12 Hajj Common Mistakes to Avoid

Hajj, a pilgrimage to the Sacred House, is a journey of a lifetime and if performed properly yields the reward of paradise, of which no individual would want to be deprived.

So here are some Hajj common mistakes to avoid:

1- Changing the Intention

The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.

One can change his/her intention for the type of Hajj they would like to perform before entering into Ihram. However, if they want to change their intention, they may change from Tamattu’ to Qiran, but cannot do so from Tammattu’ to Ifrad.

 2- Issues of Ihram:

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  • Walking barefoot

Some believe that only slippers are allowed in Ihram, whereas any type of footwear is permissible for both men and women.

  • Not changing the Ihram

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said:

“It is permissible for the muhrim (pilgrim in ihraam) who is doing Hajj or ‘Umrah, male or female, to change the clothes in which he or she entered ihraam and to put on different clothes, if the other clothes are things which is permissible for the pilgrim in ihraam to wear.” (Al-Manhaj li Mureed al-‘Umrah wa’l-Hajj (no. 5))

It should be noted that while cleansing oneself only unscented soaps should be used.

3- Harming others

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Present in the holiest place, in one of the most important months, it is prohibited to even inflict harm on a plant. Pushing, shoving, and injuring others is unthinkable for a true believer.

4- Trying to hold the ka’bah door, and wiping the wall of the ka’bah, leaning on the wall of it and supplicating.

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These three deeds have no supporting evidences in the Quran and Sunnah.

  1. Selfies/Velfies
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Remember that we are here to please Allah (Praise be to Him) alone. Photography/ videos only disturbs others and may possibly be an element of sin as it corrupts your intention.

6- Reciting the Talbiyah in unison or not reciting at all

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Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The words of Anas (R.A.): “We did Hajj with the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and some of us were reciting takbeer (‘Allaahu akbar’) and some of us were reciting tahleel (‘La ilaaha ill-Allaah’)” indicate that they did not recite the Talbiyah in unison. If they had been reciting the Talbiyah in unison then they would all have been reciting tahleel or takbeer, but some of them were reciting takbeer and some of them were reciting tahleel, but each of them was remembering his Lord according to his situation. {Al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (7/111)}

Talbiyah should be recited until the day of Eid i.e. 10th Dhul Hijjah.

 7- Making Dua aloud

Make individual supplications in a subtle tone that does not offer disturbance to others.

8- Wasting time in Mina

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Avoid chit-chatting with fellow tent-mates. This time should be utilized in Dhikr, Quran, and supplications.

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