How to Prepare Yourself Mentally and Internally for Hajj or Umrah?

As Hajj and Umrah are acts of worship, they must be undertaken peacefully and with ultimate devotion. To get into the appropriate state of mind before going on this unique pilgrimage, there are a few easy but vital things you must do.

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1. Make Sure Your Intention Is Pure:

It must be exclusively for Allah’s sake that you perform Hajj or Umrah. Your major intention should also be to accomplish a mandatory responsibility and to be faithful to Allah’s will in the context of Hajj and Umrah. The spiritual pilgrimage should never be taken for the purpose of relaxation, tourism, or, most importantly, ostentation. It should never happen to please or impress people by an external display of piety. During the whole journey, keep asking yourself why you’re putting so much time, effort, and money into it. Your response must always be that it is for Allah’s sake and pleasure.

These constant inner reminders will help you retain a deep connection with Allah Almighty and also deal with the inevitable hardships that will arise during your pilgrimage. During your travel, make more of an effort to avoid criticizing or becoming angry. Keep in mind that everything happens according to Allah’s will and order, and you will almost certainly encounter a trial.

2. Ask For Support And Assistance:

Before you embark on your journey, pray to Allah for guidance, asking Him to enable you to conduct the Hajj and Umrah rituals in the proper manner. You should also request Him to help you maintain good etiquette when traveling and in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

3. Repentance:

Repent for your little and significant sins before embarking on your pilgrimage. Repentance usually has three prominent conditions:

1. Must express regret and shame for previous misdeeds, and make amends if possible.

2. Avoid committing those sins instantly.

3. Make a firm determination not to do those sins again.

True repentance does not consist solely of verbal repentance which doesn’t meet the above-mentioned conditions. The following is a suggested way for requesting forgiveness:

  • Perform ghusl or wudhu (ablution).
  • Repent by performing two rakats of Salah.
  • Send salutations or Darood Shareef to Rasulullah (ﷺ) after offering the Salah.
  • Make a dua with humbleness and also submit to seek forgiveness. If you can, cry and beg Allah Almighty as much as possible. In repenting for both little and severe sins, you should be sincere and ashamed.

4. Seek Forgiveness From Those Around You:

No matter whether the person is a Muslim or not, you should make a truthful effort to ask forgiveness from someone you may have mistreated, backbit, or damaged in any way. Remind yourself that everyone has rights, which is known as Huqooq al-Ibaad, and that you should make more of an effort to resolve any difficulties with anybody whose rights you have previously violated.

5. Make Exceptional Fasts, Prayers, And Almsgiving:

Non-observance of prayer, fasting in Ramadan, and almsgiving must be rectified to the fullest extent before your journey. To do so, ask forgiveness for missing the above-mentioned obligations. You should attempt to do Qada (paying in) for any necessary acts of worship you may have neglected after you hit puberty. If you’ve not paid Zakah for a long time, figure out how much you owe and pay it. Make an estimate, if a calculation isn’t possible for you. If completing the Qada prior to Hajj or Umrah is problematic, an effort should be made to accomplish the Qada in Makkah and Madina cities.

6. Must Pay Off Debts:

If you have a debt or any other financial responsibility towards someone, pay it off. Get a transaction receipt for future reference if necessary. If the creditor has passed away, you need to return the money to the deceased person’s heirs before seeking forgiveness. If you can’t find the person or his or her family, donate the amount owed to charity on the creditor’s behalf.

If you believe it will be impossible to repay the debt, make a solid commitment to do so in the future and select someone to pay the balance if you die. If you die while having debt and no arrangement has been established to return to the creditor on the Day of Judgement, the creditor will be reimbursed with your good deeds.

7. Returning Amanah And Earn By Halal Means:

If you have anyone’s possession, whether it is an Amanah or not, you must return it to the right person before embarking on your sacred pilgrimage. Expenses for both Hajj and Umrah must be paid with legally earned money. You must ensure that the finances did not come from illegal or dubious sources. A single bite of Haram destroys a minimum of three generations, so that, if you earn through halal means, you will be able to perform the rewarded Umrah and Hajj.

Although the Hajj rites would not be considered complete if they did with illegal (haram) money, it would not be acceptable, and no reward would be given.

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