Some of Umrah and Hajj pilgrims go to either Hajj or Umrah every year and perform common mistakes one after another every year. They book either Umrah packages or Hajj packages and travels for Hajj or Umrah but make same mistakes, as they have listened to it either from unauthenticated sources or have seen anyone doing so.
We should not follow anyone blindly as it is also mentioned in the Holy Quran “Do not follow anyone blindly” (2:170). Here are some of the most common mistakes people make during Hajj and Umrah. Avoid these mistakes so that you can perform Umrah and Hajj as prescribed in Islam.
1. Stop During Tawaf To Kiss The Black Stone
Kissing the Black Stone is an excellent Sunnah and respect for sure for the person who can do as such. However, because of the large group, most of the individuals can’t arrive at it. Such vast numbers of individuals attempt to “kiss” it from far away.
At the point when they are following the Black Stone, they stop during Tawaf, face the Black Stone, set up two hands on their head and ‘kiss’ the Black Stone in air. Or on the other hand, they throw a ‘flying kisses’ at the Black Stone.
‘Flying kiss’ isn’t from the Sunnah. All the Prophet (P.B.U.H) did while doing Tawaf was kiss the Black Stone only if it was convenient, or contact it with his hand and kiss his hand. In any case, when it was packed, he just indicated it from far away and stated, “Allāhu Akbar.”
2. Shouting Out Dua In Unison
A few people yell as loud as possible, as one, while making Du’a during Tawaf. They pursue an Imam or a group leader who says out various Du’as out loud, and afterwards the supporters all duplicate after him as one.
It causes a great deal of doubt and upsets others occupied with their own Du’as. Furthermore, it is additionally not befitting that one should yell and speak more loudly in a spot as a holy place as the Haram.
The right decision you should make before leaving for Hajj and Umrah is to decide your dua’s in your language. You should recite duas during your Tawaf in your heart. So, nobody will be disturbed by you. As our holy prophet advised, “Each of you is conversing with his God, so don’t upset each other or speak more loudly more than each other when perusing (or he said) while praying.” (Abu Dawood, Sahih by Al-Albani).
3. Appointing Separate Duas For Each Circle Of Tawaf
Few people assign special Duas for each round, and there are even books that contain special Duas composed for each round. It isn’t something described in Shariah. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) didn’t present a particular Dua in any of the rounds, and neither did his associates. If He (P.B.U.H) had done something like this, at that point, he would have educated us regarding it.
The main dua that He specified for Tawaf was when He came at the end of every round between Yemeni Corner and Black Stone. He would state,
“Rabbana atina’ fid-dunya hasana wa fil-akhirati hasana wa qina adhaban-nar.”
“Our Lord, give us great in this world and great in the Hereafter and spare us from the punishment of the Fire.”
4. Doing Tawaf For Anyone Else
Numerous individuals commit this error. They circumambulate the Kaaba multiple times, and afterwards, they give the reward of this Tawaf to their friends and family, their relatives or their family members who have passed away. Likewise, when individuals go for Hajj or Umrah, their family members and companions specially request to “do one Tawaf for their sake”.
It isn’t substantial, and there is no proof for its admissibility. Just Hajj and Umrah should be possible for others’ benefit, yet Tawaf independently is impossible for another person. As Sheikh Bin Baz stated, “Tawaf around the Kaaba is impossible as a substitute, so nobody can do Tawaf on behalf of another person, except if he is doing Hajj or Umrah for his sake, where case he may do it for his benefit alongside the remainder of Hajj or Umrah.” (Fatwa Bin Baz)
5. Performing Multiple Umrahs
A few people attend multiple Umrahs in the wake of completing their own, going outside Makkah either to Masjid Ayesha or other Meeqat places to put on another Ihram and perform more Umrahs over and over. A few people do one Umrah daily, some significantly more! It is also not from the Sunnah and not from the act of the Sahabah.
If it were great practice to do numerous Umrahs in one tour, definitely the Prophet (P.B.U.H) would have done so Himself and the Sahabah would have done so as well. In any case, we see that although the Prophet (P.B.U.H) remained in Makkah for 19 days after the Conquest, yet he didn’t leave Makkah to do Umrah, even though he could have effectively done as such.
6. Thinking That Offering Forty Prayers In Madinah Is Necessary
A few people believe it’s essential to finish 40 prayers in the Prophet’s Mosque and this is vital and part of HajjHajj. It’s not. It depends on a powerless Hadith. Nor is it essential to finish 40 prayers there nor is visiting Madina a piece of HajjHajj. Clearly, it is excellent if you can invest as a lot of time as you can in Madina and pray as much as you can in the Prophet’s Mosque, however, to imagine that one needs to finish 40 prayers there isn’t right.
As Sheikh Bin Baz stated in Fatawa Bin Baz, it is not a truth to stay for eight days in Madinah to attend 40 prayers in the holy city of Madinah. It is based on an old hadith that can’t be used as a shred of evidence for this statement.
7. Imagining That Any Dua Will Be Accepted At First Glimpse Of Holy Kaaba
Numerous individuals believe in a myth that the first occasion when they will have a look at holy Kaaba, any Dua that they make will be replied. False! This has no proof from the Shariah. Furthermore, any Hadith that one may discover concerning this issue.
8. Imagining That The Jamarat Are Devils
When a few people go to stone the Jamarat, they have a concept that they are going to stone the devil. They think they are stoning Iblees himself! They even call this custom, “Stoning the devil.” That isn’t valid.
Everything we do when we stone these Jamarat is a demonstration of recalling Allah, following the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) as a demonstration of worship. That is it. Some people get emotional while doing jamarat as they have personal issues with the devil.
9. Touching Or Wiping Over The Kaaba
A few people touch the holy Kaaba or Maqam Ibrahim thinking there is favour in it. They additionally contact and wipe their hands on the pillars of the Grand Mosque or the Prophet’s Mosque and afterwards they rub the hands over themselves accepting this is something great.
It is another demonstration with no premise in the Shariah of Islam. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) didn’t do any of this. If it were great, he would have done as such. In any case, he didn’t do any this act. If you want to earn blessings, do what Allah Almighty and His Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) had ordered to do, not what you like to do.
10. Getting A Haircut In Masjid Al-Haram
Last but not least, in fact, a prevalent and most crucial mistake. Some people get their hair cut done in the courtyard of the holy mosque Masjid al Nabawi. It is a wrong practice. The proper way is to go to any barbershop and have the hair cut done outside the mosque without leaving the state of ihram.
One can’t leave the state of ihram until he had done his haircut. We should maintain the greatness of the holy mosque.
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