Common Mistakes During Hajj
In Aqeedah (the Muslim’s Belief)
- Many Pilgrims when they travel to Madinah they pray to the graves. They make Dua’ to Rasul Allah (Sal Allahu alayhi wa Sallam). This could not only ruin their Hajj, it could nullify their Islam.
- Do not rub graves for Barakah.
- Do not make Du’a to anyone except Allah ta’aala.
- When going to Madinah, your initial intention should be to visit Masjid An-Nabawee, the Prophet’s Masjid.
- 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 Ihraam.
- Women in their menses must be in a state of Ihraam when they pass the Meeqat. They should shower and do talbiyah like everyone else.
- Do not uncover your right shoulder until you reach the Ka’bah and begin Tawaf. 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.
- You do not enter into Ihraam by just wearing the towels. You must make the intention to begin.
- Do not shave your beard, whether before, during or after Ihraam.
- 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 Hajj.
- Do pay attention to what you are saying when you are making the Talbiyah: Labayk Allahumma Labbayk…
- 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.
- 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.
- You do not have to say your intention out loud to begin Tawaf. Saying intentions out loud is something the Prophet (Sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) never did except after Ihraam when he said, “Labbayk Allahuma Umrah wa Hajj.”
- You do not have to touch the black stone for your Tawaf 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 (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).
- Read Quran and make Dua from your heart and glorify Allah. Do not have to follow those Dua books that make up dua for each time you go around the Ka’bah.
- Make Dua by yourself, do not do it in a shouting group around the ka’bah.
- Do not wipe the walls of the ka’bah during Tawaf. 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 during Tawaf.
- The Ka’bah should be to your left. Do not do Tawaf with your back to the ka’bah.
- Do not stand at the black stone line for a long time. Move on.
- Do not lengthen your 2 Rakas of Tawaf
In Sa’I (going between Safa and Marwah)
- You do not have to climb to the top of Safa or Marwa. -You can take breaks in Sa’I to drink water or rest.
- You can take a break after Tawaf, before Sai’.
- You do not have to jog the whole way, from Safa to Marwa. Only within the green lights, the valley of Safa and Marwa.
- Women do not have to run between the green lights.
- There is no specific du’a to say between Safa and Marwa.
- Do not miss the Du’a that Rasul Allah said when he stood on Safa. Then raise your hands and pray as he did, Sal Allahu alayhi wa Sallam.
- Do not say your intention out loud before making Sa’i.
When Shaving or Trimming:
- 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.
In Mina, Arafah, and Muzdalifah:
- 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 correct time.
- Do not waste your Hajj time in vain chatting.
- Do not push anyone when you are in a crowd.
- You do not have to go to the Mt. Of Mercy in Arafah. Many people hurt themselves and others to be there even though it is not a Wajib thing to do.
- Mt. Rahmah is not a holy mountain. Do not wipe its sand and rocks for barakah.
- 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.
- 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’a. 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.
- Through all of this, continue doing your Talbiyah.
In stoning the Jamarat:
- The Jamarat 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 your stones.
- Do not throw sandals or wood or big rocks. This is all against the Sunnah.
- Do not hurt/shove when at the Jamarat.
- Say Allahu Akbar with each pebble. Do not say Bismillaah.
- Throw the pebbles separately.
- Make Dua’ after the first and second Jamarat.
- Throw the Jamarat 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 that thrower.
- Throw seven pebbles, not more or less.
In Tawaf Al-Wadaa’ (Farewell Tawaf):
- You cannot do your final Jamarat after Tawaf Al-Wada’, as some people attempt.
- Do not walk in massive groups during Tawaf. 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 Tawaf Al-Wadaa’ you must leave Makkah, or else another Tawaf should be made.
- 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 make Du’a to the Prophet. Du’a 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 Judgement (Shifaa’ah), pray to Allah for that. “O Allah, allow Your Prophet to intercede for me..”
- Do not raise your voice in Du’a near the grave. Face Qiblah and leave the grave area when you want to make Du’a.
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 sha’ Allah – there is nothing upon them.
- 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.
- 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” – Al-Baqarah/286
*By Muhammad ash-Shareef