Hajj has tremendous virtues; therefore the prospective Haji should remain in the company of an experienced Alim before departing acquiring the basic knowledge of the injunctions, etiquette and intentions of Hajj, which will assist in appreciating and benefiting from this journey. Hajj is a journey of love and devotion to Allah SWT, in which the Haji is engrossed in pleasing his Creator. The Haji should engage in sincere Taubah prior to departing, being ever more vigilant to not transgress any of Allah’s injunctions during the auspicious days. The spirit of Hajj is to willingly sacrifice one’s comfort for the pleasure of Allah SWT. It also signifies disgracing shaytan and is an occasion to refresh our covenant of obedience with Allah. The spirit of Ihram is the giving up of glamour, adopting the garb of simplicity and insignificance, reminiscent of the kafn. Similarly, every act of Hajj has deep significance and meaning. In the Qur’an, the Ayats referring to Hajj emphasise the importance of Taqwa, this quality being the best provision for this journey. The Talbiyah is the ‘slogan’ of the Hajj by which the Hujjaj respond to the invitation of Allah SWT. It is Mustahab (meritorious) to recite the Talbiyah excessively, a distinguishing feature of Hajj being to raise the voice when reciting it (for men), at the same time not inconveniencing others. Besides the conventional wording of the Talbiyah, there are various other beautiful forms of Talbiyah which may be recited.
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