PREPARATION FOR THE JOURNEY
The following notes are
for every individual to ponder over and act upon. Please take some
time and carefully read through them. If there are any queries or you
require clarification on any aspects of these notes, please contact
the group leader or the Aalim.
There are four vital (obligatory) points for you to act upon before
you embark on your spiritual journey of Hajj. These are as follows:
1. Taqleed. It is
crucial that you are a muqallid. It is vital that your actions and
procedures in worship are according to the rulings of that Mujtahid.
Please inform the group leader or Aalim of your Marj’aa e Taqleed as
there are slight variations in rulings.
2. Khums. The entire money you have utilised for your journey
must be Paak i.e. all religious and other dues have been paid. It is
wajib to have fulfilled the right of the Twelfth Imam (A.S) before
your journey commences.
3. Wudhu. This is one of those actions that people pay least
attention to but is the most important act ensuring the correctness of
your ibadaat. Please check that your wudhu is correct, ask an Aalim if
4. Qira’at. Correct pronunciation of the Zikr with sound
Makhraj. It is vital that at least your wajib actions i.e. Namaaz,
Talbiyyah (Labbayk) etc are recited with the correct pronunciation.
the highly recommended points for Hajj are as follows:
is highly recommended to write your will or notify someone of your
wishes as you are leaving for such an important journey.
Make a list of all the ibadaat that you would like to perform whilst
you are on this spiritual journey. It is considered one of the best
acts to complete an entire Quran if possible inside the Haram in
Before leaving home, perform Ghusl with the niyyat for ‘travelling to
Makkah for Hajjatul Islam, Qurbatan Ilallahi Ta’alah’. During your
ghusl, ask Allah to wash away your sins as you wash your body. Pray
that your Nafs is made paak and any Najaasat inside your body is
removed. After the ghusl, perform two Rakaat Namaaz with the intention
of ‘Qurbatan Ilallahi Ta’allah’ and two Rakaat Namaaz e Hajaat.
Pray for all mo’mineen, relatives and friends for their safety and for
your safe return.
forgiveness from all the people around you (family, relatives, friends
and colleagues) for any wrongs or injustices you may have done to
Before leaving home, give Sadaqa, recite the Tasbih of Hazrate Fatema
(A.S), then recite Surah Al-Hamd once while looking to the right, once
while looking to the left and once while looking straight ahead.
Recite Ayatul Kursi once, Surah Ikhlaas 11 times, Surah Qadr once,
Surah Naas once and Surah Falaq once. Also recite the following dua:
‘BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIR RAHEEM. BISMILLAHI AAMANTU BILLAHI LAA HAWLA WA
LAA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAHIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM.’
Keep an Aqeeq ring and a small Holy Quran in your possession.
Whilst in the car, bus or train on the way to the airport (or port
‘BISMILLAHI WALLAHU AKBAR’
‘SUBHANALLAH’ 7 times, ‘LAA ILAHAA ILLALLAH’ 7 times,
‘ALLAHU AKBAR’ 100 times, SALAWAT 100 times
Also anytime during the journey by car, plane or any other method of
travel, keep reciting ‘ALHAMDULILLAH’, ‘SUBHANALLAH’, ‘ASTAGHFIRULLAH’,
‘SHUKRAN LILLAH’, ‘MASHA’ALLAH’, LAA HAWLA WA LAA QUWWATA ILLA
BILLAHIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM’ and salawat as many times as possible.
Remember to recite Surah Ikhlaas 3 times each time the car, bus or
plane is about to depart. Recite also the following dua :
‘SUBHANALLADHEE SAKHARALANA HADHA WA MAA KUNNA LAHU MUQRINEEN. WA INNA
ILAA RABBINA LAMUNQALIBOON’
Also, anytime while travelling, recite Kalema often, give Sadaqa and
recite ‘A’UDHU BILLAHI MINASH SHAITANIR RAJEEM’ as many times as
is very important that for all your actions during Hajj, that niyyat
(intention) is made (verbal or non verbal) of QURBATAN ILLALLAH.
Nabawi, the best Ibadaat is to recite your Qadha Namaaz. It is
recommended to pray 2 Rakaat Namaaz next to each of the 7 Sutoon
(pillars) in the Masjid.
also a platform there where one should recite Quran and then recite 2
Rakaat Namaaz of Jaffare Tayyar. This Ibadaah will ensure acceptance
of your Hajaat – insha’Allah (please do not forget us!)
House and the Mimber in Masjide Nabawi, there is a ‘piece of Jannat’
where one should recite 2 Rakaat Namaaz. However this is not possible
for the ladies because the area has been blocked off. Therefore, they
should recite the 2 Rakaat Namaaz next to the gate that separates them
from the ‘piece of Jannat’ to gain as much sawaab as possible.
entering Masjidul Haraam, enter with the right foot and do one Tasbih
of 'ALLAHU AKBAR’ and say ‘LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAHU WALLAHU AKBAR’.
Also recite the following dua while entering and preferably learn it
by heart :
‘BISMILLAHI WA BILLAHI WA ALAA MILLATI RASULILLAHI SALLALLAHU
ALAYHI WA AALIHI WASALLAM’
you see the Kaaba for the first time, ask for your three most precious
is mustahab to perform 2 Rakaat Namaaz out of respect for the Masjid (Tahiyyate
is a golden pipe near Hijre Ismail where you ask for your Hajaat and
here there is a greater chance that they are accepted. One should pray
for those who have been unable to have children and Insha'Allah Allah
will grant them children.
not forget to do Istighfaar and Dua on behalf of all your family,
friends and marhumeen.
Tawaaf, the best Ibadaat is the Tilaawat of the Holy Quran, any
Surah’s that you may know by heart and especially any Qunoot Duas that
you know by heart. You have also been provided with Tawaaf books that
have recommended Duas for each round.
as much Quran as possible in Masjidul Haraam and try to recite as many
of your Qadha Namaaz as possible. Pray Namaaz for your marhumeen as
the corner of the Kaaba, where the crack through which Hazrat Ali’s
mother went in, one should ask for Hajaat and recite Duas.
the well of ZamZam, or as close to it as possible, one should recite 2
Rakaat Namaaz for increase in Rizq.
walking between Safa and Marwa, keep in mind that Bibi Hajrah
performed this act whilst in search for water for her son Prophet
Ismail (A.S). When walking between Safa and Marwa, recite Tasbihate
Arbaa and Qunoot Duas constantly. Also, recite Dua-e-Mashlool on Mount
Marwa and ask for maghfirat. On Mount Safa recite Dua-e-Kumail and ask
is not recommended (makrooh) for women to run between Safa and Marwa,
they should walk. Men walk too, but they must run at a gentle pace in
a certain place (these are indicated by green lights on the walls
between the two Mounts). Try to step on the actual rock on the two
Mounts of Safa and Marwa when you reach them.
ARAFAT & MINA
Arafat, do not waste your time. Instead do as much Istighfaar as
possible because any sins that have not been forgiven on Laylatul Qadr
and other such prestigious occasions will surely be forgiven here if
you ask sincerely enough. Any other Duas are also accepted here.
Arafat and Mina, arguments and conflicts are brought about very
easily, so be sure to keep patient and tolerant at all times and
NOT LOSE YOUR TEMPER.
you go to Mina to stone the three Shaitans (Jamaraat), remember your
own faults and the Shaitans inside you first, and then always keep in
mind that you are hitting these Shaitans.
Mina it is recommended to recite 2 Rakaat Namaaz in Masjide Kheef as
many of our Ambiya (Prophets) have also prayed there.
is mustahab to keep your Ihraam on after the obligations of Mina and
complete the rest of your Hajj in the same state.
Finally, please remember that it is on the invitation of Allah S.W.T.
that you are making this spiritual journey. It is a time for
reflection of one’s self, seeking forgiveness and asking for your
hajaat. Please do not waste your time on the journey on worldly
matters. Please remember that it is also a test to reveal your true
self. Avoid arguments, control your temper and look after your fellow
hujjaj. Insha’allah your journey will not be wasted, acts of worship
accepted and sins forgiven.