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    Things Every Hajji Should Know


    Hajj is the pilgrimage of a lifetime for all Muslims. It represents a mental, physical and spiritual journey to the holy mosque in Makkah, undertaken by everyone in good health. Every year, around two million Muslims travel to Al-Masjid Al-Haram to perform a number of spiritual rites, a number that clearly shows the importance of such a pilgrimage.

    While all Muslims know that they need to do Hajj at least once in their lives, as it’s one of the Five Pillars of Islam, not everyone knows exactly what it entails to prepare and complete this journey. The importance of knowing what to expect and planning ahead will only make this journey more beautiful and meaningful for every Hajji that embarks on it.

     

    Hajj is Physically Demanding

    Keeping yourself in good shape is essential for a successful Hajj. Temperatures in Saudi Arabia are generally high throughout the year, anywhere from 30oC to 40oC, so it’s vital that you’re fit enough to be able to walk for a very long time in the heat – and not suffer heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

    Build up your endurance by going on regular walks in the weeks before Hajj, and take preventative medication with you, just in case – after all, you don’t want to get sick during the most important journey of your life! Keep yourself hydrated during this time, as you’ll probably lose a lot of water sweating and performing physically exhausting activities, and eat well.

    Eating healthy is not just important during Ramadan, as it should be observed all year around, especially before and during Hajj, when your body needs all the help it can get to remain in good physical shape throughout the pilgrimage.

    Enter the Right Mindset

    Preparing your mind is just as important as preparing your body. You need to be mentally prepared to surrender yourself to Allah (SWT), as you’ll be tested in many different ways, including your patience and discipline.

    You may even want to talk to people who have already performed Hajj, so you’re more aware of what to expect. While this pilgrimage is one of the most spiritually beautiful and enriching experiences of your life, you’ll also find things you won’t like or that upset you. Try not to react negatively towards anything and instead keep a positive mindset to better appreciate the emotional and inspiring experiences you’ll be going through.

     

    Prepare Yourself Spiritually

    This is perhaps the most important aspect every Muslim needs to consider. Making this a priority can prepare you for the tests ahead, which are both challenging and rewarding at the same time. Start by reading about what Hajj really entails, like the rites, prayers and actions you should undertake – as well as knowing that Hajj implies a complete surrender to Allah (SWT) as you purify yourself.

    Another thing you should do even before you reach Makkah is self-reflection. Be aware of what you need to ask forgiveness for and evaluate your weaknesses and sins, so that you can finish the pilgrimage a better person than when you started.

    You should also perform Hajj with the intent of never repeating the sins you’re repenting for – you’re likely only going to do this pilgrimage once in your life, so take full advantage of it and claim the rewards it offers by truly improving yourself in all aspects; and by committing yourself to avoiding actions and attitudes that may hurt others or damage yourself spiritually.

     


    Hajj is truly something that can only be experienced in person, not explained. This is a journey that all Muslims have to accomplish, and we’re passionate about helping you do it with our Hajj packages, which will allow you to fully benefit from this spiritual quest. You can contact us at anytime or call us on 020 8554 7070 to learn more about making Hajj a reality!

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