Asma Bint Shameem, the noble Companion, Hudhayfah Bin Yaman said, “People used to ask the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me.”
List of some of the extremely common mistakes that scores of people make, year after year, so that we can be weary of them and protect and prevent ourselves from making them. This way Insha Allah our Hajj will be closer to the Sunnah and more acceptable to Allah.
Mistake 1: Thinking that Du’a is accepted at first glance of the Ka’bah
Many people have the wrong notion that the first time they look at the Ka’bah, any Du’a that they make will be answered. Not true! This has no evidence from the Shariah. And any Hadith that one may find regarding this matter is either extremely weak or fabricated. When asked about Du’a being accepted at the first sight of the Ka’bah, Sheikh Sa’d Al-Humayd replied:
“This is not true; there has to be evidence for this to be true, because acts of worship should only be based on evidence. And that evidence must be Sahih in and of itself and it should be clear and unambiguous. And Allah knows best.”
Mistake 2: ‘Kissing’ the Black Stone from far away and stopping during Tawaf to do so
Kissing the Black Stone is a beautiful Sunnah and an honour indeed for the one who is able to do so. However, due to the immense crowd, majority of the people cannot reach it. So many people try to “kiss” it from far away. When they are in line with the Black Stone, they stop in their tracks during Tawaf, face the Black Stone, put up both hands on the side of their head and ‘kiss’ the Black Stone in air, as if the Black Stone were right in front of them. Or they throw ‘flying kisses’ at the Black Stone. Besides being a wrong practice, stopping the flow of Tawaf causes disruption and unnecessary crowding in that area, thereby creating a lot of inconvenience to fellow pilgrims.
‘Distance kissing’ is not from the Sunnah of course. All the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) did while doing Tawaf was kiss the Black Stone if he easily could do so, or touch it with his hand and kiss his hand. But, when it was crowded, he only pointed to it from far away and said, “Allāhu Akbar.” That’s it.
It was narrated that Abu Tufayl (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I saw the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) perform Tawaf around the House, touching the corner (where the Black Stone is) with a crooked staff which he had with him, then kissing the staff.”
Ibn Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) performed Tawaf on his camel, and every time he came to the corner (where the Black Stone is) he would point to it and say Allāhu Akbar.”
[Al-Bukhari, no. 4987]
That’s all we need to do. If we are far away from the Black Stone, we should point to it with our right hand, say Allāhu Akbar and move on. No facing the Ka’bah, no ‘distance kissing’, no stopping dead in your tracks. Keep moving and don’t disrupt the flow of the Tawaf.
Sheikh Bin Baz said, “It should be noted that the Tawaf remains perfectly valid without kissing the Black Stone. If one does not or cannot kiss the Black Stone. it is sufficient simply to point to it, saying ‘Allāhu Akbar’ when one comes parallel to it, although one may be at a distance from it.”
[Fatawa Bin Baz]
Mistake 3: Shouting out Du’a in unison
Some people shout at the top of their voices, in unison, while making Du’a during Tawaf. They follow an Imam or a leader who says out different Du’as aloud, and then the followers all repeat after him in unison. This causes a lot of confusion and disturbs others engaged in their own Du’as, making them lose focus and Khushoo’. And obviously, it is also not befitting that one should shout and raise his voice in a place as sacred as the Haram.
The right thing to do is to know, before you go for Tawaf, the Du’as that you want to make, the Qur’an you want to recite, etc. This way you won’t have to follow anybody and you will be making your own Du’a, in your own language, from your own heart. It will give you better concentration and satisfaction. Plan your Du’as ahead of time; repeat them to yourself, with humility and Khushoo’. After all, you’re making Du’a to the One Who hears all and sees all. The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said, “Each one of you is conversing with his Lord, so do not disturb one another or raise your voices over one another when reading (or he said) when praying.”
[Abu Dawood, Sahih by Al-Albani]
Mistake 4: Designating specific Du’as for specific rounds
Some people designate specific Du’as for each round and there are even books that have specific Du’as written for every round. This is not something from the Shariah. The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) did not recite any specific Du’a in any of the rounds, and neither did his companions. If there was such a thing, then he would have told us about it, and he would have done so himself first.
The only Du’a that he did specify during Tawaf was when he reached at the end of each circuit between the Yemeni Corner and the Black Stone. He would say,
“Rabbana atina’ fid-dunya hasana wa fil-akhirati hasana wa qina adhaban-nar”
“Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Fire.”
Mistake 5: Doing Tawaf on someone else’s behalf
Many people make this mistake. They circumambulate the Ka’bah seven times and then they donate the reward of this Tawaf to their loved ones, their family members or their relatives who have passed away. Also, when people go for Hajj or Umrah, their relatives and friends specifically ask them to “do one Tawaf on their behalf”. This is not valid and there is no evidence for its permissibility.
Only Hajj and Umrah can be done on others’ behalf, but Tawaf individually cannot be done for someone else.
Sheikh Bin Baz said, “Tawaf around the Ka’bah cannot be done by proxy, so no one can do Tawaf on behalf of someone else, unless he is doing Hajj or Umrah on his behalf, in which case he may do it on his behalf along with the rest of Hajj or Umrah.”
[Fatawa Bin Baz]
Mistake 6: Multiple Umrah’s
Some people perform multiple Umrah’s after finishing their own, going outside Makkah either to Masjid Ayesha (Tan’eem) or other Meeqat points to put on a new Ihram and perform more Umrah's again and again. Some people do one Umrah every day, some even more! This is not from the Sunnah and not from the practice of the Sahabah.
If it was good to do multiple Umrah’s all in one trip, surely the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) would have done so himself and the Sahabah would have done so too. But we see that although the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) stayed in Makkah for 19 days after the Conquest, yet he did not leave Makkah to do Umrah, even though he could have easily done so.
Sheikh Bin Uthaymeen said, “Ibn Taymiyah mentions that the Salaf are agreed that making multiple Umrahs is discouraged. In any case, leaving Makkah and going to the boundary of the sacred precincts to make a second or third Umrah is an unfounded practice that was unknown during the time of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him). The only exception to this was the case where Ayesha sought permission to make a single Umrah after Hajj because of special circumstances. If it was generally recommended to leave Makkah to perform Umrah in this way, the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) would have encouraged his companions to do so.”
Actually, instead of making multiple Umrah’s, it would be better to perform as many Tawaf as you can for yourself. Tawaf is an act of worship that cannot be done anywhere else except Makkah and this is a golden opportunity.
Ibn Taymiyah said, “The Salaf agree that performing voluntary Tawaf is superior to going to Al-Tan`eem or to the boundaries of the sacred precincts and making Umrah.”
Mistake 7: Thinking that the Jamarat are devils
When some people go to stone the Jamarat, they think they are going to stone the devils. In fact, they think they are stoning Iblees himself! They even call this ritual, “Stoning the Shaitan.” That is not true. The Jamarat are not devils. All we do when we stone these Jamarat is an act of remembering Allah, following the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) as an act of worship. That’s it. No need to get emotional, no need to cuss at the Jamarat, no need to push and shove.
Mistake 8: Touching or wiping over the Ka’bah
Some people touch the Ka’bah or Maqam Ibrahim thinking there is blessing in it. They also touch and wipe their hands on the pillars of the Grand Mosque or the Prophet’s Mosque and then they wipe the hands over themselves believing this is something good. This is another act with no basis in the Shariah of Islam. The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) did not do any of this. If it was good, he would have done so. But he didn’t, so we won’t either.
Blessings come from following what Allah and His Messenger (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) have prescribed, and not from introducing innovations.
Mistake 9: Thinking that praying 40 prayers in Madina is compulsory
Some people think it’s necessary to complete 40 prayers in the Prophet’s Mosque and that this is necessary and part of Hajj. It’s not. This is based on a weak Hadith. Neither is it necessary to complete 40 prayers there nor is visiting Madina a part of Hajj. Obviously it is good if you can spend as much time as you can in Madina and pray as much as you can in the Prophet’s Mosque, but to think that one has to complete 40 prayers there is not correct.
Sheikh Bin Baz said, “The widespread idea that the visitor should stay for eight days so that he can offer 40 prayers in the mosque is wrong. Although it says in some Ahadith that “whoever offers 40 prayers therein Allah will decree that he is safe from the Fire and free from hypocrisy,” it must be known that this Hadith is Da’eef (weak) according to the scholars and cannot be taken as proof or relied upon. There is no set limit for visiting the Prophet’s Mosque. If a person visits for an hour or two, or a day or two, or for more than that, there is nothing wrong with that.”
[Fatawa Bin Baz]
Buying necessary items
» Buy all your necessity items for your Hajj and Umrah Journey according to your needs (Ihrām, Belts, Sandals, medicine etc.) Do not buy excessive items
» Obtain maximum Hajj knowledge by attending Hajj Seminars, reading various books and memorise all important Dua's.
» Hajj Umrah and Ziyarah by Abdul-Aziz Bin Abdullah Bin Baz and Hisnul Muslim or Fortress of the Muslim (Available in various languages) and download good Mobile Apps.
» Make sincere Tawba for all your past sins and ask forgiveness from your Parents, Family Members, Friends and Neighbours etc.
Make sure to pay all your debt or make an arrangement/agreement to pay.
» It is important you memorise maximum Dua's from any authentic Dua books ie. Hisnul Muslim also try to memorise all the Dua’s listed on this Chapter.
» Always recite your own Dua's in your own languages (Allah سبحانه و تعالى have knowledge of all languages).
» Being patient is a big part of your Hajj and Umrah. Your patients will be tested throughout your Hajj and Umrah journey. Do not involved in unnecessary Fiqh issues; always control your emotions by avoiding kissing the black stone and to pray behind Maqam-e-Ibrahim and do not harm Hajis for Nafil Ibadah which is a bigger sin, InshaAllahyou will be rewarded for being patient.
Following others without knowledge
» Do not follow or join with others on Ibadah which you are not 100% sure, many Bid’ah and Shirk takes place by different groups of people which looks pleasing in the eyes.
Respect and Responsibility
» The street of the Al Haram has filled with litter and food! Be respectful to the house of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and keep the street of Al-Haram neat and tidy.
≡ The procedures on this app have been approved by Sheikh Abdul Qayum and Sheikh Abu Ahmed of East London Mosque ≡
Step 1 – Leaving from home to airport
Getting ready to leave
» Take shower, remove all un-wanted hairs, cut nails, trim moustache etc.
» Recommended to use perfumes before wearing Ihrām.
» Depending on your flight – You may wear Ihrām from home, Airport or at the transit terminal.
» Choose an option which suit you best.
Upon wearing the Ihrām
» DO NOT make Niyyah or start reciting the Talbiyah.
» Make Niyyah before arriving Miqat.
» You may perform 2 raka'āt Nafil with Sura Kafirun and Ikhlas (After wearing the Ihrām) at home or at the airport.
» Recite (Dua below) when leaving home with left foot out first.hu001
Bismil-lah, tawakkaltu alal-lah, wala hawla wala quwwata illa billah
» Recite the following Dua when travelling towards the airport (Journey).
Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar,
subḥaan-alladhee sakhkhara lanaa haadhaa wa maa kunnaa lahu muqrineen, wa innaa ilaa rabbinaa la munqaliboon,
allaahumma innaa nas’aluka fee safarinaa haadhal-birra wat-taqwaa, wa minal-‛amali maa tarḍaaa,
allaahumma hawwin ‛alaynaa safaranaa haadhaa waṭwi ‛annaa bu‛dah,
allaahumma antaṣ-ṣaaḥibu fis-safar, wal-khaleefatu fil-ahl,
allaahumma innee a‛oodhu bika min wa‛thaa’-is-safar, wa ka’aabat-il-manẓari, wa soo’-il-munqalabi fil-maali wal-ahl
Step 2 – Arriving toward Miqat
» You MUST wear the Ihrām by now; it is FARD to wear Ihrām before reaching Miqat.
» Perfumes or anything has scent ie. Soap, shampoo is not permissible after wearing Ihrām.
Making Niyyah for Umrah
» Make Niyyah for Umrah “Allah-hummah labba-ye-ka bil umrah”
» Niyyah can be made in your language, once Niyyah is made all Ihrām restriction applies.
» Start reciting Talbiyah in audible voice (Minimum Once is Wajib) and continue reciting throughout the journey.
Labbayk-allaahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk, innal-ḥamda wan-ni‛mata laka wal mulk, laa shareeka lak
» If you are travelling to Madina First, then you are NOT required to perform any of above however your need to perform all above when travelling from Madina to Makkah before arriving Miqat.
Step 3 – Arriving at Jeddah Airport and Makkah (Hotel)
Immigration and Airport
» Expect long immigration at the Airport and be very patient.
» Foods and drinks are available outside the airport.
» Continue praying Talbiyah during the airport stay and toward travelling to Makkah.
Arriving at the Hotel
» Leave all belonging in the hotel, have food, take shower and take nap if tired.
Preparing for Umrah
» You will have the option to perform Umrah with your group and you may choose their instruction however it is difficult/impossible to follow your group leader during Tawaf and most Hajis looses concentration. Following the next few steps will guide you to perform your Umrah.
» You must on wudu when making Tawaf.
» Continue reciting Talbiyah until you reach Masjid Al Haram.
Step 4 – Performing Umrah
Entering Al Haram
» You may enter from any gates but Tawaf starts from Hajar Al Aswad.
» Stop reciting Talbiyah (No Talbiyah to be recited during Tawaf).
» Enter Al-Haram with your right foot first by reciting.
Bismil-lah, wassalatu wassalamu ala rasoolil-lah, allahummaf tah-lee aab-wa ba rahmatik
» OPTIONAL (Dua below) can be recited when entering Al-Haram.
Bismillah, Was-Salatu Was-Salamu ‘Ala Rasulilah, Allahum Ighfir Lee Thunûbi, Wa Iftah Lee Abwab Rahmatik, `A’uthu Billahi Al’Atheem, Wa Bi Wajihihi Al-Kareem, Wa Bissultanihi Al-Qadeem Minal-Shaytanil Rajeem.
Upon seeing Baitullah
» Recite Sura Al-Fatiha and make sincere Du'a either in Arabic or in your own language (First Du'a is accepted).
» Pray Fard Salāh only if due, otherwise there is NO Tahiyatul Masjid (Nafil) during Umrah.
» Wear the Ihrām under your right armpit and over the left shoulder during all seven (7) Tawaf before reaching toward Hajar Al Aswad (Green light or black line displays on the floor).
» Raise your right hand toward Hajar Al Aswad and recite
Bismillah’hi Allah hu Akbar and start Tawaf.
Note: It is more sinful if Hajis is hurt when you force to kiss the black stone.
On first 3 Tawaf
» A strong and quick walk with boldness during first three rounds, and then walk normally for the remainder four rounds (men only).
» Women walk as normal.
During all Tawaf
» Recite any Dua's from memory, and may recite Qur’ān do Istighfar, Tawba, and cry to Allah SWT sincerely for all your sins also make Du'a for Family and Friends (Du'a can be recited in any languages).
» Group Dua's or specific Dua's for each Tawaf is not authentic or recommended.
Between Rukn-e-Yamani and Hajar Al Aswad
» From Rukn-e-Yamani and Hajar Al Aswad walk normal.
» Recite (Dua below) between Rukn-e-Yamani to Hajar Al Aswad as many time as possible.
Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil 'akhirati hasanatan waqina 'adhaban-nar
If wudu breaks
» Make new Wudu and start from the incomplete Tawaf. Do not repeat any completed Tawaf which you performed before braking Wuhu.
All 7 Tawaf completed
» Once completed 7 Tawaf, cover your both shoulders with Ihrām.
Offer 2 Raka'ā
» Pray two Raka'ā (with Sura Kafirun and Ikhlas) anywhere in Al-Haram. Do not obstruct the Hajis or Tawaf to pray behind Maqam-e-Ibrahim.
Note: It is permissible to pray anyware in Al-Haram.
» Drink Zamzam water from anywhere from Al-Haram and rub it on your face and on your body and make Dua (Always drink plenty of Zamzam during your stay).