- An Introduction
- Hajj: A Duty Upon Mankind
- Tips before the Hajj
- Rituals of Hajj
- On Arrival
- Important Lesson
- Ziyaratain, Makkah & Madina
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Hajj: A Duty Upon mankind
Remember, Hajj requires more of etiquette because a pilgrim has to spend six days in the company of an international assembly of people. Spirit of camaraderie and fraternity must be nurtured.
It is out of the mercy of Allah that we are able to live long enough to witness the succession of the days and months, which bring the various seasons of mercy.
Though such seasons, we can gain abundance of rewards. He Hajj season is one such blessed occasion. There are two types of people who witness this season: those who have not made the intention to perform the pilgrimage and those who have.
It is incumbent upon every Muslim who is capable of performing Hajj to make the intention to go. It is therefore wish to fulfill the duty of performing Hajj at the first available opportunity. This is why the Prophet (PBUH) advised: Hasten to (perform) hajj for one of you does not know what hurdle might come in his way, (Ahmad)
It is indeed, a serious neglect of our duty if we keep postponing the performance of Hajj.
TIPS BEFORE THE HAJJ
- A Pilgrim will leave his / her home with a very spiritual feeling. The optimism will be dampened by the health problem you’ll have to cope with in the two Holy Cities. Don’t push yourself. Your body needs lots of rest to cope with these problems. Do what you can move on. Concentrate on your worship.
- Most pilgrims will suffer from one or more of the following: sore throat, coughing, frequent sneezing, runny nose and fever. Take enough supplies of “over the counter” medications from your home town because you are not familiar with the medication use in Saudi Arabia.
- Take multivitamins daily as you may not be eating a balanced diet during the journey.
- If you have asthma, consult your doctor in the extra precautions you need to take as it is very dusty in many of many of the places you’ll be visiting.
- Avoid applying perfumes with strong smell. Have some consideration for those with medical conditions like asthma and migraine. Strong smells are associated with migraine and asthma attacks. When you consider the will-being of and insha Allah, reward you. Point to Note; Perfumes are prohibited in the state of ihram.
- The Hajj pilgrimage involves a lot of walking. If you don’t go for daily walks, start doing walks, start doing it at least one month before your trip. This will reduce the likelihood of getting muscle pulls and cramps. In and around Makkah, it is packed with small hills, so you will be doing a lot more walking than your normal schedule. Do not stop this habit of walking when you return home, it will help to be physically fit.
- You are always very close to another pilgrim when you are in Makkah during the peak period of the pilgrimage. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you leave your hotel to reduce the likelihood of infection.
- If you wear glasses, take an extra pair, preferably one with a plastic frame. The likelihood of your glasses falling down and being stepped on by sudden movements of the crown are high.
- Flatulence (Passing of wind) is an important cause of the loss of WUDU. In the crowd packed Holy Mosques, this can be big problem. Avoid or reduce the intake of food that contributes to this problem. If this is a serious problem, for you, consult your doctor. Both herbal and other medications [antacid ant flatulent] are now available to reduce the occurrence of flatulence.
- Have a dental check-up at least 2 months before your departure so that there is ample time for treatment and follow-ups. It is not nice to have a severe toothache while performing The Hajj.
Rituals of Hajj
In the forenoon of the eighth day of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim purifies himself once again by bathing as he did before Umrah in the place in which he is staying, if convenient. He puts on his Ihram and says: “Here II am for Hajj. Here I am, Oh Allah, Here I am Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, Grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partners.” If he fears that something will prevent him from completing his Hajj he should make a condition when he makes his intentions, saying: “if I am prevented by any obstacle my place is wherever I am held up,” If he has no such fear, he doesn’t make this condition.
A pilgrim goes to Mina’a and there prays Dhuhr, Asr Magrib, Isha and Fajr, shortening his four unit prayers so as to make them.
When the sun rises, he goes to Arafah and there prays Dhuhr and Asr combined at the time of Dhuhr, making each one two units. He remains in Namira Mosque until sunset if possible. He remembers Allah and makes as many supplications as possible while facing the Qibla. The prophet-may the peacae and blessing kof allah be upon him-prayed thus:”There is no Deity but Allah alone. He has no partner. All dominion and praise is His and he is powerful over all things.
If he grow weary it is permissible for him to engage in beneficial conversation with his companions or reading what he can find of beneficial books, especially those concerning Allah’ grace and abundant gifts. This will strengthen his hope in Allah. He should then return to his supplications and be sure to spend the end of the day deep in supplication because the nest of supplication is the supplication of the day of Arafah.
At sunset he goes from Arafah to Muzdalifah and there prays Magrib, Isha and Fajr. If he is tired or has little water, it is permissible for him to combine Magrib and Isha. If he fears that he will not reach Muzdalifah until after midnight, he should pray before he reaches it for it is not permissible to delay prayer until after midnight. He remains there, in Muzdalifah, making supplications and remembering Allah till just before sunrise.
If he is weak and cannot handle the crowd during Ar-Ramy, it is permissible for him to go Mina,a at the end of the night to stone the Jamrah before the arrival of the crowd. Near sunrise, a pilgrim goes from Muzdalifah to Mina’s. Upon reaching it he does the following:
- He throws seven consecutive pebbles at Jamrah Al-Aqaba which is the closest monument to Makkah, saying: “Allah is the Greatest,” as he throws each pebble.
- He slaughters the sacrificial animal, eats some of it, and gives some to the poor. Slaughter is obligatory on the Mutamati and Quiran.
- He shaves or clips his hair; shaving is preferable. A woman clips her hair the length of a finger-tip.
These three should be done in the above order if convenient, but there is no restriction if on precedes another.With that, one is allowed to come out of Ihram. He can wear other clothing and so everything that was Lawful before Ihram except engaging in marital relations. He goes to Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-Ifadha and Sa’yi’ also fir Hajj. It is Sunnah to put perfume on before going to Makkah.
He stones the three Jamrah in the afternoon of both the eleventh and twelfth days. He starts with the first Jamrah, which is furthest from Makkah, then the middle one, and lastly JamrahAi-aqaba. Each one should be stoned with seven consecutive pebbles accompanied by Takbeer. He stops alter the first and middle Jamrah to make supplications facing the Quyibla. It is not permissible to stone before noon on these two days. It is best to walk to the Jamrah, but riding is permissible.If he is in hurry after stoning on the twelfth day, he leaves Mina’a before sunset. But if he wishes to prolong his stay which is best, he spends the night of the thirteenth in Mina’a and stones that afternoon in the same manner as on the twelfth day.
When he is ready to return to his country, he makes Tawaf AI-Wadaa, which is seven circuits around the Ka’bah. Menstruating women and women experiencing postnatal discharge are not obligated to perform
- Ihram at Meeqat.
- Two Rakats Nafil and Niyah ( Declaration of intention) and Talbiyah must be performed for Hajj and Umrah combined (Qiran)or
- Two Rakats Nafil and Niyah and Talbiyah must be performed for Umrah only (Tamattu)of
- Two Rakat Nafil and Niyah and Talbiyah must be performed for Hajj only (lfraad)
- Tawaf Qudoom in Makkah (Arrival Tawaf).
- Two Rakats Naifl/ Drink Zamzam.
- Sai’e (running between Safa and Marwah)
- For Quiran maintain lhram unitl Hajj.
- For Tamatu one can come out of lhram.
8th Dhul Hijjah
- Ihram from Makkah
- For those residing in Makkah, lhram is from place of residence.
- Two Rakats Nafil and Niyah for Hajj and Talbiyah.
- Arrival in mIna’a before Zuhr, Asar, Maghribn and Isha prayers and Fajr prayers of 9th Dhul Hajjah.
9th Dhul Hijjah
- After Fajr prayer, arrival at Arafat.
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Questions that will help
What is Hajj?
Hajj is Fifth Pillars of Islam which is essential for every Muslim in lifetime if financial conditions are allows.
Can any Muslim attend the Hajj?
Yes, any Muslim can attend the Hajj
What is the condition to be met before a Muslim attend the Hajj?
The Muslim must be:
- Sane (Normal State of Mind()
- Physically able
- A must be financially able (meaning he must have the finance for his trip and leave enough money for his family until his return).
- In the case of a woman, she must be accompanied by a Mahram (A Mahram is someone who a woman is forbidden to marry according to Islamic Shariah).See the question below regarding women.
Where is the hajj performed?
The Hajj is performed in the around the Holy City of Makkah,
How is the application processed?
After making contact with the Hajj Group and you agree to accept their service, the next step is to register with that group and make a deposit. This is how most of the Hajj groups process their applicants.
Finally, you will have to send your passport along with all related travel documents with the Hajj Visa.
What is the condition for someone from the India to get a Hajj Visa?
- Valid Passport (With 6 month validity)
- Copy of Marriage Certificate for couples travelling together (With Arabic translation)
- Copy of shahadah Letter for Muslim Concerts
- Original Meningitis Vaccination Record (ACYW 135)
- Three/ Four passport size picture for visa application
What are the chances of a visa being denied?
Very rear, as long as all requirement are met, there is no reason for denied except Ahmadi.
After being issued with a Hajj Visa, can someone travel to another country and then enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by himself and not with group
Sorry, no changes are possible in group itinerary.
Can someone get a visa to go to the Hajj without a Hajj group?
No. It is against the law of the Saudi Authorities.
Are all Hajj groups in the India authorized by the Saudi Government?
No. Authorized IATA agents and Sub-agents work together under the authorized agent’s name.
Can someone go to the Hajj with group that is not an Authorized Hajj Agent?
Yes. However before to take final decision have to check their credibility.
Point to note:
The Ministry of Hajj has suspended issuing new licenses indefinitely. This means that smaller companies have no choice but to join forces with that agent who has been licensed by the Ministry of Hajj. Many of these small, unlicensed agents have good experience and can give a better service than the “Authorized Agents”.
How can someone know which group is providing good services?
- Examine their spiritual capabilities because you looking to be rewarded with an “Accepted Hajj”. Choose a group that acts according to Qy’raan and Sunnah.
- Do a survey with people who went to hajj before. Find our about their experiences with the company they travelled with.
- Check out what services the company is offering and see if it fits your budget. Be careful not to choose companies that go too early into the kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of unfriendly environmental conditions.
- Ask about the size of the group. Some Travel agencies will have the advantage of better control over their group and more co-ordination in keen the group together. Chances of getting lost and disoriented are very minimal.
- The agency’s honesty in providing information is very impotent.
- He agency approach in dealing with your is also very important.
Regarding women, is there an age limit that entitles them to travels alone for the Hajj?
Yes. The Saudi Authorities allow a woman over the age of 45 to travel alone with group but with a group but with a notarized “No-Objection Letter” from a Mahram.
A married or single woman under the age of 45 would not be issued with a visa unless she is accompanied by a Mahram. This law is applied even if she is travelling with a group.
Some companies/groups have good and bad assessment from people who travelled with them. Why would some people find the same company to be a good and others find it to be unpleasant. Please comment?
A very disturbing issue is that many agencies give a good projection at the material aspect of the journey and so not focus on their spiritual aspect. This can become a disappointment for many who don’t know much about Shariah Laws. Some group does enforce the Islamic Low when others are lenient with it. It is also important to check the credibility of the people who is organizing the program as well as their Islamic beliefs.
Is a Religious scholar really necessary to accompany the Group?
Yes, especially a scholar who is reputable and acts according to Qur’aan and Sunnah or as close as possible to Shariah rulings.
There are many Fiqh issues arising year after year and a scholar who updates himself constantly will benefit the group.
Is there any group in the Indian that might be acting closest to Qur’aan and Sunnah?
Yes. There are so many groups which are accompanied by Hanafi or Ahle Hathis recognized scholars.
The following is incumbent upon the Muhrim for Hajj or Umrah:
- That he ne committed to Allah’s religious obligations upon him such as prayer in its time (in congregation for men)
- That he avoid what Allah has prohibited such as obscenity, inequity, and disobedience. If anyone undertakes Hajj therein. Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling during Hajj[2:197].
- That he avoids harming the Muslim with words of actions within the Masha’ir or elsewhere.
- That he avoids all of the restriction of Ihram:
- He shouldn’t cause the loss of any of his hair or nails. A prick by a thorn and the like is unobjectionable, even if there is bleeding.
- He shouldn’t perfume himself, his clothing, his food or his drink after entering Ihram. He should also abstain from cleansing himself with scented soap. There is no harm in what remains of the effect of perfume used prior to Ihram.
- He shouldn’t touch, Kiss etc. His spouse out of passion and, even worse, shouldn’t have sexual intercourse.
- He shouldn’t be wed propose to a woman for himself or others.
- He should wear gloves, although there are no harm in wraping the hands in cloth. These ruling foes for both men and women.
The following pertains specifically to men:
- He cannot cover his head with something that touches it, although there is no harm in the use of an umbrella, the roof of a car or rent for shade. There is also no harm in carrying his baggage a top his head.
- He cannot wear a shirt, turban, hooded cloak trousers, or shoes. Only if he is unable to obtain an Ezra or sandals can he wear trousers or shoes.
- He cannot wear anything with the same qualities of the above mentioned such as Qubaa, hat, under garments, ect.
It is permissible for him to wear sandals, rings, glasses, and a hearing aid. A watch, worn on his wrist or hung from his neck, or a speech aid. It is permissible for him to cleanse himself with unscented cleansers and to wash and scratch his head and body, even if some of his hair falls unintentionally. In such a case there in no obligation on him because of it.
A Woman cannot wear a Niqab or Burqa,. The Sunnah ‘. The Sunnah is for her to uncover her face except if men not related to her might see her, in which case it is obligatory for her to cover her face during Ihram and otherwise. Allah is the giver of success. May His blessing be upon our prophet Muhammad and all of his family and companions?