In Aqeedah (the Muslim’s Belief)
- Many Pilgrims
when they travel to Madinah they pray to the graves. They make Dua’ to Rasul Allah (Sal Allahu alayhi wa Sallam). This
could not only ruin their Hajj, it could nullify their Islam.
- Do not rub graves for Barakah.
- Do not make Du’a
to anyone except Allah ta’aala.
- When going to Madinah, your initial intention should be to visit Masjid An-Nabawee,
the Prophet’s Masjid.
· Do not pass the Meeqat without being
in the state of Ihraam. If you are landing in Jeddah and going to Makkah to perform Umrah directly, you must be in a state
of Ihraam before you land, as the plane shall enter the Meeqat. Jeddah is inside the Meeqat.
· If you are landing in Jeddah,
you need your Ihraam towels with you on the airplane in your carry-on bag.
· Women may wear anything Islamically permissible
· Do not take pictures of yourself in Ihraam. You came to worship Allah and taking pictures for showing others
later may contradict your sincerity of doing this for the sake of Allah.
· Women in their menses must be in a state of
Ihraam when they pass the Meeqat. They should shower and do talbiyah like everyone else.
· Do not uncover your right shoulder
until you reach the Ka’bah and begin Tawaf. This is the time that the Messenger uncovered his shoulder and it is an
act of Hajj, so we must follow when the Prophet did it.
· You may change your Ihraam towels if they get dirty
do not enter into Ihraam by just wearing the towels. You must make the intention to begin.
· Do not shave your beard,
whether before, during or after Ihraam.
· You should wear sandals, but if you do not have sandals, you do not have to
walk barefoot. Wear what you have until you find a place to get sandals.
· When beginning your Ihraam for Hajj, do it
from where you are: in your hotel, on the street, etc. You do not have to go to the Ka’bah to start your Ihraam for
· Do pay attention to what you are saying when you are making the Talbiyah: Labayk Allahumma Labbayk…
When you hear that you are not allowed to wear stitches in Ihraam, know that what is meant is that you cannot wear pieces
of cloth that are sewn together to wrap your body, such as a T-Shirt or underwear.
· Both men and women may shower with
unscented soap. Yes, for women and men, you may comb your hair, as the Prophet’s wives used to do when they were in
- You do not have to say your intention
out loud to begin Tawaf. Saying intentions out loud is something the Prophet (Sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) never did except
after Ihraam when he said, “Labbayk Allahuma Umrah wa Hajj.”
- You do not have to touch the black stone for
your Tawaf to be accepted. If it is crowded you may face your hand toward the stone and say Allahu Akbar.
- Do not kiss
the Yemeni corner. You may only touch it.
- Do not worship the black stone. You are glorifying Allah by coming to this
house and worshiping Him, following the Sunnah of Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).
- Do not follow those Dua
books that make up dua for each time you go around the Ka’bah. Read Quran and make Dua from your heart and glorify Allah.
- Make Dua by yourself, do not do it in a shouting group around the ka’bah.
- Do not wipe the walls of the ka’bah
during Tawaf. Rasul Allah did not touch anything other than the black stone and the Yemeni corner.
- Do not hurt anyone
to kiss the black stone.
- Do not face your hand to the Yemeni corner and say Allahu Akbar. This is only for the black
- Do not push or hurt anyone during Tawaf
- The Ka’bah should be to your left. Do not do Tawaf with your
back to the ka’bah.
- Do not stand at the black stone line for a long time. Move on.
- Do not lengthen your
2 Rakas of Tawaf
- There is nothing in the sunnah about: Dua Maqam Ibraheem. After you pray the 2 Rakas of Tawaf move
In Sa’I (going between Safa and Marwah)
-Although preferable, you do not have to have Wudu during Sa’i.
do not have to climb to the top of Safa or Marwa.
-You can take breaks in Sa’I to drink water or rest.
can take a break after Tawaf, before Sai’.
-You do not have to jog the whole way, from Safa to Marwa. Only within
the green lights, the valley of Safa and Marwa.
-Women do not have to run between the green lights.
-There is no specific
du’a to say between Safa and Marwa.
-Do not miss the Du’a that Rasul Allah said when he stood on Safa. Then
raise your hands and pray as he did, Sal Allahu alayhi wa Sallam.
-Do not say your intention out loud before making Sa’i.
When Shaving or Trimming:
-Shave your complete head,
do not leave parts unshaved.
-If you shall trim, take from all sides of your head.
-Do not take off your Ihraam until
you have shaved or trimmed. You are still in Ihraam until you do so.
-Do not shave your beard.
In Mina, Arafah, and Muzdalifah:
-Many people do not confirm if where they are located is inside or outside
the borders of the holy sites. Confirm.
-Do not reserve a place that is more than your need. Many people are looking for
places to sit down and sleep.
-Only in Arafah and Muzdalifah do you shorten and combine prayers. In Mina only shorten
your prayers, but pray them at the correct time.
-Do not waste your Hajj time in vain chatting.
-Spending the 8th
day in Mina is the Sunnah of Rasul Allah. Many people skip this and go to Arafah.
-Do not push anyone when you are in
-You do not have to go to the Mt. Of Mercy in Arafah. Many people hurt themselves and others to be there even
though it is not a Wajib thing to do.
-Mt. Rahmah is not a holy mountain. Do not wipe its sand and rocks for barakah.
-You do not have to pray Dhuhr and Asr on Arafah day in the Masjid of Arafah (Masjid Namirah). You may pray in your tent
with your group.
-Do not leave Arafah before Maghrib time.
-Women should avoid getting into a crushing crowd, like
in Masjid Namirah.
-Do not face Mt.Rahmah on Arafah day when you make Du’a. You should face the Qiblah.
should not treat your time in Arafah like any other day. You should realize the significance and pray to Allah in humility.
-At Maghrib time in Arafah, do not pray Maghrib and Isha’ until you reach Muzdalifah, even it you reach there at
11:00 at night. However, if you see half the night approaching, pray where you are on the road.
-Make sure you are in
Muzdalifah before you stop and rest. Many people think they are in Muzdalifah but they are not. Look for the border signs.
If you have not seen one, chances are you are still not in Muzdalifah even if you see others sleeping on the road.
praying Maghrib and Isha in Muzdalifah, go to sleep immediately, this is what Rasul Allah did.
-Through all of this, continue
doing your Talbiyah.
In stoning the Jamarat:
-The Jamarat are not Devils,
and Shaytaan is not tied up for the stoning of himself. Hajjis that hold this misconception end up cursing, swearing, throwing
sandals, etc. It is a commandment from Allah to glorify Allah by saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ with each pebble.
do not have to wash your stones.
-Do not throw sandals or wood or big rocks. This is all against the Sunnah.
hurt/shove when at the Jamarat.
-Say Allahu Akbar with each pebble. Do not say Bismillaah.
-Throw the pebbles separately.
-Make Dua’ after the first and second Jamarat.
-Do not throw the Jamarat before it is time.
-Throw the Jamarat
from small to medium to large. Not the other way.
-If someone is throwing on your behalf, you must be unable to throw
-If someone is throwing on your behalf, you do not have to collect the stones yourself and hand the stones to
-Throw seven pebbles, not more or less.
In Tawaf Al-Wadaa’ (Farewell Tawaf):
-You cannot do your final Jamarat after Tawaf Al-Wada’, as some people
-Do not walk in massive groups during Tawaf. This hurts many people.
-You MUST spend the night in Mina on
the 10th night and 11th night. The two days of Hajj, the days of Mina, are the 11th and 12th, not the 10th and 11th.
Tawaf Al-Wadaa’ you must leave Makkah, or else another Tawaf should be made.
-After Tawaf Al-Wadaa’ you may
have lunch or wait at a bus, etc., as long as you are on your way out of Makkah.
-Visiting Madinah has nothing to do with
your Hajj. It is something different and separate.
-Do not wipe or kiss any walls for barakah. It is only rock and marble.
-Do not raise your voice near the Prophet’s grave.
-Do not do Tawaf around the Prophet’s grave.
do not need Ihraam to enter Madinah.
-Do not make Du’a to the Prophet. Du’a is to be made to Allah and Allah
-If you want to pray for the Prophet to intercede for you on the day of Judgement (Shifaa’ah), pray to Allah
for that. “O Allah, allow Your Prophet to intercede for me..”
-Do not raise your voice in Du’a near
the grave. Face Qiblah and leave the grave area when you want to make Du’a.
· Do not add the term Hajji to your
name after returning home.
· Hadith such as: “whoever visits my grave, I shall intercede for them.”
Hadith to this effect are lies against Rasul Allah.
A final note:
The Muslims in these mistakes are three:
1. One group is sincerely ignorant of these things and they have little clue that what they are doing is Haram or
incorrect. For these people – in sha’ Allah – there is nothing upon them.
2. A second group is ignorant,
but they have the ability to learn and find out. All that stops them from doing so is their laxness in studying and asking.
For these people, it is feared that they may be sinful for their laziness in learning.
3. A third group is aware of these
mistakes. They perform it however to either follow their culture or to misguide people. This person is sinful and they shall
assume the sin of those that they misguide.
“Our Lord, do not take us to account if we forget or
make a mistake” – Al-Baqarah/286