A BASIC HAJJ GUIDE1433
By: Ahmed Randeree of Randeree’s Pharmacy

 A Basic Hajj Guide 1433

A) THINGS TO DO PRIOR TO DEPARTURE ***
1. To afford the journey to Baitullah (having the necessary means), one must have sufficient legitimate funds to meet the following expenses
a) The necessary funds to travel to and from the House of Allah (The Exalted) at Makkah Mukarramah, Minaa, Arafaat and Muzdalifah. Please note that Hajj becomes Fard even though one does not have the means of going to Madinah Munawwarah.
b) Provide enough funds for the obligatory (Waajib) maintenance of one’s dependants until one’s return from the journey. This includes providing clothing, rent, all monthly expenses, medical needs etc.
c) Fulfil all human obligations (Rights of Human Beings), for example: repay any outstanding debt; if the person has passed away pay it back to his heirs – or get it absolved by them. If their whereabouts are unknown, give the money as charity and pray to Almighty Allah for remission; of those whom you had harmed by teasing / backbiting etc....if they have passed away, pray for their souls...Inshaa – Allah your Du’aa will be accepted, Aameen.
NB: The Hajj performed with “Doubtful resources / ill-gotten funds” will stand discharged but may remain unapproved and loses the heavenly rewards. Pray Almighty Allah give us the ability to discharge theses injunctions with Ikhlaas, Aameen.
2. It is Sunnah to perform Istikhaarah Salaah. This Salaah is to seek Almighty Allah’s Assisstance.
3. Seek sincere repentance from Almighty Allah.
a) Make Taubah for all past sins, give up all sin and for the future resolve not to commit any sin. For example;
i. Compulsory Fasts / Prayers not fulfilled to be completed.
ii. Pay all Zakaah not paid previously.
iii. Fulfil any promise or oath before you leave.
4. Bid farewell and seek forgiveness from relatives and neighbours before departure on this sacred journey
5. Learn the rules (Masaa ‘il) of Umrah and Hajj from anyone learned (‘Ulemaa). Learn the Waajibaat, Sunnat etc. learn the rules of Mufassir with regard to Salaah etc. in a Hadith of our Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam), it is mentioned: “The one who seeks advice never forgets,” refrain from asking too many people – you will get confused.
6. Seek the consent and blessings of aged and sick parents if performing Nafil Hajj.
7. Draw up an Islaamic will (Wasilah) and a traveller’s Will. Settle all important matters or leave instructions before leaving.


MENTAL PREPARATIONS
• Establish Salaah at its correct time. Read a kitaab on the virtues of Salaah and thus connect yourself with Almighty Allah and thereby draw from His vast treasures.
• Try to bring total Deen in one’s life by obeying the Commands of Almighty Allah and following the Mubaarak lifestyle of our Nabee Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The Hajj journey provides one with enough time to practice on the various Sunnats of our Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam).
• The Sunnat Adaab of eating, sleeping, visiting the sick etc must become your lifestyle. Men out of respect for the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) must grow a beard and use the Miswaak.
• Content yourself the Zakaat has been paid out and that all trusts (Amaanat) have been honoured and fulfilled.
• Correct your intention: undertake this Hajj with Ikhlaas solely for the pleasure of Almighty Allah.
• Avoid extravagance. Spend with moderation and do not be miserly.
• Forsake nonsensical and indecent talk.
• Avoid wrangling, quarrelling and arguments.
• Dress decently according to the Sunnah. Women to observe the rules of Purdah.
• Learn to abide by the rules of the country, Saudi Arabia. ****
• “Travel is but one part of Jahannam.” Going on a journey (Safar) reveals the true character of a person.
• Remember Hajj Mabroor entails the following:
Salaam / Kalaam and Tha’aam:
Spread Salaam.
Try and greet every Haajee (known and unknown).
Feed the people.
Give charity. Buy a poor person a meal etc.
Speak soft and sweet words.
Remember the above points and try and practice on them at home prior to departure. The Hajj journey affords an individual to strengthen his Imaan (faith) by sharing what little knowledge he has of Deen and reminding his fellow Muslims about his duties / responsibilities towards reviving the total Deen in this corrupt world of today reminding a fellow brother is beneficial to one. The more one practices this, the more the greatness of Almighty Allah and the Tareeka of Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) enters his heart.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:
A vaccination certificate is required from all travellers for:
i. Yellow fever
ii. Meningitis trivalent
iii. Pregnant women, cancer patients and patients taking steroids and antibiotics are advised not to take inoculations.



REQUIREMENTS FOR MEN CLOTHING:
1. Underwear
2. 2 or more Mosque hats
3. Pyjamas: 2 sets or 2 lungees
4. Socks: 1 pair is sufficient
5. A thin light jersey
6. 3 handkerchiefs
7. A head scarf (purchase in Makkah)
8. Ihraam: Towelling or cloth. White colour is Mustahab.
9. Ihraam belt or sewn money belt.
10. Towels: one large bath towel and one hand towel for wudu
11. Kurtahs: 3 sets will be sufficient
12. Shoes: 1 pair comfortable or one pair of sandals
13. 1 pair of beach tongs.


TOILETRIES:
1. Comb or hairbrush
2. Toothbrush and toothpaste
3. Razor blades or battery shaver
4. Miswaak and attar / perfume
5. Scissors and or nail clipper
6. Cotton ear – buds and pocket tissue

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED ITEMS:
1. A small pocket diary or book to record important information.
2. A leak-proof ball-point pen
3. A travel alarm clock
4. Sunglasses
5. A white folding umbrella
6. A pocket penlight torch
7. A leather pouch / hand luggage for passports and foreign currency
8. A Hajj guide
9. A plastic jug or budhnee for toilet
10. A small Qur ‘aan Shareef and Pansura
11. A musallah and Tasbeeh
12. A toilet roll or wet wipes
13. A pouch type bag for stones
14. Medicines for self medication and pre-scribed medicines sufficient for total stay overseas.
15. Sewing kit
16. A collapsible cup for drinking Zam-Zam water.

REQUIREMENTS FOR LADIES CLOTHING FOR 6 -8 WEEKS:
1. 2 night dresses or pyjamas
2. 1 light Dacron /cotton gown
3. 2 cool long frocks (hotel use)
4. 1 pair comfortable sandals
5. Clothes and Ihraam
6. 4 -6 prayer robes (Burkahs) and sewn clothing garments in assorted colours. These garments are your customary daily dress (frock) and pants (ejaar). The sleeves must be to the wrist and the dress must have a high neckline.
NB: there is no specific Ihraam garment for women. Thus if a women intends going directly to Makkah, her normal clothes worn from home on the day of her departure will suffice.

IHRAAM FOR WOMEN:
1. Must wear sewn clothes of any colour and cover their heads. They must leave their faces uncovered but must observe Hijaab in the presence of strangers by concealing their faces in a manner that the cloth (veil) does not touch their faces. They may wear stocking ornaments and jewellery.
• One convenient way of concealing the face is to wear a peak cap and affixing a veil onto it in manner that the veil does not touch the face.

2. Towels: one large bath towel and one hand towel for wudu.
3. Underwear
4. A light jersey
5. A large travelling handbag which will have the following items in:
a. Passport and or plane ticket
b. Travellers cheques
c. Note book
d. Sweets
e. Tissues / pocket packs
f. Tablets for nausea and vomiting / headaches and prescribed medicines
g. Ball point pen
h. Qur ‘aan Shareef / Hajj guide etc.



TOILETRIES:
1. Comb or hairbrush
2. Toothbrush and toothpaste
3. Hair removing cream
4. Sanitary pads
5. Shampoo and conditioner
6. Toilet roll and tissues
7. Travel sewing kit
8. Medicine pack
9. Elastoplast strips
10. Lip / ice / vicks / Zam buk / Eno sachets / white Vaseline / anitiseptic powder
11. Soap powder for washing clothes / small pack
12. Travel iron / hair dryer
13. Eulactol Heel Balm
14. Prescribed medicines for total period

ITEMS THAT SHOULD BE CARRIED IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE:
1. Toiletry bag with contents listed above
2. Ihraam and Ihraam belt. If Ihraam is adopted in Nairobi / Harare etc.
3. Beach tongs
4. Small Qur ‘aan Shareef and Pansura
5. Musallah and Tasbeeh
6. A thin sheet for sleeping on the floor and eating on the floor (Dastarkhan)
7. Plastic jug Budhnee for toilet
8. All perishable food to eat en route to Jeddah
9. A separate bag / pouch to hold the following:
a. Passport
b. Air tickets
c. Cash dollar bills
d. Health certificates etc
10. Remember to include a set of your wife’s clothes in your bags and vice versa in the event of your bags being mislaid or delayed at the transit airport.
11. Plastic cup for drinking water
12. Small can cool drinks frozen at home prior to departure
13. Remember that all your valuables should be kept with you and not in your luggage stored in the hold of the aeroplane.



FOOD
1. Biscuits
2. Glucose sweets / powder
3. Tea- bags and immersion heater
4. Lemon pickles (Atchaar)
5. Perishable food (eat during transit)
6. Isotonic game /daymaker juices to be mixed with Zam Zam water. Tang powder (orange, apple, pineapple flavour) available in Makkah.
7. A sheet / dastarkhan invaluable
8. As fas as possible only drink Zam Zam or mineral water. “Waadi Faatima”
9. Paskistani restaurants provide good food, inexpensive
10. Fresh rolls / bread and milk groceries can be purchased daily
11. Fresh fish and fruit available at the market. Live fowls can be selected and slaughtered, cleaned and cooked.
12. Buy 2 or 5 litre cans for Zam Zam. Keep in refrigerator.
13. Buy fresh Kajoor / dates at the market in Madinah tul Munawwarah
14. There are many ice – cream parlours near the Haram.
15. South African type food is available both in Makkah and Madinah Shareef, delivered to your hotel.
16. Alhamdollillah, Almighty Allah ensures that there is never a shortage of food in Makkah/ Madinah Shareef / Mina and Arafaat.
17. Avoid purchasing food sold on the pavements.

MEDICINE AND MEDICAL CARE
South African doctors staying at the more popular hotels provide assistance to pilgrims daily at certain specified times. A room is made available for examination and a “dispensary” is set up to assist you. Check with the hotel reception.
The following medicines may be required by you in Makkah and Madinah Shareef, for self medication purposes.
1. For nausea and vomiting , motion sickness: Valoid, Stugeron, Avomine
2. For diarrhoea: Limotil, Imodium
3. For colds and flu: flutex, fluend
4. For heat fatigue and dehydration: rehidrat sachets
5. For heartburn and acidity: Betaclomin Gel, gelusil, Rennies.
6. For fever, or headaches or body pains - panado, propain, suncodin, painamol tablets
7. For constipation: senekot, dulcolax
8. For allergic rash or itches: Allergex, anthisan, phenergan
9. For cough: betalin expectorant or any other cough mixture
10. For fatigue, energy, tiredness – berocca
11. For sore throat: cepacaine, medi – keel, cepacol, trochain lozenges
12. For cracked heel: eulactol heel balm, ingrams camphor cream, glysolid
13. For arthritis and joint pains: brufen
14. For dry eyes: tears natural, tears plus
15. For itchy watery eyes: spersallerg
16. For ear –ache: aurasept, aurone forte ear drops
17. For malaria prophylaxis: (only if visiting Indo – Park) , mefliam
18. For baldder or kidney infection: bactrim
19. For severe chest infection and sore throat: moxypen
20. For severe vomiting or gastric upset: maxolon

Although most of these medicines are available over the counter at most pharmacies in Saudi Arabia, it may be easier to carry them with you, for example: cough mixtures etc.
If you suffer from a chronic illness eg: diabetes, hypertension etc, a condition that requires you to take daily medication at specified times, kindly ensure that you carry sufficient supply to last your total stay. Do not stop your medication and continue taking them as you do at home. It may be dangerous to stop suddenly and it could spoil your trip and your ability to perform Namaaz / Tawaaf/ Sa’ee etc.
During one’s stay in the holy lands one does not normally encounter any serious illness. Self medication with medicines brought from South Africa should be sufficient to take care of such minor complaints.



YOU ARE ALMOST READY FOR DEPARTURE – BEFORE LEAVING HOME.
i. Give charity / sadaqa and pray for a safe journey.
ii. Perform 2 Rakaat Salaatul – Hajaat at home and local Masjid.
iii. Read Masnoon du’aas before leaving home.
Travel with enthusiasm, zeal. The longing of a lover travelling to the Beloved. Accompany pious and trustworthy people. Do not travel alone. Spend with greatest ease and generosity. Learn to shop moderately and with honesty. Do not be stingy. Be careful of bribery (Haraam). Any hardship to be borne with Patience (Sabr). Avoid any sinful act. Refrain from obscene language. Check your anger. Make Dhikr. Cut off all worldly connections. Connect yourself to Allah Almighty (leave all business dealings).
Finally the rules of Mahram must be strictly observed. And the prospective Haajee must be an adult, mature (Baaligh) Muslim. Must be sound mental health and only undertake the journey if the route is safe. (Na- Baaligh individuals can only perform Nafl Hajj).

BAGGAGE
• 2 Pieces of luggage is sufficient; hand luggage and suit case.
• These must be sturdy, well labelled and have locks.
• For easy identification use bright neon coloured stickers.
• Travel lightly.
• Third piece of “luggage” (Bag of past and present sins) will not be weighed in South Africa but will Inshaa- Allah be “Off-loaded” on the Day of Arafaat. Remember that to have any doubts about ones forgiveness on the Day of Arafaat is Haraam.
• The contents of a small bag to be carried for the 5 days of Hajj is listed in the Hajj guide list
• Medicines – refer to the section on medicines in your Hajj guide List
• Food – refer to the section on food in your Hajj guide list.

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We pray that Almighty Allah grants you the true understanding of the Deen of Islaam and the responsibilities that we shoulder in this short and temporary world and pray that he grants us the taufeeq to make fikr for His Deen and thereby enable us to attain Jannatul Firdous (Aameen).
A) Take ghusl (complete: remove unwanted hair, nails etc).
B) Perform 2 rakaats Salaah for Safar and Salaah –tul- Hajaat.
C) Use Attar.
D) Ensure all your valuable are on your person (money, jewellery).
E) Seek forgiveness from near and dear family members. Remember death.
F) Make Du’aa before leaving your home for the ‘Ummat at large, for peace and safety of your family / community / country and for the Hidaayat (guidance) of all mankind until the Day of Qiyaamah. Beg of the Almighty to make your journey a safe one and to enable you to fulfil the rights (Arkaan) of Hajj, to respect the Haramain – Sharifain (Holy Cities), for peace among fellow travellers, for sabr and patience in the face of trials and tribulations, for safety of your home and near and dear ones etc.
G) Finally it is our fervent Du’aa (prayer) that Almighty Allah grant your Hajj makbool and mabroor and that He make this journey / sacrifice a means of
your success in the dunyah, Qabr and Aakhirat, Aameen.


 

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