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Monday, June 14, 2010

50 Things to do in Hajj by Muhammad Alshareef

Many of those at Hajj may find themselves sitting in a tent thinking to themselves, “Now what do I do?” Some pick themselves up and go around doing things pleasing to Allah; others may not capture the moment due to inexperience.

So here is a list of beneficial things to do during your Hajj trip. If you are not going for Hajj, why not forward it to someone who might benefit from it on his or her journey. At least they can practice number 26.

May Allah ta'aala make it a safe journey for all the hujjaj, aameen.

1. Smile in another Muslim’s face.
2. Say salaam to strangers.
3. Shake someone’s hand and ask about his/her health.
4. Buy tea for someone.
5. Offer to get someone’s groceries.
6. Sit with a Hajj group from another country and ask about Islam in their village.
7. Carry someone’s bags for them.
8. Guide someone ill to the infirmary.
9. Shun vain talk.
10. Recite talbiyah loudly, encouraging others.
11. On the days of Eid, walk through the tents reciting talbiyah loudly reminding others.
12. Gather stones for people.
13. Offer to throw on behalf of unable hajjis.
14. Guide people to the Jamarat.
15. Lower your gaze.
16. Remind people of the lives of the Sahaabaa.
17. Read Qur’an with the tafseer.
18. Do the authentic dhikr of the morning and evening.
19. Make du’a during your sajdah.
20. Stand to the side of a gate and offer people water/tea as they leave.
21. Give major attention to shy people in your group.
22. Remind people of patience, why they came here, and the example of our ‘ulama in Hajj.
23. Explain a Hajj khutbah you may have heard to those around you.
24. Explain the importance of purifying ones actions for the sake of Allah.
25. Phone relatives (from Makkah) on Eid day.
26. Make du’a for forgotten friends (and the author of this list).
27. Don’t allow Muslims to fight during Hajj.
28. Help people find a place to sleep.
29. During the heat, remember the unending torment of the Hellfire.
30. Say Laa ilaaha illAllah, wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulk wa lahul hamd, wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadeer 100 times.
31. Say the du’a of entering the market place when you go there.
32. Give charity to those who sell meager things (i.e. sandals, eggs, etc.)
33. Attend the halaqas that are given in Mina.
34. Stay for the 13th of Dhul Hijjah.
35. Remind people to go home as better Muslims.
36. Forgive people who wrong you.
37. Talk to 10 different people from 10 different countries.
38. Compliment someone sincerely.
39. Visit the hospital and thank Allah for all that He has given you.
41. Take young Muslims and invite them to sit with the elders. Make them the center of attention.
41. Give a tafseer class after salah/ask someone knowledgeable to deliver the class.
42. On the days of Eid, offer perfume to those around you (for men only).
43. Ask about the health of senior women in your group. Make sure they are attended to.
44. Focus hard on helping those immediately near you.
45. Take people to the slaughter house and help them or assist them in purchasing their slaughter coupons.
46. Remember specific blessings Allah has bestowed upon you and say Alhamdulillah.
47. Pray to Allah using His 99 Most Beautiful Names (Al-Asmaa’ Al-Husna).
48. Use a miswak.
49. Fill your pockets with candies and give some to the children you meet.
50. Always hope for rewards from Allah for everything you go through during Hajj.

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