HAJJ IN THE LIGHT OF HADITH
The Best Deed
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam was asked what the best deed was. Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam replied, "To believe in Allah Ta'ala and his Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam" He was asked, "After that?" Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam replied, "To struggle in the path of Allah (Jihad)". Someone asked, "After that?" Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam replied, "An accepted Hajj."
(Bukhari and Muslim)
Sins of a Haji....
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that he heard Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam say, "Whoever performs Hajj and commits no indecency, nor does he commit any sins, then he will return from Hajj as though his mother has just given birth to him. (Meaning pure from sins)." (Bukhari and Muslim)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! We realise the importance of Hajj from these Ahadith. If one stays away from indecency, fighting and quarrelling and transgressing then Allah Ta'ala purifies him as though he has just been born. Just as a newborn child is free of all sins, a person who is blessed with an accepted Hajj is free of all sins. May Allah Ta'ala grant us all an accepted Hajj.
Paradise is the Reward for Hajj...
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "An Umrah followed by another Umrah compensates (kaffara) the sins committed between the two, and the reward for Hajj is nothing but Paradise." (Bukhari and Muslim)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! An Umrah is described as compensation (Kaffara) for sins and the reward for Hajj is paradise. We see from this that putting up with problems during the journey, trying to control our desires and travelling for the sake of Allah Ta'ala is very much loved by Him. That is why Allah Ta'ala rewards it with Paradise. May Allah Ta'ala bless us with the great bounty of Hajj and Umrah. Aameen.
A Sinner on the Day of Arafat...
Hazrat Aisha Siddiqa radiallaho ta'ala anha narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "There is no day on which Allah Ta'ala frees more people from the fire (Hell) than the day of Arafat." (Muslim Shareef)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! Allah Ta'ala has granted certain days excellence over other days. The excellence of the Day of Arafat is very high amongst these days of excellence. Allah Ta'ala's special Mercy looks at his slaves on this day. All in one dress and all of them focused on their Creator with tears of sorrow and regret in their eyes. This intensifies His Mercy and the Beneficent One frees His slaves from the fire. May Allah Ta'ala grant us all the Day of Arafat in the field of Arafat and free us from the fire of Hell. Aameen.
No Accounting After Death
Hazrat Aisha Siddiqa radiallaho ta'ala anha narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whoever dies in the Haram (Makkah Mukarrama or Madinah Munawwara), he will not be brought for accounting, nor will he be asked to account for his deeds, and he will be told to enter Paradise." (Daar e Qatani)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! Allah Ta'ala grants Paradise without any questioning or accounting to those that die in the two blessed Harams. This is a great favour of Allah Ta'ala on His bondmen. May Allah Ta'ala grant us Paradise with his kindness and save us from Hell and grant us death in Madinah Munawwara. Aameen.
A Haji and One who Performs Umrah will Intercede
It is reported in Hadith that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Those that perform Hajj or perform Umrah are guests of Allah Ta'ala. If they ask him for something, He grants it to them. If they seek forgiveness, He forgives them. If they make Dua, their Dua is accepted by Him, and if they intercede for someone, He accepts their intercession." (Ahya ul Uloom)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! Allah Ta'ala has given those that perform Hajj and Umrah a very exalted status, as we can see for the above Hadith. If a Haji makes dua or someone, his dua is accepted. We should make sure that before a Haji returns home we ask him to pray for us and our families and the whole Muslim nation. May Allah Ta'ala grant us an accepted Hajj and grant us a share and include us in the prayers of those that perform Hajj. Aameen.
One Tawaf Equivalent to Freeing a Slave
Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam has said, "The person that walks around the Ka'aba seven times (Tawaf) with nothing on his head or his feet, he will be rewarded the same as one who frees a slave. The person that walks around the Ka'aba seven times in the rain, all his previous sins are forgiven." (Ahya ul Uloom)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! May Allah Ta'ala grant us all the opportunity to act upon the Hadith mentioned above, that we can go to the Holy Ka'aba and walk bare foot and bare headed around the glorious House of Allah Ta'ala and have our sins forgiven. Aameen.
Thinking You Have Not Been Forgiven is a Sin
Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "The biggest sinner amongst the people is one who stands in Arafat on the day of Arafat and thinks that he has not been forgiven by Allah Ta'ala." (Ahya ul Uloom)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! We are given a lesson in having complete faith in the Benedictions and Blessings of Allah Ta'ala. We should have total belief and not doubt at all that we have been forgiven on the day of Arafat. One that has even a slight doubt has been described as a sinner. May Allah Ta'ala give us the guidance to have total faith in forgiveness and save us from doubt or confusion. Aameen.
Compulsory Hajj.... and Death
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiallaho ta'ala anhu narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "The person that does not perform Hajj (after it has become compulsory) and dies without performing Hajj, then he can die as a Christian or die as a Jew." (Tirmizi Shareef)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! As soon as Hajj becomes compulsory (Farz) on us, we should do it as soon as possible and not delay it at all. If we do there is a danger of us having a bad ending. Those people that do not perform Hajj because they are waiting to marry off their son or daughter should pay special attention and should learn from the above Hadith. There is no mention of weddings or marrying off children in the order to perform Hajj. Therefore, when the conditions are met for performing Hajj, we should perform it as soon as possible and not delay it. May Allah Ta'ala give us all death with faith. Aameen.
Hajj e Badal - (Hajj on Behalf of Another)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that a lady came to Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam and asked, "Ya Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam, those people on whom Hajj is compulsory (Farz), if they find their parents in old age and can not sit on any animal or conveyance, can they perform Hajj on their behalf?" Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam replied, "Yes." (Bukhari and Muslim)
Hajj e Asghar
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Performing Umrah in the month of Ramadhan is the same as performing Hajj", or he said "it is the same as performing Hajj with me." (Bukhari and Muslim)
My Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's beloved devotees! There is great reward in performing Umrah in Ramadhan as Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam has said that it is the same as performing Hajj with him. Subhan Allah! May Allah Ta'ala grant us Umrah every Ramadhan and grant us a resting-place in Madinah when our time is up. Aameen.
Excellence of Tawaf
Imam Ahmed writes on the authority of Ubaid bin Umar that he asked Ibn Umar radiallaho ta'ala anhuma, "What is the reason that you kiss Hajr e Aswad (Black Stone) and Rukn e Yamani?" He replied, "I heard Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam say that kissing them wipes away sins. I also heard him say that whoever does seven circuits around the Ka'aba with respect and sincerity, and then performs two rak'ats Namaz, then it is the same as freeing a slave. I also heard Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam say that ten rewards are given, ten sins are wiped away, and status is raised ten graded each time the feet are lifted and put down during Tawaf." (Bahar E Shariat)
Interceding for 70 People
Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar bin Aas radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whoever performs complete and perfect ablution (wudhu), then comes to the black stone to kiss it, he has entered into Mercy. Then when he kisses it and recites "Bismillahe Wallaho Akbar, Ash-hado Anl-La Ilaha Illal Laaho Wahdahu Laa Shareeka Lahoo Wa-Ash-Hado Anna Muhammadan Abdohoo Warasooluh", the Mercy covers him completely. When he is walking around the Ka'aba, each step will earn him 70,000 rewards and 70,000 sins are forgiven and his status will be raised 70,000 grades. The one that performs Tawaf will intercede for 70 people of his household. Then when he comes to the Station of Ibrahim and performs two rak'ats Namaz for reward, he is given the reward for freeing 4 slaves from the children of Hazrat Ismail alaihis salaam. He will be so free from sins that it will be like he was given birth by his mother that day."
Stone Makes You a Dweller of Paradise
Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Walking around the Ka'aba (Tawaf) is the same as Namaz. The difference is that you may talk during Tawaf, but only speak words of goodness. Do not speak evil or useless talk, only good things." (Tirmizi, Nisa'ee, Daarmi)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas radiallaho ta'ala anhuma narrates that Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Allah Ta'ala will raise the Black Stone (Hajr e Aswad) in such a way that it will have eyes with which it will see. It will have a tongue with which it will speak. It will testify on behalf of all those that kissed it with sincerity and true love." (Tirmizi, Ibn Majah)
Method Of Performing Tawaf
Before beginning Tawaf the cloth of the Ehraam (blanket) should be taken under the right shoulder and placed on the left shoulder so that the right shoulder is open. Now stand facing the Ka'aba with Rukn e Yamani on your left and Hajr e Aswad and the Station of Ibrahim on your right. Now recite the niyyah (intention) for Tawaf, "Allahumma Inni Ureedo Tawafa Baitekal Haramey Fayasirho Lee Wa Takabbalho Minni." (Oh Allah I am intending to perform Tawaf of Your blessed house, make it easy for me and accept it from me.) After reciting this niyyah walk to the right until you are in line with Hajr e Aswad. Raise your arms in such a way that your palms are facing Hajr e Aswad and say,
"Bismillahe Wal Hamdo Lillahe Wallahu Akbar Wassalato Wassalamo Ala Rasoolillah sallalaho alaihe wasallam"
Nafil Namaz After Tawaf
After completing the Tawaf recite "Wattakhhzoo Mim Maqamey Ibrahima Musalla" and pray two rak'at Namaz close to the Station of Ibrahim. This prayer is Wajib after Tawaf. In the first Rak'at recite "Qul Yaa Ayyohal Kaafiroon" and recite "Qul Huwallaho Ahad" in the second rak'at. Ensure that is not a forbidden time for Namaz, such as sunrise or sunset or mid day or after you have prayed the Farz Namaz of Asar. If you perform Tawaf during these times then perform the two rak'ats at a later time.
Dua at the Station of Ibrahim
The person that performs two rak'ats behind the Station of Ibrahim has all his previous and future sins forgiven and his accounting will be with peace on the day of judgement. A dua has been mentioned in the Hadith and the words of that dua are as follows:
"Allahumma Innaka Ta'lamo Sirri Wa Ala Niyati Fa Aqbil Ma'zerati Wa Ta'lamo Haajati Fa A'tini Suwaali Wa Ta'lamo MaFee Nafsee Fagfirli Zonobee. Allahumma Inni As-aloka Imaanay Yubasshero Qalbi Wayaqeenan Saadeqan Hatta A'lamo Annaho Laa Oseebani Illa Maa Katabta Lee Waredam Manal Ma-Eeshatey Bema Qassamata Lee Yaa Arhamar Raahimeen."
Translation: "On Allah You know my open and hidden things so please accept my apologies, You know my needs so grant me what I need. You know all that is in my soul and my desires so please forgive me. O Allah I am asking you for the Belief that is absorbed in my heart, and I am asking you for complete faith in that I accept that I will only get that which you have written for me. May I be happy with all that you have destined for me, O Most Beneficent and Kind One."
Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam stated that Allah Ta'ala said, "Whoever recites this prayer (dua), I will forgive his sins, and save him from sadness and wanting for anything. I will keep his business ahead of all other businessmen and then the world will be forced to come to him." In other words those that become Allah Ta'ala's and His Beloved Prophet sallalaho alaihe wasallam's with a true heart and with sincerity, the world tries to get close to them. However he has rejected the world. The world is then dejected and is forced to fall at the feet of such a person. (Bahar E Shariat)
Dua At Multazim
Go to Multazim and take hold of the stone that is close to it. Hold it close and hug it and place your chest, stomach, left side, right side, and face one by one on the stone. Place your arms above your head and spread them out, the right hand by the door and the left hand by Hajr e Aswad and recite the following Dua, "Yaa Waajido Yaa Maajido Laa Tozil Anni Ne'Matan An-Amtaha Alayya" (Oh Powerful One, Oh Noble One, Do Not Take Away The Blessings You Have Given Me."
Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam said, "Whenever I want, I see Jibrael alaihis salaam clutching Multazim and making dua."
Make dua with extreme sincerity, humility, humbleness and honesty. Make sure to recite Durood Shareef before and after every dua.
Method and Dua For Drinking Zam Zam
Rasool Allah sallalaho alaihe wasallam has said that the intention with which Zam Zam is drunk will be fulfilled. Zam Zam should be drunk facing the Qibla, standing and in three gulps. Start will "Bismillah" and end with "AlhamdoLillah" on each sip. And each time look up towards the Ka'aba, and seek the fulfilment of all the wishes of your heart. The specific Dua for drinking Zam Zam is as follows: "Allahumma Inni As-aloka Ilman Naa'Fe-an Wa Riz-qaw Waa Se-an Wa Amalam Motaqab-balan Wa Shifa-am Min Kulla Daa-in" (Oh Allah I seek from You knowledge, and increased livelihood and accepted deeds and safety from all illnesses
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