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A beginner’s Guide to Hajj and Umrah | Step By Step

by Rukhsat Hussain 25 Jun 2024 0 Comments

Looking for a step-by-step beginner's guide for Hajj and Umrah? Thenabia has created a mini step-by-step Hajj Umrah guide for those who are planning to visit Saudi Arabia for the first time to perform their Hajj and Umrah and are clueless about how to plan their trip, what to carry on their trip, and lastly how to perform Hajj and Umrah. 

Beginning with the most important part of your trip, how to plan Hajj and Umrah guide for beginners

Step- 1: How to Plan a Hajj and Umrah? A Beginner's Guide to Hajj Umrah

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is a beautiful journey one might witness in their life. Women participating in Hajj or Umrah undergo the same spiritual journey and obligations as men, with specific allowances and considerations to ensure modesty, safety, and dignity. 

So, The Nabia has made it easier for you by making a mini guidebook for a beginner’s journey to Hajj and Umrah and what you need to do to make your pilgrimage journey peaceful, comfortable, and convenient.

Hajj Preparations

Apply for a Passport:  Most people own a passport, but in some rare cases, if you have an expired passport, get it renewed, or if you are taking a child with you, apply for a fresh one. 

Hajj_Umrah_passport_application

 

Apply for Umrah/Hajj Visa: 

Start with the application for a Hajj/Umrah visa. While entering another country, you need a visa from that country, and in the case of Hajj and Umrah, you will need the Saudi government’s approval to enter Saudi Arabia.

Hajj & Umrah Visa

Book a Flight

After you have received your visa, the next step is to book a flight, in ancient times, people used to travel to Saudi Arabia via water, but now airplanes have become easy to access. If you are booking your flight for  Mecca, the nearest airport would be King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, If you are planning to get to Medinah, you can land at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED).


Hajj & Umrah Flight

Look for accommodation:

Looking for accommodation is one of the major parts of your Hajj and Umrah planning, There are many hotels nearby in Mecca and Medinah to promote better and smoother experiences of your pilgrimage. If you want a budget-friendly experience, you can look for hotels a bit far from Mecca and Medinah and instead opt for a bus, as hotels nearby Mecca and Medinah are generally costly. Some recommendations are: Dorrar Aleiman Royal Hotel (Dar Al Eiman Royal Hotel), Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Al Naseem 

Hajj & Umrah Hotels

 

Check for restaurants: 

After getting other things done, it is important to know what and where to eat. There are many restaurants nearby Mecca and Medinah, you can always opt for your favorite cuisine, or Arabic cuisine, as you are in an Arab country and might as well try their authentic Arabic food. There are also many street food stalls if you are a fan of street food, you can try it! Some recommendations are: Bouna Sera - Makkah - بوناسيرا كافيه, Shawbr Restaurant - Makkah - شاوبر  and Al Faiha Restaurant - Al Safwah Hotel - Makkah


Hajj & Umrah Restaurants

Get Currency Exchange: 

Hajj & Umrah Currency Exchange

Going to another country without their currency might hinder your travel experience, so it is suggested to get your money exchanged beforehand from a forex company or at the airport for a smoother and better experience. Get your Saudi Riyal as soon as possible!

Before starting, let me describe Hajj and Umrah for those unaware.

What is Hajj? 

The Hajj is a spiritual journey for Muslims, beginning with Ihram, where pilgrims enter a state of spiritual purity and wear special white garments. They then perform Tawaf, walking seven times around the Kaaba in the Masjid al-Haram. The pilgrims then travel to Arafat, where they pray and contemplate, seeking forgiveness and making supplications.

Hajj Gathering

After sunset, they gather pebbles for the next day's ritual in Muzdalifah. On the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, they perform the symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles at three pillars in Mina. The pilgrims also perform Qurbani, a sacrifice of an animal, and shave their heads or trim their hair. The Hajj concludes with a final Tawaf around the Kaaba before leaving Mecca.

What is Umrah?

Umrah is a religious ritual where pilgrims enter Ihram, a state of ritual purity and intention, wearing special white garments. They walk seven times around the Kaaba, the sacred mosque of Islam, Al-Masjid Al-Haram. They also walk seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah. Male pilgrims shave their heads or trim their hair, while females trim a small portion.

Umrah

Getting to visit Mecca and Medina is a rare opportunity; only the chosen ones get to perform Hajj, making it even more special. So, I will write some important do’s and don'ts in this article. Make sure to follow these tips.

Step- 2: What to Carry for Hajj and Umrah? A Beginner's Guide to Hajj Umrah

After planning, comes the next most important question what to take on Hajj and Umrah?

Hajj & Umrah Luggage

Hajj and Umrah hold great significance for Muslim Men and Women. Muslims dream of going to Mecca and Medinah once in their lifetime. As a woman, your responsibility is greater than that of others. You will have to cater to the needs of your husbands, children, mothers, and fathers and also look after yourself amidst this. 

Documents:

Make sure to carry your passport, visa, and all the important documents that you will be required to show at the Saudi International Airport, including your ID proof, vaccine certification, etc. If you have any medical issues, you should carry your medical certification as well. 

You can easily apply for a Hajj Visa through various Hajj and Umrah tour and travel agencies. They can help you with document clearance and ticket booking

Hajj and Umrah Clothing:

When it comes to ladies, always carry enough modest clothing with you, preferably white ones, because white is the Sunnah color in Islam and represents purity and simplicity.

Try The Nabia’s Umrah and Hajj Collection. While going to Mecca and Medina to perform Hajj and Umrah, make sure to carry Umrah and Hajj clothing with you. Always have more abayas, khimars, and jilbabs with you in case you become short of them. You can try one of our best sellers, the Black Keffiyeh Abaya, now available in white.

Hajj & Umrah Clothing

If you do not want to wear abayas, don't worry. We have prayer dresses as well for a more comfortable experience for those going with children.

Always carry sufficient hijabs with you in case you fall short of them. You can try our premium cotton shimmer or georgette hijab. Beginners can try cotton crinkle hijabs, as they do not require extra effort. The Nabia has premium-quality hijabs available in 20+ shades; check before they run out of stock. Don't forget to take hijab caps with you for a more pleasurable experience.

Don’ts: 

  • Avoid sheer or transparent clothes
  • Avoid silk or satin
  • Avoid flashy jewelry/ornaments or clothes
  • Avoid heavy garments
  • Do not carry more than 4-5 abayas, hijab and  jilbabs
  • Do not wear tight clothes which hinder your movements
  • Do not wear dark colors underneath your white abaya
  • Avoid embroidered hijabs

Daily essential items:

Carry your daily necessities like a toothbrush, facewash, towel, slippers, toothpaste, etc. While going to Mecca and Medina to perform Hajj and Umrah, make sure to carry your daily necessities.

Always carry extra in case you lose them on your way there or in case of any mishap. While traveling with family, it becomes necessary to have more stuff. But keep your luggage at the hotel or where you are staying.

You should also be aware that if you visit the Masjid-ul Haram, you will not be able to bring your bag inside.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid carrying unnecessary luggage while at Mecca or Medina, which will hinder your walking speed
  • Don’t forget to carry undergarments
  • Don’t forget to carry an extra bag for used items, as you might not have time to wash your clothes.

Comfortable Footwear:

When performing Hajj and Umrah, one needs to walk and travel from one place to another. So, having comfortable footwear with you will make your experience comfortable. Opt for comfortable slippers or shoes that make you feel better. I would recommend Skechers’ walking shoes for a better walking experience.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid Heels
  • Avoid Heavily embroidered footwear
  • Avoid carrying more than 2-3 footwear

Supplies for you and your Family/Children:

If you are a mother and are bringing children with you, carry some books for them to keep them equipped, or diapers, wipes, and snacks to feed them in case of emergencies. As for yourself, carry hygiene items with you and also carry a prayer mat (in case), Islamic books, Tasbih, and Miswak.

Hajj & Umrah Prayer Essentials

Don’ts:

  • Do not forget to carry emergency food supplies
  • Do not forget to carry medicines in case you and your family fall ill
  • Do not forget sanitary items, in case you need them

Special Guidance for Muslim Women: Dos and Don’ts

Hajj/Umrah Traditions for Women | Beginner's Guide

Unlike men, women need to follow some Hajj and Umrah traditions before performing Hajj and Umrah:

  • Clip your nails, It is important to trim your nails
  • Trim a small portion of your hair
  • Women, like men, must declare their intention (niyyah) to perform Hajj and Umrah when they enter the ihram.
  • Avoid using cosmetics. It is not encouraged to use makeup during Hajj and Umrah. The goal is spiritual rather than physical beauty.
  • Women can pray in any portion of the Masjid al-Haram; however, they typically pray in specific women's quarters.
  • Menstruating women are unable to perform Tawaf until they have been cleaned. If a lady starts menstruating before finishing her tawaf, she must wait until she is clean. Other rituals, such as standing at Arafat, Sa'i, and Ramy al-Jamarat, can still be performed.
  • Traditionally, women are accompanied by a Mahram (a male relative such as a father, brother, husband, or son) for safety and protection on the Hajj or Umrah.
  • Avoid wearing scents. This refers to perfume and scented personal care items. We recommend utilizing unscented versions of these products when in Makkah.

Part - III: How to Perform Hajj and Umrah? A Beginner's Guide to Hajj Umrah

The last and most essential step is how to perform Hajj and Umrah

Hajj & Umrah

There are three types of hajj: Tamattu, Ifraad, and Qiran.

This Hajj guide will follow the Tamattu type of Hajj, which the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) advised Muslims to perform.

The Hajj is performed from the 8th to the 12th of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month in the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, the Hajj date varies from year to year on the Western Gregorian calendar. It should be noted that the Saudi government has said that the latest day for pilgrims to arrive at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah for the Hajj is the 4th of Dhul-Hijjah.

The Saudi government provides special "Hajj visas" to American Muslims who have not performed the pilgrimage in the previous five years. To obtain one of these visas, you must have an up-to-date passport, a completed application form, copies of your marriage or birth certificate, and a current immunization record.

Hajj Guide

  1. Preparation and Intention
  2. Enter the state of Ihram.
  3. Tawaf x 7.
  4. Safa & Marwa
  5. Clip or shave hair (Umrah ends).
  6. Resting and praying.
  7. Enter the state of Ihram.
  8. Arrive at Mina
  9. Day of Arafah.
  10. Muzdalifah (Under the Night Sky)
  11. Rami (stoning of the Devil)
  12. Hady
  13. Shaving the Head
  14. Tawaf Al-Ifadha
  15. Saai's Rami (stoning of the devil).
  16. Spend the night at Mina.
  17. Rami (stoning of the Devil)
  18. Farewell Tawaf Al-Wida

1: Preparation and intention

Before you arrive in Makkah to begin the Hajj, you must make your intention (niyyah) in your heart. The purpose must be to conduct the Hajj only for the sake of Allah, with a hope for good in the afterlife. It should not be done to be noticed by others or for material benefit.

2: Entering the State of Ihram

Hajj Ihram

Next, you'll enter Ihram (ritual cleanliness). For men, this entails wearing the designated white cloth—one piece wrapped around each shoulder and one around the waist. Ladies are free to wear whatever they choose as long as they follow the hijab guidelines. Face coverings are not authorized. Fully covered shoes are also not authorized. Both men and women must wear sandals as their footwear.

Ihram defines the spiritual state you reach after deciding to go to Hajj. When nearly 2.5 million pilgrims arrive in Makkah, there should be no visible distinction between them. Everyone is equal before Allah (SWT), regardless of class, color, culture, or income. The requirements for Ihram clothes are relatively simple but severe and must be followed.

Throughout these holy days, and while in the condition of Ihram, we should be especially watchful of our actions and words. You should not smoke, have sexual relations, swear, shave your hair, or trim your nails. We must also avoid using perfumes and scented soaps.

3: Tawaf x 7

Hajj Tawaf

Tawaf is one of the pilgrimage's main rites, and it involves going in rounds around the Kaa'bah in an anti-clockwise pattern.

One Tawaf consists of seven complete rounds, each of which begins and ends at the black stone located within the Kaa'bah.

In addition to your Tawaf, you can say voluntary prayers to thank Allah (SWT) for your safe arrival and to commemorate the beginning of this incredible spiritual journey.

4: Safa & Marwa

Hajj- Safa & Marwah

After you've completed your tawaf, you'll do Sa'i (walking and sprinting between the two hills of Safa and Marwa).

You'll begin the Sa'i on the hill of Safa and go toward the hill of Marwa. You will soon see the green marker, at which point you will run to the next green marker and then stroll till you reach Marwa. This completes a single lap. You will then return to Safa to finish the second lap. Your Sa'i is complete once you have completed seven loops between the hills of Safa and Marwa.

This is an important ceremony commemorating Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) wife Hajar and her struggle in the desert to provide water for her son, Prophet Isma'il (AS). Sa'i represents the continual struggle that we all face throughout our lives, as Hajar endured.

5: Clip or shave hair (Umrah ends)

Hajj & Umrah Clip & Shave

When Sa'i is finished, men will have their hair clipped or shaved, while women will have their hair clipped to the length of their fingertips. This completes your umrah and allows you to depart Ihram until the eighth of Dhul Hijjah.

6: Resting and praying

Hajj & Umrah Praying

Now that you've completed your Umrah, you'll spend the rest of this beautiful month in Makkah, completing your spiritual journey of Hajj while surrounded by your fellow Muslim sisters and brothers, SubhanAllah! Get plenty of rest and make the most of your time by engaging in true acts of worship. Your Hajj will begin on the eighth of Dhul Hijjah.

7: Re-entering Ihram 

Fulfilling your sacred commitment to Hajj will be the most spiritual period of your life, Insha'Allah (God willing), full of Allah's blessings and forgiveness! The eighth day of Dhul Hijjah marks the start of the Hajj pilgrimage and the next chapter in your spiritual journey. You will purify yourself and return to the state of Ihram.

When you are ready to enter the Ihram, you will begin chanting the following invocation, known as the Talbiyah:

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ، لَبَّيْكَ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ لاَشَرِيْكَ لَكَ

Labbayk Allaah humma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Innal hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal-mulk, laa shareeka lak

Translation:

“Here I am, O Allah, here I am, here I am. You have no partner, here I am. Verily, all praise and blessings are Yours and all sovereignty. You have no partner.”

You will then proceed with your Hajj group from the neighborhood of Mina in Makkah, which is roughly eight kilometers from the center of Makkah.

8: Enter Mina

Hajj Mina Tents & Camps

You'll set up your designated tent when you get to Mina's tent city or neighborhood. Here, you will perform Salah (obligatory prayers), which include Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, 'Isha, and Fajr. You will shorten your four-rakah prayers to two rakah prayers, without combining them.

You will read the Qur'an, and offer prayers to Allah (SWT), and get ready for day two during the night. Try to make the most of this unique night as it's a crucial time for spiritual contemplation and devotion.

9:  Day of 'Arafah

Hajj Arafah

You will travel to the plains of 'Arafah after sunrise in Mina, where you will recite Istaghfar (forgiveness) and offer prayers. This day is known as 'Arafah when we beseech Allah (SWT) to pardon our transgressions.

When pilgrims arrive on the plains of Mount 'Arafah, they pray combined Asr and Dhuhr prayers, which consist of two rakat instead of four. But Dhur and Asr combined are only acceptable, in Abu Hanifa's opinion, if one prays in the Masjid behind the Imam.

Therefore, it is not appropriate to mix the two salahs if one is praying in a tent. A sermon will be given from Masjid al-Nimra on Mount 'Arafah on this particular day. If at all possible, try to hear the Khutbah (sermon). This sermon may also be translated into English by your group.

One of the most significant days for Muslims worldwide is the Day of 'Arafah because, according to Surah al-Maidah, Allah (SWT) describes it as the day He completed His favors upon His beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), perfected His religion, and approved Islam as a way of life!

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also said:

“There is no day on which Allah frees people from the fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ‘Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.”

Heading to Muzdalifah, an expansive plain situated between Mina and 'Arafah, you will leave 'Arafah after dusk. Your Maghrib and 'Isha Salah should be performed consecutively once you are to Muzdalifah, with the 'Isha Salah being shortened to two Rakat.

10: Arrive in Muzdalifah

Hajj Muzdalifah Arrival

You will leave 'Arafah after nightfall and travel to Muzdalifah, which is an expansive plain that lies between Mina and 'Arafah. You will perform your Maghrib and 'Isha Salah one after the other after you are in Muzdalifah, cutting the 'Isha Salah down to two Rakat.

Using the narration of Abdullah ibn Umar (RA):

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not offer any optional prayers in between or after the Maghrib and 'Isha prayers, which he offered simultaneously at Muzdalifah with a separate Iqamah (second call to prayer) for each of them. [Bukhari]

You can then retire for the night or spend it in worship. Rather than performing his customary nightly prayer, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) slept till just before Fajr. You have a long day ahead of you, so resist the urge to tire yourself and instead take a nap!

You can gather stones in Muzdalifah in order to carry out Rami, or the stoning of the devil, during the course of the following three days. The pebbles' size ought to be comparable to that of date stones or seeds. 49 pebbles in total will be required. To be safe, it is suggested that you gather an additional 21 pebbles to get your total to 70.

You run the risk of missing your target or dropping some pebbles from your hand when you throw the stones at the Jamarat (the stone pillars). Thus, having more is preferable to having less. Additionally, pebbles can be gathered from any location in Mina.

11 and 12: Jamarah and Rami (10th Dhul Hijjah & Eid al-Adha commencement)

Hajj Jamarah & Rami

Another name for the 10th of Dhul Hijjah is Yawm al-Nahr, or the Day of Sacrifice (Qurbani). Following the Fajr Salah, you will leave Muzdalifah and return to Mina. Don't forget to repeat the Talbiyah without stopping.

This is the first day of the three-day "stoning of the devil" ritual, known as Rami, which pilgrims execute along with the Hady (sacrificial animal). At this moment, Muslims all throughout the world also start the four-day celebration of Eid al-Adha and offer Qurbani. This Qur'anic verse informs us about this:

“And when you are safe, then, whoever avails the advantage of the ‘Umrah along with the Hajj shall make an offering of whatever animal is available. However, anyone who finds none shall fast for three days during Hajj, and for seven days when you return; thus, they are ten in all. This is for him, whose family folk are not residents of Al-Masjid-ul-Haram.” [Qur’an | 2:196]

12: The Stoning of the devil

Hajj Stoning of the Devil

Stones are hurled at three stone structures in Mina over three days as part of the Hajj pilgrimage ceremony known as the "stoning of the devil," or "stoning of the Jamarat."

The 10th of Dhul Hijjah is the first day of stoning. Muslims commemorate Eid al-Adha and offer Qurbani on this day as well.

On the way to carry out the commandment, Iblis (Satan) repeatedly tried to tempt Ibrahim (AS) into disobeying Allah (SWT). As Ibrahim (AS) reached Jamarat al-Aqaba, Allah (SWT) ordered Angel Jibreel (AS) to instruct Ibrahim (AS) to throw seven stones at Iblis. He obliged, and Iblis fled immediately. The three Jamarat indicate the three places where Iblis tried to dissuade Ibrahim (AS) from obeying the command of Allah. However, the pillars do not contain Iblis, as many people are wrongly led to believe.

Rami is the term for the practice of hurling stones at the Jamarat. The Rami ceremony represents what Ibrahim (AS) did when he was forced to sacrifice his son Isma'il (AS) in accordance with Allah's (SWT) order

Ibrahim (AS) was often tempted by Iblis (Satan) to defy Allah (SWT) while carrying out the mandate. When Ibrahim (AS) arrived at Jamarat al-Aqaba, Angel Jibreel (AS) received an instruction from Allah (SWT) telling Ibrahim (AS) to throw seven stones at Iblis. He complied, and Iblis instantly ran away. The three Jamarat designate the three locations where Iblis attempted to talk Ibrahim (AS) out of following Allah's mandate. That being said, contrary to popular belief, Iblis is not present in the pillars.

You shall execute Rami, or the stoning of the demon, on the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth days of Dhul Hijjah. The pebbles have to be around the same size as seeds or date stones. 49 pebbles in total will be required.

A specific quantity of stones is required for every day for the three days. Here is the breakdown:

For the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, seven pebbles

21 stones for Dhul Hijjah's eleventh day

Twenty-one pebbles during Dhul Hijjah's 12th day

For your pebbles, try to have four tiny pouches per individual. UK coin purses are lightweight and easy to transport. Sort the stones into groups using the four pouches based on the above breakdown.

After arriving to the Jamarat, you will hurl the first seven pebbles at the concrete pillar at Jamarat al-Aqaba, which is the largest pillar. On the first day, you will only hit this one pillar. You will pronounce the takbir after every throw:

“اللهُ أَكْبَرُ”

Transliteration:

“Allāhu ‘Akbar”

Translation:

“Allah is The Greatest”

Refrain from losing your cool and hurling your sandals or other priceless belongings at the pillars. You will only lose your belongings because Iblis is not contained within the pillar, and there is no reason to do so!

13: Eid al-Adha and Qurbani

Muslims who are not on pilgrimage on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah also celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, on this day. Muslims commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son Isma'il (AS) following Allah's (SWT) order by performing Qurbani, or sacrifice.

  • Head Shaving (11th of Dhul Hijjah)

If you are a man, you will shave or cut your hair after offering the Hady. It is better that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) shaved his hair. A woman trims her hair to only a fingertip's length.

You are now free to go from the condition of Ihram and dress comfortably. Except sexual intercourse, you are also free to resume other Halal activities that were prohibited while wearing the Ihram. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) smelled strongly of musk at this juncture; hence, applying perfume is according to the Sunnah (prayer of the Prophet PBUH).

14 and 15: Saai and Tawaf al-Ifadha (12th Dhul Hijjah)

As part of your Hajj rituals, you will now travel to Makkah to do Tawaf al-Ifadha and then another round of Saai'a. Sa'i and Tawaf al-Ifada are required. After the Rami, the Qurbani (sacrifice), and the head shaving (or trimming), you must conduct the tawaf al-Ifadha and the Saai'.

After the Tawaf and Saa'i are finished, you can unwind and carry out any legal activities you were involved in prior to entering the Ihram, such as having a sexual relationship. But you will go back to your tents in Mina and perform the rest of the Hajj prayers there.

16: Spend the night in mina

You will return to your tent in Mina when your second Rami is over and use the remaining time to worship for the remainder of the day and night.

17: Rami's Second Day and Third Day

You will move on to your second day of Rami (the stoning of the demon) on the eleventh day of Dhul Hijjah.

This time, you strike each of the three pillars sequentially. The first pillar is Jamarah al-Ula, which is the tiny pillar; the second pillar is Jamarah al-Wusta, which is the medium pillar; and the third pillar is Jamarah al-Aqaba, which is the huge pillar. Following the first and second Jamarat, you pause to offer a du'a while facing the qibla. Every individual had to be stoned with seven successive pebbles and the Takbir. Don't forget to bring extra stones in case you misplace any!

You will have your last set of pebbles (21 pebbles) ready to follow the identical procedure as the day before in the afternoon of 12th Dhul Hijjah.

18: The Farewell Tawaf, or Tawaf al-Wida

Hajj Tawaf Al Wida

There is now just one more thing for you to do before finishing the Hajj and leaving Makkah. The final ritual Muslims have to do is the goodbye Tawaf.

Before leaving the confines of the Haram, this Tawaf is Sunnah according to Malikis but Wajib (obligatory) according to Hanafis, Shafis, and Hanbalis. Islam holds that skipping this Tawaf without a good reason is forbidden.

Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated:

“The people were ordered to perform the Tawaf al-Wida as the last thing before leaving (Makkah), except the menstruating women who were excused. “ [Bukhari]

You will perform seven laps of tawaf for this Tawaf. After that, say two Salah Rakats and sip Zam Zam water. After this Tawaf, there is no Sa'i or head shaving, or trimming.

Hajj Mubarak! Your Hajj is now complete!

Don't give up if you're among those who are unable to travel and complete the Hajj! The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are the best ten days of the year. After Ramadan, this is your second chance to win Allah's (SWT) mercy and forgiveness.

We should make the most of this fortunate occasion to carry out more good deeds for those of us who were unable to perform the Hajj this year. These can be anything from supporting familial relationships, honoring one's parents, enjoining what is good and prohibiting what is evil, to giving to charity. Enhancing our required acts of worship by paying attention to our prayers and making sure we pay our Zakat on time are also crucial. This is also a great moment for those of us who haven't finished the Hajj to offer supplications to Allah (SWT) that He gives us the chance at the appropriate time.

It is strongly advised that you fast and give Allah (SWT) as much thought as you can.

For those who do not travel, the Sunnah muakkadah (confirmed Sunnah) is what most scholars consider to be the Qurbani, whereas the Hanafis consider it to be a religious duty. You are encouraged to make the sacrifice if you can afford to. This would help a needy family and honor Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) effort and loyalty to Allah (SWT).

During the auspicious days of Dhul Hijjah, pay your Zakat and Sadaqah and benefit from this auspicious month.

Don't forget to give your Qurbani in time for Eid!!

We have tried our best to guide you to a better and more memorable experience. I hope this will help you in your journey. 

NOTE: If you have any doubts, it's advisable to consult Islamic scholars for expert advice, and the Ministry of Hajj is a valuable resource for detailed information on the topic.

 

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