Entrance In To The Holy City Of Makkah

Fiqh, Hajj - Merits and Precepts / Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Rule Of Action
Taking a bath before entering the Holy place of Mecca is a tradition of the Holy Prophet. This tradition can stand followed if, nowadays, a person takes a bath on taking a start from Jedda because nowadays, on account of motor vehicles this distance is covered in a very short time. On entering Mecca he should at first look after his luggage and manage his lodging so that his mind does not remain attached therewith. Thereafter he should come in ‘Masjid-e-Haram.

Rule Of Action
It is Mustahab (desirable) for a pilgrim to enter ‘Masjid-e-Haram’ through Babussalam (one of the gates of Masjid-e-Haram). The original Babussalam still remains on the very place where it was in the times of the Holy Prophet. A new gate, however, has been built confronting the old Babussalam when Masjid-e-Haram was widened. This new gate, too, is called Babussalam. Now one should enter Masjid-e-Haram through this new gate, but there is no harm to enter through some other gate. Entrance should be with constant repetition of Talbiya and most humbly and submissively, considering the dignity abd sublimity of Baitullah.

Rule Of Action
The entrance to the Mosque should be with your right step forward and after saying Darood Sharif, you should pray in the following words :

“O Allah ! open unto us the gates of Thy mercy and render easy for us Thy gates of (our) livelihood.”

If the actual words of the invocation are not preserved in memory, one may pray to Allah by repeating the subject matter there of in one’s own language.

At The Time Of Your First Glance On Baitullah
You should proclaim (Allah-o-Akbar La Ilaha Ilallaho)
three times and pray in the following words which have been narrated from Hadith :

“O Allah ! Thou art the Peace and from Thee is the peace. O, our Lord! keep us alive with peace”;

“O Allah ! Elevate this House of Thee in reverence, dignity, honour and awefulness and raise those who perform ‘Hajj’ or ‘Umra’ towards it, in dignity, honour, reverence and heavenly reward .”

Invocation in the above words is ‘Mustahab’ (desirable). In case it is not memorised you may pray to Allah in your own words for your good desires. Praying to Allah at this proper time stands approved.

Rule Of Action

At the time of entering Masjid-ul-Haram one should not say two Nafl of ‘Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid’ because those who come here for the sake of a ‘Tawaf’, their ‘Tahiyya’ (token of veneration to the mosque) is the ‘Tawaf’ itself instead of ‘Nafl’.

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