Hazrat Aa’isha R.A. says: ‘I very much wanted to enter the Ka’ba to perform salaat inside it. Rasulullah Sal’am then took me by the hand and said: ‘Perform the salaat you desire in this hateem for verily your people, the Quraish left this section of the Ka’ba outside it when they rebuilt the Ka’ba.’
18. When an animal has been hired car should be taken that only so much baggage should be loaded as the owner allows and no more. If the rental paid was for certain weight of baggage nothing more than that is permissible. The very same applies to a journey by rail, motor or plane. When a certain amount is allowed, it is not permissible without additional payments to take more than that, by concealing some items. Our elders used to be very careful of this. Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Mubaarak R.A., the famous Muhaddith and Imaam once proceeded on a journey on a rented animal. Someone requested him to take a letter along. He said: ‘I have already shown all my baggage to the owner of the camel. Now I shall have to inform him once more of this letter. If he would give permission I shall take the letter and deliver it.’ (Ithaaf)
1. When departing from home, the only intention in the heart should be the search for Allah’s pleasure. All other evil intentions; as for example; to show people or to wish to be called Haji, or the intention of having an enjoyable tour; should be completely removed from the mind. (See discussion in chapter one; hadith one.)
Hazrat Shah Abdul Aziz saheb (Rah) of Delhi; the famous scholar of hadith and tafseer; says in his commentary of the Qur’an ‘Fathe Azizee’: ‘Whosoever deals lightly; and discards, the aadaab of any duty shall be deprived of the sunnah by way of punishment, and whosoever thinks lightly of the sunnah and discards it shall be deprived of the obligatory duties (Fardh) by way of punishment, and whosoever deals lightly with obligatory duties shall as punishment be deprived of the true knowledge and recognition of Allah’. The above quotation is a reason why we find in the hadith that a verdict of kufr (disbelief or rejection of faith); is given against some people, because disregard of proper procedure in action leads to it. In the light of this it is deduced that importance of following the proper etiquette and aadaab of any Islamic injunction is necessary. Should one be forced to neglect any etiquette for a special reason; then there shall be no blame attached to that; although one should never loose the sight of the importance of that point. Under no circumstances should such action be left aside willfully as if it is of no consequence. The Ulama of Islam have divided the duties of a Muslim into various stages of importance, and with great care did they preserve and compile them. Careful study of these compilations and to seek and avail oneself of the company of the learned ones will bring all these things home to us. Here I only wish to mention some of the aaddaab of Haj in broad outlines.
Hazrat Ibn Umar R.A. reports: ‘A certain man once asked Rasulullah Sal’am: ‘What is the true condition and appearance of a Haji?’. To which Rasulullah Sal’am replied: ‘The true Haji it he who comes with disheveled hair and clothes laden in dust; and moist with sweat.’ Then another inquired: ‘O Rasulullah Sal’am which Haj is in which the voice is loudly raised; repeatedly reading the Lab’baik and the excessive shedding of the blood of the sacrificial animals’.
Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. reports: ‘On the day of Arafaat a young man; Fadhl; was Rasulullah’s sal’am companion, sharing his camel; when the young man cast his eyes, staring at the women. Whereupon Rasulullah sal’am said: ‘O so of my brother, this is such a day when whoever controls his hearing, his sight and the tongue; he shall certainly be forgiven by Allah’. The young man here referred to was Fadl Ibn Abbaas.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah R.A. reports that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “When a pilgrim proceeds on his Haj journey with money, provision and his means of conveyance all acquired by lawful and Halaal earnings, then he embarks on means of transport; and cries: “Labbaik O’ Allah; Lab’baik”. A caller from the heavens; a farishta; calls to him: “Welcome indeed to you, and happy may you e, your provisions are proper (halaal), your means of transport is proper; paid for from halal earnings; and your Haj shall be righteous; and accepted by Allah’. And when he proceeds for Haj with unlawful and haraam earnings placing his foot in stirrup; and cries. “Labbaik O Allah, Lab’baik”, a caller from the heavens; a farishta; calls out to him: “No welcome to you, and no happiness, your provisions are unlawful (haraam) and so also are your earnings and your Haj is rejected”.
Various ulama have written numerous booklets on Haj and how it should be performed; and the etiquette of every obligatory act. For most people a Haj journey comes but once in a lifetime. For this reason it is advisable that the intending Haji should acquire a few such booklets by acknowledged ulama; some time before his departure; and study them thoroughly. How unworthy and unfortunate will it be that after spending so much money; one finds that it has been wasted as result of wrong and prohibited acts rendering the Haj invalid.