Preparation For Hajj
1. Intention: Hajj is nothing but to stay in Arafat on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, with the intention of performing Hajj in the state of Ihram and offer Tawaf of Ka`bah during a given time.
A Fardh Hajj is performed but once in a life. Therefore one must perform it with a sincere intention. One should have the intention to perform Hajj, only to discharge his sacred duty and to seek the pleasure of Allah the Exalted, and His beloved Prophet Ŝallalaahu `Alaihi Wa Sallam.
One must not have any ulterior motives, for actions are judged by Allah the Exalted according to intentions. As reported in Bukhari, the Holy Prophet Ŝallalaahu `Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “Verily actions are judged according to intentions and every man is granted what he intends.”
So when one decides to perform Hajj, let one’s intention be solely to gain Allah’s pleasure, and the fulfillment of this obligation, and not sight-seeing, pleasure, trade, nor to gain the title of “Haji”.
The Holy Prophet Ŝallalaahu `Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “There will come a time when the aristocrats amongst my followers will perform Hajj merely for pleasure; and the middle class for trade; and the scholars for show and fame; and the poorer class for the sake of begging.”
May Allah the Most Merciful make us sincere and pious Muslim, and protect us from hypocrisy.
Bear in mind that sincerity is of vital importance.
2. Learning of Manaasik: As mentioned earlier, it is a must to study the Manaasik of Hajj before performing it. The Manaasik must be learned under the guidance of a Sunni Aalim. Also carefully and intelligently read authentic matters available on the subject.
Memorize the Talbiyah and all other necessary Du`aa.
It is common to experience that many who go for Hajj and Umrah are negligent in learning these Manaasik. Such people when they reach there and realize that they do not know anything, they turn either to their Mu`allim or their friends, who themselves are also not well conversant with the Manaasik.
In such instances, mistakes are committed due to ignorance. Such a person may feel that he is performing the noble duty of the Hajj or Umrah and cleaning himself from sin and attaining the abundant reward for the Hereafter.
These people happily return home thinking that rewards have been credited to them. Contrary their accounts are filled with sins.
Caution: Do not be lethargic about learning the Manaasik. Do not think that Allah will be pleased with you if you are negligent. So be very careful.
3. Expediting Hajj: Hajj becomes compulsory as soon as one is financially capable of it. This compulsion demands that Hajj be performed in the very year one becomes capable of it. It is a sin to delay it any further. Delaying for several years makes one Faasiq.
Even giving of evidence by such a person is not acceptable. But whenever he performs Hajj, it is considered as Adaa and not Qadhaa.
4. Fulfillment of obligations: Prior to performing the Hajj one should fulfill all his human obligations. If one is in debt, he must pay it back or get permission from the creditor for the delay in payment.
If a creditor has passed away, pay all outstanding claims to his rightful heirs. If the heirs cannot be found, even after a thorough investigation, the outstanding amount should be given away to the poor in charity.
If someone has kept anything under his trust he must return the same to its owner or make arrangements for them to be looked after in his absence.
If one has transgressed against some one’s rights (i.e. defamation, physical assault, back-biting, etc.) he must apologize with an open heart and ask for forgiveness.
It is reported in a Ĥadith that when a Muslim comes to his brother and begs for his pardon, it is a must for that person to forgive him. If he does not do so he will not be allowed to visit Ĥaudh-e-Kauthar.
If such a person has any Salaat, Zakat, or any other obligation of Allah unfulfilled, he must repent for the same and start fulfilling them. He must also resolve not to repeat such mistakes in the future.
5. Sincere repentance: One must repent sincerely, and ask Allah, the Most High to forgive all his past sins and transgressions. Regret bad deeds with utmost humbleness and sincerity.
Make a firm resolution to abstain in the future from committing any sins. Regret wholeheartedly and promise Allah not to repeat bad deeds.
Remember, Allah is All Forgiving and Ever Accepting. He may forgive, irrespective of how minor or how major the sins are.
6. Funds for Hajj: Hajj must be performed with wealth acquired lawfully, according to the Sharee`at. Hajj performed with unlawful wealth will not be accepted by Allah the Most Supreme. However, his Fardh of performing Hajj will be fulfilled.
Allah the Exalted is Cleanest and Purest and accepts only that which is clean and pure. If one is doubtful about his earnings he may borrow funds for Hajj and later repay from his earnings.
He must also make suitable arrangements for the maintenance of all those for whom he is responsible (wife, children, and all dependents) until the time he returns to them.
Book: Bahar E Hajj
Nawasa E Sadrushshariah
Khalifa E Huzoor Tajushshariah
Mufti Mehmood Akhtar Qadri (Qazi E Seher Mumbai)