Mistakes In Hajj: Notes On Straightening Pilgrims Rites
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
‘Aqeedah (the Muslim’s Belief)
Many pilgrims when they travel to Madinah, they pray
to the graves. They make du’aa’ to Rasul
Allah (peace be upon him). This could not only ruin
their Hajj, it could nullify their Islam.
Do not rub graves for
Do not make du’aa’
to anyone except Allah ta’aala.
When going to Madinah, your
initial intention should be to visit Masjid An-Nabawee,
the Prophet’s Masjid.
Do not pass the Meeqaat
without being in the state of Ihraam. If you
are landing in Jeddah and going to Makkah to perform
Umrah directly, you must be in a state of
Ihraam before you land, as the plane shall enter
the Meeqaat. Jeddah is inside the Meeqaat.
If you are landing in Jeddah, you need your Ihraam
towels with you on the airplane in your carry-on bag.
Women may wear anything Islamically permissible for
Do not take pictures of
yourself in Ihraam. You came to worship Allah
and taking pictures for showing others later may
contradict your sincerity of doing this for the sake
Women in their menses must
be in a state of Ihraam when they pass the
Meeqaat. They should shower and do talbiyah
like everyone else.
Do not uncover your right
shoulder until you reach the Ka’bah and begin
Tawaaf. This is the time that the Messenger
uncovered his shoulder and it is an act of Hajj,
so we must follow when the Prophet did it.
You may change your
Ihraam towels if they get dirty.
8. You do not
enter into Ihraam by just wearing the towels.
You must make the intention to begin.
9. Do not
shave your beard, whether before, during or after
should wear sandals, but if you do not have sandals,
you do not have to walk barefoot. Wear what you have
until you find a place to get sandals.
When beginning your
Ihraam for Hajj, do it from where you are:
in your hotel, on the street, etc. You do not have to
go to the Ka’bah to start your Ihraam for
12. Do pay
attention to what you are saying when you are making
the Talbiyah: Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk…
13. When you
hear that you are not allowed to wear stitches in
Ihraam, know that what is meant is that you cannot
wear pieces of cloth that are sewn together to wrap
your body, such as a T-Shirt or underwear.
14. Both men
and women may shower with unscented soap. Yes, for
women and men, you may comb your hair, as the
Prophet’s wives used to do when they were in Ihraam.
C - In
You do not have to say your
intention out loud to begin Tawaaf. Saying
intentions out loud is something the Prophet (peace be
upon him) never did except after Ihraam when he
said, “Labbayk Allahumma Umrah
You do not have to touch
the black stone for your Tawaaf to be accepted.
If it is crowded you may face your hand toward the
stone and say Allahu Akbar.
Do not kiss the Yemeni
corner. You may only touch it.
Do not worship the black
stone. You are glorifying Allah by coming to this
house and worshiping Him, following the Sunnah
of Rasul Allah (peace be upon him).
Do not follow those
du’aa’ books that make up du’aa’ for each
time you go around the Ka’bah. Read Quran and make
du’aa’ from your heart and glorify Allah.
Make du’aa’ by
yourself, do not do it in a shouting group around the
Do not wipe the walls of
the Ka’bah during Tawaaf. Rasul Allah
did not touch anything other than the black stone and
the Yemeni corner.
Do not hurt anyone to kiss
the black stone.
Do not face your hand to
the Yemeni corner and say Allahu Akbar. This is
only for the black stone.
Do not push or hurt anyone
The Ka’bah should be to
your left. Do not do Tawaaf with your back to
Do not stand at the black
stone line for a long time. Move on.
Do not lengthen your 2
rak’ahs of Tawaaf.
There is nothing in the
Sunnah about: Du’aa’ Maqaam Ibraheem.
After you pray the 2 rak’ahs of Tawaaf,
D - In
Sa’i (Going between As-Safa and Al-Marwah)
Although preferable, you do
not have to have wudu’ during Sa’i.
2. You do not
have to climb to the top of As-Safa or Al-Marwa.
3. You can
take breaks in Sa’i to drink water or rest.
4. You can
take a break after Tawaaf, before Sa’i.
5. You do not
have to jog the whole way, from As-Safa to Al-Marwa.
Only within the green lights, the valley of As-Safa
6. Women do
not have to run between the green lights.
There is no specific
du’aa’ to say between As-Safa and Al-Marwa.
Do not miss the du’aa’
that Rasul Allah (peace be upon him) said when
he stood on As-Safa. Then raise your hands and pray as
he did (peace be upon him).
Do not say your intention
out loud before making Sa’i.
Shaving or Trimming:
Shave your complete head,
do not leave parts unshaved.
If you shall trim, take
from all sides of your head.
Do not take off your
Ihraam until you have shaved or trimmed. You are
still in Ihraam until you do so.
Do not shave your beard.
F - In Mina,
‘Arafah, and Muzdalifah:
Many people do not confirm if where they are located
is inside or outside the borders of the holy sites.
Do not reserve a place that
is more than your need. Many people are looking for
places to sit down and sleep.
Only in ‘Arafah and
Muzdalifah do you shorten and combine prayers. In Mina
only shorten your prayers, but pray them at the
Do not waste your Hajj
time in vain chatting.
Spending the 8th day in
Mina is the Sunnah of Rasul Allah. Many
people skip this and go to ‘Arafah.
Do not push anyone when you
are in a crowd.
You do not have to go to
Mt. of Mercy in ‘Arafah. Many people hurt themselves
and others to be there even though it is not a
waajib (obligatory) thing to do.
Mt. Rahmah (mercy) is not a
holy mountain. Do not wipe its sand and rocks for
You do not have to pray
Dhuhr and Asr on ‘Arafah day in the
Masjid of ‘Arafah (Masjid Namirah). You may
pray in your tent with your group.
10. Do not
leave ‘Arafah before Maghrib time.
Women should avoid getting
into a crushing crowd, like in Masjid Namirah.
Do not face Mt. Rahmah on
‘Arafah day when you make du’aa’. You should
face the qiblah.
You should not treat your
time in ‘Arafah like any other day. You should realize
the significance and pray to Allah in humility.
At Maghrib time in
‘Arafah, do not pray Maghrib and ‘Ishaa’
until you reach Muzdalifah, even you reach there at
11:00 at night. However, if you see half the night
approaching, pray where you are on the road.
Make sure you are in
Muzdalifah before you stop and rest. Many people think
they are in Muzdalifah but they are not. Look for the
border signs. If you have not seen one, chances are
you are still not in Muzdalifah even if you see others
sleeping on the road.
After praying Maghrib
and ‘Ishaa’ in Muzdalifah, go to sleep
immediately, this is what Rasul Allah (peace be
upon him) did.
Through all of this,
continue doing your Talbiyah.
G - In
Stoning the Jamaraat:
The Jamaraat are not devils, and Shaytaan
is not tied up for the stoning of himself. Hajjis
that hold this misconception end up cursing, swearing,
throwing sandals, etc. It is a commandment from Allah
to glorify Allah by saying ‘Allahu Akbar’
with each pebble.
You do not have to wash
Do not throw sandals or
wood or big rocks. This is all against the Sunnah.
Do not hurt/shove when at
Say Allahu Akbar
with each pebble. Do not say Bismillaah.
Throw the pebbles
Make du’aa’ after
the first and second Jamaraat.
Do not throw the
Jamaraat before it is time.
Throw the Jamaraat
from small to medium to large. Not the other way.
If someone is throwing on
your behalf, you must be unable to throw yourself.
If someone is throwing on your behalf, you do not have
to collect the stones yourself and hand the stones to
Throw seven pebbles, not
more or less.
H - In
Tawaaf Al-Wadaa’ (Farewell Tawaaf):
You cannot do your final
Jamaraat after Tawaaf Al Wadaa’, as
some people attempt.
Do not walk in massive
groups during Tawaaf. This hurts many people.
You MUST spend the night in
Mina on the 10th night and 11th night. The two days of
Hajj, the days of Mina, are the 11th and 12th,
not the 10th and 11th.
After Tawaaf Al-Wadaa’
you must leave Makkah, or else another Tawaaf
should be made.
After Tawaaf Al-Wadaa’
you may have lunch or wait at a bus, etc., as long as
you are on your way out of Makkah.
I - In
Visiting Madinah has
nothing to do with your Hajj. It is something
different and separate.
Do not wipe or kiss any
walls for barakah. It is only rock and marble.
Do not raise your voice
near the Prophet’s grave.
Do not do Tawaaf
around the Prophet’s grave.
You do not need Ihraam
to enter Madinah.
Do not make du’aa’
to the Prophet. Du’aa’ is to be made to Allah
and Allah alone.
If you want to pray for the
Prophet to intercede for you on the day of Judgment (Shafaa’ah),
pray to Allah for that. “O Allah, allow Your
Prophet to intercede for me.”
Do not raise your voice in
du’aa’ near the grave. Face qiblah and
leave the grave area when you want to make du’aa’.
Do not add the term
Haajj to your name after returning home.
such as: “whoever visits my grave, I shall
intercede for them.”
Hadith to this effect are lies against Rasul
Allah (peace be upon him). A Final Note:
The Muslims in these
mistakes are three:
One group is sincerely ignorant of these things and
they have little clue that what they are doing is
haram or incorrect. For these people – in
shaa’a Allah - there is nothing upon them.
2. A second
group is ignorant, but they have the ability to learn
and find out. All that stops them from doing so is
their laxness in studying and asking. For these
people, it is feared that they may be sinful for their
laziness in learning.
3. A third
group is aware of these mistakes. They perform it
however to either follow their culture or to misguide
people. This person is sinful and they shall assume
the sin of those that they misguide.
“Our Lord, do
not take us to account if we forget or make a mistake”