How to prepare for the Hajj trip

These things should be done before travelling for the Hajj:

  1. To seek and acquire knowledge on how to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah before embarking on the journey.
  2. To repent and beg Allah for His forgiveness.
  3. To do justice and return to the owners whatever one owes to, or keeps in custody for others.
  4. To prepare the expenses of Hajj from lawful income.
  5. To seek good companions who will help in charity and good deeds.
  6. If possible, to travel out on a Thursday in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet [s.a.w.s]. The reality is that such may not be possible because of the flight schedules.
  7. To promise oneself the following:
  • Never to commit sins.
  • To give much reverence to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).
  • To sincerely dedicate the Hajj to Allah with the intention of pleasing Him.
  • To devote oneself to the worship of Allah.
  • Not to argue, quarrel, fight or occupy one's mind with the faults of other people.

Recommended travel acts and invocations:

  • It is Sunnatic for the intending pilgrim to say farewell to his family, relatives and friends before he sets off on his journey.
  • He says to those he leaves behind:

              «سْتوْدِعُكُمُ الل الَّذِى لاَ تَضِيعُ وَدَائِعُهُ

      I leave you in the trust of Allah whose trust is never misplaced).

  • While the resident answers by telling intending traveller/pilgrim:
    تَوْدِعُ الل ««« دِينَكَ وَأَمَانَتَك وَخَوَاتِيمَ عَمَلِك زَوَّدَكَ الل ««« التَّقْوَى وَغَفَرَ ذَنْبَك وَيَسرَّ « كُنْتَ _َ حيْثُ _ لكَ الْخَ «

(place your religion, your faithfulness and the ends of your deeds in the trust of Allah, proceed with Allah's care and protection! May Allah endow you with piety, forgive your sins and facilitate all good for you wherever you are).

  • When the pilgrim leaves home he says:
    «« وتوكلت على ال ««« لا حول ولا قوَّة إلاَّ بالل «« أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَضِلَّ أَو أُضَلَّ أَو أَزِلَّ أَو أُزَلَّ أَوْ _ِّ اللَّهُمَّ إِ « أَظْلِمَ أَو أُظْلَمَ أَو أَجْهَلَ أَو يُجْهَلَ عَلىََّ .«

(In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, There is no might nor power except with Allah. O Allah! I take refuge with You lest I should stray or be led astray, or lapse from virtue myself or by others, or oppress or be oppressed, or behave foolishly or be treated foolishly.)

  • The pilgrim offers travelling prayers by reciting Al-Takbir three times saying: (Allahu Akbar) then says:
    سُبْحَانَ الَّذِى سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَه مُقْرِنِ وَإِنَّا إِلىَ رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فىِ سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبرَِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا ترَْضىَ اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فىِ السَّفَرِ وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فىِ الأَهْلِ اللَّهُمَّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاء السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَة الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فىِ الْ وَالأَهْلِ

(How perfect He is, The One Who has placed this (transport) at our service, and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny. O Allah, we ask You for virtue and piety in this journey of ours, and we ask You for deeds which please You. O Allah, facilitate our journey and let us cover its distance quickly. O Allah, You are The Companion on the journey and The Successor over the family, O Allah, I take refuge with You from the difficulties of travel, from having a change of hearts and being in a bad predicament, and I take refuge in You from an ill-fated outcome in the wealth and the family).