Hajj Tips

Hajj Tips

  1. Start preparing for Hajj at least 6 months before departure. Go through the procedure, learn some duas and azkaar by heart.
  2. Please check few usefull website for some information.

    » Ministry of Hajj
    » Glossary of Hajj related terms
    » Greatest Trip on Earth - Ch.4
    » Masjid Al Haram Map View

  3. Hajj is physically demanding and it is recommended to practice walking at least 30 minutes a day, the brisker the better.
  4. Learning basic Arabic will make your daily life easier as most Arabs prefer to communicate in Arabic.
  5. Keep your luggage minimum, the less the better. Loading/Unloading luggage can be a hassle, especially whilst travelling on coach. In Mina/Arafat the space provided is limited per person, hence try keeping luggage at minimum.
  6. Carry a cloth/nylon bag for your footwear so that you can conveniently carry your slippers/flip flops around without worrying about them getting misplaced.
  7. Take medicines, lots of them. As there are so many people there, coming from various parts of the world and bringing local viruses with them, its better to be prepared especially if you are travelling with kids. Normally take flu, fever, digestive, anti-allergy and general painkiller medicines with you
  8. While in Haram or in Masjid, do not jump over people.
  9. Crossing in front of people performing Salah is an excuse (in the Haram only), do not make it a routine.
  10. Keep a photocopy of your passport and a ID card and card of the hotel you stay at in case stopped by police or lost.
  11. Get a good understanding of your location of the hotel in respect of the Haram.
  12. If you are travelling with children, have them wear ID Cards with your hotel’s address and contact information.
  13. In order to maintain a communication link, use local mobile SIMs.
  14. Bring an extra set of ihram in case one gets dirty or you sweat too much
  15. Be careful when wearing the ihram, practice in advance and make sure you can walk properly and you do not accidently flash
  16. If you are sensitive to light bring sunglasses as it gets very bright and hot
  17. A trick to kissing the black stone is to join the queue 10 - 15 minutes before the azan for Asar. The people pushing are shooed away and the line moves quickly.
  18. For the Hijr Ismail for Zohar or Asar pray near the entrance and when salat is finished go near the entrance. After the funeral prayer they will open the gate up and it will be straightforward to go in.
  19. Learn the funeral prayer (Salat Jenazah).
  20. Ladies are allowed into the Ar Raudah section of the prophets mosque in the morning and night for an hour or so. The one at night is a lot less crowded
  21. Smile in another Muslims face and say Salam to a stranger
  22. Shake someone's hand and ask about their health
  23. Sit with a Hajj group from another country and ask about Islam in their country
  24. Guide someone and help someone, carry someone's bags for them
  25. Recite talbiyah loudly, encouraging others
  26. On the days of Eid, walk through the tents reciting takbeer loudly reminding others
  27. Gather stones for people and  guide people to the Jamarat
  28. Offer to throw on behalf of unable Hajjis
  29. Lower your gaze
  30. Remind people of the lives of the Sahaabah
  31. Read Qur'an with the Tafseer
  32. Do the authentic Dhikr of the morning and evening
  33. Give major attention to shy people in your group
  34. Remind people of patience, why they came here, and the example of our Ulumaa' in Hajj
  35. Explain  Khutbah Hajj al Wada  to those around you
  36. Explain the importance of purifying ones actions for the sake of Allah
  37. Phone relatives (from Makkah) on Eid day  and Make dua for forgotten friends
  38. Don't allow Muslims to fight during Hajj
  39. Help people find a place to sleep
  40. Remember - during the heat - the unending torment of hellfire
  41. Say 'Laa ilaaha illa Allah, wahdahu laa sharika lah, lahul Mulk wa lahul hamd, wa Huwa 'ala kulli shay'in Qadeer' 100x
  42. Say the dua of entering the market place when you go there
  43. Give charity
  44. Stay for the 13th of Dhul Hijjah if possible.
  45. Remind people to go home as better Muslims
  46. Forgive people that wrong you
  47. Visit the hospital and thank Allah for all that he has given you
  48. Take young Muslims and invite them to sit with the elders. Make them the center of attention.
  49. Ask about the health of senior men and women in your group.  Make sure they are attended to.
  50. Focus hard on helping those immediately near you
  51. Remember specific blessings Allah has bestowed upon you and say Alhamdulillah
  52. Pray to Allah using his 99 most beautiful names (al Asmaa' al Husna)
  53. Use a Miswak
  54. Always intend reward from Allah for everything you go through during Hajj