Performing the Hajj becomes obligatory upon every free, sound minded adult Muslim who is both physically and financially able to undertake it. When this is the case, you owe it to yourself and to Allah (swt) to ensure that your Hajj is the best it can be.
Properly preparing for Hajj is the key in ensuring that you benefit both spiritually and practically from your pilgrimage. To help you get ready, we have prepared key points to help you on your way.
- Start by saying Bismillah – Make dua that Allah (swt) makes it both possible and easy for you to go on Hajj this year.
- Prepare and learn – Read up in detail and understand about the importance of Hajj and it’s rituals.
- Cleanse your heart – Make sure you enter this journey free of any bad feeling. Forgive those who have wronged you and seek forgiveness from those you may have wronged.
- Prepare with Sabr (Patience) – Understand that it will be busy and you will get tired. It is a physically demanding experience. You will be in close proximity with many other people. You will have to queue or stand in crowds. This is a test and preparing yourself will help you cope better Insha’Allah.
- Remind yourself of Adab (Manners) – Because of the crowds, remind yourself of the importance of helping and caring for others and exhibiting excellent manners.
- Understand that this is not a five star holiday – Your hotel may not be premium but a clean bed, toilet and running water is all you need when your focus is Allah (swt).
- Learn your duas and their meaning – Many people make the mistake of reciting in Arabic without understanding. By learning the meaning of the words you say , you can take these in to your heart and reap the benefits Insha’Allah.
- Money – Do you have the funds needed to make the trip? Hajj becomes necessary for those who can afford it. Remember it is better to undertake hajj after having cleared any outstanding debts.
- Talk to a travel agent – Look around and find specialist agents who offer hajj packages. Speak to friends or family for recommendations.
- Visa – You will need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. Check with your travel agent on how to obtain this and the time needed.
- Make sure your passport is valid to travel with. You don’t want to be turned away by immigration!
- Familiarise yourself with Hajj rituals and the meaning behind them – The more you know, the more confident you will feel.
- Get fit! – Hajj can be physically demanding.
- Cut your hair and nails just prior to leaving for Hajj – Once there in a state of Ihram, you will not be permitted to.
- Make a list of duas to say – Use a small notebook to note your duas and list of people who have asked that you say a prayer for them too.