EVALUATING YOUR PREPARATION FOR HAJJ

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  1. EVALUATE WHERE YOU ARE NOW:
  • WHAT IS THE STATE OF YOUR IMAAN?
  • WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF YOUR SALAH?
  • WHAT IS THE ACCURACY OF YOUR WUDU AND SALAH?
  • WHAT ARE YOUR INTENTIONS FOR GOING TO HAJJ?
  • WHAT IS THE DEGREE OF YOUR DESIRE FOR HAJJ E MABROOR?

II            EVALUATE YOUR DESIRES:

  • WHAT DO YOU WORRY ABOUT LEAVING BEHIND?
  • WHAT BODILY DISCOMFORTS DO YOUR WORRY ABOUT?
  • WHAT OTHER THINGS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR PLAN WITH HAJJ?
  • HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO CHANGE?

III            EVALUATE YOUR SPIRITUAL PREPARATION

  • HOW OFTEN ARE YOU RECITING THE QURAN?
  • ARE YOU READING THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET?
  • HAVE YOU READ YOUR HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF MECCA AND MEDINA AND WHAT HAPPENED WHERE?
  • HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR SPIRIT TO ALLAH AND ENTREATED HIM TO INVITE YOU FOR HAJJ?
  • HAVE YOU READ THE DESCRIPTION OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S HAJJ AND LAST SPEECH AT ARAFAH?

IV            EVALUATE YOUR PHYSICAL PREPARATION

  • ARE YOU EXERCISING YOUR BODY TO BUILD STAMINA FOR IBADAH?
  • ARE YOU EXERCISING YOUR MUJAHIDA TO CONTROL YOUR NAFS (LESS EATING, LESS SLEEPING, LESS TALKING, LESS SOCIALIZING)
  • ARE YOU DOING ANY NAFIL FASTS ON MONDAY AND/OR THURSDAYS TO BUILD YOUR INNER SPIRITUALITY AND CONTROL YOUR NAFS
  • HAVE YOU PRACTICED TO FOCUS ON PRAYER AND RECITATION WHILE IN A NOISY ATMOSPHERE?

V            EVALUATE YOUR EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION

*            HAVE YOU STUDIED AND IMPROVED ON YOUR NAMAAZ E NABVI?

*            HAVE YOU LEARNED TO PRAY NAMAZ E JANAZAH?

*            DO YOU KNOW HOW TO PRAY NAMAZ E TASBEEH (OPTIONAL)

*            HAVE YOU MEMORIZED EXTRA SURAHS TO RECITE IN PRAYER IN THE HARAMAIN?

*            DO YOU KNOW HOW TO PRAY QAZA E UMARI?

*         HAVE YOU FAMILIARIZED YOURSELF WITH THE MANASAK OF THE HAJJ?

*            DO YOU KNOW WHAT INVALIDATES THE HAJJ?

*            DO YOU KNOW WHAT MANASAK CAN BE MADE UP AND WHICH CANNOT?

*            HAVE YOU MADE A LIST OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ASKED YOU TO PRAY FOR THEM

*            HAVE YOU MADE A LIST OF WHAT YOU WANT TO PRAY FOR?

*      DO YOU KNOW THE THIRD KALIMA, RABBANA ATAIYNA FID DUNYA AND THE DUA FOR SAFA AND MARWAH?

*            ARE YOU MEMORIZING A NEW DUA EACH DAY THAT YOU WANT TO ASK ALLAH FOR (MASNOON OR FROM THE QURAN?)

  • ARE YOU PRACTICING PATIENCE NOW?
  • ARE YOU PRACTICING WEARING HIJAB AND PROPER CLOTHES FOR PRAYER?
  • ARE YOU PRACTICING PRAYING EACH PRAYER ON TIME?
  • ARE YOU PRACTICING SPENDING TIME IN RECITATION OF THE QURAN AND/OR HADITH?

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VI            EVALUATE YOUR LOGISTICAL PREPARATION

  • DO YOU HAVE COMFORTABLE, WASHABLE CLOTHES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE EXTRA CARE AND WHICH COVER THE AWRAH?
  • DO YOU HAVE TOILETRIES WITH NO FRAGRANCE?
  • DO YOU HAVE A SLEEPING BAG FOR ARAFAH AND MUZDALIFA?
  • DO YOU HAVE A SMALL SEPARATE BAG FOR MINA?
  • DO YOU HAVE A SMALL BACK BAG FOR SHOES, OR READING MATERIAL AND A WATER BOTTLE, WHILE IN TAWAF OR SAAII?
  • HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE MAP OF THE LAYOUT OF THE KAABA AND KNOW THE NAMES OF THE DOORS?
  • DO YOU HAVE A LIST (FOR YOURSELF AND GIFTS) OF WHAT YOU WANT TO BUY AT HAJJ?
  • DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT AND DOCUMENTS IN A PLASTIC BAG OR COVER TO TAKE WITH YOU?
  • DO YOU KNOW THE CONVERSION RATE FROM DOLLARS TO SAUDI RIYAL?
  • HAVE YOU DISCUSSED WITH YOUR MAHRAM, YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND HIS?
  • HAVE YOU SHARED YOUR PREPARATIONS WITH HIM?
  • HAVE YOU MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PEOPLE YOU ARE LEAVING BEHIND?
  • DO YOU HAVE A WILL?
  • DO YOUR CHILDREN HAVE GUARDIANS IN EVENT OF AN UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCE
  • HAVE YOU MADE A LIST OF PEOPLE YOU NEED TO APPROACH TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS OR GIVE FORGIVENESS?
  • HAVE YOU PAID YOUR DEBTS THAT ARE DUE?
  • WHO IS YOUR BUDDY WHILE IN THE HARAM (IT IS NOT POSSIBLE MOST OF THE TIME FOR YOUR MAHRAM TO BE YOUR BUDDY AS THE MEN AND WOMEN ARE SEPARATED AFTER TAWAF AND SOMETIMES IN TAWAF.

Inshallah you will do well, even if you are not perfectly prepared, but try and be as prepared as possible, then Hajj becomes the true spiritual journey you have imagined it to be!

5 thoughts on “EVALUATING YOUR PREPARATION FOR HAJJ

  1. Pingback: RESOURCES FOR THE SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR HAJJ « Siraat-e-Mustaqeem

  2. HS & NS, Jazaik AllahKhair for your comments and duas. I will search for links, and would love for you to add some if you come across any.

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  3. Also, may Allah accept the Hajj of all Hajjis going for Hajj this year and make it a peaceful, safe and spiritual journey for all of them. Ameen.

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  4. Jazak Allah khair for this very comprehensive list. I wish I was going for Hajj this year, but insha’Allah soon.

    I would be interested in seeing some additional links with information or support materials on some of the questions you have asked.

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