What you must do before going to Hajj

The Hajj requires careful and meticulous preparation which takes time. Picture: star


Things to do when planning Hajj.

The Hajj requires careful and meticulous preparation which takes time. Picture: star

Hajj is one of the main rituals in Islam, and it requires tremendous physical and mental effort, as well as spiritual dedication. Due to its nature, like all types of pilgrimage, it can be quite difficult and also requires certain preparations. This is not a matter that can be taken lightly or decided suddenly. The Hajj requires careful and meticulous preparation which takes time.

There are two deadlines for preparations related to Hajj – for the Haji who is already scheduled for Hajj this time, and the one who intends to go in the near future. For most of us, it is too late to register to perform hajj this year. But many of us are also lucky enough to have made the intention and are already looking forward to this year’s Hajj.

For all the latest news, follow the Daily Star’s Google News channel.

Let’s take a look at the long-term preparation one should practice for Hajj.

Niyyah and mental preparation

The first stage of all religious activity in Islam is niyyah. Niyyah means the intention in one’s heart to do an act for the sake of Allah and one should fix one’s intention to perform Hajj for some time before actually embarking on Hajj as the overall preparation can take a time. Set your niyyah right and start surrendering to Allah.

A physical training

Hajj is not a vacation. Yes, you will be away from home, but that’s for the love of Allah. Prepare yourself by removing all bad habits that affect you physically. There will be a lot of walking and it will be physically demanding. Also, Saudi Arabia experiences very hot temperatures as well as very cold temperatures, sometimes even within the same 24 hours, and all of this will also have a physical impact. Start preparing by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and following a healthy routine, like going to bed on time and waking up early. Getting into the habit of jogging, walking and light physical exercise should boost your endurance.

The papers

Since you are traveling to a foreign country, you will naturally need several papers. Passport, visa, medical certificate, travel insurance, plane tickets, payment receipts, passport size photographs, etc. Sometimes their processing can take a while for a number of reasons. It’s a good idea to start working on the paperwork as soon as possible to avoid last-minute complications. Prevention is better than cure.

Consider COVID

While it’s true that the impact of COVID-19 is less severe right now than it was before, you should consider COVID-19 when preparing. Make sure you are vaccinated and have your vaccination certificate and, if required, the COVID-19 test report with you when traveling and when submitting paperwork. Remember to pack personal safety items such as sanitizers, masks, etc.


In the preparation phase, finances will mean two things. The first is of course the cost of Hajj. Make sure you can cover the cost without any negative impact on your family. Another issue to consider before going on a pilgrimage is that during Hajj you will be away for a while and your family will be left on their own. It is strongly recommended that you put your finances in order before leaving for Hajj so that your loved ones do not have to suffer in your absence.
Start working on finances as early as possible so they’ll be in order by the time you’re ready to go.


Hajj takes time and you will need supplies. Ahram Clothing, a copy of the Holy Quran (preferably in a convenient format), a prayer mat, basic necessities, a first aid kit, a small bag, a change of clothes, shoes and sandals, a notebook and pens, medical supplies, etc. The list can be quite extensive. You should make a checklist and pack accordingly. Remember – hope for the best but prepare for the worst. In a foreign country, you never know what kind of problems you might face. You must be prepared to face any situation in order to avoid all distractions and surrender to Allah.


Islam is very sensitive to knowledge and encourages study. You must study all the essential duas and rituals before going on a trip so that you can perform them without any problems. Talk to someone who has done Hajj before. Discuss their background and the whole process to get a clear and concise idea. Study the Holy Quran as often as possible as well as the hadiths.

Final preparations

Check your documents as they are extremely crucial. Go through your checklist to see if you forgot to pack anything. Speak to a doctor to adjust the medications you take regularly and take a copy of the prescription for reference. Pack light, but don’t skimp on the essentials. It’s best to talk to a Haji about their experience and insight to help guide the packing. Talk to your trusted relatives and inform them that you are going to Hajj and ask some to watch over your family in your absence.

Remember that Hajj is not a vacation. It is your way of showing Allah that you submit to Him. Clear your mind of all kinds of distractions and concentrate on your Niyyah. May Allah grant you the ability to perform Hajj safe and sound.

Previous Global Breast Pads Market Expected to Drive Growth Through 2020-2027
Next Friday, May 27, 2022 - La Minute Monocle