TIPS ON YOUR HAJ :
- If this your first Haj try to make it a quality Haj.
- Preparations are divided into two parts a) Physical b) Spiritual. The Haj must not encounter problems because of negligence in preparations.
- Ensure your earnings are Halaal.
- Make sincere Taubah before depature. The night before the journey, should at least be spent in spiritual cleansing.
- Clear your debts and if you have caused hurt to anyone, seek their Forgiveness.
- Leave according to the Sunnah, make two rak’aat of Salaatus-Safar, begging Allah for forgiveness, protection and ease during the journey, an accepted Haj and safe return.
- Before you leave make a will and ensure all travel documents are all safe and sound.
- When you leave your house leave behind a) Anger b) Expectation of comfort c) Excitement and panic.
- Look for Good Companions.
- Help anyone you can. Assist others, especially the elderly, weak and infirm. You will reap many dua’s that will help you in life and you may never get a chance again.
- Be Patient/Sabr in every circumstance. Your Sabr will be tested time and time again.
- Speak Kindly to one and all even under provocation.
- Avoid loose talk. No Arguing, fighting or quarrelling especially when in Ehram.
- Give lots of Sadaqah.
- Engage in excessive dua during the day of Arafah, particularly after Asr.
- Stay in Constant Wudhu.
- Your Dua’s are accepted right until 40 Days after you reach home.
A Good Pilgrim:
- Does not litter, smoke or spit in public places (including roads and pavements).
- Covers his/her nose and mouth with a mask in crowded places.
- Does not push others while performing tawaf, sa’ee and stoning the Satan.
- Does not buy pirated products.
- Does not sit and block passage ways in the mosques.
- Begins his Hajj preparation at least six months before departure so that he will be adequately prepared, spiritually, physically and logistically.
- Will share his/her Hajj experiences with others so that they will come even better prepared than him; he will not be cowed into silence by claims that it is a sin to talk about one’s difficulties in The Holy Land.
- Will NOT be overly occupied with trivialities and remain at all times focused on the primary aim of his Hajj: to plead to The Almighty to forgive his sins and to bless him with The Straight Path for the remainder of his life.