Advice for those While performing a Hajj

Following points must be kept in mind while performing hajj.

  1. The pilgrim must adhere to the rules and regulation of hajj before starting hajj in order to abide by those rules and teachings of Islam and must refrain from things that are sinful and are forbidden to do.
  2. The reward of an accepted hajj is no less than paradise for pilgrim therefore, as per the instructions of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) a pilgrim must not speak obscenely or commit evil while performing hajj due to his ignorance or misguidance.
  3. Pilgrims must ask for forgiveness only from Allah (SWT). It has been noted that pilgrims usually pray at Prophet (PBUH) mosque and ask for removal of distress from the Massenger of Allah instead of Allah which is wrong.
  4. It has been noticed that pilgrims shave their beard before hajj which is a sinful act.
  5. Muslims are prohibited to wear things like gold rings and chains in their usual life. Therefore, wearing those things during performance of Hajj or Umrah is more sinful act.
  6. A pilgrim who has make tawaf of Kabah and he immediately left ihram and has not bought the sacrificial animal with him, should call out that he is going to perform Umrah in the three month of hajj.
  7. It is the obligation to stay the night in Mina on the night before Arafah. Therefore, a pilgrim must follow it and should not leave the place until the time. However, a women or a weak is allowed to leave after half of the night has passed.
  8. It is prohibited to walk in front of anyone praying in Haram, in addition to that a pilgrim must not speak of other mosques and places.
  9. The scholars of Islam must teach pilgrims the rites of hajj and the rules and regulations according the books of Sunnah & Quran whenever and wherever meeting with them and there is nothing wrong with debating in the best way when required, as the kind of argumentation that is forbidden in Hajj is useless argument which is also forbidden outside Hajj, just like the evil-doing that is forbidden in Hajj – for that is not the debating which is commanded in Allah’s saying [Soorat-un-Nahi aya 125].
  10. However, it should be observed that if it comes into view that there is no benefit in the discussion because of the other persons blindly sticking to his procedures or own opinion and if he were to continue then there is fear of going into that which is not permissible then it is better to leave that argument with him as the Prophet said: “I am a claimant for a house in the outskirts of Paradise for one who leaves off arguing even if he is in the right.
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Performing An Umrah

Jabir (RA) said, “The Prophet (PBUH) ordered his companions to perform Umrah and to perform the Tawaf (of Ka’bah, As-Safa & Al-Marwa), and then cut short their hair and finish the Ihram.” (Chapter 11, Book of Al-Umrah, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3).

This  hadith  acts  as  a  guideline  for  the  steps  of  performing  Umrah;  omission  of  any  of  these steps is not allowed. On the basis of this narration (along with other ahadith), the procedure of performing Umrah, step-by-step, as agreed by all scholars unanimously, is as follows:

Entering the state of Ihram  

  • Ihram is first of the rites of Umrah; it is one of the pillars of Umrah, and whoever neglects this, his/her Umrah is not complete.
  • When someone intending to perform Umrah (or Hajj) reaches the ‘Meeqat’, he/she then enters the state of Ihram. ‘Mawaqeet’  (plural  of  ‘Meeqat’)  are  the  stations  for  initializing  the Ihram.
  • It is obligatory for everyone intending to perform Umrah (or Hajj) that he/she assumes Ihram  before  entering  Mecca beyond  these  points  (the  ‘Mawaqeet’);  anyone  who passes  these  points  knowingly  without  Ihram  must  return  back  to  the  ‘Meeqat’  for  Ihram, otherwise the violation requires a Fidyah i.e. slaughter of a sheep in Makkah (for distribution to the poor).

Forming an Intention To Perform Umrah

  • After assuming Ihram the pilgrim pronounces his/her intention for performing Umrah.
  • After this, the pilgrims may start reciting ‘Talbiyah’, thereby announcing that he/she is now in state of Ihram.

Tawaf (circumambulation) 

The pilgrim, upon reaching Mecca, goes to ‘Masjid Al-Haram’ to perform other rites of Umrah. It starts with Tawaf of the Kabah.

Tawaf means circumambulation of the Kabah, done in seven rounds around the Kabah in anti-clockwise direction i.e. keeping Kabah to one’s left. The round starts from the corner of ‘Black Stone’ and ends at the same corner. After completion of seven rounds around the House, one should perform prayer near ‘Maqam-e-Ibrahim’; the stone (or place) on which Ibrahim (AS) stood while constructing the Ka’bah is called ‘Maqam-e-Ibrahim’.

Performing Saey

After completion of Tawaf, the pilgrim goes to perform Saey, which is the next rite of Umrah.

Saey refers to going to and fro between the two mountains of As-Safa and Al-Marwa; these mountains are located near the Kabah.

Cutting the hair

After completion of the Saey, the pilgrim cuts his/her hair. There are certain rulings associated with cutting of hair as a rite of Umrah.

  • A male pilgrim can either shave or cut his hair. However, shaving the head is more preferred and recommended for male pilgrims. The Prophet (PBUH) himself shaved his head, and he supplicated more for people who shaved their heads. This tells us that the Prophet (PBUH) preferred shaving over cutting the hair.
  • A female pilgrim cannot shave her head; she should only cut her hair. This is proven from following narration.

With this, the rites of Umrah are completed, and the pilgrim can finish his/her Ihram. All the restrictions of Ihram are no more applicable after this.

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A Quick Guide on Umrah for all Muslims

IHRAM – Before reaching Miqat

  • Before Ihram: Remove unwanted hair, trim nails and take bath & ablution (wudhu).
  • Put on clothes of Ihram – 2 white un-sewn pieces of cloth for men and regular clothes for women. Women should not cover their faces during Ihram & men should not cover their heads during Ihram.
  • On entering state of Ihram a pilgrim must say holy words (i.e. Talbiyah).

TAWAAF (Circling the Ka’bah 7 times)

  • Before proceeding to the starting point of Tawaaf, Al-Hajarul-Aswad (The Black Stone), men only -uncover right shoulder by placing Ihram underneath right arm-pit (this is known as Idhtiba).
  • When beginning each circuit, make a sign with your right hand towards al-Hajarul-Aswad (The Black Stone).
  • Men should walk briskly (Raml) during first 3 circuits only, the remaining 4 circuits are done at a normal pace completely around until 7th circuit. No particular supplication (Duaa) is essential during Tawaaf.
  • Duaa (supplication) can be made during Tawaaf, except it is Sunnah to recite the following when going between Ar- Ruknul- Yamani (Yemeni Corner)
  • Once Tawaaf is complete, cover your right shoulder and offer 2 rakaats anywhere behind the Station of Ibrahim – or anywhere in the Haram: Recite Surat al-Kafirun in 1st raka’a and Surat al-Ikhlas in the 2nd raka’a.
  • Drink Zam-Zam water – Make Du’aa

SA’EE (Completion of 7 rounds Safa & Marwah)

Begin Sa’ee at Safa. Complete walk from Safa to Marwah (one circuit), then Marwah to Safa (second circuit) and continue for seven circuits, finishing at Marwah. Upon encountering green lights, men only – run from one light to other light while women walk slowly toward safa and marwah.

Shaving Head/Trimming

After completing Sa’ee:

  • For Men: shaving entire head is preferable or cut hair equally from all over head;
  • For Women: cut one-third finger-length of hair.

Remove Ihram, as all restrictions are now lifted. Umrah is now complete and wait for morning of 8th of Dhul-Hijjah.

*Any person intending to perform Hajj opts for either one of the three types of Hajj:

♦ First Umrah, then Hajj with another Ihram–this type of Hajj is called HAJJ AL-TAMATTU and it is considered the best of the three forms of Hajj. It is the one that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) urged is followers to perform and is the one adopted by most pilgrims from overseas

♦ Umrah and Hajj with a single Ihram is called QIRAAN

♦ Hajj only; without any Umrah is called IFRAAD

Visiting Madina – Masjid-Al-Nabawi – Masjid Quba

Visiting Madina is not an obligatory act for either Hajj or Umrah, but there is great value in visiting Al Masjid-Al-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque).

The Prophet (SAW) has said:

“One prayer in this mosque (Madina) of mine is better than 1,000 prayers offered anywhere else except the Masjid Al- Haram (Makkah), and one prayer in Masjid Al-Haram is better than 100,000 prayers in any other mosque.”

He (SAW) also said:

“Whoever makes ablutions at home and then goes and prays in Masjid Quba (the first mosque built in Islam), will have a reward like that of an Umrah.”

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Large number of pilgrims performs Hajj and Umrah and walk towards the holy cities of Makkah and Medina. Things can be a little uncomfortable and disorganized, rough and tough if not planned correctly. This is why it is always right to check with at least two to three travel agencies or companies and then choose the right and cheap, economical and best Hajj & Umrah Packages 2017.

Significant Points To Be Kept in Mind while Performing Hajj Or Umrah 2017:

  • Remember that Hajj & Umrah packages 2017 are visit agreements. However, these agreements tell about what’s going on in another world, unlike from yours. The holy cities would be over crowded with men and women who come to perform Hajj or Umrah. Each of them has their own preferences, major or minor to cope up with. Some walk into the holy cities on their own, while others use different modes of transport to get there. You would find people living in temporary places like tents, while some at 5 star hotels and other may be living in motels as groups. Not everyone has enough money to eat lavishly, so be prepared to see different groups of Muslims in one place.
  • Try to drink lot of water during Hajj and Umrah and priority must be given to drinking Zam Zam water, because it gets very hot in Saudi Arabia. The whole trip can be very exhausting, but remember your purpose. You are here to seek forgiveness from the Almighty Allah.
  • While performing Hajj & Umrah, you must be aware that Hajj & Umrah are both time consuming activities and it takes days to finish what you came for. Even waiting for flights at the airport can take more than a day, especially if you have multiple time zones to travel. Be prepared to walk or take a bus to reach your spot, and do not carry a watch, it would only make you feel as not making it at time.
  • It is the right time of the year when you should be more focused on the connection with the Ultimate, and be a little less bothered about people getting too much under your skin. No matter how tolerant you are, the masses can upset you, especially strangers. Sometimes people may breathe down your neck, but remember the principle, do not lose calmness.
  • Build up brotherhood while being on Hajj & Umrah, this is where many from across the world meet and greet one another. There are people from across the globe that come to offer prayers, learn more about them, join them to a limit and understand each other’s lives too.
  • Try to spend most of your time in praying Allah and ask His forgiveness while in Arafat. You are here for a neat and religious purpose, learn the hardships of life. Try not to be indulged in shopping and enjoying different places, Hajj & Umrah is what beckons you.
  • Do not take media devices with you. You are there for payers and invocation, respect the ambience around and do not be too loud. Most of the people here want to be cut off from the daily ways of life, and hence need physical and moral relief for the same. Respect their needs and forget those important emails or calls for the moment.

Performing Premium and Cheap Hajj 2017

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During this year 2017 it is projected that a large number of Muslim pilgrims from UK will be performing Hajj pilgrimage. However, with the passage of time Muslims all over the world are desirous of Performing Hajj and their numbers are increasing day by day.

Points To Memorize While Executing An Economical Hajj 2017:

  1. Hajj packages 2017 are visit arrangements. However, it guides you what’s happening in another world, unlike from yours. The holy city of Makah & Madina will be filled with large number of pilgrims from different countries all over the world, from different classes and with different kinds of mindsets. Therefore, prepare yourself to meet different people from all over the world.
  2. Being a tiring and exhausting tour, try to take a lot of water or liquid in order to avoid dehydration therefore prefer the holy water of Zam Zam as it has a spiritual place for Muslims and reminds the event of Prophet Ismail (A.S).
  3. While executing Hajj 2017, time is the thing that would matter during the course of Hajj. It take days or weeks to finish the spiritual exertion you are here for. Due to multiple time zone you may be worried about the flight timing and travel during the holy cities of Makah & Madina. Try to take some mode of transport while traveling to your spot and do not carry a wrist watch as it will only worry you.

 

  1. Performing a Hajj 2017 pilgrim is the most important ritual of Islam. However, while performing a Hajj you may be facing situations where you will meet people who will be bothering you in a wrong way. So try to be calm in any situation and just remember that you are here for a to be close to Allah by performing the Hajj in its right way.

 

  1. Islam taught us to consider every human being as their brother and sisters. So try to build brotherhood while on Hajj 2017, because during the Hajj 2017 there will be people from all across the world joining you for the same spiritual set of mind, so try to greet anyone you meet which is also a Sunnah and help each other this will bring people close to you and making this voyage a memorizing trip of yours.

 

  1. Avoid sleeping too much and wasting time at Arafat. You are here for a neat and religious purpose, learn the hardships of life. Camel rides and shopping can be postponed.

 

  1. Avoid bringing high tech devices with you. You are there for prayers and invocation, respect the people around your and do not be too loud. Most of the people here want to be cut off from the daily ways of life, and hence need physical and moral relief for the same. Respect their needs and forget those important emails or calls for the moment.

SAEY AND ITS RULES

Saey means “to walk” and “to run”, and as a term in Islam it means to travel or walk from Safa to Marwah.

A pilgrim performing Umrah must perform Saey after Tawaf.

Things That are Mandatory During Saey:

  • To execute it after a Tawaf.
  • To perform full seven rounds of Saey. First four rounds are mandatory and the remaining three are necessary.
  • To perform it on foot, unless there is some valid explanation.
  • To be in the state of Ihram while performing Saey for Umrah.
  • To cover the whole distance between Safa and Marwah.
  • To start from Safa and end at Marwah.

Things That Are Refrained From During Saey:

  • To trade or to have discussion during Saey would take away concentration, or would disturb the continuity of performance.
  • Do not climb Safa and Marwah.
  • To perform Saey after its appropriate time is over, without a valid excuse.
  • Not to keep the portion of the body covered which must be covered during prayer, i.e. from navel to below the knees for men, and whole body up to wrists and ankles for women.
  • To have breaks during the rounds of Saey is not valid excuse because it breaks the continuity.

Performing SAEY:

  1. It is Sunnah to kiss or touch with hands the Hajarul Aswad after performing prayers and drinking Zam Zam Kissing or touching of Hajarul Aswad begins from the Tawaf. Then he should proceed to Safa for Saey.
  2. It is adequate to climb on Safa up to that place from where one can see Kaabah.
  3. Aiming for Saey is not a necessary. It is a Sunnah to perform Saey while facing
  4. It is Sunnah to stand facing Kaaba at Safa and Marwah, and also a Sunnah to run with a medium pace between the green pillars in every round ( for men only).
  5. A pilgrim should recite Talbiyah if he performs Saey for Hajj.
  6. A pilgrim performing Saey for Umrah should not recite Talbiyah during Saey.
  7. It is mandatory to begin Saey at Safa and end it at Marwah. From Safa to Marwah is the first round and from Marwah to Safa is the second one. Thus the seventh round ends at Marwah.
  8. While on Safa and Marwah, some pilgrims raise their hands up to the ears and point towards Kaabah with their hands. This is contrary to Sunnah. On Safa and Marwah, one should raise his hands as in Dua only and not in the manner as he does while beginning Salah.
  9. When a pilgrim performing Saey, between Safa and Marwah, reaches the place marked with green pillars, up to a distance of six cubits before and after it, he should start running with medium pace, then again should resume the usual pace.
  10. It should be remembered that to run fast is not Sunnah, he should run with a medium pace. Some people run very fast between the green pillars, while some others walk swiftly during the whole Saey, both of these actions are wrong.
  11. Only men are required to run with a medium pace between the green pillars. The women should walk with their usual pace.
  12. If Wudu is nullified during Saey, a pilgrim should not discontinue performing it as Saey is valid without Wudu and there is no penalty for it.

 

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Significance and Kinds of Tawaf during Hajj Or Umrah

“Tawaf” is the greeting for this Masjidul Haraam.

Tawaf means to revolve around. However in the context of Hajj & Umrah, Tawaf means to revolve around the Kaaba seven times to complete the procedure of Tawaf.

If somehow a person does not want to perform Tawaf or if it is feared that due to Tawaf he may miss the collective prayer, he can offer the prayer.

Types and Classification of Tawaf:

There are seven kinds of Tawaf:

  1. i) Tawaful Qudum Or Tawaful Tahiyyah: when a pilgrim enters the Masjid Ul Haram for the first time in the state of Ihram, he will perform a Tawaf which is known as Tawaful Tahiyyah or Tawaful Qudum.

This is Sunnah, a pilgrim who enters Mecca Mukarramah with the intention of performing Hajjul Ifrad or Hajjul Qiran.

 However, it is not a mandatory for a pilgrim who comes to perform Hajjut Tamattu or Umrah, or for the resident of the Holy City of Mecca. But it is a mandatory for a resident of Mecca Mukarramah who journeys beyond Miqat before the months of Hajj and enters again in Mecca in the state of Ihram with the intention of performing Hajjul Qiran or Hajjul Ifrad.

  1. ii) Tawafuz Ziyarah (A Mandatory Tawaf): It is also known as Tawafur Rukn, Tawaful Hajj, Tawaful Fard and Tawaful Ifadah.

This is an element of Hajj. Hajj is not completed without it. It starts with the dawn of 10th Dhul Hijjah to the sunset of 12th Dhul Hijjah.

iii) Tawaful Wada (Farewell Tawaf): Also known as Tawafus Sadr. It is mandatory for a pilgrim.

  1. iv) Tawaful Umrah: This is an element while performing an Umrah and is mandatory for a pilgrim performing Umrah.
  2. v) Tawaful Nadhr: It is mandatory when a person (not performing Umrah or Hajj) has made a vow to Allah to do it.
  3. vi) Tawaful Tahiyya: a person who enters into Masjidul Haraam must perform Tawaf. This is like prayers of Tahiyyatul Masjid when a person enters into any other Masjid. But if any other Tawaf is performed, it becomes its substitute.

vii) Tawafun Nafl: This is not a mandatory tawaf and can be performed at any time during the visit.

Important Points While Performing A Tawaf:

  • Tawaf starts when you progress from Hajarul Aswad towards Hatim.
  • Tawaf is performed in a director of anticlockwise keeping Hajarul Aswad to your left.
  • Starting from the point of arrow marked, one circulation complete when you reach Hajarul Aswad again.
  • To complete a Tawaf Seven rounds / circulations must be completed.
  • Facing Hajarul Aswad there is a line made of black stone, across the floor of Masjidul Haraam, stand a little before this line to form Niyyah for Tawaf.
  • If you stand on this black line you will face Hajarul Aswad. This is the position for kissing
  • Hajarul Aswad.

Kissing Place of Ibrahim is forbidden. Please make special note of it.

Econoimcal and Comfortable Umrah Pilgrimage 2017

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Precautions Before Going for an Umrah2017:

  1. As per teaching of Islam you should pay off all your liabilities and dues before the spiritual journey. You are also bound by Islam to write a Will before you leave.
  2. Make a check list of items to be carried for the pilgrimage. It is always better to prepare the list so at last moment you do not forget any items which you might need.
  • Ihram
  • Towel
  • An Umbrella
  • Pair of Sleepers
  • Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste mouth wash if necessary
  • Shampoo & Soap
  • Few packs of biscuits and other dry food items
  • Packet of tissues and Toilet Tissue Roll
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Medicines Disprin, Ponstan, Strepsils, Cough Syrup, Immodium
  • Face and hands washing soap, Detergent of cloth washing Soap
  • One or 2 Cups and glasses
  • Few pairs of socks
  • Nail Cutter
  • Scissors
  • A small Knife for cutting fruits (Keep this in your big luggage not in hand Luggage)
  • A prayer mat if needed.
  • One or two Extra Travel Bags this is for when you go to some place for a longer period or for bringing gifts on way bak.
  • Some Extra Packed Juices of soft drinks they are available but its better to have one or two in your bag as well.
  • Face cream or cold cream or Patroleum Jelly Its very hot but due to Air-conditioning its also very dry.
  • A Travel Iron
  • Tea Bags and Water Heater for making tea
  1. Attend the seminars and workshops conducted by your tour company (tour-operator)
  2. Make sure you have all the travel documents necessary before you leave for Umrah These Items are:
  • Your Passport
  • Your Identity Card
  • Your Airline Ticket
  • VISA
  • Hotel Vouchers
  • Transport Vouchers or tickets
  1. Save some extra time in your departure schedule as it may not be possible for you to depart on scheduled dates due to some unexpected situations particularly for women if they have to delay tawaf during a hajj (tawaf-ziyarah) due to menstrual cycle.
  2. For women consultation may be taken with their doctor and take proper medications to delay or defer the menstruation cycle during the Umrah.
  3. All the flights to Jeddah airport cross the Miqat before they land in Jeddah therefore you must be in the state of Ihram when landing in Jeddah airport
  4. If you are taking a flight directly to Jeddah, you must put on Ihram before you board the plane otherwise you enter Ihram at any transit stop enrooted to Jeddah.  Your group leader will advise you about it.  You will have lots of help from your fellow pilgrims.

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Steps to Perform Umrah 2017

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Cheap & Economical Umrah 2017

Umrah is an Arabic word and means to “Visiting a place”. Opposite to Hajj, Umrah can be performed at any time during the year. In Islam, Umrah means to perform tawaf (i.e. walking around Kaaba) and Sai (i.e. running between Safa & Marwah). For the purpose of Umrah, a desirous  Muslim must aim for a sacred state (i.e. Ihraam).

Performing an Umrah in Ramadan has vital importance after Bukhari Sharif states that:

“Umrah in Ramadan is equal to Hajj”

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