Hajj Tips: Resources for Preparing for Hajj Rites


Bismillah

Hajj, for many, is once in a lifetime journey. So you want to be well prepared. People think its all about the packing, no doubt it is important, but what you need to be preparing for, are two thing : Hajj Rites and Rituals and secondly the Spiritual connection with Allah and the change in you from Hajj. This post focuses on the Hajj Rites and how and where to prepare for them.

Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alayhewasallam perfomed Hajj just once in his life and he thoroughly explained each and every aspect and ritual. But now a days, with so many sects and groups..every one seems to have their own version of Hajj rituals and rites and duas. So you will have differnt people telling you many different things during Hajj and this will lead to nothing but confusion. You will not  know who is right and who is wrong. You will not know who to follow. People will be telling you things which are poles apart! So the only solution is to be well informed. Your knowledge should be deep and based on evidence so you will not waver.

Everyone wants to prove that their version is the correct and final version..but everyone seems to forget the version of Rasool Allah.. the Sunnah.. the rites taught by  Rasool Allah.. which is clearly preserved in authentic hadiths. So  Here I will list all the resources which helped me a lot in having a deep understanding and knowledge of the Hajj rites as preserved in the Sunnah. So my sincere advice for all who are going for Hajj is not to rely on secondary information given in books and lectures but to read the hadiths yourself. InshaAllah you will be fully content, happy and satisfied when you are performing Hajj and you will not be confused when you look at all those doing things differently and inviting you to it.

Hajj wa  Umrah Ki Kitab – Fiqh Al Hadith Publications(Urdu)

You can read a few pages online and see the contents here

You can buy this book from Darussalam and Al Balagh Book stores in Karachi and Islamabad.

This is the best and the most detailed book on this topic. It discusses even the wrong misconceptions and incorrect rites and rituals performed usually by many. It might be a slightly difficult read but none the less, very beneficial. One thing I must state is that it contains a detailed account with minute details, the Hajj of Rasool Allah Sallaallahu Alayhe wasallam. It was really what I was looking for and it made my Hajj all the more exciting and memorable as everyday I would read what my beloved Rasoool Sallalahu Alayhe wasallam did and when I performed the same rites in the exact same manner on the exact same day.. it was an indescribable feeling to love your Rasool is to love his Sunnah… it was, as if, I was performing Hajj with him. May Allah grant me his company in Jannah.(Ameen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hajj aur Umrah Kai Masail by Iqbal Kilani (urdu)

Hajj Aor Umra k Masail

The Book of Hajj and Umrah (English) by Iqbal Kilani

Available in both English and Urdu.. a very concisely written, well organized and to the point book which will make you easily understand the rites of hajj.The best thing is that every topic is given as a heading with the hadith to prove it. I would recommend reading this book first and then the Fiqh ul Hadith book. Both should be your primary resources for learning about Hajj and Umrah. Take them with you and read then frequently.

You can buy this from Darussalam Book Stores near you or even online from here

 

Getting the best out of Hajj by Abu Muneer Ismael Davids

Buy it online here

This is a very thorough, very detailed travel guide for Hajj. Benefited from it immensely.

 

 

 

 

 

Hajj and Umrah Dua Locket:

Though it doesn’t seem any different than a small book in the picture, but these are actually small cards which are spiral bound and come with a locket. You can hang this around your neck and it comes VERY handy when you are actually performing the ritual. Its not easy to keep open a big book to see what needs to be done next. So this locket with steps of Umrah and Hajj, along with the Masnoon duas.. such as dua when entering the haram, dua  when seeing the Kabah, dua when doing saee .. all are mentioned along with the steps. So it is easy to read and handle as it just hangs in your neck. This was really really helpful when we started the Umrah. Though we really studied in detail but you keep forgetting the steps, but this kept us in check if were doing the rituals in the correct order and if you are unable to memorize all the duas.. this really came in handy as the main duas for the rituals are mentioned. This is published by Al Huda but Darrussalam have also recently published a similar thing.You can buy this from Darussalam Book Stores near you or even online from here

Hajj main Chehray Ka Purdah 

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I can not recommend this book enough. There is A LOT of confusion when it comes to purdah (veiling) during hajj. There are two extremes..some would say it is haram for a woman to cover her face, some say she has to cover but the cloth must not touch her face.. neither of the veil nor can she wipe her face with a towel or keep her head on the pillow .. i.e. the pillow cover should not touch the face.. not any other cloth. Some say the sahabiyaat never covered the face.. some say they did purdah. So what is the correct opinion. and do we really need opinions or verdicts based on assumptions when we have the example of the sahabiyaat and the words of Rasool Allah. sallalahu Alayhe wasallam. All of this has been extensively discussed and the right stance made clear in this book. Please do read and share with others.Read the book here online

Collection of Dua Books

Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam has said tha DUA IS IBADAH. Unfortunatley we can not even come up with good duas, we dont know how to ask Allah and  what to ask for except for our lowly earthly needs. Fortunately Rasool Allah did not even leave this aspect of Ibadat to us and in fact left us with beautiful concise and comprehensive duas.

Highly recommended is the Dua Kijiya which is a comprehensive collection is duas. It is a bit bulky though so I also installed these books as apps on my phone as well and so instead of carrying all the books with me everywhere, I had them all in my cell phone and could easily read from them even at night or in the dark when I could not turn the lights on. You can download them from here

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Download these books as apps from here: Al Huda Apps

Books on Sunnah

Try to follow the sunnah in every aspect of your life. These two books can really help you recite the masnoon duas at their specified time and also adopt many other every day Sunnah.

Hisnul Muslim Urdu, Fortress of the Muslim (English version of Hisnul Muslim)

1000 Sunan

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So make plenty of dua that may Allah guide you to the Hajj rites and rituals which are in accordance with the Sunnah and to help you perform them without mistake and error.

 

 

 

Cards describing Method of Funeral Prayer and Supplications for forgiveness.
4c40b3e0d0136_49214nIn both the Harams i.e. Masjid e Haram in Makkah and Masjid e Nabawi in Medina.. after every fard prayer there is a janaza (funeral) for which the funeral prayer – namaz e janaza – salatul janaza- is offered by the Imam. Rasool Allah sallaalhu alayhe wasallam has informed us that there are huge rewards for the one who offers this salah.

“Whoever attends the janaazah until he offers the prayer will have one qeeraat (of reward), and whoever attends until (the deceased) is buried will have two qeeraats.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what are the two qeeraats?” He said, “Like two great mountains,” meaning, of reward.(Saheeh – agreed upon).

so by just praying this very short prayer for your deceased Muslim brother or sister , you gain a mountain worth of good deeds! SubhanAllah and that too in the Haram where the deeds are multiplied. So why not reap the rewards and pray the funeral prayer. It is short, simple and easy.

Before the prayer begins .. there is an announcement in arabic “As Salaatu Al al amwaat” ..literally namaz for the deceased. So you will know the salatul janaza is about to be prayed. There is no sujood in this prayer, no ruku.. you just stand.. and then say salam standing and the imam will only say the takbir out loud and the salam  and you  have to recite in between the Takbiraat. Here is how its prayed.

AllahuAkbar recite aoozobillah recite bismillah recite Surah Fatiha.. recite a small Surah then Imam will say Takbir.. say Allahuakbar recite durood  then another takbeer.. say Allahuakbar and then recite the dua e maghfirat for the deceased. Then Salam.

You will have to memorize the supplications for the deceased. There are many and you can chose any one to recite in the prayer. You can find many duas here and you can also buy the dua cards too to take with you and to distribute as well. These duas can also be found in the Dua books mentioned above.

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One strange and sad thing that I observed in the Harams was that women from Pakistan India Bangladesh and also sometimes Malaysia would not offer the funeral prayer. When I asked them why.. they would say women are not allowed to pray the janaza prayer. This is a totally misconception. Just because women are not allowed to go to the graveyard, it does not mean they are also not allowed to pray the janaza pryaer. You are in the Masjid SubhaAllah! How can any prayer be forbidden just because you are a woman! Astaghfirullah! We also have clear and authentic ahadiths where the Sahabiyaat have clearly stated they they performed Janaza prayers in the masjid. Will provide the proofs in another post InshaAllah. But my sincere request is to please study you deen from the primary authentic sources and not follow what ever you hear people saying or what you heard in a bayaan or some mufti told you not to pray the janaza prayer. Please see  the teachings of Rasool Allah and the actions of the sahabiyaat.

May Allah guide us all to the pure teaching of Islam as taught by Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhe wasallam!

Hajj Tips: What to pack for Hajj


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UPDATE: New Tips for Zam Zam and Arafah added!

UPDATE: More tips added for MINA AND RAMI

The first daunting task when going for Hajj is to study and learn the Hajj rites. The second  is what to pack for Hajj. Here are just a few things which really helped me during my Hajj journey which i undertook in Sep 2014.

  • Nokia (or any other) simple cell phone which has a good battery which lasts for at least two days. While in Mina-Arafah-Muzdalifah it is difficult to charge the phone and its very imp to have the phone, so you can be in touch with your mehram. Lots of people get lost, so this is very imp.
  • Small Smart Phone with Internet Sim and GPS enabled.Lots of people get lost in Mina,can’t find their tents or can’t find the way to the Jamaraat or have difficulty reaching their hotels in Azizia. Lots of energy and time is wasted. Me and my husband also got lost and trust me, people just don’t understand where you are trying to go, so they guide to the best of their knowledge.. but you get lost any ways.. so the best thing is to have a small smartphone with internet sim and GPS (There are shops on the ground floor of the Clock Tower where you can easily buy the internet sim from) to find the way from Mina to Azizia. You have to go back and forth between Azizia and Mina and get to your tent and go to the Jamaraat in the last three days of Hajj and its important to not get lost.[Please make sure to only use the net for beneficial purposes and never ever waste your time on the internet]
  • Secret Under Clothes small bag to keep your money safe on you.  You can buy this or use any other small hanging bag to keep under your ihram or abaya.
  • Shoe Bagpack: Don’t leave your slippers here and there. If you keep your slippers in nooks and corners, you will never get them back because the haram cleaners pick up and throw them away in trash. Keep this bag with you and when you enter the masjid or start tawaf, put your shoes in it and wear the bag like a bagpack.
  • Spray bottle and small towels for wudu: Keep atleast 6 or seven small towels with you. Buy a small spray bottle…you can easily buy from Bin Dawood stores around the Haram. When you are in the bus or in the masjid and its difficult to go out to do wudu, just use the spray bottle to do wudu. Keep the towels in your lap to soak up the water. This trick really was very  very useful and helped to save a lot of time taking trips to the washrooms.(Washing all the parts three times is sunnah, once is fard, so you may wash all the parts just once and your wudu will be valid. See Islam QA for details)
  • Towels for Tawaf: The best time to do tawaf is before zuhr prayer. Go around 10:30 and do as many tawafs as you can. Finish a good time before zuhr or you will never find a place to pray. (women should pray in women areas or where there are no men behind them or on the sides. The prayer is not valid if men are behind you or next to you. Their saff should be separate and ahead of the women’s saff. To find such a place women will have to leave tawaf extra early.Basement of the Haram is best for women with separate areas )However at this time the sun is shining very brightly. Take a pack of  face towels with you. Keep them in your small haram bag. Just soak the towels with water or zamzam and put them over your head. Take  bottles filled with zamzam with you  for tawaf and  InshaAllah the tawaf will be easy to do even in the scorching heat.
  • Deep Heat Spray or Cream and crepe bandages: I can not tell you how much relief these two things provided when my legs muscles were sore from walking. No matter how much you prepare..  you are never prepared.. you have to walk ALOT specially to and fro between Azizia and Mina and walk to the Jamaraat and back to your hotel.
  • Vaseline, Foot Cream, Bandage: Keep your feet in top condition.
  •  At least 12 change of clothes, Surf and hangers. Take a pack of surf and hangers. Wash your clothes and hang them to dry in the hangers in the washroom. (if you are not sharing and if you are allowed to wash clothes by the management.)
  • Abayas and Scarfs: At least seven should be taken and still you will need to wash them or get them washed.( I went for almost a month so you may take less depending on your journey duration)
  • Three sets of Ihram: Men should take three sets of Ihrams. One they will be wearing..one for changing if it gets dirty or soiled by accident.( its not easy to use the washrooms with the ihram so be extra careful)  and one extra. If you can’t take three then atleast take two. (unlike what most people think.. it is perfectly alright to change the ihram sheets while in the state of Ihram. See here)
  • Very comfortable slippers at least two and walking shoes(for ladies): If you can get rubber crocs then doing wudu would be easier.. otherwise wear rubber slippers. Make sure they don’t hurt you if you walk in them for a long period. For long distances.. like walking to Mina Tent, walking to Jamaraat and walking to azizia I always wore my comfy walking shoes with socks. Shoes would also protect you from accidentally injuring your feet. Men should also take extra slippers. They may get lost or stolen and you don’t want to walk bare-foot.
  • Honey and Cinnamon powder. You can easily buy from Bin dawood stores. Regularly drink this hot tea made by dissolving one tablespoon honey and cinnamon powder in hot water. This will prevent  flu/ cough/ allergy InshaAllah.
  • Small put spacious bagpack: This will be your everything when you leave your hotel room for haram and when you leave for Arafah and Muzdalifah from Minah.( For mina you will carry an an extra smaller bag ). This bag should be spacius enough to carry the following items:
    • Small water bottle (keep refilling with zamzam while in Haram)
    • Small travel Janamaz.(Make sure you use your janamz even in haram because the carpets might not be clean)
    • Your shoe bag. Stuff it in and take out when entering the haram to keep your shoes. Once in the masjid… tie your shoe bag to your bagpack so you don’t lose your shoes.
    • Your dua books and cards, tawaf tasbeeh, Hajj and umrah books.etc .
    • Your Hajj ID cards/ imp documents that you have to carry all the time with you.
    • Small Quran with translation.
    • Keep some amount of money in the bag and rest of the money should go into the hidden underclothes wallet. Always keep it under your clothes.
    • Dates ,dried apricots , biscuits etc for a quick snack when hungry.
    • Spray bottle and towels for wudu.
    • Extra pair of  socks.
    • Panadol, disprin some other meds you take.
    • Extra scarf pins.
    • Fragrance free soap. Cut up into small pieces and take one piece with you everytime you go to the washroom.( This is only when you are in the state of ihram)
    • Foldable small umbrella. You need to keep this with you when you go to Mina. It comes very handy and gives you shade when you are walking to Jamaraat from your tent or walking to your hotel in Azizia.

PACKING FOR MINA for the Day of Arafah and Night in Muzdalifah

On the 8th ZilHajja you will pack a small bag and travel to Mina.. spend the day there and the next morning after Fajr leave for Arafah spend the day there and then after maghrib you will leave for Muzdalifah and spend the night there. The following morning you will come back to you hotel room most probably which will be in Azizia. So the first day of Hajj you have to pack very carefully. You can not take alot of things because the space in Mina is very limited and you can not carry so much stuff to Arafah and Muzdalifah as well. Following are some things you should pack for these days which is apart from the small bagpack you are carrying.

  • Sleeping Bag or straw mat for Muzdalifah. Some nice foldable ones are compact and light to carry.
  • Inflatable or small pillow for Muzdalifah.
  • Bed sheet as mentioned below for women to cover yourself.
  • Big chaddar for mina
  • Wear slippers to Mina and keep one extra pair.
  • An extra ihram for men and an extra dress and abaya for women. (The toilets are filthy and you just can’t take the risk of accidently soiling your clothes or abayas)
  • Fragrance free soap. Cut it up into small small  pieces and take one piece with you to the washroom everytime you go.
  • Medicines like panadol, anti diarrhoeal med, primolut -N for ladies etc
  • antibacterial cream like polyfax and bandage for foot in case you get injured.
  • Quran and azkaar books. Hajj guides.
  • Cell phone.
  • Water bottle. make sure you have enough water for Muzdalifah.
  • Some dry food items like dry fruits, biscuits,dates. Do not eat alot in Mina and Muzdalifah. Do not drink tea. Avoid rich oily foods. If your group provides you with oily food and lots of tea.. plz avoid it and instead eat these dry things you carry with you. You don’t want to visit the washrooms that frequently!
  • Spray bottles and small towels for wudu.
  • wet wipes and tissues.

UPDATE: MORE TIPS FOR MINA AND RAMI

  • When your group takes you to your Mina Tent on 8th ZilHajj, look around…you should see a big yellowish royal palace on one of the hills in Mina. Have a good look and use this as a guide to find your tent location. Note down your Tent no, street no etc so you may easily find the way back to your tent on 10th Zilhajj. There will be no buses or any other transportation within Mina on 10th and 11th ZilHajj and you will have to walk on foot from Azizia to Mina.
  • On 10th Zilhajj, the best time to do Rami  is Chasht time.This is when Rasool Allah did Rami on the day of Qurbani. It was not very crowded InshaAllah and we did Rami easily at Chasht time.
  • For the ayaam e tashreeq (11th, 12th and 13th) time for rami is between Zhur and Maghrib and best time is before Asr(Asr as observed by the Saudis and not the hanafi time). It is not so crowded at this time InshaAllah.
  • Please also note that it is wajib to spend the day (as much as possible) and especially the nights of 10th, 11th and 12th ZilHajj in Mina, however the groups mostly arrange dinner in Azizia hotels. So the best thing to do is go to Mina at night spend the night there and stay there till zuhr. Go to do rami after zuhr and lunch. This is the best time to go and its not so crowded as well. After Rami go back to your hotel in Azizia for resting and dinner and then back to Mina at night.

TIPS FOR ARAFAH

  • We easily reached Arafah by bus from Azizia without much traffic jam. There was a big tent in Arafah with air coolers. However, some of the coolers were not working and most women wasted their time trying to get it fixed and arguing and bickering with each other over the coolers. Please do sabr, it may be very hot, the coolers won’t work, you might not get a very comfy place to sit. Do SABR and keep yourself busy in azkaar. Do not talk and gossip.
  • The environment inside the Arafah tent was more like a party. Free tea, laban, juices and drinks… please avoid drinking and eating alot. The toilet arangments in Muzdalifah are not so great and you have to spend the entire night there…most probably without using the toilet or standing in a queue waiting for your turn. If the enviroment in the Arafah tent is party-like ,please leave the tent and go outside and take your fold able umbrella to give yourself shade and make dua intensely. THIS IS HAJJ. Make the most of it. There is a Hajj Khutbah from Masjid e Nimrah at Zuhr. Often the meal is served at Khutbah time in your tent and there is no arrangment for listening to the khutbah. delay eating and tune in to the radio (on your cell phone using headphone) to listen to the Hajj Khutbah- which is in Arabic, even if you don’t understand it! It is Masnoon to listen to the khutbah.

TIPS FOR ZAMZAM

  • DON’T BUY pre-filled zamzam cans! It may not be zamzam. Fill it yourself.
  • Don’t drink anything else other than zamzam while you are in Haram. It keeps you healthy and strong and minimizes the trips to the toilet. This is my personal experience.
  • Buy a large plastic water bag which you can easily stuff in your bag. When you are going back to Azizia or to your hotel, fill up this bag (it can hold 6 liters and you can buy this from bin dawood) from the zamzam coolers which are placed outside the new building. It’s not very crowded there. This way you will only drink zamzam even in your hotel room.
  • Take this zamzam filled bag  with you when you are travelling to Medinah and/or Azizia for good.
  • At the airport,when you are going back home, unfortunately, zam zam cans get stolen.. to avoid this buy the 5 lit or 10 lit can, whichever has been allowed by your airline(This is V imp or they won’t let you take the zamzam if its not the amount which they have allowed) and pack it in a box or a bag so it is not identifiable from outside.That way your zam zam cans will not get stolen as no one will know what’s inside.

The Following tips are for women.

  • Bedsheet : To cover yourself in Mina and Muzdalifah. Especially in Muzdalifah, if you don’t have a tent, you are out in the open and lots of men can be around you, so cover  yourself with a big sheet or best is to buy a travelling tent for sleeping in.
  • Big Chaddar for Mina: The tents for women in Mina are usually separate, how ever men keep poking their head in to look for their mehrams and sometimes the tent door is not properly closed. It can get very hot in the Mina tent.. the ACS are there but they usually stop working or breakdown, so you can’t stay in the abaya all the time so take a big chaddar with you to keep yourself covered but comfortable  in Mina
  • Long loose abayas for Masjid e Haram: Front closed, long and flowing abayas were good for the Haram because you have to walk with lots of men around you. Sometimes even way before the Salah begins …people just come and sit in the Masjid courtyard and there is very less place to walk or you have to walk with men sitting all around the path. I also wore socks to cover my feet and also wore sunglasses. My abaya sleeves were long enough to cover my hands as well. I felt much comfortable totally covered. Sadly men have totally forgotten the command to keep their eyes lowered and they stare at whatever is visible to them.(even hands feet and eyes) I was totally comfortable in my long flowing abaya, dark glasses and socks. Alhamdulillah.
  • Shorter Abays for Mina, Arafah and Muzdalifah: Shorter Abayas which are not very flowey and do not drag on the ground with simple sleeves are much more preferable in the days of Hajj because the streets are not very clean in Mina and especially the small corridors between the tents are not clean at all. They are easier to manage in the washroom as well.
  • Pack of scarf pins, scarf clips, hair clips and hair bands: we all know how many just get lost… so take a pack. Don’t waste your time looking for and buying them from shops. Often the quality is also very bad and price too much.
  • Eid Clothes: Don’t forget Eid and pack some new or nice clothes to dress up on Eid.But plz dont ruin your Hajj by going infront of Na-Mehrams with truck loads of makeup jewellery and nice clothes. Start wearing the abaya my dear sisters.. cover your beauty and obey Allah happily.
  • Scissors: For cutting you hair after the umrah and tawaf e ziarah. Plz dont cut your hair in an open public space. Come back to your room and then cut your hair to exit the state of Ihram.

 

Most of all keep making dua to Allah to make this trip easy for you.. to provide you His help throughout the journey and accept your Hajj and all your ibadaat.

May Allah accept from me and you. Ameen