Tuesday, 12 December 2006

For Those Attending Hajj - Advice From Ulama

1. The Hajj journey is a journey of love; whereby your attachment and love for Allah will become a cause for you not to disobey Allah.

2. Begin your journey by leaving your comfort, food preference and anger at home.

3. The eyes, ears and tongue must be used correctly and must be constantly supervised. Your speech must be soft. Keep your tongue moist with zikr. Remain constantly in the state of Wudhu.

4. Everything must be done with concentration to achieve the pleasure of Allah.

5. Throughout the journey be concerned about following the Sunnah.

6. Upon arrival, and on fulfilling the needs of your journey's companions, engage yourself, in seclusion, with du'a, zikr, recitation of the Qur'an, optional nawafil solat, salawat to the Prophet Muhammad SAW, istighfaar and tawaf of the Kaabah.

7. Do not fall into the affairs of others without need. Anger will destroy you, while fighting and quarelling will destroy others.

8. Providing khidmat (service) to the other pilgrims must be taken as a reward and means of salvation, do not think it useless. Protect yourself from pride.

9. During times of difficulty make du'a with humbleness and tears. Recite the Surahs: An-Nasr and Quraish from the last chapter of the Qur'an. Muraqabah is necessary at all times - My Allah is watching me. This must be practised.

10. During your stay there, do not waste your precious time, for example - to go to the shopping centres, markets & bazaars without need, spend time on the telephone, writing letters, eating in restaurants etc.

11. Refrain from criticism of the inhabitants of the Sacred Places, and have respect for everything there.

12. Do not complain nor be displeased and express the displeasure of the heat or difficulty on experiences. Do not Complain.

13. Constantly look at the Ka'abah with love and respect.

14. Make the Niyyat of journey to Madinah for ziarah of our Nabi SAW.

15. Do everything carefully and take time, do not hurry, whilst keeping in mind the comfort of others.

16. On the plains of Arafat do not doubt the forgiveness of Allah upon yourself. Be Certain ! - that my Allah has forgiven me.

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