Good Things to Do During Hajj

Say Salaam to strangers
Smile at your fellow Muslims – it’s sadaqah!
Read Qur’an with the Tafseer
Do the authentic dhikr of the morning and evening
Make dua during your sajdah
Stand to the side of a gate and offer people water/tea as they leave
Give major attention to shy people in your group
Purify your actions for the sake of Allah
Make dua for your friends (and the author of this list :))
“The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: Ameen! May it be for you too’” [Muslim].
Remember – during the heat – the unending torment of Hellfire
Say ‘Laa ilaaha illa Allah, wahdahu laa sharika lah, lahul Mulk wa lahul hamd, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer’ 100 times
Give charity to those who sell meager things (sandals/eggs)
Forgive people that wrong you
Talk to 10 different people from 10 different countries
Compliment someone sincerely
Visit the hospital and thank Allah for all that He has given you
Offer perfume to those around you
Remember specific blessings Allah has bestowed upon you and say Alhamdulillah
Pray to Allah using his 99 most beautiful names (al Asmaa’ al Husna)
Use a Miswak
Fill your pockets with candies and give to the children that you meet
Always intend reward from Allah for everything you do
Donate a Qur’an: When you visit Makkah and Madinah you will see thousands of Qur’ans in the Harams. You may wonder where they come from. You will be surprised to know that a large majority are donated by people like you. Yes, you can donate Qur’ans to both Harams in Madinah and Makkah. It’s very simple; there are tons of bookstores outside the Masaajid. Just go to a bookstore and tell them you want to buy a Qur’an or Qur’ans to donate to the Harams. The bookstore will know which Qur’an to give you, and they’ll stamp the inside for you as well. It costs about 20 to 30 Riyal (about 8 dollars/4 pounds). You then take the Qur’an and put it anywhere you like in the Masjid. It is that simple. Can you imagine the reward you would get for people reading from a Qur’an you donated? If the Qur’an lasts until next Ramadan, then you would get the reward of all the people reading the Qur’an you donated in Ramadan in the holiest places on Earth, while you will already be back home!
Give water to others: You will see people start coming in the Masjid especially in Makkah for Jumu’ah a few hours before it starts. It is not uncommon for people to arrive around 9-10am for Jumu’ah that starts at 1pm. The reason being that the crowds swells so much that people end up praying up to a mile away on the streets. To get a good spot near the front of the row, people have to brave scorching heat and sun by sitting in the open courtyard for hours. A good way to capitalize on this is (in terms of ajar) is to bring to two 2-liter empty water bottles when you arrive. Fill them with Zam Zam before you sit down in the courtyard. Grab some cups as well. As the crowds begin to increase and it gets hot, start passing out water to those near you. When the bottles finish, ask someone to save your spot. Go refill the bottles and repeat passing out the water to those in the courtyard near you. Remember the Hadith Qudsi regarding giving people water to drink.
Wheelchairs: Would you like to be able to do multiple Umrahs/Hajj/Salahs at the same time? Donate a wheelchair. There is a hadith that says whosoever becomes a means for something good get the reward for that good act. So imagine, if you donated a wheelchair and someone was able to do Umrah/Hajj and go to the Masjid on the wheelchair. Can you imagine the reward?! Donate a wheelchair and register it at the office by Door 25 (in Madinah). It cost about 200 Riyal (50 dollars/25 pounds). Or just buy a foldable prayer stool for those people who cannot sit down and leave it in the masjid. This costs just 30 Riyal (9 dollars/4 pounds).


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