Memoirs from Hajj
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه وبعد
Inshaa’Allaah today I’ll just jot down a few points about what I experienced or a few naseeha for those who haven’t yet gone for Haj. BaarakAllaahu feekum.
1. If you’ve been lazy and haven’t gone for Hajj inspite of having the ability then make tawbah right now and make a sincere intention to go for Hajj this year(1433 H).
2. Start learning Arabic:
a. If you claim to be a “practising” Muslim, a knowledgeable Muslim or a Salafee, Ahlul Hadeeth, Sunni and still can’t converse with a Scholar in Arabic then please question these claims yourself. Please read this thread. When I met Br. Abdulilah Lahmami (hafidhahullaah) he advised me with increasing my knowledge of Arabic. Similarly I met another brother who is currently studying at Islamic Univ. of Madeenah and he also advised me the same thing in our very first meeting. May Allaah reward these brothers.
b. Arabic will not only help you to benefit from the Mashaykh who are there in Makkah & Madeenah but also help you in communicating with the cops or other Arabs which will help you during your stay. If you need directions or in buying and selling or bargaining with a taxi driver,….if you can converse in Arabic it will be easier for you. Note that apart from the official taxis even the common Arabs use their car as a taxi. Hitchhiking/Taking “Lift” is actually not prohibited there but you should bargain well and take your precautions.
3. Learn about various Hajj & Umrah rulings from the mashaykh/Duaat. Don’t base your understanding on just one book or tape and definitely not based on your own interpretation/logic. When you have the slightest doubt check with one of the mashaykh/Duaat. There was a sister and her family who lived in Mina for just 1 night after the night at Muzdalifah and left based on her own understanding of the translation without referring back to someone knowledgeable. Allahul Musta’an. I can’t help but say that she was someone who used to follow the likes of Dr. Zakir Naik, Dr. Israr Ahmed & Dr. Farhat Hashmi (may Allaah rectify the affairs of those who are alive).
Inshaa’Allaah to be continued…