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Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem
Published on 24th August, 2008

Preparation for the Hajj Journey

Provided by Hj Ali Nasour, Australian Hajj Group 

Surah ikhlas

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 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 (aj) 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 unsure.

  4. Qira’at. Correct pronunciation of the Zikr with sound Makhraj. It is vital that at least your wajib actions i.e. Salaat, Talbiyyah (Labbayk) etc are recited with the correct pronunciation.

Some of the highly recommended points for Hajj are as follows:

  • It 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 Makkah or Medina.

  • 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 najasat inside your body is removed. After the ghusl, perform two Rakaat Salaat with the intention of ‘Qurbatan Ilallahi Ta’allah’ and two Rakaat Salaat Hajaat.

  • Pray for all mo’mineen, relatives and friends for their safety and for your safe return.

  • Ask forgiveness from all the people around you (family, relatives, friends and colleagues) for any wrongs or injustices you may have done to them.

  • Before leaving home, give Sadaqa, recite the Tasbih of Sayyeda Fatima ('a), 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. Bismmillahi 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 etc) say:
    "Bismillahi Wa Allahu 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", "Mash' Allah", "Laa Hawla wa laa quwatta 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 illaa Rabbina lamunqaliboon".

  • Also, anytime while travelling, recite Kalema often, give sadaqa and recite: "A’udhu Billahi minash shaitanir rajeem" as many times as possible.

  • It is very important that for all your actions during Hajj, that niyyat (intention) is made (verbal or non verbal) of "Qurbatan Illallah"

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