Hajj is one the pillars of Islam. It is mandatory for every Muslim to perform Hajj once in their lifetime. It is an annual pilgrimage to Makkah. These are the 7 Things you should do during performing Hajj.
Beginning Talbiyah, when one enters in ihram with talbiyah. Talbiyah is an invitation to the Kaaba by Allah. Here I come towards You, my Allah, here I come — with all of my heart and soul. Talbiyah is a thing which ensures that our love for Allah is unbreakable.
Mina means Desire or Hope. Some texts have taught that Mina was the place where Adam (peace be upon him) desired to travel back to home (Heaven). The day spent in Mina is termed as Tarwiyah which means, to quench. It means to focus on our journey with all our heart and soul. And to build on the momentum to go towards the house of Allah.
The meaning of Arafat is to “Know or to Understand”. It is a core of performing Hajj, without Arafat, there will be no Hajj. Arafat is outside Masjid al haram, it is the first station of purifying your body and soul. In this, we seek forgiveness of Allah. We learn two things here;
- First, that we accept our sins and ask Allah for his pardon, and to seek his forgiveness.
- Second, we decide not to make the mistakes we made in past ever again.
Muzdalifa means to get Closer or to approach. It is the second stage of purification. The pilgrims are now getting close to the Kaaba. You should remain in supplication from fajr and should ask Allah for his mercy. In Muzdalifa, some scholars have said that Allah forgives our sins, such as if you did something bad to someone (also known as Huqqoq al ebad), which can not be forgiven unless the person who has been hurt forgives you, but in Muzdalifa, sins like that can be forgiven by Allah.
5. Mina and the casting of pebbles at Shaitaan
During the Hajj season, Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was commanded to sacrifice his own son. But, Allah didn’t want to slaughter a human being and he never wanted anyone to be slaughtered, killed or tortured, even all of these things are Haram (Prohibited) in Islam. When Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was going to slaughter his own child Shaitan waylaid and tried to stop him because he was tested by Allah, if he had stopped then he would fail the test of Allah but instead, he cast pebbles at shaitan. Shaitaan appeared thrice, and he cast pebbles thrice. He went there, carrying his own son, till then, he passed the test given by Allah.
Casting pebbles considered as Jihad for self. It purifies our soul and makes us remember the day when Ibrahim (PBUH) proved his love for Allah.
6. Tawaf Al Ifadah During Hajj
Ifadah mean “to flood”, move or rush.” The journey from Arafat to Haram is called Al Ifadah. The performing of Tawaf takes place after you cast the pebbles. Sacrificing an Animal for Allah and in the memory of Ibrahim (AS) and shaving head after that sacrifice is mandatory and is called Tawaf Al Ifadah.
7. Sai between Safa and Marwa
Sai means to act, work or to strive for something. This is also the important part of Hajj, which is mandatory to perform. In Hajar, we remember how (peace be upon him) ran between Safa and Marwa for the water for her starving child.
8. Spending Days and Nights in Mina
During the stay in Mina, all the Muslims seek the spiritual freedom after throwing pebbles for continuously three days. Each pebble we throw gives us a spritual power to fight against shaitan and control the self. And you will stay in Mina as Allah’s guest.