Hajj & Umrah Guide

 Hajj Preparations

The date 8 Zil Hijjah starts after the Maghrib prayer of 7 Zil Hijjah. Complete all the Hajj preparations during these night hours.

 Preparations for Ihram 

Comb your hair, shape the beard, trim your mustache, cut your nails, and remove unwanted body hair.


Take a bath with the intention of Ihram otherwise do wudu.


Men should wear a sheet of white cloth around the waist and cover the upper body with the other sheet. Women’s ordinary clothes are their Ihram. Both should wear the flip-flops (hawai chappal) so that the middle bones of the upper part of the feet are not covered.

 Nafl Salah 

If it is not makruh (undesirable) time, men offer two rakahs of nafl for Ihram in the Haram Sharif by covering their heads. Women can offer these nafls at home.


Now uncover your head and declare your intention saying:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنِّيْ أُرِيْدُ الْحَجَّ فَيَسْرِهُ لِيْ وَ تَقَبَّلْهُ مِنِّيْ

“Allahumma Inni Ureedul Haj fayassirhu lee wa taqabbalhu minni”
(O Allah! I intend to perform Hajj. Please make it easy for me and accept it from me.)


It is obligatory to say the Labbayk during Ihram with correct Arabic accent and it should be as follows:

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ، لَبَّيْكَ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ لاَشَرِيْكَ لَكَ

“Labbayk, Allahumma labbayk, labbayka la sharika laka labbayk, Innal Hamda wan nimata laka wal mulk, la sharika lak.”

(Here I am, O Lord, here I am, you indeed have no partner, here I am. No Doubt, all praise and bounties are yours, and so is the absolute Domain. You indeed have no partners, here I am)

It is obligatory to say Labbayk during Ihram only once but sunnah is to recite it thrice. After that it is Mustahab to repeat that in different conditions as much as possible. E.g. while getting in and leaving a car, passing low and high lands, after awakening and after prayers. Men should recite Labbayk with a loud voice, while women should recite it in low voice.

 Prohibitions of Ihram 

Now the prohibitions of Ihram start. Recall their detail and follow the rules. From this point on men cannot cover their heads for the duration of Ihram.

 Departure to Mina 

After the sunrise proceed towards Mina. On the way, pronounce Talbiyah as often as you can and also utter other supplications. But it is ok to follow the procedure of your Mu’allim who usually arranges for hajis to leave for Mina during the night after Isha prayers.

 In Mina 

In Mina offer Zuhar, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers. Spend that night in Mina and on 9 Zil Hijjah, offer Fajr prayer there.
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