkah as a ‘global market’ during the pilgrimage season.
Finally, Professor Abu Sulaiman explained the social and political objectives of pilgrimage, which he viewed as a major annual conference that allows all Muslims to discuss their problems and aspirations as a global nation (ummah).