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Hajj and Umrah

Actions are judged according to the intention. Therefore one must sincerely intend only to perform Haj to fulfil the command of Allah Ta’ala and earn His pleasure.

When Allah had purified the Ka'bah from desecration and the idols were destroyed, the Muslims yearned to perform hajj again. The mission of the Messenger (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) of Allah was also nearing completion and it was necessary for him to bid farewell to his loving Companions.

Praise be to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah. This is a brief discussion of Hajj – its virtues, benefits and a little about its rulings.

A disciple of Sheikh Shibli (R.A.) once came to him after having performed Haj. The Sheikh asked him many questions about his journey and commented on his answers. Four of those questions are reproduced here.

For those not performing hajj, it is mustahabb (desirable) to fast on this day according to their own calendar. It sometimes occurs that 9th Zuihijjah falls on different days in different countries according to the sighting of the moon.

Good health makes it easier not only to enjoy Hajj and Umrah in the pleasure of Allah Subahanahu Wata’ala but also to make maximum use of the opportunity to make as much ibadah as possible.

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