Hajj is an obligatory act and occupies very important position in the various forms of Islamic worship. It is compulsory to perform hajj once in a life if one can afford and is able to travel being physically fit and can tackle hajj expenses. So every Muslim tries his best to perform this essential religious duty as soon as possible. There are many Cheap Hajj and Umrah packages including flights and Hotels available for middle-standard people. While performing this religious duty, you must be careful about something. Many mistakes are done by the pilgrims which can decrease your reward or even can demolish your Hajj just because of the lack of knowledge. So you must have some understanding and knowledge about those things.
Having Strong beliefs (Aqidah):
Being Muslim your beliefs must be according to the Quran and Hadith and your all actions not only during your Hajj but also in your life must be according to the Shariah of Islam without any false interpret. Many Pilgrims pray to the grave when they travel to Madinah, they make Dua to the prophet of Allah (PBUH), this act is totally against the Islamic constitution. This could not only ruin your hajj but also nullify the Islam of those who do so. So don’t make Dua to anyone except Allah. Your intention to go Madinah must be to visit the mosque of Muhammad (PBUH), Masjid Al-Nabwi rather than making Dua to the Prophet.
Common Mistake done by the pilgrims while in Ihram:
Ihram is the specific dress that is essential to wear for Hajj and Umrah, and you don’t have to pass the place called Miqat without being in the state of Ihram. Be careful! If you are landing at Jeddah and are going to Mecca directly to perform Umrah, you must be in the state of Ihram, as Jeddah is inside the Miqat. So you need your Ihram, towels with you on the plan in your luggage if you are landing directly at Jeddah. Women need not to wear specific dress; they can wear anything Islamically permissible as their Ihram. Don’t uncover your right shoulder until you reach the Kabah and being Tawaf. You are not allowed to shave your hears before, during and after Ihram. You are not allowed to wear stiches in Ihram which means you cannot wear pieces of cloth which are sewn together to wrap your body such as T-shirt. For both men and women, it is recommended to bath with unscented soap before wearing the Ihram, when beginning your Ihram, do it from where you are, e.g. in your hotel on the street or airplane.
Things to be noted during your Tawaf (circumambulation the house of Allah):
While doing Tawaf, you don’t have to say your intention out loud as Prophet never did except after Ihram. You don’t have to touch the black stone at any cost, if there is crowd you may face your hand toward the black stone and say Allah-o-Akbar, don’t hurt or push anyone to kiss the black stone. Same you don’t have to kiss the Yemeni Corner, you may only face it. While touching or facing, don’t worship the black stone, you have come here to worship only Allah.
Make Dua by yourself and don’t pray in the shouting group around the Kabaah, just read Quran and make your Dua by your heart and glorify Allah. The Kabaah should be to your left, don’t back to the Kabah during the Tawaf. Don’t stand at the black stone for a long time, just move on.
Things to be noted when you are in Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah:
First you should confirm about the location whether it is inside or outside the border. Second don’t reserve a place beyond your need as people are searching place for their rest and sleep. Don’t waste your precious hajj time in vain chit-chat rather spend your time as maximum as you can in Zikar, glorifying Allah, reciting Quran, and offer prayers. It is not necessary to go to the Mt. of mercy in Afafat, many people hurt themselves and other because of huge crowd. You cannot leave Afafah before Magrib time. Make sure you are at Muzdalifah before you stop and rest, it is common mistake occurred by some pilgrims they think they are at Muzdalifah but actually they are not. There are many other mistakes which are done by many pilgrims, so you should know all those before preparing for Hajj.