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O pilgrim who intends to come to the Ancient House (of Allaah) and visit the
sacred precincts. May the peace, mercy and blessing of Allaah be upon you.
These are some messages for you which are related to the inviolability of the
sacred precincts of Makkah and the rituals of Hajj.
They are messages of love and exaltation for each pilgrim who has the desire to
visit these blessed places and sacred precincts to assert his allegiance to Allaah
The Almighty and testify that he is a Muslim who is asking for the forgiveness
and pardon of Allaah. Along with other believers, he seeks joy through obeying
Allaah and keeping away from disobeying Him. Page 3
The First Message: A Pillar and Origin:
Observing Hajj is the fifth pillar in Islam. The Prophet said: “Islam is built
upon five (pillars).” He mentioned Hajj to the Sacred House of Allaah as one
of these pillars. It is a great pillar by means of which the hearts of Muslims
come together, all differences are laid aside and pilgrims come from the farthest
parts of the earth. There is no difference between an Arab and a non-Arab, rich
and poor, old and young, ruler and ruled. Rather, all people come to the sacred
precincts with the same dress, the same goal and the same task.
Hajj is one of the fundamentals of Islam. It is a basis to discard all worldly
differences and refine belief and creed as well as wishes and hopes. It is a basis
to purify one from all aspects of Shirk (polytheism) and its people and to purify
one from all sins and misdeeds. In a Hadeeth, the Prophet said: “Whoever
performs Hajj, during which he neither commits sexual intercourse (with his
spouse) nor sins, will return as sinless as a newborn child on the very day his
mother delivered him.”
It is a means of entering Paradise and attaining salvation from Hell. The
Messenger of Allaah said:”(Entering) Paradise is the reward of a valid and
accepted Hajj.” The Prophet also said: “There is no other day on which
Allaah frees more slaves from Hell than on the Day of ‘Arafah.”
Dear pilgrim, Hajj is a basis for great acts of worship which Allaah has honored
you with. Thus, you should spare no effort to win the virtues and excellence of
these acts of worship. You have the chance to do so, the goal is before you and
the consequences are praiseworthy and great.
The Second Message: Glad Tidings: Page 4
Texts from the Sunnah of the Prophet give glad tidings for each pilgrim,
man and woman. I give you these glad tidings with sincere supplications for you
to be one of those who receive them.
1- It was narrated that when ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas went to see the Prophet
to declare his Islam, he said, “Extend your right hand, so that I may pledge
allegiance to you.” The Prophet then stretched his right hand, but ‘Amr
withdrew his hand. The Prophet asked: “What is the matter, ‘Amr?” He
said, “I wish to lay down a condition.” He asked: “What condition do
you wish to put forward?” ‘Amr replied, “To be granted forgiveness.” He
said: “Do you not know that (embracing) Islam wipes out all what is
before it (of previous misdeeds), that emigration wipes out all what is before it
and that Hajj wipes out all what is before it?”
2- Ibn ‘Umar narrated that the Prophet said: “When you go out of
your house intending (to reach) the Sacred House, with each step by your
mount, Allaah records a good deed for you and wipes out one of your
misdeeds; when you stand at ‘Arafah, Allaah descends to the lowest heaven
and boasts of you before the angels Saying, ‘These are My slaves. They
came to Me unkempt and dusty from the farthest parts of the earth hoping
for My mercy and fearing My punishment, although they did not see Me.
How would they be if they saw Me!’ Your misdeeds will be forgiven even if
they are (as numerous as) the days of the worldly life or the drops of rain;
when you cast the pebbles, this is saved for you (for the Hereafter); when
you shave your head, a reward will be recorded for you with each hair that
drops; when you perform Tawaaf (circumambulating the Ka‘bah), you will
return as sinless as a newborn child on the very day your mother delivered
you.” [At-Tabaraani; Al-Albaani: Hasan (Sound)] Page 5
What do you think?
The Third Message: Prosperity with no Poverty Thereafter:
It was narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of Allaah
said: “Perform Hajj and ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) successively for they
wipe out poverty and sins just as fire wipes out the filth of iron, gold and
silver.” [At-Tirmithi]
Given the text of the Hadeeth, Hajj is a way to attain wealth and security from
poverty. No matter how much the pilgrim spends on Hajj, he will be
compensated with a doubled and multiplied compensation. Hajj is security
against poverty and need. Since the means of transportation now are modern
and comfortable, tents are huge and spacious which secure a tranquil residence
and humble worship for the pilgrim, this makes it more obligatory and
necessary to achieve the sought after goal. Sorrow and procrastination in
performing Hajj for fear of poverty, crowdedness, heat or cold, in fact reflects
negligence and deception by Satan. It was narrated that ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab
said, “Whoever is (physically and financially) able to perform Hajj but does
not do so, you have to demand him to pay the Jizyah (a non-Muslim tax). He is
(considered) a non-Muslim.” [Al-Bayhaqi]
Dear pilgrim, Hajj is a great fortune for you in both worlds. While you are
postponing Hajj for fear of poverty, it could happen that you die and become
among the residents of the graves the next year.
Remember, hasten and set out for Hajj before it is too late. The fortune is before
you, the promise is from Allaah, the guarantor is the Messenger of Allaah Page 6
the witnesses are the angels. The worldly reward is prosperity and entering
Paradise is the consequence in the Hereafter.
The Fourth Message: The Righteous Predecessors:
The Prophet the finest and purest human, called on pilgrims to: “Learn your
rituals (of Hajj) from me.”
Here are also some examples from among the righteous predecessors who
followed the example of the Messenger of Allaah :

  • Anas Ibn Maalik put on Ihraam (the clothing of ritual consecration) at
    Thaat ‘Irq (the place from where the people of Iraq put on Ihraam) and he was
    not heard saying anything except the mentioning of Allaah until he finished.
  • When Al-Qaadhi Shurayh put on Ihraam, he was like a deaf snake (not
    talking to or mixing with people).
  • Sufyaan Ath-Thawri never abandoned enjoining good and forbidding evil
    while going to and coming from Hajj.
  • When Al-Fudhayl Ibn ‘Iyaadh was standing at ‘Arafah, he bowed down
    and his eyes shed abundant tears.
  • Bakr Ibn ‘Abdullaah Al-Muzani said, “Had I not been one of the pilgrims,
    I would have said, ‘They must have been forgiven.'”
  • Al-Awzaa‘i during Hajj, remembered and mentioned Allaah in each
    location and position with humbleness and servitude. Page 7
    The Fifth Message: Words of Light:
    On the 10th year after Hijrah, the Prophet went to Hajj. On the 9th day of
    Thul-Hijjah, about 150,000 Muslims gathered around him and he delivered his
    famous Khutbah (sermon), saying:
    “O people, listen to me. Perhaps I will not see you after this year. Your
    blood and property are inviolable like the sanctity of this day, this
    month and this land. All evil practices of the pre-Islamic era are hereby
    canceled and all bloodshed in the pre-Islamic era are canceled as well.
    The first blood-revenge I cancel is that of ours – the blood of Rabee‘ah
    Ibn Al-Haarith. Riba (interest/usury) which was common in the preIslamic era is also hereby abolished, and the first Riba I abolish is that
    of Al-‘Abbaas Ibn ‘Abd Al-Muttalib.
    Fear Allaah regarding your wives; Allaah has entrusted them to you
    and made intercourse lawful with them by the word of Allaah. They
    should not allow anybody you dislike to enter your houses; if they do,
    you may strike them lightly. You should provide for them and clothe
    them according to what is acceptable. I leave among you the Book of
    Allaah; should you hold onto it, you will not go astray.
    O people, there is neither a prophet after me nor a nation after you.
    Worship your Lord, perform the five obligatory prayers, fast the month
    (of Ramadhaan), pay the Zakaah of your properties with content and Page 8
    tolerance, perform Hajj to the House of your Lord and obey your
    rulers, you will enter the Paradise of your Lord. When you will be asked
    about me, what will you say?”
    The people replied, “We testify that you have perfectly delivered the message
    and advised.” The Prophet pointed his finger to the sky and then lowered it,
    saying three times: “O Allaah, bear witness!”
    The Sixth Message: Ostentation and Reputation:
    After performing the rituals of Hajj, it happens that some pilgrims boast and
    state that they were a member of such-and-such a delegation, with the such-andsuch a group, and that they did such-and-such, performed Tawaaf, cast the
    pebbles, slaughtered, and so on. The pilgrim may boast of these deeds, whether
    deliberately or unintentionally, and forget that sincerity and dedicating the acts
    of worship solely to Allaah is the real goal of Hajj. Allaah The Almighty Says
    (what means):
     {And they were not commanded except to worship Allaah, [being]
    sincere to Him in religion.} [Quran 98: 5]
     {So worship Allaah, [being] sincere to Him in religion. Unquestionably,
    for Allaah is the pure religion.} [Quran 39: 2-3]
    In an authentic Hadeeth, the Prophet said: “Intentions are what count in
    deeds and each one will be rewarded according to his intentions.”
    Shurayh said, “The (true) pilgrims are few, although the travelers to Hajj
    are many. Many do righteous deeds but few are those who dedicate them solely
    to Allaah.” Page 9
    Ibn Rajab said, “The pilgrim should not intend ostentation, reputation,
    showing off, arrogance or haughtiness with his Hajj. Rather, he should dedicate
    it solely to Allaah and to obtain His satisfaction. The pilgrim has to be humble,
    modest and submissive to Allaah while performing it.”
    It was narrated on the authority of Anas that he said, “The Prophet
    performed Hajj on a worn-out saddlebag and velvet that was worth four
    Dirhams. He said: ‘O Allaah, I seek a Hajj that is free from ostentation
    and from seeking reputation.'” [Ibn Maajah]
    The Seventh Message: Talbiyah:
    “Labbayka Allaahumma labbayk. Labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna
    al-hamda wan-ni‘mata laka wal-mulk. La shareeka lak (I am responding to
    Your call O Allaah, I am responding to Your call! I am responding to Your
    call, You have no partner with You, I am responding to Your call. All perfect
    praise and bounty belongs to You, and the dominion is Yours).”
    With a tender and clear voice, all pilgrims coming from the different parts of the
    world to witness the great benefits for them repeat this slogan, declaring their
    allegiance to Allaah, intending His House, hoping to receive His bounty,
    seeking His mercy and repeating the call of their forefather, Ibraaheem
    (Abraham), the intimate friend of Allaah with full humbleness and
    With this Talbiyah, the pilgrim spends a long journey of faith where he is
    motivated by repentance to Allaah and purification from each sin out of exalting
    and honoring the symbols of Allaah and in compliance with the Sunnah of the Page 10
    Prophet . Repeating this slogan and saying it loudly is explicit evidence and
    truthful declaration that greatness exclusively belongs to Allaah alone and that
    the slave of Allaah will keep obedient to Allaah wherever he goes.
    How beautiful this call is! How wonderful the response to the commands of
    Allaah is!
    Talbiyah is not a chant or song that one says while those behind him repeat it
    with neither reflection nor contemplation. Repeating the Talbiyah in one tone by
    all pilgrims is against the Sunnah of the Prophet and distracts and disturbs
    other people. This collective recitation of Talbiyah is an innovation in religion
    and it has no ground in Sharee‘ah. Sometimes the voices of women become
    even louder than the men’s, and this denotes great evil! We should avoid
    innovation in religion and be keen to comply with the Sunnah of the Prophet
    A Pilgrim’s Journal:
  • The 8th day of Thul-Hijjah (the Day of Tarwiyah):
    On this day, it is recommended for the pilgrim to perform Ghusl (ritual bathing)
    and apply perfume before putting on Ihraam for Hajj. If he is afraid of not
    completing the rituals due to some reason, he can make a condition by stating,
    “O Allaah, I will be free from my Ihraam if something detains me.” He then
    spends the night of the 9th day in Mina and repeats the Talbiyah frequently and
    shortens the four-Rak‘ah (unit) prayers to only two.
  • The 9th day (the Day of ‘Arafah): Page 11
    The pilgrim departs for ‘Arafah after sunrise and there he performs the Thuhr
    (noon) and ‘Asr (afternoon) prayers combined and shortened and intensifies his
    supplication, saying: “La ilaaha illa Allaah wahdahu la sharika lah, lahulmulk wa lahul-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no deity
    worthy of worship except Allaah. He has no partner. To Him belongs
    sovereignty and to Him belongs praise, and He is, over everything,
    Omnipotent).” There also he offers a lot of charity.
  • The Night of Muzdalifah:
    After sunset of the Day of ‘Arafah, the pilgrim departs for Muzdalifah with
    tranquility and humbleness. There, he performs the Maghrib (sunset) and
    ‘Ishaa’ (night) prayers combined as soon as he arrives there. The Athaan (the
    first call of prayer) is said only one time and the Iqaamah (the second call of
    prayer) is said for each prayer. Then he camps down and goes to sleep. He
    should not perform any other prayers except the Witr (odd-numbered) prayer.
    He stays there until he performs the Fajr (dawn) and then goes to Al-Mash‘ar
    Al-Haraam (the Sacred Monument) if possible. He then supplicates to Allaah
    there until daybreak.
  • The Day of ‘Eed (the 10th day of Thul-Hijjah):
    On this day, the pilgrim intensifies repeating Talbiyah until he casts the seven
    pebbles of the Jamrah of Al-‘Aqabah (large stoning area), while saying,
    ‘Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest)’ with each pebble. Then he slaughters
    the Hady (Hajj sacrificial animal), and shaves or shortens the hair of his head.
    This is unlike women who have to shorten their plaits a distance of a fingertip,
    and it is better for men to shave their heads. Then he performs Tawaaf and Sa‘y
    (walking between mounts As-Safaa and Al-Marwah), according to the type of Page 12
    Hajj he performs. Then he takes off his Ihraam clothes, having reached the first
    stage of ending Ihraam.
  • The Days of Tashreeq (the 11th, the 12th and the 13th of Thul-Hijjah):
    The pilgrim casts the three Jamrahs after the sun declines from its zenith,
    according to the following sequence: the Sughra (smallest), the Wusta (middle)
    and then the Jamrah of Al-‘Aqabah (largest), each with seven pebbles saying
    ‘Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest)’ with each pebble. After throwing the
    pebbles at the Sughra and the Wusta Jamrahs, it is recommended that he stops
    there and supplicates to Allaah for a long time while raising his hands,
    following the signboards there. Then, it is obligatory to spend the night at Mina
    and then to end the Hajj rituals by performing the Farewell Tawaaf.
    A Dialogue with the Ihraam Dress:
    Who are you? Tell me about yourself?
  • I am the pilgrim’s companion while he is performing the rituals of Hajj. I
    remind him of the day when he will depart this world to the grave and the
    Hereafter. I simply remind him of his shroud after death.
    Why are you white?
  • This is the Sunnah of the Prophet and his companions . It is evidence of
    purity and clearness in intention and deeds.
    What is the matter which you like most?
  • To be worn by many people who intensively invocate, supplicate and repeat
    Talbiyah in this state. Page 13
    What is the matter which you dislike most?
  • The wasting of time during these few noble days in idle talk and inappropriate
    What is your most precious wish?
  • That a person who wears me sincerely repents to Allaah and Allaah accepts his
    repentance. Also, when he remembers the favor of Allaah on him and thus he
    does not forget my honor and greatness in his heart.
    When are you happy?
  • I become happy when I remember the Hadeeth of the Prophet : “When a
    person dies while he is in the state of Ihraam, he is resurrected on the Day of
    Resurrection while repeating Talbiyah.” He will be resurrected in this state
    because of me! Reflect!
    Would you please advise the one who wears you?
  • I would advise him to respect me by avoiding sexual activities, sins, abusing,
    cursing, and so on, while wearing me. What abuses me most is when a pilgrim
    smokes while he is wearing me. This actually violates the essence of
    humbleness, tranquility and respect.
    In conclusion, whom do you love and hate of pilgrims?
  • I love the pilgrim who is pious, a doer of good, and who keeps his ‘Awrah
    (body-parts that must be covered according to Islam) hidden from others. On
    the other hand, I hate the pilgrim who commits sins and does acts of
    disobedience. I remind all pilgrims that entering Paradise is the reward of a
    valid and accepted Hajj. Page 14
    Dear pilgrim, whoever intensively knocks at the door, then it is about to be
    opened before him. Likewise, whoever intensively supplicates to Allaah, his
    supplication is about to be answered. In an authentic Hadeeth, the Prophet
    said: “Your Lord Is bashful and generous, and is too bashful to turn down the
    hands of His slave when he raises them to Him without granting him his
    Is there a scene better than that when pilgrims are supplicating to Allaah and
    seeking His bounty and forgiveness while shedding tears of truthfulness and
    hope, raising their hands, moving their tongues with praise and exaltation and
    their hearts have great hope in Allaah? These are truly pure places, a blessed
    season and great scenes, particularly on the Day of ‘Arafah, the ever greatest
    and best day. It is the day of the forgiving of sins, the overlooking of misdeeds,
    the covering of faults and the winning of the most beloved goals. The Prophet
    related through a Qudsi (sacred) Hadeeth in this regard that Allaah The
    Almighty Said: “O My slaves, be witnesses that I have forgiven the doer of
    good and I have pardoned their evil-doer.”
    Given that, you should not delay making supplications and rejoice, for they will
    be answered.
    The Weak:
    Dear pilgrim, here are examples of those who are weak in their Hajj in a brief
    and novel style: Page 15
    1- He is weak in his deeds. He does what other people do and never asks the
    specialists and scholars about anything.
    2- He is weak in his expense. He is a pilgrim who goes to Hajj with unlawfully
    gained wealth and forgets that Allaah is good and that He accepts only what
    is good.
    3- He is weak in Ihraam. Such a pilgrim does not feel the greatness of this
    dress and thus he disrespects it. He may even show annoyance and wish to
    discard it.
    4- He is weak in loving the sacred precincts. He often asks about returning and
    finishing the rituals, as if the sacred precincts do not mean anything to him.
    5- He is weak in controlling his body. His eyes follow up the ‘Awrahs of
    others, his tongue never stops backbiting, abusing, cursing others and telling
    lies, his hand steals without considering the sanctity of the place and he
    indulges in smoking, which is a pitiful sign of his lack of modesty.
    6- He is weak in worship. He is always heedless and negligent of all the
    recommended acts of Hajj. It is as if Hajj is a heavy burden and he wishes to
    discard it.
    These are painful examples and scenes of the different types of weakness during
    Hajj. We advise all pilgrims to be strong in doing righteous deeds. Hajj should
    be a new stage in the pilgrim’s life which urges him to change towards the
    strength of determination, goal, purpose and deed.
    The Woman in Hajj:
    O Muslim sister, rejoice at being able to perform Hajj and visit the sacred
    precincts. I have some quick messages and tips for you. It would give me great Page 16
    pleasure that you reflect on them and accept them with sincerity and a
    supplication for me.
  1. A woman in the state of Ihraam is not allowed to wear Niqaab (a face-cover
    tied to her face) or gloves. But she should cover her face and hands if men
    are passing nearby. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: “The riders
    would pass by us when we were with the Messenger of Allaah in the
    state of Ihraam. When they came close, each of us would lower her
    garment from her head over her face, and when they went away we would
    uncover our faces.”
  2. She is not allowed to recite Talbiyah loudly. Rather, she recites it in a low
    voice which is heard only by herself, other women behind her and Mahram
    men only (A Mahram is either the husband or any relative a woman may
    never marry, like a father a son and brother … etc.).
  3. You should avoid crowding with men in general. It is not obligatory to touch
    the Black Stone or the Yamaani Corner when there is a jam. Also, you are
    not required to make Ramal (fast walking in Tawaaf without running) or
    walk quickly between the two green signs while performing Sa‘y between
    mounts As-Safaa and Al-Marwah mountains. This is specific to men.
  4. If you are weak, you are permitted to depart Muzdalifah at the end of the
    night and cast the pebbles of the Jamrah of Al-‘Aqabah before the
    crowdedness begins. You are also permitted to delay the casting of pebbles
    during the Days of Tashreeq until night when there is less crowdedness. You
    are not held guilty of anything for any delay.
  5. Sister, avoid sleeping before men, particularly in large tents and yards. You
    should be careful that your ‘Awrah, face, hands or legs, are covered before
    people while you are performing ablution. You should not go out alone
    without a Mahram man with you. Page 17
  6. Finally, when a woman experiences menstruation or post-partum bleeding
    during Hajj, she is not required to perform the Farewell Tawaaf. This is a
    concession from the Sharee‘ah to make matters easy for women. Thus, you
    should praise Allaah and be grateful to Him for choosing you to perform this
    obligation and attain mercy and forgiveness.
    The Telephone:
    Availability of phones and mobiles in the sacred precincts is a great favor. The
    pilgrim can call his family whenever he wants quickly and with minimal
    expense. He can contact them at any moment and everyday as if he is with
    them. He can relate the details of his Hajj and how he spends his days so that he
    does not feel the alienation of travel or the boredom of waiting.
    However, with all regret and sadness, there are painful scenes among the
    pilgrims in this regard. They waste their precious time and rare moments in
    these sacred places in calling others. You see some pilgrims calling others and
    heedlessly laughing while performing Tawaaf, Sa‘y, throwing the pebbles on
    the Day of ‘Eed and before it, on the Day of ‘Arafah and after the ‘Asr Prayer
    (which is a vital time to be making supplication). The pilgrim has to avoid
    everything during these times and allocate them for supplication and seeking the
    mercy of Allaah. Such pilgrims forget that these are times which could never
    come again and incomparable to even millions of dirhams and dinars. Others
    waste their time in waiting in rows in front of phone cabins – even for long
    hours – and more once time during the day. They can do that at other times and
    allocate the noble times for supplication and worship in general. Page 18
    Lessons Behind Casting the Pebbles:
    First: Casting at Satan is not the purpose behind casting the pebbles. Rather, it is
    an act of worship for Allaah alone and it reflects compliance with Ibraaheem
    (Abraham) as well as the Sunnah of our Prophet .
    Second: Responding to the command of Allaah in casting the pebbles reflects
    exaltation for Allaah and a response to His order as well as humiliating Satan.
    Third: The goal behind the tangible stoning is the intangible meaning, which is
    discarding and disobeying evil self-inclination and the whispers of Satan.
    Fourth: The hand of the pilgrim casts to hit the sublime goal in getting rid of the
    idle, the disobedient and the impotent hand.
    Fifth: With casting the pebbles, the pilgrim remembers the story of Ibraaheem
    when he wanted to slaughter his son, Ismaa‘eel (Ishmael) in surrender
    to the command of Allaah.
    Sixth: When one casts the pebbles, he feels that he is freed from hell, his deed is
    accepted and that he does so in response to the command of Allaah while
    declaring dissociation from Satan and avoiding him. ‘Aa’ishah narrated that
    the Prophet said: “Casting the pebbles has been legislated to establish the
    remembrance of Allaah.”
    Giving Da‘wah (Islamic propagation) during Hajj:
    These are actually lost treasures in the life of the callers to Allaah. During the
    Hajj season, it is as if one visits the different Muslim states without any need for
    passports or visas. All Muslims from the different countries worldwide gather in Page 19
    one place. The callers to Allaah are worthier to utilize this opportunity in order
    to save people from the hellfire and from polytheism. Many of the pilgrims who
    circumambulate the Ka‘bah also circumambulate the graves and the shrines of
    the dead. Many of the pilgrims who slaughter the Hady during the Hajj season
    also slaughter for sorcerers and soothsayers. Many of the pilgrims take off their
    clothes in order to wear the Ihraam dress while they are hanging amulets and
    Satanic charms.
    Such scenes are many and countless. It is contradictory that the pilgrim repeats
    the Talbiyah while testifying to Islamic monotheism and soon after he commits
    actions of Shirk (polytheism)! Shirk is the greatest sin and a destructive abyss.
    When ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab kissed the Black Stone, he addressed it
    saying, “By Allaah, I know that you neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen the
    Prophet kissing you, I would not have kissed you.”
    This is thus a call for each caller to Allaah to utilize the great opportunity of the
    Hajj season to call people to goodness with a lenient word, good morals and
    lightening explanation. We ask Allaah to reward all Muslims.
    Dear pilgrim, may Allaah accept from us all, exalt your position, forgive your
    sin and return you to your family safe and successful while enjoying good
    health and security…Aameen.