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All you need to know about umrah and hajj
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All you need to know about umrah and hajj
All you need to know about umrah and hajj
All you need to know about umrah and hajj
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All you need to know about umrah and hajj
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All you need to know about umrah and hajj
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All you need to know about umrah and hajj
All you need to know about umrah and hajj
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All You Need to Know About Umrah and Hajj is a comprehensive book. It shares "My Views" which are first had accounts of the journey, the technical steps, the spiritual reasons for why we do the steps, …

All You Need to Know About Umrah and Hajj is a comprehensive book. It shares "My Views" which are first had accounts of the journey, the technical steps, the spiritual reasons for why we do the steps, and many other pearls. This book was written so that you could just take this with you as your sole accompaniment.

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  • 1. All  You  Need  To  Know  About     Umrah  and  Hajj   Researched  and  Wri-en  by:    Alia  Khan   Edited  by:        Abdul  Samad  Khan   Consul;ng  Scholar:        Sheikh  Sohail  Hanif  
  • 2. How  To  Use  This  Book    Asalamo’Alaikum,    This  book  is  meant  to  be  comprehensive  and  informa;ve.  When  reading  it  in  its  en;rety,  the  pilgrim  is  meant   to  learn  the  spiritual,  historical,  and  deeper  value  of  the  many  facets  of  Umrah  and  Hajj.  However  if  you  wish  to   skip  to  just  the  “How  To”  por;on  of  this  book,  then  kindly  follow  the  GREEN  pages  only  as  follows:      -­‐  Go  to  page  U1-­‐p22  to  U8-­‐p38  for  “How  to  Perform  Umrah”  only    -­‐  Go  to  page  U1-­‐p22  to  H8-­‐p63  for  “How  to  Perform  Hajj  (including  Umrah)”    -­‐  Go  topage    H1-­‐p44  to  H1-­‐p63  for  “How  to  Perform  Hajj”  only  .        The  next  page,  the  YELLOW  page  will  serve  as  a  “Quick  Guide”  on  the  step  by  step  process.  The  BLUE  pages  are   MY  experiences  that  I  hope  will  give  you  be-er  insight.  The  WHITE  pages  are  what  I  call  “pearls”  that  I  hope   will  add  to  your  experience.  Also  the  dates  men;oned  in  this  book  ONLY  apply  to  Hajj;  whereas  Umrah  can  be   performed  any  ;me  of  year.        Please  make  dua  -­‐  May  Allah  grant  you  and  your  loved  ones  all  you’d  ever  want  from  Him  and  to  those  that   helped  to  make  your  pilgrimage  a  meaningful  experience  and  their  loved  ones  InshaAllah!  Ameen.    Wasalam,    Alia  Khan      *  October  2012  will  always  be  remembered  lovingly  as  the  ;me  that  I  went  on  the  amazing  Hajj  journey  with   my  protec;ve,  kind,  and  caring  brother  Tariq,  my  beau;ful  and  vibrant  sister  Saima,  and  my  best  friend  Samar.        **  And  a  special  thanks  to  my  mother  Noreen  and  my  father  Abdul  Samad  for  encouraging  me  to  write  this  in   their  purest  inten;ons  that  it  may  benefit  others  InshaAllah.      Note:  I  have  found  some  wonderful  wri;ngs  online  that  I’ve  shared  with  you  to  increase  your  experience  as  a   pilgrim.  You’ll  find  these  same  pieces  repeatedly  shared  on  mul;ple  websites  but  with  no  credit  or  source,   hence  it’s  hard  to  know  who  wrote  them.  There  is  no  doubt,  they  will  be  rewarded  immensely  for  enhancing   our  experience  on  this  journey.     1  
  • 3. Umrah  Step  by  Step   U1  –  P.  22   1  Go  to  Meeqat   U2  –  P.  23   2  Get  in  state  of  Ihram   3  Do  2  Rakat  Salat     4  Make  Niyyah  for  Umrah   5  Con;nuously  recite  Talbiyah   U3  –  P.  25   6  Enter  Haram  with  right  foot   7  Make  Dua  upon  seeing  Kabah   8  Drink  Zamzam  with  niyyah  for  easy,  healthy  pilgrimage   U4  –  P.  29   9  Go  to  Kabah,  make  niyyah  for  Tawaf  ul  Umrah  –  men  do  Rumal  and  Id;ba   10  Perform  Tawaf  ul  Umrah  –  start  at  Black  Stone,  do  Is;lam  –  repeat  Is;lam    every   ;me  you  come  to  the  Black  Stone.  Keep  count  of  7  circuits!   U5  –  P.  30   11  Pray  “Rabana  a;na  fi’l  duniya…”  at  Yemeni  Corner   12  Finish  Tawaf  by  doing  8th  Is;lam  –  now  men  cover  both  shoulders   13  Cling  to  Multazam  or  acknowledge  from  afar  –  make  dua   U6  –  P.  32   14  Pray  behind  Maqam  Ibrahim  –  2  Rakats  Salat     15  Drink  ZamZam   16  Is;lam  of  Black  Stone   U7  –  P.  35   17  Climb  Safa  –  make  niyyah  for  and  start  Sai    –  Complete  7  circuits  between  Safa   and  Marwa   18  Do  2  rakats  Salat  upon  finishing  Sai   U8  –  P.  38   19  Shave/Clip  Hair   20  If  just  doing  Umrah  –  give  qurbani.  If  moving  on  to  Hajj  –  delay  qurbani   21  Both  Hajj  and  Umrah,  remove  ihram.  Hajjis  observe  some  ihram  rules  s;ll   Hajj  Step  by  Step   H1  -­‐  P.  44  –  8th  Dhul  Hijjah   1  Get  in  new  state  of  ihram  from  where  you  are  staying  in  Mecca     2  Do  2  rakat  Salat   3  Make  Niyyah  for  Hajj   4  Con;nuously  recite  Talbiyah   5  Amer  Fajr,  you  may  do  nafl  tawaf  before  you  go  to  Mina   6  Stay  in  Mina  for  dhuhr,  asr,  maghrib,  and  fajr  (qasr  mode  for  each)   7  Leave  Mina  for  Arafah  amer  sun  rises     Hajj  Step  by  Step  (Cont’d)   H2  –  P.  46  –  9th  Dhul  Hijjah   8  Arrive  in  Arafat  before  dhuhr  –  face  Qibla  as  much  as  possible  all  day   9  Observe  boundaries  of  Arafat  –  stay  within  at  all  ;mes!   10  SUPPLICATE  A  LOT  on  this  day   11  A-end  khutba  in  Arafat   12  Combine  dhuhr  and  asr  prayers  in  qasr  model,  Go  into  your  tents  un;l  Qayam  ul   Aramat  (Standing  on  Arafat)   13  Amer  Asr  and  before  sunset  come  out  of  your  tents  and  Stand  on  Arafat  –   SUPPLICATE  un;l  just  amer  sunset.   14  Amer  Qayam  ul  Arafat,  DO  NOT  pray  Maghrib  at  Arafat  –  delay  and  combine   with  Isha  at  Muzdalifah  later  that  night   H3  –  P.  47   15  Shortly  amer  sunset,  leave  for  Muzdalifah     H4  –  P.  53  –  10th  Dhul  Hijjah   16  Combine  Maghrib  and  Isha  prayers  at  Isha  ;me  in  Muzdalifah   17  Collect  70  pebbles  for  pel;ng  shaytan   18  Stay  and  rest  in  Muzdalifah,  pray  Fajr  then  stand  and  supplicate  at  Mash’ar  al   Haram  un;l  sunrise   19  Depart  Muzdalifah  before  Ishraq  for  Mina   20  Quickly  cross  the  valley  called  Muhassar  –  do  not  loiter  here  at  all!   H5  –  P.  56   21  Arrive  Mina  and  go  to  Jamarat  ul  Kubra   22  Pelt  7  stones  at  Jamarat  Al  Kubra  saying  “Allaho  Akbar”  at  every  throw   23  Do  Not  stand  around  amer  the  pel;ng  is  finished  to  make  duas.  Leave.   H6  –  P.  59   24  Make  sacrifice  –  Qurbani     25  Shave/Clip  Hair   26  Shower  and  change  out  of  ihram   27  Go  to  Kabah  and  perform  Tawaf  al  Ifadah  and  Hajj  Sai  (if  not  done  earlier)   28  Go  back  to  Mina,  spend  the  nights  there  un;l  13th  Dhul  Hijjah  (3  days)   H7  –  P.  60  –  11th,  12th,  and  13th  Dhul  Hijjah   29  Perform  Rummy  on  all  3  columns  –  start  with  Jamarat  Sughra  (smallest),  then   Jamarat  Wusta  (middle),  then  Jamarat  Kubra  (largest)  –  7  stones  at  each.  Stop   and  make  at  least  15  to  20  min  dua  amer  each  one  EXCEPT  Jamarat  Kubra  amer   which  you  will  proceed  to  leave  Mina  before  Maghrib  on  the  3rd  day   30  LEAVE  MINA  BEFORE  MAGHRIB  on  last  day  otherwise  you  MUST  stay  for   another  day  of  pel;ng   H8  –  P.  63  –  14th  Dhul  Hijjah  and  Onward   31  Go  Back  to  Mecca  and  rest  and  pray  in  Haram  a  lot   32  Perform  Tawaf  ul  Wuda  (Farewell  Tawaf),  you  must  leave  immediately  amer  this   tawaf.           2  
  • 4. My  View:     I  compiled  this  book  only  for  private  use  before  my  siblings  and  I  performed  our  Hajj  in  2012.  However,  when  I  came  back  from  Hajj,  and  since  more  family   and  friends  wanted  to  use  this  booklet  to  prepare  for  their  own  Hajj  and  Umrah,  I  decided  to  add  a  “My  View”  page  in  each  sec;on.  I  hope,  now  that   I’ve  experienced  Umrah  and  Hajj,  this  will  give  a  be-er  perspec;ve  on  the  different  aspects  of  the  Pilgrimage  –  though  I  agree  with  my  mother  when   she  says,  “Nothing  can  ever  truly  prepare  you  for  Hajj;  because  everyone  has  a  different  experience  that  is  tailor  made  by  Allah.  Allah  gives  you  what   you  need  in  order  to  show  you  something  about  yourself”.  How  correct  she  is,  only  amer  going  to  Hajj  and  seeing/experiencing  all  the  different  stories,   do  I  really  understand  how  my  mother  was  spot  on  with  this  advice!     When  you  return,  you  may  get  asked  how  did  you  come  back  changed  from  your  Hajj?  Start  thinking  about  this  answer  from  today.  The  best  advice  I  can  give   you  about  your  Hajj  is  “have  a  high  opinion  of  EVERYONE  and  EVERYTHING”  and  hope  that  that  is  what  you  will  bring  back  with  you  from  your  Hajj.   Amongst  the  many  beau;ful  things  you  will  see  and  feel  there,  you  will  also  see  chaos,  pushing,  rude  behavior,  and  the  list  goes  on.  Do  not  complain.   Do  not  dispute  with  anyone.  FORGIVE.  Give  everything  the  benefit  of  the  doubt.  You  will  find  that  everyone  has  a  story,  and  only  when  you  start  delving   into  people’s  lives  will  you  understand  why  they  are  the  way  they  are  –  so  just  always  let  it  go.  Remember,  you  want  to  be  on  your  best  behavior   because  this  is  what  counts  with  Allah,  and  that’s  all  that  should  ma-er  to  you.  When  you  can  come  back  from  Hajj  and  say  with  honesty  that  you  did   not  even  say  “uff”  to  anyone  or  about  anything,  only  then  can  you  find  some  comfort  in  the  thought  that  your  pilgrimage  may  have  been  accepted…and   an  accepted  Hajj  is  the  most  ul;mate  thing  in  life!  An  accepted  Hajj  means  you  get  to  come  back  with  a  clean  slate  and  pure  soul.  How  wonderful  would   it  be  to  have  your  duas  answered  quickly  because  now  there  is  nothing  (no  sins,  no  doubts,  no  trials)  in  the  way  between  you  and  Allah.  Now  the   challenge  is  to  keep  your  Hajj  with  you  for  the  rest  of  your  life;  live  your  life  having  the  highest  opinion  of  everyone  and  everything  and  be  the  best   human  being  under  all  circumstances.  So  excuse  the  pushers,  shovers,  and  chaos  makers  of  life  –  and  if  you  can’t  excuse  them,  then  avoid  them  for  the   love  of  Allah  and  His  peace.       The  best  inten;on  you  can  make  for  your  Hajj  is  to  do  everything  to  please  Allah.  Intend  to  do  khidmah  (service)  for  people:  take  food  to  feed  the  many  poor   people  that  come,  take  sadaqa  money  to  give  away,  study  your  deen  really  well  so  when  you  go  there  you  can  share  your  knowledge.   Finally,  I’ll  end  this  page  by  emphasizing  to  you  the  importance  of  trying  to  do  your  Hajj  and  Umrah  as  closely  as  you  can  to  the  Prophet’s  (SAW)  pilgrimage.   There  is  immense  barakah  in  this.  You  will  be  given  op;ons  and  rulings  from  scholars  to  take  shortcuts,  or  avoid  crowds,  or  bypass  things  altogether  –   don’t  take  alterna;ves!  They  aren’t  op;mal  and  you  will  s;ll  hit  the  crowds  and  get  into  all  sorts  of  other  poten;al  difficul;es;  but  when  you  follow  the   Sunnah  of  the  Prophet  (SAW),  miracles  happen.  You  won’t  believe  how  you  will  get  “par;ngs  of  the  sea”  amongst  the  crowds  and  how  opportuni;es   will  be  created  that  seem  tailor  made  just  for  you  –  and  I  believe  that’s  exactly  what  Allah  has  done  for  you  as  a  reward  for  you  following  His  beloved   Rasool  (SAW).  I  hope  you  will  deeply  consider  this  point,  it  is  probably  the  profound  thing  you  can  do  to  add  the  special  power  to  your  Hajj  and  Umrah.   Remember  it  isn’t  a  mechanical  thing,  there  are  reasons,  stories,  rulings,  laws  of  the  Supernatural,  prophets’  journeys,  and  so  much  more  that  factor   into  each  step.  In  the  humblest  and  most  imperfect  way,  I  have  a-empted  to  explain  the  full  picture  to  you  in  this  booklet  so  you  can  really  understand   the  profound  meaning  behind  all  the  rituals  you  will  be  doing  and  what  you  should  be  feeling,  saying,  doing,  and  why.  I  have  covered  informa;on  in  this   booklet  with  the  inten;on  of  helping  you  through  a  pilgrmage  based  on  the  Sunnah.  However,  if  for  some  reason  you  choose  to  take  shortcuts  or   follow  other  rulings,  please  be  very  careful.  I  was  shocked  at  the  amount  of  misinforma;on  being  offered  so  freely;  and  not  just  by  common  people,  but   by  people  who  were  brought  there  to  be  scholars  and  guides.  One  scholar  in  our  group  gave  us  some  grave  misinforma;on.  Thankfully  I  was  able  to   confirm  it  was  wrong  as  I  had  valid  informa;on  with  me,  but  I  was  shy  to  say  anything  to  him.  Sure  enough,  another  couple  who  had  done  quite  a  bit  of   study  on  their  own  spoke  up  loudly  and  took  out  a  well  accepted  book  and  read  from  it  to  confirm  that  we  had  been  misinformed.  This  is  one  case   where  the  scholar/guide  was  corrected,  there  are  many  many  cases  where  people  did  things  completely  inaccurately  and  it  was  simply  too  late  to   correct  –  for  example,  a  woman  in  our  group    did  14  Sai  between  Safa  and  Marwa  because  she  was  told  that  one  round  is  from  Safa  to  Marwa  and   back!  It  would  truly  be  a  tragedy  to  go  through  all  the  effort,  expense,  and  emo;ons  of  Hajj  and  Umrah  to  only  later  find  out  that  it  was  done   incorrectly  –  though  Allah  is  most  forgiving,  wouldn’t  you  want  to  be  as  perfect  as  possible  for  Him?   This  booklet  is  organized  in  a  way  so  that  you  will  know  how  to  direct  yourself  quickly  through  it  should  you  need  to.  The  green  pages  are  the  instruc;onal   pages  that  you  will  need  to  refer  to  on  a  day  to  day  basis.  You  will  see  there  are  very  few  green  pages,  as  Hajj  and  Umrah  is  not  complicated  and  very   easy  to  perform.  The  best  way  to  use  this  booklet  is  to  read  it  en;rely  at  least  once  before  you  leave  for  your  trip.  Maybe  even  do  a  study  group  –  as  we   my  siblings  and  I  did.  Then  I  highly  recommend  that  the  night  before  each  ritual  day,  you  take  out  the  green  page  that  pertains  to  that  day.  Read  only   this  page  and  get  familiar  with  what  you  are  required  to  do.  If  you  follow  this  simple  system,  InshaAllah  you  will  have  an  enjoyable  and  blessed   Pilgrimage  with  no  doubts  and  confusion  on  what  you  need  to  do.      3   3  
  • 5.               You will find that your love of God heightens… as you start preparing for your pilgrimage journey, with the sole intention of pleasing Allah.  With your heart longing to reach your goal, you become purer in thought and deed.  You repent for past sins, seek forgiveness from people whom you might have wronged, and try to render your due to others where necessary so as not to go to God’s court burdened with injustices that you may have done to your fellow beings.  In general, the inclination for doing good intensifies and abhorrence for doing evil increases. After leaving home, the closer you get to the House of God, the more intense becomes your desire to do good.  You become careful so that you harm nobody, while you try to render whatever service or help you can to others.  You avoid abuse, indecency, dishonesty, squabbles and bickering, because you are proceeding on the path of God.  Thus your entire journey constitutes an act of worship.  How can, then you do wrong? This journey, in contrast to every other, is a continuing course through which a Muslim attains a progressive purification of the self. On this journey, then, you are pilgrims to God.   4  
  • 6.           UMRAH  –  The  lesser  pilgrimage.  Linguiscally  means  "to  visit  a  populated  place".  In  the  Islamic  context,  Umrah  means  to  perform  the  lesser   pilgrimage.  The  Hajj  being  the  'major'  pilgrimage.  The  Prophet  (SAW)  performed  4  Umrahs  in  his  lifeme.     HAJJ  –  The  greater  pilgrimage.  It  is  the  Fieh  Pillar  of  Islam.  Prophet  Mohamed  (SAW)  said  the  best  type  of  Hajj  is  Hajj  At  Tamafu’.  This  is   where  Umrah  must  be  performed  as  a  condion  for  this  type  of  Hajj  to  be  completed.  Hajj  At  Tamafu’  is  opmal  because  it  allows  us  to   do  Umrah  in  full,  then  we  can  come  out  of  ihram  as  we  wait  to  commence  our  Hajj  rites  on  8th  Dhul  Hijjah  (the  first  day  of  the  Hajj   rituals).  Therefore,  we  will  go  through  the  complete  process  of  Umrah  in  this  book  first  then  following  this  secon  we  will  go  through   the  complete  process  for  Hajj  InshaAllah.  The  Prophet  (SAW)  did  only  one  Hajj  in  his  lifeme  as  a  prophet.      The  word  Hajj,  linguis;cally,  means  heading  to  a  place  for  the  sake  of  visi;ng;  in  the  Islamic  context,  it  implies  heading  to  Mecca  to  observe   the  rituals  of  the  greater  pilgrimage.        Hajj  is  made  obligatory  by  Allah  upon  every  Muslim,  male  and  female,  who  is  physically  and  financially  capable.  It  is  obligatory  only  once   during  the  life;me  of  a  Muslim.  Allah  Almighty  Says  :  “Hajj  thereto  is  a  duty  mankind  owes  to  Allah,  those  who  can  afford  the  journey,  but   if  any  deny  faith,  Allah  stands  not  in  need  of  any  of  His  creatures.”  (Quran  3:97)      Hajj  was  prescribed  in  the  sixth  year  amer  Hijrah  (migra;on)  upon  the  revela;on  of  the  following  verse  in  which  Allah  Says  :  “And  complete   the  Hajj  and  ‘Umrah  for  Allah...”  (Quran  2:196)      Hajj  is  not  a  new  ins;tu;on  introduced  by  Islam,  rather  it  is  as  old  as  the  Kabah  itself.  Allah  Almighty  Says  :  "Indeed,  the  first  House  [of   worship]  established  for  mankind  was  that  at  Bekkah  [i.e.,  Mekkah]  –  blessed  and  a  guidance  to  the  worlds.”  (Quran  3:96)        The  whole  origin  of  Hajj  is  rooted  to  the  acts  of  devo;on  of  Prophet  Ibrahim  (AS).  This  demonstrates  that  Muhammad  (SAW)  did  not   innovate  this  ins;tu;on,  all  he  did  was  to  clear  it  of  all  the  evil  prac;ces  that  had  crept  into  it  amer  the  pagans  took  over  the  Kabah.  Amer  a   few  centuries  of  the  death  of  Ibrahim  (AS)  and  his  son  Ismail  (AS)  (who  rebuilt  the  Kabah  in  their  ;me),  people  abandoned  their  teachings   and  gradually  went  astray.  Hundreds  of  idols  were  installed  in  the  Kabah.  Ironically,  idols  were  made  amer  the  image  of  Ibrahim  (AS)  and   Ismail  (AS)  too,  whose  whole  lives  had  been  spent  eradica;ng  idol-­‐worship.  The  Kabah  was  turned  into  a  type  of  temple  for  idol-­‐worship   and  supers;;on  though  ul;mately  the  pagans  used  the  idols  to  reach  Allah  so  it  was  s;ll  seen  as  the  House  of  Allah.  This  predicament   lasted  for  about  two  thousand  years,  un;l  the  advent  of  Prophet  Muhammad  (SAW)      Muhammad  (SAW)  was  known  to  regularly  perform  the  Umrah,  even  before  he  began  receiving  revela;on.  In  630  CE,  Muhammad  (SAW)   led  his  followers  from  Medina  to  Mecca,  it  was  the  first  Hajj  to  be  performed  by  Muslims  alone,  and  the  only  Hajj  ever  performed  by   Muhammad  (SAW).  When  he  got  there,  he  (SAW)  and  the  Muslims  cleansed  the  Kabah,  destroyed  all  the  idols,  and  re-­‐ordained  the   building  as  the  house  of  God.  It  was  from  this  point  that  the  Hajj  became  one  of  the  Five  Pillars  of  Islam.      The  Prophet  (SAW)  was  asked,  “What  deed  is  the  best?”  He  said,  “Iman  in  Allah  and  His  Messenger.”  “Then  what?”  “Jihad  for  the  sake  of   Allah.”  “Then  what?”  “Hajj  Mabroor,  a  Hajj  accepted  by  Allah.”                         5  
  • 7. Abu  Sha’thaa’  said,  “I  contemplated  the  good  deeds  that  a  person  does.  I  found  that  Salat  as  well  as  fas;ng  are  a  jihad  of  the  body.  And   that  sadaqa  is  a  jihad  of  someone’s  wealth.  But  Hajj  is  a  jihad  of  both  body  and  wealth.”      The  dua  of  the  one  in  Hajj  shall  be  accepted.  The  Prophet  (SAW)  said,  “The  soldier  in  the  path  of  Allah  and  the  one  who  performs  Hajj  and   the  one  who  performs  Umrah,  all  are  the  delega;on  of  Allah!  He  called  them  and  they  answered.  And  they  asked  Him,  and  He  shall  grant   them  (what  they  ask  for)!”  (Authen;c,  narrated  by  Ibn  Majah  and  Ibn  Hibban).   Hajj  is  rightly  said  to  be  the  perfec;on  of  faith,  since  it  combines  in  itself  all  the  dis;nc;ve  quali;es  of  other  obligatory  acts  of  prayer,  pa;ence,   priva;on  of  ameni;es  of  life,  devo;on,  Zakat  (alms),  slaughtering  the  sacrifice,  and  supplica;on.  In  fact,  the  physical  pilgrimage  is  a  prelude  to  the   spiritual  pilgrimage  to  Allah  when  man  would  bid  goodbye  to  everything  of  the  world  and  present  himself  before  Allah  as  His  humble  servant  saying:   'Here  I  am  before  You,  my  Lord,  as  a  slave.’    Narrated  by  Abu  Hurayrah    the  Prophet  (SAW)    said:  “Whoever  performs  Hajj  and  does  not  commit  any  Rafath  (obscenity)  or  Fusooq   (transgression),  he  returns  (free  from  sin)  as  the  day  his  mother  bore  him”  (Bukhari).      ‘Amr  ibn  Al-­‐‘Aas  narrates,  “When  Islam  entered  my  heart,  I  went  to  the  Messenger  of  Allah  (SAW)  and  said,  ‘Give  me  your  hand  so  that  I   may  pledge  allegiance  to  you.’  The  Prophet  (SAW)  spread  his  hand,  but  I  withdrew  mine.  He  said,  ‘What  is  wrong  ‘Amr?’  I  said,  ‘I  want  to   make  a  condi;on.’  ‘And  what  is  that?’  he  said.  I  said,  ‘That  Allah  will  forgive  me.’  Then  the  Messenger  of  Allah  (SAW)  said,  ‘Did  you  not   know  that  Islam  wipes  out  what  came  before  it,  and  that  Hijrah  wipes  out  what  came  before  it  and  that  Hajj  wipes  out  what  came  before   it!”  (Muslim).      Hajj  is  comprised  of  several  acts  of  worship  to  God.  People  of  different  na;onali;es,  languages,  and  colors  gather  in  the  millions  at  Mecca   during  this  ;me.  The  concept  of  one  humanity  upheld  by  Islam  is  explicit  during  the  Hajj  pilgrimage.  It  is  a  ;me  when  people  have  the  same   thought,  carry  the  same  prayer  on  their  lips,  and  are  uniformly  dressed.  There  is  no  discrimina;on  between  master  or  laborer,  black  or   white,  elite  or  lowly,  na;ve  or  foreigner.  This  equality  before  God  becomes  apparent  in  the  mul;tude  of  human  beings  that  assemble  for   this  holy  pilgrimage.        You  will  find  in  many  Hadith  regarding  Hajj  the  term  “Hajj  Mabroor.”.  Do  you  know  what  Mabroor  means?  It  means  an  accepted  Hajj.  A   Mabroor  Hajj  is  one  in  which  Allah  (Subhanahu  wa  ta’ala)  is  not  disobeyed  during  or  amer.  Others  have  said  that  a  Hajj  Mabroor  is  one  that   is  accepted,  and  the  sign  of  it’s  acceptance  is  that  a  person  will  go  back  a  be-er  Muslim  than  when  he  came,  and  that  he  will  discon;nue   the  sins  that  were  between  him  and  Allah.       6  
  • 8.         The  excellence  of  Hajj:    1.  It  is  one  of  the  best  deeds:      Abu  Hurayrah  reported  that  the  Prophet  (SAW)  was  once  asked:  “What  is  the  best  deed?”  He  replied:  “To   believe  in  Allah  and  His  Messenger.”  The  enquirer  then  asked:  “What  next?”  The  Prophet  replied:  “To  fight  in   the  cause  of  Allah.”  He  again  asked:  “What  is  the  next  best  thing?”  He  replied:  “Hajj  ‘Mabroor’  (An  accepted   Hajj  -­‐  the  Hajj  that  is  free  of  sin  and  all  its  pillars  and  condiHons  are  fulfilled).”[Al-­‐Bukhaari]            2.  It  is  a  form  of  Jihad:      Al-­‐Hasan  Ibn  ‘Ali  and  his  father,  said  that  a  man  came  to  the  Prophet  (SAW)  and  said:  "I  am  a  coward  and  a   weak  person.  Is  there  anything  I  can  do?"  The  Prophet  (SAW)  replied:  "You  may  go  for  a  Jihad  that  involves   no  fighHng,  that  is,  Hajj."  [‘Abdur-­‐Razzaaq  and  At-­‐Tabaraani]      The  Prophet  (SAW)  also  said:  "Hajj  is  the  Jihad  for  the  old,  the  weak  and  the  women."  [An-­‐Nasaa'i]          3.  It  wipes  away  past  sins:      Abu  Hurayrah  reported  that  the  Prophet  (SAW)  said:  "He  who  performs  Hajj  seeking  Allah's  pleasure  and   avoids  all  lewdness  and  sins  (therein)  will  return  aTer  Hajj  free  from  all  sins,  just  as  he  was  on  the  day  his   mother  gave  birth  to  him."  [Al-­‐Bukhaari  and  Muslim]          4.  Pilgrims  are  the  Guests  of  Allah:      The  Prophet  (SAW)  said:  "Pilgrims  are  Allah's  guests;  their  prayers  are  answered  and  their  supplicaHons  for   forgiveness  are  granted.”  [An-­‐Nasaa'i  and  Ibn  Maajah]          5.  The  Reward  of  Hajj  is  Paradise:      The  Prophet  (SAW)  said:  "All  sins  commiVed  in  between  the  performance  of  one  'Umrah  and  the  next  are   expiated  and  erased,  and  the  reward  of  Hajj  ‘Mabroor’  is  nothing  save  Paradise."  [Al-­‐Bukhaari  and  Muslim]     7  
  • 9.     Lessons and Reflections of Pilgrimage: The pilgrimage is an act of Worship - not tourism or promenade - which requires a physical and spiritual preparation.

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