As mentioned previously there are different types of Hajj. The Hajj recommended by the Prophet (PBUH) is called Hajj Tamatu’ which will be the focus of this blog.
We can divide the steps of Hajj Tamatu’ into two basic categories: before 8th and on 8th Dhul Hijjah. Because in Hajj Tamatu’ Umrah and Hajj are separated. The following steps are required when performing Hajj Tamatu’:

  1. Put on ihram from Meeqat or before reaching Meeqat in the month of Hajj.
  2. Make the intention to perform Umrah
  3. Say the Talbiyah لبْيكَ اللَّهُمَّ َلَّبيْك، َلَّبْيكَ لاَ شَرْيكَ َلكَ َلَّبيْك إنَّ اْلحَ ْمَد وَ الِّنْعمَةَ َلكَ وَ اْلمُلكُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَك، (Here I am O Allah, (in response to Your call), here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Indeed all the Praise, Grace and Sovereignty belong to You. You have no partner(.
  4. Perform Tawaf Umrah
  5. Pray two raka’t behind Maqam Ibrahim. It is recommended that you recite Surah Al-Kafirun and Surah al-Ihklas.
  6. Drink Zamzam water
  7. Perform Sa’eey (i.e., walking between Safa and Marwa 7 times)
  8. After finishing the Sa’eey, shave (men) or cut your hair (for women).

With the above steps, the Umrah is complete, and the ihram can be taken off. Wait for the 8th of Dhul Hijjah. You are no longer in the state of ihram.

8th Dhul-Hajj:

8th Dhul-Hajj is the official start date of Hajj. On this day, the pilgrims prepare themselves for the journey ahead. The following steps are to be taken for the 8th Day of Dhul-Hijjah:

  1. Pilgrims put on Ihram again
  2. Make the intention to perform Hajj
  3. Make your way to Mina reciting the Talbiyah لبْيكَ اللَّهُمَّ َلَّبيْك، َلَّبْيكَ لاَ شَرْيكَ َلكَ َلَّبيْك إنَّ اْلحَ ْمَد وَ الِّنْعمَةَ َلكَ وَ اْلمُلكُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَك، (Here I am O Allah, (in response to Your call), here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Indeed, all the Praise, Grace and Sovereignty belong to You. You have no partner). Pilgrims begin walking to Mina after Fajr prayer and usually reach there just before Dhuhr.Note: The Dhuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers are shortened but not combined during the stay at Mina.
  4. After praying Fajr of the next day (9th of Dhul Hijjah), proceed to ‘Arafat. The pilgrims should reach ‘Arafat just before Dhuhr prayer. The 9th of Dhul-Hijjah will be explained in detail in the next article InshaAllah.

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