Having the opportunity to perform Hajj is a great blessing from Allah (SWT). It is a lifetime dream for every Muslim to perform Hajj. Because our beloved Prophet (Pbuh) said in the Hadith that Hajj wipes one’s sins and makes him/her like a newborn and thus makes the Pilgrim closer to Allah. Abu Hurayra (Ra.) narrated that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or commit any evil will go back (free of) sin as on the day his mother bore him.” (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim). In another narration, Great Prophet (Pbuh) said: “An accepted pilgrimage brings no less a reward than Paradise.” (Muslim).
Pilgrims of Hajj are the guests of Allah, and He, the Almighty, pledged to generously host and honour them. Umar (Ra.) narrated that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “The pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah are the guests of Allah. He invited them and they responded and when they supplicate Him, He answers their supplication; and when they ask for His forgiveness, He forgives them.” (Ibn Majah). The supplications of pilgrims would be accepted without being limited to their own matters. The Prophet (Pbuh) said: ‘The pilgrim is forgiven and the person for whom the pilgrim supplicates is also forgiven.’ (Mustadrak Al Hakim).
When a pilgrim returns from the journey of Hajj, he should go to the Mosque of his locality and perform two Rakats of prayer (Salat) prior to entering his/her home. It is a valuable Sunnah of our beloved prophet (Pbuh). Ka’b Ibn Makik (Ra.) reported that the messenger of Allah (Pbuh) would not arrive from a journey except daytime in the forenoon, so if he arrived he started with the mosque and prayed two Rakats in it then sat.’ (Sahih Muslim). The messenger of Allah (Pbuh) also said: ‘whoever desire to travel should offer two Rakats of prayer in his home prior to travelling and when he returns from his journey he should seek the mosque and offer two Rakats therein.’ (Radd Al Muhtar).
A pilgrim should keep in mind that the Mabroor (accepted) Hajj has signs. Signs of acceptance of Ibadah (Worship) is when has been positive change in worshiper’s lives. A Muslim whose condition is better after performing Hajj than his state before it, as he/she is eager to perform good deeds like performing prayer in congregation and paying Zakat it will be a sign that his Hajj has been accepted by Allah (SWT). Therefore, it is essential that the Pilgrim is watchful over his/hers actions and conversations and should try his/her utmost to instill in himself/herself good characters and refrain from all types of evil. The most prominent of these signs is the continuity of uprightness and obedience to Allah (SWT). Therefore, upon returning home, a pilgrim should continually fulfill the obligation of performing Salat (prayer), Zakat, Fasting (in Ramadan), dutifulness to his/her parents, visiting kith and kin, being charitable and benevolent to Allah’s (SWT) creatures, taking the morals of the Qur’an as a model and all what Allah (SWT) has obligated on him to do and he should avoid all the things forbidden by Him. He should also occupy time in good deeds as much as possible such as reading the holy Qur’an everyday, keeping company with righteous Muslims and carrying the message of Islam by inviting people to it and showing a good example. He can inspire other relatives and friends upon whom Hajj is obligatory (Farj) to start making preparations from now and to go and perform this great duty of Hajj next year.
Some pilgrims adopt the habit of talking frequently about their pilgrimage in order that people may come to know of their Hajj. This is a complot from devil who ruins worships of the person who is unaware of it. Therefore one should not wish to be called or recognised as a ‘Hajji’, which with the time unfortunately is reduced to status symbol. There should be no pomp or show. A pilgrim should not talk about his Hajj without necessity as it may lead him to ‘Riyaa’ (exhibitionism). A pilgrim should make his/her Hajj a turning point in life, reckon himself and determine what influence Hajj had upon his/her heart, attitude, words and deeds.
The writer is Khatib of Baitush Shofiq Mosque and