So mashaAllah you have made intention to go for Hajj or Umrah and you want to make the most of it. But what are some of the things you can do in Makkah? Here’s just 5 things to do to make your time worthwhile.
Might sound obvious but a lot of people neglect this.
Abu al-Darda’ narrated in Tabarani’s Mu`jam al-Kabir wherein the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stated, “A prayer in the Masjid al-Haram is akin to a hundred thousand prayers, a prayer in my mosque to a thousand prayers, and a prayer in the Bayt al-Maqdis to five hundred prayers.”
Get their early as the doors do get closed to safety and security reasons.
There is an Azan given an hour so before Fajr. This is indicating the time for Tahajjud. What a beautiful opportunity to pray Tahajjud, an optional Salah which holds magnitude of rewards, in the Masjid where the reward is 100,000 prayers!
Abu Hurayra (Ra) reports that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.” [Muslim]
Reciting the Qur’an
What an experience it is to read the Qur’an in front of the Ka’bah! There are thousands of copies of the Qur’an kept on the book cases. Pick one up and read! The rewards of reciting the Quran are many. An authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee states:
Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.
Oh and just when you thought you might struggle to read the Qur’an:
‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
What better place to drink Zamzam Water than the place it sprung out from! Zamzam is widely available in taps and barrels. They are regularly filled up and it’s… free!
Ibn al-Mubaarak entered Zamzam and said, “O Allaah, Ibn al-Mu’ammal told me, from Abu’l-Zubayr from Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for,’ so, O Allaah, I am drinking it (to quench) my thirst on the Day of Resurrection.”
Last but not least, the ONLY thing you can’t do anywhere else in the world is to do Tawaf of the Ka’bah. Try to do Tawaf everyday whilst you’re there as the rewards and virtues are tremendous.
Abu Dawood (1888) and at-Tirmidhi (902) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Circumambulation of the House, going between as-Safa and al-Marwah, and stoning of the Jamaraat were only ordained in order to establish the remembrance of Allah.”
May Allah accept your worship, Aameen