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1.BEFORE HAJJ. Make sure that issues like paying debts,
writing will, redressing all wrongs, arranging adequate funds, getting
information about Hajj and Saudi Arabia , issuing a passport and visa is
done before hand.
2. TYPES OF HAJJ. Collect information about Tamattu, Qiran, and Ifrad Hajj. Chose whatever suits you best.
3. BEFORE TRAVELING Have your Ihram clothes ready in your flight, ship, or vehicle. Also memorize the Talbiyah before departing as you will need it later.
4. REACHING MIQAT Wear ihram clothes (before/in the flight) before reaching the exact location.
5. STARTING IHRAM Say the intention of Ihram of Hajj. Start observing Ihram obligations: No haircut, no nail clipping, no perfumes, no animal killing or hunting, no sexual intercourse, no marriage proposals or contracts.
6. REACHING MAKKAH Enter Makkah. Make an ablution or take a shower then enter Al-Masjid Al-Haram from Assalam gate saying " Oh My Lord, open to me the doors of Your mercy.
7.PERFORMING TAWAF Move 7 times round the Ka`bah(tawaf) starting from the black stone (Hijr-e-aswad) starting from the black stone. Recite du'a while making Tawaf. After finishing the Tawaf, pray two rak'ats anywhere in the masjid then drink Zamzam water.
8. MAKING SA'II Start from Safa. Praise Allah and make takbeer 3 times,Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik Laa Shareeka Laka Labbaik Innal Hamda Wannimata laka walmulk Laa Shareeka Lak each time you walk from Safa to Marwah and vice versa. Speed your walk between the two green signs. Make du'a during Sa'ii. The 7th round ends at Marwah.
9.FINISHING IHRAM. After the 7th round, shave or trim your hair. Then take off your Ihram clothes and you can practice your normal life.
10 . IHRAM OF HAJJ On the 8th of Zul-Hijjah, take a shower or make Wudu and then wear the Ihram clothes again and say the intention of Hajj. Go to Mina before noon. Keep receiting the takbeer. Observe the Ihram obligations.
11. STAYING IN MINA At Mina, pray 5 daily prayers starting with Zuhr and ending with Fajr. Shorten the 4 rak'at-prayer but do not combine them. Stay in Mina until the sunrise of the 9th of Zul-Hijjah.
12. ATTENDING ARAFAT Leave for Arafat after the sunrise while repeating the Takbeer. Pray Zuhr and Asr there and stay the whole day until sunset. Make du'a for your self and other Muslims. After sunset, leave for Muzdalifah.
13. STAYING IN MUZDALIFAH Leave for Muzdalifah quietly. Stay the night in Muzdalifah. Pray Maghrib and Isha, combine them and shorten Isha. Leave Muzdalifah for Mina after sunrise. Pass by AL-Mashar AL-Haram and make du'a.
14. THROWING PEBBLES AT JAMRAT AL-AQABAH On the 10th, when you reach Mina, go to Jamrat Al-Aqabah ( Al-kubra). Throw 7 pebbles successively. Throw each one while making takbeer. Be sure that each pebble falls inside the fence. 15.SACRIFICE OF AN ANIMAL. After finishing the throwing of pebbles, go the sacrificing. Be sure that it is a sheep or 1/7 of a camel or a cow. You can eat 1/3 and give 1/3 as a gift and 1/3 as a charity. Choose a good healthy animal.
16. CUTTING YOUR HAIR Get your hair shaved or trimmed starting with the right side. By then you have reached the stage of Al-Tahlul AL-Asghar (partial ending of Ihram). i.e. you are allowed to practice your normal life except sexual intercourse.
TAWAF IFADAH Go to Makkah. Circle the Ka'bah 7 times
starting from the black stone making Takbeer each time you come to it.
Make du'a during Tawaf. After Tawaf pray 2 rak'ats anywhere then drink
18. MAKING SA'II (IF SELECTED TAMATTU, IF NOT THEN SKIP IT) Start from Safa. Praise Allah and make takbeer 3 times each time. Walk from Safa to Marwah and vice versa. Speed your walk between the 2 green signs. Make du'a during Sa'ii. The 7th round end at Marwah
19. STAYING IN MINA Leave Makkah for Mina. Spend the night there; at least from midnight until sunrise. Pray the daily and night prayers at Mina. Shorten the 4 rakat prayer but do not combine.
20. THROWING PEBBLES AT 3 JAMRAT On the 11th of Zul-Hijjah, go to Jamrat site after noon time. Start with the 1st Jamrah. Throw the 7 pebbles successively while making Takbeer with each pebble. Then go to the 2nd and do the same. Then go to the 3rd and do the same.
21. STAYING IN MINA Go to Mina. Spend the night there; at least from midnight until sunrise. Pray the daily and night prayers at Mina. Shorten the 4 rakat prayer but do not combine.
22.THROWING PEBBLES AT 3 JAMRAT On the 12th of Zul-Hijjah, go to Jamrat site after noon time. Start with the 1st Jamrah. Throw the 7 pebbles successively while making Takbeer with each pebble. Then go to the 2nd and do the same. Then go to the 3rd and do the same.
23. STAYING IN MINA Go to Mina. Spend the night there; at least from midnight until sunrise. Pray the daily and night prayers at Mina. Shorten the 4 rakat prayer but do not combine.
24. THROWING PEBBLES AT 3 JAMRAT On the 13th of Zul-Hijjah, go to Jamrat site after noon time. Start with the 1st Jamrah. Throw the 7 pebbles successively while making takbeer with each pebble. Then go to the 2nd and do the same. Then go to the 3rd and do the same.
25. MAKING FAREWELL TAWAF Go to Makkah. Circle the Ka'bah 7 times starting with the black stone making takbeer each time you come to it. Make du'a during Tawaf. After finishing the Tawaf, pray 2 rak'ats anywhere the drink Zamzam water.
26. BACK HOME You can go to visit the Mosque of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) at Madinah or pack up and go home. Do not spend the night at Mina. Visiting Madinah, though it is highly recommended, is not part of the Hajj rituals.
NOTES: Note 1: Step O, P, & Q alternate. Meaning, you can start with any of them.
Note 2: If you can select Tamattu', Perform step (R). If not, skip it.
Note 3: If you decide to hasten in 2 days, Leave Mina after step (V)
More Hajj Information
The people of the world are usually aware of two kinds of
journey. One journey is that which is made to earn
livelihood. The second one is that which is undertaken for
pleasure and sight-seeing. In both [of] these journeys, a
man is impelled to go abroad by his need and desire. He
leaves home for a purpose of his own, he spends money or
time for his own requirements, therefore, no question of
sacrifice arises in such a journey. But the position of this
particular journey which is called Hajj is quite different
from that of other journeys.
Journey of Hajj
strongly that the Fard (obligation) ordained by Allah is incumbent on him. Therefore, whosoever sets out for Hajj parting from his family and relatives for a long period, allowing his business to suffer, spending money and strongly that the Fard (obligation) ordained by Allah is incumbent on him.
Therefore, whosoever sets out for Hajj parting from his family and relatives for a long period, allowing his business to suffer, spending money and bearing the rigors of the travel, he furnishes by his act of devotion a proof of the fact that there is in his heart fear of God and love for Him as also a sense of duty.
[It also indicates] that he possesses the strength to leave his home, when called upon to do so, for the cause of God, and that he can face hardships and willingly sacrifice his wealth and comfort for the pleasure of God. Inclination towards virtue and piety When the pilgrim gets ready for the journey with this holy intention, his disposition assumes a different color. His heart, which is aflame with exuberance of the love of God and which is pulsating with a longing to visit His House, starts harboring only virtuous thoughts. He does penance for past sins, seeks forgiveness from people whom he might have wronged, tries to render his due to others where necessary so as not to go to God's court trammeled with the unfulfilled rights of his fellow beings, shuns vice and develops fondness for virtue. Then, as he steps out to begin the journey, the more he proceeds toward the House of God, the more keen he becomes to do good deeds. He is careful to see that nobody is harmed by him, while he tries to render whatever service or help he can to others. His own nature desists from abuse, indecency, dishonesty, squabbles and bickering because he is proceeding on the path of God.
A man may be making [a] journey towards the Divine Haram and yet indulging in bad habits? How can such a shameless thing be possible [for] anybody?
Thus the entire journey of his constitutes a complete Ibadah. Oppression and vice can find no place in contrast to all other types of journey. This is the one which continuously keeps on purifying man's Nafs. It is like a great reformatory course to be compulsorily gone through by every Muslim who sets out to perform Hajj.
Blessings and effects of Hajj
From all the details you have heard you can judge that during the period of two to three months, from the time of deciding and preparing for Hajj to the time of returning home, what great effects are produced in the heart and mind of man!
The process entails sacrifice of time, sacrifice of money, sacrifice of comfort, sacrifice of several worldly relations and sacrifice of many corporeal desires and pleasures.
And all this simply for the sake of Allah, with no selfish end.
Then, together with piety and virtuousness, the incessant remembrance of God and the longing and love of Him pervading the mind of the pilgrim, all leave a firm impression on his mind which lasts for years to come.
[On] reaching this sacred land he witnesses at every step the relics of those who sacrificed everything [of] theirs in servitude and obedience to Allah.
They fought against the pagan Arabs, suffered tortures, became migrants, suffered unbearable hardships, but ultimately did raise aloft the Word of God and did not rest content till they subdued every such false power which wanted man to become subservient to other entities than Allah.
A lesson in courage and determination, which a devotee of God can draw from these clear signs and sacred relics, can hardly be available from any other source.
If the attachment developed with his focal point of Deen (religion) through the circumambulation of [the] Kaba [and] the rehearsal of a Mujahid's life [through] the rites (Manasik) of Hajj (such as running about, and repeated departures and halts) are combined with Salah, fasting and Zakat, and they are all seen conjointly, you will realize that these processes constitute a training or some big task which Islam wants Muslims to execute.
For this reason, Hajj has been made compulsory for those who are solvent enough and are capable to undertake the journey [to and from the] Kaba so that, as far as possible, Muslims in the largest possible number remain equipped in every period after having fully gone through this training.
Hajj: a collective Ibadah
[You] will be unable to appreciate fully the benefits of Hajj unless you keep in view the fact that each and every Muslim does not perform Hajj individually but that only one single period has been fixed for Hajj for the Muslims of the whole world, and, therefore, [hundreds of thousands] of Muslims jointly perform it.
What I have stated before has only brought home to you the effect produced by this Ibadah on every Haji individually.
Now I shall explain to you[...] how these benefits have been enhanced 100,000-fold by appointing one single period of Hajj for all the world.
The excellence of Islam lies in this very fact that by one stroke it achieves not only two but 1,000 purposes.
The advantages of offering Salah singly are by no means small but by making it conditional with congregation, enforcing the system of Imamat in Salah and by enlarging the congregations of the Friday and Eidain [the two Eid] prayers, its benefits have been increased to a limitless extent.
The observance of fasting separately by each person is also a very big source of reformation and training but by appointing only one month of Ramadan for all Muslims, these benefits have been increased so much that they cannot be counted.
Zakat too has many advantages even if dispensed individually. But with the establishment of Bait-ul-mal (Public Exchequer of the Islamic State) its usefulness has been increased to such a great extent that you cannot estimate it till such time as an Islamic government is formed and you witness with your eyes how much goodness and plentifulness result from collecting the Zakat of all Muslims at one place and distributing it among the deserving persons in organized form.
Similar is the case of Hajj. If every [person] were to perform Hajj singly, even then it will bring about a big revolution in his life but by formulating the rules for all the Muslims of the world to perform it together at one time, its benefits have been increased to a limitless degree.
Growth of piety and virtuousness
When every intending Haji [decides] to perform Hajj and immediately with this intent the virtues of fear of God, piety, penance, Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from God) and good morals begin to cast their influence on him; [when] he starts [saying] farewell [to] his relatives, friends, professional and other associates; and [when he] settles all his affairs as if he is no longer the same man as before (his mind is now pure and clean because of the newly-kindled spark of love of God), you can imagine the effect of the changed condition of the Haji on so many people around [him].
And if every year in each of the different parts of the world 100,000 Hajis at an average get prepared for Hajj in this manner, their influence will improve the moral state of a vast number of people.
Then the hearts of [a] large number of people [will be] warmed at places through which the Hajis' caravans pass, by seeing them, meeting them and by hearing from them the [sound] of Labbaik, Labbaik.
There will be many whose attention will be diverted towards Allah and Allah's House, and the eagerness for Hajj will create a stir in their slumbering souls.
And when these people, filled with the thrill of Hajj, return from the Center of their Deen to their cities and towns spread over all parts of the world and [are] met by numerous persons, then this [ interchange] and the accounts related by the former of their Hajj experience enliven religious sentiments among countless circles.
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