Monday, January 05, 2004

Fifty Things to do in Haj

As-Salamu-Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

InshaAllah here is some sound advice for those who will be fortunate to perform Haj this year.

By Muhammad Al-Shareef

1 Greet every Muslim with a smile.

2 Say Salam to strangers.

3 Shake someone s hand and ask about his health.

4 Buy tea for someone.

5 Offer to get someone s groceries.

6 Sit with a Haj group from another country and ask about Islam in their village/city.

7 Carry someone s bags for him.

8 Guide someone ill to the hospital/clinic.

9 Shun vain talk.

10 Recite talbiyah loudly, encouraging others.

11 On the days of Eid, walk through the tents reciting talbiyah loudly reminding others.

12 Gather pebbles for people.

13 Offer to throw on behalf of physically infirm Hajis.

14 Guide people to the Jamarat

15 Lower your gaze

16 Remind people of the lives of the Sahabah - Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)

17 Read Qur an with the Tafseer

18 Do the authentic Dhikr of the morning and evening

19 Make dua during your Sajdah

20 Stand to the side of a gate and offer people water/tea as they leave.

21 Give major attention to shy people in your group.

22 Remind people of patience, why they came here, and the example of our Ulama in Haj.

23 Explain a Haj Khutbah you may have heard to those around you.

24 Explain the importance of purifying one s actions for the sake of Allah

25 Phone relatives (from Makkah) on Eid day.

26 Make dua for forgotten friends (and the author of this list).

27 Don t allow Muslims to fight during Haj

28 Help people find a place to sleep.

29 Remember during the heat the unending torment of hellfire.

30 Say La ilaha illa Allah, wahdahu la sharika lah, lahul Mulk wa lahul hamd, wa Huwa ala kulli shay in Qadeer as many times as you can.

31 Say the dua of entering the market place when you go there.

32 Give charity to those who sell meager things (sandals/eggs).

33 Attend the Halaqahs that are held in Mina.

34 Stay for the 13th of Dhul Hijjah.

35 Remind people to go home as better Muslims.

36 Forgive people that wrong you.

37 Talk to 10 different people from 10 different countries.

38 Compliment someone sincerely.

39 Visit the hospital and thank Allah for all that He has given you.

40 Take young Muslims and invite them to sit with the elders. Make them the center of attention.

41 Give a tafseer class after Salah / ask someone knowledgeable.

42 (For men) On the days of Eid, offer perfume to those around you.

43 Ask about the health of senior women in your group. Make sure they are attended to.

44 Focus hard on helping those immediately near you.

45 Take people to the slaughterhouse and help them / or assist them in purchasing their slaughter coupons.

46 Remember specific blessings Allah has bestowed upon you and say Alhamdulillah.

47 Pray to Allah using his 99 most beautiful names (Al-Asmaa Al-Husna).

48 Use a Miswak.

49 Fill your pockets with candies and give to the children that you meet.

50 Always intend reward from Allah for everything you go through during Haj.

Saudi Gazette 25/12/03

Give yourself a chance by studying the Glorious Qur'an and the Sunnah for you have nothing to lose, yet everything to gain!

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” (Surah Ra’d 13:28)

Wassalamualaikum warahmatullah


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