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Practical and spiritual advice for those going to Hajj

Alḥamdulillāh, we are upon that time of year once more when those who have been chosen by Allāh to visit His blessed house and perform Ḥajj are preparing to leave by reading up on how to perform Ḥajj in the correct manner. Though this is good and necessary, I would like to propose some points with regards to extra actions you can do to magnify your reward by the will of Allāh, as well as to share with you some advice that is not commonly given. 1) From the moment you enter the state of iḥrām, the best dhikr you could make is the talbiyah, لبيك اللهم لبيك، لبيك لا شريك لك لبيك، إن الحمد والنعمة لك والملك لا شريك لك Some scholars have said that during this time, this dhikr is even better than reciting the Qur’ān. You stop saying it when you begin umrah. You start again when you...
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Benefits Which the Muslims Witness During the Hajj

Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said: The benefits which the Muslims witness in the Hajj are many benefits: Religious benefits, and collective benefits, and worldly benefits. As for religious benefits, then they are that which the pilgrims undertake by way of carrying out the rites, and that which comes about from instructions and directives from the scholars from here and from there, as well as that which comes about from expenditure in the Hajj. For it is indeed from the expenditure in the path of Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic. As for the collective benefits, then they are those things which come about through the acquaintance of the people between themselves; as well as the affinity of their hearts, and some of them acquiring etiquettes from others,...
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50 Things to do on Hajj

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Here are 50 productive tips that you can try to do on your Hajj Insha’Allah. Print off this list and see if you can try and complete all 50 Insha’Allah. Smile in another Muslims face. Say Salaam to strangers. Shake someone’s hand and ask about their health. Buy tea for someone. Offer to get someone’s groceries. Sit with a Hajj group from another country and ask about Islam in their village. Carry someone’s bags for them. Guide someone ill to the infirmary. Shun vain talk. Recite talbiyah loudly, encouraging others. On the days of Eid, walk through the tents reciting talbiyah loudly reminding others. Gather stones for people. Offer to throw on behalf of unable Hajjis. Guide people to the Jamarat. Lower your gaze. Remind people about the lives of the Sahaabah. Read Qur’an with the...
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A Short History of Hajj

Hajj literally means ‘to set out for a place.’ Islamically however it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wasallam). Hajj and its rites were first ordained by Allah in the time of the Prophet lbrahim [Abraham] and he was the one who was entrusted by Allah to build the Kaba – the House of Allah – along with his son Ismail [Ishmael] at Makkah. Allah described the Kaba and its building as follows: “And remember when We showed Ibrahim the site of the [Sacred] House [saying]: Associate not anything [in worship with Me and purify My House for those who circumambulate it [i.e. perform tawaaf] and those who stand up for prayer and...
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