Sad you missed out on Hajj?

Sad you missed out on Hajj?

Many of us feel left out. We feel deprived. We feel depressed. We feel very sad at heart. This is because many of us did not get the opportunity to go and visit the Sacred House of Allah this year. Some of us may have already gone for Hajj, but yet we miss the Ka’bah already. Many of us have never gone for Hajj, and we feel extremely disheartened.

But don’t feel sad, and don’t feel deprived. Yes, we should all make sincere du’aa’s that Allah bless us to visit His Sacred House sometime in the near future, or at least before we leave this world. However, the Prophet Muhammad told you of a way that you can get the rewards of Hajj & ‘Umrah, without having to travel far. Yes, you can get the ultimate rewards of Hajj and ‘Umrah , right where you are!

Don’t believe it? Have doubts? Think it’s too good to be true?

Then listen to the Prophetic words yourself:

مَنْ صَلَّى الفَجْرَ فِي جَمَاعَةٍ ثُمَّ قَعَدَ يَذكُرُ اللهَ, حَتَّى يَطلُعَ الشَّمْسُ, ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي رَكْعَتَينِ, كَانَتْ لَهُ كَأَجْرِ حَجَّةٍ وَعُمرَةٍ تَامَّة تَامَّة تَامَّة

Anas Ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) said that, the Messenger of Allah (may Allah send peace & blessings upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr Prayer in congregation, and then sits and remembers Allah until the sun rises, and then prays 2 rak’as, he will gain a reward equal to that of performing a perfect, perfect, perfect Hajj and Umrah.”

Some people like to narrate weak hadeeths, related to the virtues of certain deeds, just to ‘motivate’ or impress the people. Like, “whoever says this du’aa’ will get the reward of 70,000 martyrs, 70,000 siddeeqeen and 70,000 prophets.” Or what they narrate about the first 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah, that “each night that a person prays (Tahajjud) is equivalent to Laylat al-Qadr”. We should not do this. We should only accept what has been authentically transmitted from the Messenger of Allah, so we can confirm and establish that he really made this statement.

So for your information: This hadeeth was recorded by At-Tirmidhi in his Jaami’, and he said that it is “Hasan Saheeh” [authentic]. This hadeeth was graded “saheeh” by the Scholar of Hadeeth, Al-Albaani, in his Saheeh Al-Jaami’, hadeeth # 6346. Other slightly different wordings of this hadeeth were authenticated by Ibn Hajar, As-Suyooti, Al-Haythami and Al-Mundhiri.

Dear reader, the Messenger of Allah has told us, that if we pray the “Fajr Prayer” (i.e. the dawn prayer), in “jamaa’ah“.  Jamaa’ah means, congregation. Many times in the Sunnah, when the term jamaa’ah is used, it is specifically referring to: “The Masjid”. However, the general meaning of jamaa’ah, is if a person prays along with at least two people. Some scholars said, the minimum amount of people for a Prayer to be considered “jamaa’ah” is 3. But the correct opinion is that 2 people are sufficient, for the Prayer to be considered “jamaa’ah”. This is the meaning of this term, in this particular hadeeth. * But of course, there is no doubt that praying in the Masjid is much more preferrable. And it is also obligatory upon all Muslim men, due to many authentic evidences. If someone has a legitimate excuse that is preventing him, then he is definitely excused, as long as that preventing factor is there. Allah said in Surah 2, verse # 185: “Allah wants to make things easy for you, He doesn’t want to make things difficult for you.”

Lastly, dear reader, look at the end of the hadeeth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated that such a person — who prays the Fajr Salah in jamaa’ah, and sits until the sun rises (all the while remembering Allah and reading Quran and various adhkaar), and then gets up and prays 2 Rak’ahs — will get a reward similar to that of a perfect, perfect, perfect Hajj and ‘Umrah! The Prophet speficially repeated the word “taammah” (complete or perfect) 3 times.

What an amazing gift your Messenger has put in front of you! All you have to do now, is reach out to take this gift. If you just sit back and stare at this gift, then you will keep on staring. But if you want to benefit, come forward and seize this golden chance. Get a Hajj & ‘Umrah reward today!

PS – (disclaimer) If you think that just by doing this, you don’t have to go for Hajj (i.e. you’ve fulfilled the obligation of performing Hajj), then think again. No! You still have to go to Makkah and perform all the rituals of Hajj. This isn’t some kind of short-cut or timesaver. This is merely a chance for all of you who couldn’t go for Hajj this year, to get a taste of the ultimate rewards of Hajj (plus ‘Umrah). You can get these amazing unbelievable rewards by simply following this hadeeth.

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  1. 3
    Abd Al-Baasit

    I will try my best to write some more stuff. Currently Imam Karim (here @ PGMA) .. you know he’s gone for Hajj. So I’m basically in charge of everything here. I gotta do the khutbahs and 5 prayers, and lectures, monday-friday and saturday, and also sunday morning.

    So I’m kinda tied up. I will try my best to get something right after Hajj season. :) :)

    May Allah bless you, Br. Aamer, in your cool ‘trade’. Yea, that was definitely sneaky. I never even heard a click, or saw a flash. Or even saw you taking the picture.

    JAK for everything, may Allah reward you, with all the good of this world and also the next.

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    Abd Al-Baasit

    I will try my best to write some more stuff. Currently Imam Karim (here @ PGMA) .. you know he’s gone for Hajj. So I’m basically in charge of everything here. I gotta do the khutbahs and 5 prayers, and lectures, monday-friday and saturday, and also sunday morning.

    So I’m kinda tied up. I will try my best to get something right after Hajj season. :) :)

    May Allah bless you, Br. Aamer, in your cool ‘trade’. Yea, that was definitely sneaky. I never even heard a click, or saw a flash. Or even saw you taking the picture.

    JAK for everything, may Allah reward you, with all the good of this world and also the next.

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    Abd Al-Baasit

    قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ:
    “إِنَّ عَبْدًا أَصْحَحْتُ لَهُ جِسْمَهُ، وَوَسَّعْتُ عَلَيهِ فِي مَعِيشَتِهِ، تَمْضِي عَلَيهِ خَمْسَةُ أَعْوَامٍ لاَ يَفِدُ إِلََيَّ لَمَحْرُوم.”

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allaah says: ‘How is it that I have granted good health and ample means of provision to My slave, and 5 years pass without Him coming to visit My House?’ ”

    A better and more accurate translation that I found was the following:
    “Verily, a servant of Mine whose body I have made healthy and sound, and whose provision I have widened, whom 5 years pass by him and he does not come to visit Me, is surely a deprived person.”

    The latter translation is more precise. This hadeeth qudsi was recorded by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh (# 960), from the Companion Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him). It was classed as saheeh by Al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah with all of its isnaads (# 1662).

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    Abd Al-Baasit

    قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ:
    “إِنَّ عَبْدًا أَصْحَحْتُ لَهُ جِسْمَهُ، وَوَسَّعْتُ عَلَيهِ فِي مَعِيشَتِهِ، تَمْضِي عَلَيهِ خَمْسَةُ أَعْوَامٍ لاَ يَفِدُ إِلََيَّ لَمَحْرُوم.”

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allaah says: ‘How is it that I have granted good health and ample means of provision to My slave, and 5 years pass without Him coming to visit My House?’ ”

    A better and more accurate translation that I found was the following:
    “Verily, a servant of Mine whose body I have made healthy and sound, and whose provision I have widened, whom 5 years pass by him and he does not come to visit Me, is surely a deprived person.”

    The latter translation is more precise. This hadeeth qudsi was recorded by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh (# 960), from the Companion Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him). It was classed as saheeh by Al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah with all of its isnaads (# 1662).

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    turgayevren

    I had also heard about the hadith you have mentioned in your essay regarding earning the sawap of Hajj but I had doubts about the authenticity of this hadith. May Allah bless you for this enlightening writing.

  6. 8
    turgayevren

    I had also heard about the hadith you have mentioned in your essay regarding earning the sawap of Hajj but I had doubts about the authenticity of this hadith. May Allah bless you for this enlightening writing.

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    shiney

    The hadith about the reward for Hajj and ‘Umrah is amazing-I learned about it too. Although it can be done anytime, praying those two rak’ahs in Ramadan is even better so you get so much more reward for it!
    Also, I had a question-is it true that for doing ‘Umrah in Ramadan, you get the reward of a Hajj?

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      Anonymous

      Yes that is very true. Both Al-Bukhaari & Muslim recorded from ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: فَإِذَا جَاءَ رَمَضَانُ فَاعْتَمِرِي، فَإِنَّ عُمْرَةً فِيهِ تَعْدِلُ حَجَّةً مَعِي “When Ramadaan comes, go for ‘Umrah, because surely a ‘Umrah in that month is equivalent to a Hajj with me (performing Hajj with the Prophet).”

      {And this particular wording is that of Imaam Muslim}

      Hadeeths on this topic were also narrated from Jaabir, Abu Hurayrah, Anas Ibn Maalik and Wahb ibn Khanbash.

      * A Gem: Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh (راهويه) said:

      What this hadeeth, i.e. “‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj”, means is similar to the report narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in which he said: “Whoever recites Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad has recited one-third of the Qur’aan.”

      Reference: Sunan At-Tirmidhi (2/268)

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    shiney

    The hadith about the reward for Hajj and 'Umrah is amazing-I learned about it too. Although it can be done anytime, praying those two rak'ahs in Ramadan is even better so you get so much more reward for it!
    Also, I had a question-is it true that for doing 'Umrah in Ramadan, you get the reward of a Hajj?

  9. 12
    turgayevren

    I had also heard about the hadith you have mentioned in your essay regarding earning the sawap of Hajj but I had doubts about the authenticity of this hadith. May Allah bless you for this enlightening writing.

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    abdulbaasit

    Yes that is very true. Both Al-Bukhaari & Muslim recorded from 'Abdullaah Ibn 'Abbaas that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: فَإِذَا جَاءَ رَمَضَانُ فَاعْتَمِرِي، فَإِنَّ عُمْرَةً فِيهِ تَعْدِلُ حَجَّةً مَعِي “When Ramadaan comes, go for ‘Umrah, because surely a ‘Umrah in that month is equivalent to a Hajj with me (performing Hajj with the Prophet).” {And this particular wording is that of Imaam Muslim} Hadeeths on this topic were also narrated from Jaabir, Abu Hurayrah, Anas Ibn Maalik and Wahb ibn Khanbash. * A Gem: Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh (راهويه) said: What this hadeeth, i.e. “‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj”, means is similar to the report narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in which he said: “Whoever recites Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad has recited one-third of the Qur’aan.” Reference: Sunan At-Tirmidhi (2/268)

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