Major Mistakes To Avoid While Performing Hajj and Umrah Rituals

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Performing Hajj and Umrah is a dream come true for every Muslim across the globe. Believers participate in these sacred events to boost their spirits, come closer to Allah Almighty, and ask forgiveness, mercy, & righteousness. However, while performing both the Hajj and Umrah rituals, pilgrims make several common mistakes or blunders that are not permissible and may render all of their supplications (duas) and struggles in performing the spiritual events in vain. There are a few mistakes to avoid while performing Hajj or Umrah to ensure that you perform your sacred rituals properly and earn rewards & blessings.

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Ihram-Related Mistakes:

  • Some pilgrims walk through the specified Ihram station without in the state of Ihram. This is against our Beloved Prophet’s command, which states that every pilgrim must enter the state of Ihram at the Ihram station, which is located on their route. Unless someone bypasses the station, they must either return to the Ihram station and then enter the Ihram, or make atonement by sacrificing a sheep in Makkah and distributing all of its meat to the poor and needy people. This condition is applicable to all pilgrims going towards the sanctified land, regardless of how they arrive: by air, sea, or by land.
  • If someone did not pass through one of the five specified Ihram stations, then he or she must enter Ihram at the location that is closest to the ihram station.

Tawaf-Related Mistakes:

  • It is mandatory to start performing tawaf from the black stone (Hajr-E-Aswad) and not from any other site.
  • Performing tawaf inside the Hijr of Ismail entails traveling around a portion of the Sacred Kabah rather than the entire structure, and is therefore invalid.
  • Ramal entails taking quick, short steps across all 7 rounds. The Ramal is only performed during the first three Tawafs after arrival.
  • Struggling, pushing, and harming one another in order to kiss the Hajr-E-Aswad is not permissible. It’s essential to know that the tawaf is still valid even if the black stone isn’t kissed. Touching or kissing it is Sunnah of Our Beloved Prophet Mohammad.
  • When performing the tawaf, raising one’s voice over others’ may end up causing other pilgrims to become confused or disturbed.
  • Facing trouble to pray at the Maqam-E-Ibrahim. It is sufficient to pray the 2 Rakats after completing tawaf anywhere else in the holiest mosque, not just at the Maqam-E-Ibrahim.

Sa’i-Related Mistakes:

  • Pilgrims going to climb the Hills of Safa and Marwah face the Holy Kabah and gesture with their hands elevated, saying Takbeer “Allahu Akbar” as if they are enchanting Takbeer for prayer. This gesture is incorrect because our beloved Prophet Mohammad only raised his palms just for supplication. Therefore, it is advisable to recite the dhikr which the Our Prophet recited at Safa and Marwah.
  • Accelerating the pace for the entire distance between two hills, whereas the Sunnah is to speed up just between the 2 green posts and then walk at a normal pace the rest of the way.

Throwing Pebbles-Related Mistakes:

  • Pilgrims throw stones at the stone pillars with passion and force. This pebble-throwing ritual, on the other hand, is just prescribed as a way to remember Allah Almighty.
  • Some pilgrims throw large stones, such as the pricing of wood or shoes, which is a religious excess that our beloved Prophet forbade, and only throwing pebbles the size of decent beans is permissible.
  • Crowding and fighting are not permitted while throwing the pebbles. So, it is advisable that you throw the pebbles gently and without injuring anyone.
  • Throwing all of the pebbles at once is a mistake. According to the scholars, it would count as just one throw, and Shari’ah defines throwing pebbles one by one while reciting “Allahu Akbar” at every single throw.
  • If a person is capable of performing this ritual by himself, he should do so rather than appoint a proxy to throw the pebbles due to the fear of crowds as well as hardships. Only the elderly, weak, and the sick are allowed to have a proxy for performing this ritual.

In A Nutshell:

Hence, these are some of the mistakes you should be aware of and avoid. Acknowledge yourself with scholars’ guidelines on how to undertake Hajj and Umrah to ensure the most successful, spiritual, as well as a righteous performance of your sacred pilgrimage. After all, the more you do research or explore, the more resources you’ll get to perform it properly.

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