The Second Day 9th Zil Hajj Yaum-e-Vaqoof or Yaum-e-Arafa

The Second Day 9th Zil Hajj  Yaum-e-Vaqoof or Yaum-e-Arafa

It is called Yavm-eVaqoof or Yaum-e-Arafa. This is the main day of Hajj. You pack up you luggage for passing an afternoon in Arafat and night in the open plain of Muzdalifa.

One blanket, dry food, water-can and prayer booklets are the essentials of this journey. Start from Mina after sunrise, preferably after offering Ishraq Namaaz in Masjid-e-Khaif.

The distance from Mina to Arafat via Muzdalifa is about five miles which may be covered on foot, and that is better. You can use a vehicle also. Reach Arafat before mid-day for Vaqoof, which is Sunnat. Take rest before noon in your camp. When Zawaal sets in, you may go to Masjid-e-Namrah, attend the Khutba, which is recited before the combined Namaaz of Zuhar and Asr. After the Khutba, two raka’at Zuhar Farz are offered with Jamaat and then the Imam leads the prayers for two raka’at Farz of Asr with another Takbeer.

If you are not going to Masjid-e-Namrah, then offer the Zuhar and Asr Namaaz separately in your tent at their respective times. As there are many chances of getting lost in Arafat, it is better to offer your prayers in your tent.

From the Fajr Namaaz of 9th Zil Hajj till the Asr Namaaz of 13th Zil Hajj, say takbeer after every Namaaz:

AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR —— AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR—— LA I-LAA-HA IL-LAL-LAA-HU WAL-LAA-HU AK-BAR AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR WA-LIL-LAA-HIL-HAMD

This is a very important day. Do not talk unnecessarily. Do lots of du’aa. Do Zikr. Recite the first, third and fouth Kalima.
Recite 100 times Astagfaar,
100 times fourth Kalima,
100 times Surah Ikhlas with Bis-mil-lah.
Do lot of du’aa. In between du’aa recite Lab-baik.

Halting and standing in Arafat is the foremost Hajj rite, so much so that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is reported to have said, “Hajj is halting in Arafat.” (Tirmizi Sharif)

On this day when hundreds of thousands of people, clad in similar humble robes, stand in th plain of Arafat as pictures of humility and devotion, In the Presence of Allah the Almighty, they indeed, for a short while, represent the scene of the Day of Rising, when all worldly distinctions will be leveled down and everyone will be awaiting and standing in awe of the Devine Verdict.

If a person is not able to reach Arafat on the 9th of Zil Hajj or any time during the day or night, and stand there even for a little while, he will not be considered to have performed Hajj at all. If any of the other devotional acts like Tawaaf, Saee, Rami, etc. are missed, they can be recompensed, but there is no recompense for one’s absence from Arafat. The longer the halt in Arafat, the better it is. The pilgrim should stand there with the presence and remember that he is totally dependent on the Mercy of Allah for deliverance, and that this is the only and perhaps the last opportunity for him to beg and implore him for forgiveness. The pilgrim should therefore realize he importance of each moment of his stay in Arafat. Stressing the importance of excellence of halting in Arafat, Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, “There is no other day on which Allah relieves more people from Hell-fire than He does on the Day of Arafat. On this day Allah draws nearest to the people and taking pride in His righteous servants, asks the angels, “Do you see what they desire?” (Muslim Sharif)

During the halt in the Plain of Arafat, one should constantly keep one’s whole attention turned towards Allah and make supplications to Him as often as once can. Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, “The best of supplications is the one made in Arafat.” Start for Muzdalifa after sunset in Arafat without offering the Magrib Namaaz. This will be offered with Isha Namaaz in Muzdalifa. If a person leaves Arafat territory before sunset, then a Dum is wajib on him and he should sacrifice one sheep or goat as a penalty. But it he returns before sunset, nothing is wajib.

After keeping your baggage safely in Muzadlifa, offer the combined Magrib and Isha Namaaz with Jamaat, preferably in Masjid Masharil Haraam. The blanket, dry food and water brought from Arafat is required in Muzdalifa as about a million people pass this night in the open and barren plain of Muzdalifa.

The Night of Masharil Haraam is a very virtuous night. Therefore pass this Night with full prayers and devotion. Practically, the people reach Muzdalifa two or three hours after sunset. You may take rest for 2-3 hours after Isha Namaaz and then get up for Tahajjud and other prayers till the time of Fajr. When the time of Fajr starts, offer the Fajr and observe Vaqoof of Muzdalifa reciting Darood, Astagfaar and other prayers, preferably near Jabal Qazah. The time limit of Vaqoof of Muzdalifa is from dawn to sunrise on tenth of Zil Hajj. Do lots of du’aa. In between du’aa recite Lab-baik. You should start from Muzdalifa to Mina only when few minutes remain for sunrise. To start before dawn from Muzdalifa is not allowed except for old, weak persons and women, for fear of rush. Also collect from Muzdalifa approximately 70 pebbles so as to pelt (7+21+21) 49 peasized pebbles for Rami Jamar.

The First Day of Hajj 8th Zill Hajj – Yaum-al-Tarwiah

The First Day of Hajj 8th Zill Hajj – Yaum-al-Tarwiah

It is called Yavm-e-Tarwiyya. If you are performing Qiran or Ifrad Hajj, then you are already in Ahram, which you wore at Meeqaat. If you are performing Tamattu Hajj and you have put off your Ahram after performing Umrah during Hajj season, then you should again put on Ahram on 7th or 8th Zil Hajj for Hajj. For this purpose take a bath, put on two white unsewn sheets, go to Haram Sharif and after offering two raka’at Nafl of Ahram, make the intention for Ahram of Hajj. If the time of Namaaz is makrooh, then the intention for Ahram of Hajj. If the time of Namaz is makrooh, then the intention may be made after Farz Namaz, without the Nafl of Ahram.

If you want to perform the Saee of Hajj before Vaqoof of Arafa then perform a Nafl Tawaaf with Ramal and Iztibah and then perform Saee with the particular intention of Saee of Hajj. But to perform the Saee of Hajj after the Tawaaf of Ziyarat is better.

On this day, you leave Makkaah for Mina after sunrise in the echoing atmosphere of Lab-baik-Al-laa-hum-ma Lab-baik. You feel yourself in, an angelic world, wave after wave of human races from all over the world flow and flood towards the barren plain of Mina. Speaking various dialects, they are all folded in the Sacred dress Ahram and utter the Heavenly call of Lab-baik.

This is the living miracle of the unity of Islam. Reach Mina preferably be attended in Masjid-e-khaif, in Mina, where Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu Alaihi Was Sallam) stayed and offered Namaaz. But if you are afraid of losing your camp, then offer the Namaaz withJamaat in you camp.

The old and weak and women should not go out of the camp unnecessarily, because there are hundreds of lost cases every year. When you go out of the camp, make sure that you have the card of your Muallim. Devote your stay in Mina to prayers. Darood Sharif and Astagfaar. Repent from past sins and resolve firmly to lead a pious life according to the command of the Almighty Allah and the Traditions of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).

The Tawaaf of Arrival to Makkah – Hajj

The Tawaaf of Arrival to Makkah

The first thing after reaching Makkah is to perform the Tawaaf of Arrival (for persons performing Hajj-e-Ifrad) or Umrah (for persons performing Hajj-e-Tamatt’u). If you have to perform Umrah then observe Iztibah (to take one end of the Ahram’s upper sheet from under the right armpit and drop it over the left shoulder) and Ramal (to walk with hastened pace moving the shoulders, in the first three circumambulations) in Tawaaf. If you are performing Umrah, then you also have to perform Sa’ee and Halaq (for persons performing Hajj-e-Tamatt’u).

When you reach a bit to the left of Hajjar-e-Aswad, stay there and intend for performing Tawaaf. The intention should be made in the following words:

BIS-MIL-LAA-HIR-RAH-MAA-NIR-RA-HEEM

AL-LAA-HUM-MA IN-NEE UREE-DU TA-WAA-FA BAI-TI-KAL HA-RAA-MI FA-YAS-SIR-HU LEE WA TA-QAB-BAL-HU MIN-NEE SAB-A-TA ASH-WAA-TIN LIL-LAA-HI TA-AA-LAA AZ-ZA WA JAL

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful. O Allah! I intend to perform Tawaaf (of Hajj or Umrah or only Tawaaf) of Thy Sacred House. Hence easen it for me and accept it from me. The Tawaaf of seven circuits, for Almighty Allah the Dignified.

After intention move towards right and reach in front of the Hajjar-e-Aswad and then raising the two hands up to earlobes say: In the name of Allah. If it is difficult to reach the Hajar-e-Aswad without pushing other persons, then raise the hands, palms facing Hajar-e-Aswad and then kiss the two palms saying the above words. Then you walk slowly, calmly and humbly towards Baab-e-Ka’aba and Hateem circuiting the Holy Ka’aba and reciting the prayers of praise and glory of Allah.

Before Starting Journey to the Blessed Pilgrimage – Hajj

Before Starting Journey to the Blessed Pilgrimage – Hajj

Before leaving for the journey for Hajj, make your conscience feel that you are going for Hajj because Allah the Almighty is pleased with you and has paved the way for you to perform Gusl and wear the Ahram clothes. Perform Wudu and offer these Nafl Namaaz:

  1. 2 raka’at Shukrana Nafl.
  2. 2 raka’at Nafl-e-Tauba.
  3. 2 raka’at Nafl-e-Haajaat.
  4. 2 raka’at Nafl-e-Safar,
  5. 2 raka’at Nafl with the intention of Umrah Ahram.

Give alms (sadaqa) and request your neighbors, friends and relatives to excuse you for your shortcomings and misbehavior towards them.

ON BOARD THE SHIP OR PLANE

When the ship or plane is about to leave, recite the following du’aa:

BIS-MIL-LAA-HI MAJ-REE-HAA WA MUR-SA-HAA IN-NA RAB-BEE LA GA-FOO-RUR-RA-HEEM

In the name of Allah be its course on carriage or landing. Verily my Lord is forgiving and merciful.

During the journey keep reciting Al-laa-hu Ak-bar or the following du’aa:

SUB-HAA-NAL-LA-ZEE SAKH-KHARA LA-NAA HAA-ZAA WA MAA KUN-NAA LA-HOO MUQ-RI-NEE-NA WA IN-NAA I-LAA RAB-BI-NAA LA-MUN-QA-LI-BOON

Now do the Niyyat that O Allah I am entering Ahram. This is formulated by pronouncing Talbiyah, i.e. Lab-baik Al-laa-hum-ma Lab-baik, 3 times loudly. Women should pronounce this softly. Once you enter Ahram, it becomes imperative for a person to complete his Umrah of Hajj for which he had done Niyyat.

Once you enter ahram you also have to follow the restrictions of Ahram.

RESTRICTIONS OF AHRAM

  1. Do not apply perfume, do not eat or drink anything with strong smell.
  2. Do not cut nails or uproot hair.

O Allah This sanctuary is Thy sanctuary. And that of Thy Prophet. Forbid my flesh, bones and blood to the fire of Hell. O my Lord Allah, I beseech Thee to secure me from Thy torment. On the day Resurrect Thy slaves Thou Verily Thou art Allah and there is no god save Thee.

The Most Benevolent and Merciful. After entering Makkah Mukarrama and leaving your luggage at the place of your stay, perform Gusl if possible or even Wudu will suffice, and then proceed to Haram Sharif. Enter the Haram Sharif with your right foot first through Baabus-Salaam (and keep your eyes lowered and do not raise them till you are right in front of the Ka’aba) and recite this du’aa:

BIS-MIL-LAA-HI WAL-HAM-DU-LIL-LAA-HI WAS-SA-LAA-TU WAS SA-LAA-MU A-LAA RA-SOO-LIL-LAA-HI SAL-LAL-LAA-HU A-LAI-HI WA SAL-LAM

In the name of Allah, Praise be to Allah and Blessings and Peace on the Messenger of Allah, on whom be Peace and Blessings.

AL-LAA-HUM-MAT-TAH-LEE AB-WAA-BA RAH-MA-TI-KA WA MAG-FI RA-TI-KA WAD-KHIL-NEE FEE-HAA

O Allah open upon me the door of Thy Mercy and Forgiveness and grant me to enter in this Haram.

BIS-MIL-LAA-HI DA-KHAL-TU WA A-LAI-HI TA-WAK-KAL-TU WA NA-WAI-TU SUN-NA-TALI’-TI-KAAF

In the name of Allah I am entering (Thy House) and with faith’ on Thee and with intention of Sunnatul I’tikaaf (attending in Thy House, paths shown by Allah’s Messenger – Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).

The first glance of the Ka’aba is very important because it is the time for the acceptance of prayers. Therefore, be particular, to beseech Allah at this time for the betterment of yourself, your family members, your relatives, your friends, your acquaintances, in this world as well as the Hereafter, and recite this dua’aa particularly:

AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR ——AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR ——AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR ——LAA-I-LAA-HA  IL-LAL-LAA-HU  WAL-LAA-HU AK-BAR

Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is Most Great.

This is the time for the acceptance of prayer.

Pilgrimage

Conditions of The blessed Pilgrimage – Hajj

Conditions of The blessed Pilgrimage –  Hajj

Pilgrimage – Hajj

  1. One must be a Muslim.
  2. One must be an adult.
  3. One must be sane.
  4. A woman must travel with her husband or a Mahram (a man she cannot marry at all).
  5. The pilgrim should have sufficient money for his journey as well as for his dependants whom he leaves at home.Hajj is only for Allah Ta’alaVerser: “And for the sake of Allah, the people are to perform pilgrimage to this house, who could find a way there.” (Surah Aal E Imran, Verse 97)

Hajj is obligatory upon those who can “make their way” to Makkah. That is to say that the requirement is not absolute, but incumbent upon those whose health and means permit it, and who in doing so, do not compromise their responsibilities towards their families. Hajj relates to the life of tests and trials lived by Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (Alahissalam) and his son Prophet Hazrat Ismail (Alaihissalam) in the vicinity of Makkah.

 

Hajj – The one of the five pillars of Islam.

Hajj – The one of the five pillars of Islam.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. The yearly flood of pilgrims from the remotes places of Islam has been a remarkable means of spiritual renewal for distant communities, which are thus brought closer to the manifest centre of Islam. Historically, the pilgrimage has been a means of knitting together the many races and nations that make the Muslim community, and there is no other event on earth that can compare with it.

Hajj is only for Allah Ta’ala

Verse: “And for the sake of Allah, the people are to perform pilgrimage to this house, who could find a way there.” (Surah Aal E Imran, Verse 97)

There are three ways of Performing the Hajj

Hajj at-Tamatt’u (Interrupted) this means entering into ahram for the Umrah, taking off after performing the Umrah, and then entering into Ahram again for the Hajj. People who come from other countries usually perform Hajj at-Tamatt’u.

Hajj al Qiran (Combined) this means entering into Ahram for both the Umrah and the Hajj at the same time, not taking off the Ahram until the day of sacrifice at Mina.

Hajj al-Ifrad (Single) this means entering into Ahram only for the Hajj.

My Beloved Prophet sallal laahu alaihi wasallam’s beloved devotees! We know that Hajj is compulsory on all those that are able to perform it, if they have the means. Those that can afford to perform pilgrimage should focus on the beginning of the ayah. Hajj is only “for the sake of Allah” and for His pleasure. It is not for fame, for a name or title, there should only be one yearning, and that is “O Allah, I am performing this only for you.” You will see the blessings of this in both worlds Insha Allah. May Allah Ta’ala grant us all Hajj for His Pleasure. Aameen

Hajj – Intention of the Pilgrimage

Hajj – Intention of the Pilgrimage

The ibaadah of Hajj has the exclusive status of being obligatory only once a life time, for those who can afford it. It is therefore important that the sincerity of intention must be given due regard. In other ibaadaat and devotions it is possible to gradually develop devotion, whereas the time available for Hajj is usually limited. The need for devotion is vital because a Fardh Hajj can never be repeated. During your journey to Hajj a concerted effort towards developing this all-important sincerity must be made.

The person who intends to perform hajj must do so with the express intention of attaining Allah’s pleasure, and to fulfill one’s fardh, and also to diligently carry out the commands of Allah and His Messenger (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). The rewards for deeds depend greatly on the intention that is formed. Sincerity is extremely important.

It is important that Hajj should be kept free of ulterior and worldly motives. There are three types of adulterations, which are possible in the performance of Hajj:

To ruin the Hajj even before departing from home by having a desire to be called a Haajee, and using haraam or doubtful earnings for this ibaadah.

To engage in improper acts while performing Hajj, such as committing sins during the time that one is engaged in the performance of Hajj, to have arguments, not to make Taubah (repentance).

To complete the Hajj and then to indulge in such deeds that defile the Hajj, e.g. to neglect the obligatory salaat, to indulge in sin etc.

Perform the Hajj with all its requisites, for anything done in keeping with this is well accomplished. While in Hajj do not do things to display to others.

On returning from Hajj do not emphasize the difficulties which may have been endured, instead turn your attention towards the eternal benefits and rewards you will receive. One must understand that the difficulties endured during this sacred journey are insignificant compared to the high position one will receive in Paradise.

When departing from home, the only intention in the heart should be the search for Allah’s Pleasure. All other evil intentions, as for example to show people or to wish to be called a Haji or the intention of having an enjoyable tour, should be completely removed from the mind.

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