How can a Muslim prepare for Hajj and Umrah …

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He, The One. I send peace and blessings upon his final messenger (Al-Mustafa), and upon his family, companions, and those that followed him in righteousness until The Day of Resurrection (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Someone asked Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) the following question:

QUESTION:  Oh noble Shaykh (scholar), what is necessary for the Muslim to prepare for Hajj in regards to before and during his travels?

ANSWER: “That which is necessary for the Muslim to prepare for Hajj or Umrah is for one to increase with everything one needs for his travels, from: money, clothes, equipment, and other than that. This is because possibly one will need it himself, or someone who is accompanying him will need it. Also, increase in Taqwa — which is taking protection from the punishment of Allah — by obeying the commands of Allah and staying away from his prohibitions. As Allah says,

“And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.). So fear Me, O men of understanding!” — Surah Al-Baqarah 2:197

And the majority of things that we find necessary in travels are those things that one needs and considers them small or insignificant, so one doesn’t bring them with him. So if one needs it, or someone accompanying one needs it, then be be steadfast, driven, and prepared for what he thinks will happen, even if it be farfetched.”

This can be found, in it’s original Arabic form, on the Shaykh’s personal website under question number 213:

And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.


Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Dhul-Qi’dah 29, 1432 — October 27, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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