Hajj Packages and Legal Requirements
Shop around for a Hajj package
that suits your needs. Try to look for a travel agent who can help you with the other details of Hajj, such as the legal requirements, Hajj tours, etc. Hajj preparations require several legal documents such as a visa, immunization records, birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc. Check with the Embassy of Saudi Arabia or a Hajj/Umrah travel agent to go over all the requirements and get the paperwork ready.
Physical Hajj Preparations:
As you being your Hajj preparations, it is wise to begin improving your level of physical fitness. Hajj is a physically demanding task (having to walk in the heat, run between Safa and Marwa, etc.) so begin preparing for this by getting involved in some form of physical activity such as walking, running, cycling, or sports. Also, get a medical checkup.
Clothing For Hajj Preparations:Hajj Preparations
You don’t need to enter the airplane wearing your ihram. So for Hajj Preparations Wear comfortable clothes that you can take off easily to change into your ihram when the time comes.
Another point worth mentioning is to take clothes with the climate of Saudi Arabia in mind. There is no need for you to pack your favorite winter jacket as there is no need for it in Saudi Arabia’s desert climate. Bring light clothes suitable enough for the number of days you are staying. Keep in mind though that you may be buying clothes there, so pack wisely. You do not want to bring a bag full of clothes only to buy new clothes in Saudi Arabia but have no space to get them back home with you.
Also, make sure your clothes align with what is acceptable in Saudi Arabia. For women, it is probably best to wear an abaya. Since you will most likely be in Makkah and Madinah during your Hajj stay, a niqab is
unnecessary. But I have heard that outside Makkah and Madinah, it may be better to wear a niqab. For men, do not wear shorts that expose the knees.
Ihram For Hajj Preparations:
For men, the ihram is a two-piece unhemmed cloth where one sheet is tied around the waist, and the other layer covers the upper body.
For women, the ihram clothing is no different from how one would typically cover in a hijab.
Keep your luggage light, bringing only the essentials. One suggestion for Hajj preparation is to remain in mind that you probably will be getting a few things back for friends and family, so save some space in your luggage for this stuff. Read your country’s airport regulations to find out what you can and cannot bring with you in your carry-on luggage to avoid any problems.
Hajj is the best time to make dua.
As Hajj preparations, make a Dua for yourself, so you don’t spend valuable time merely thinking of what to ask. A list of Dua would give you a chance to reflect on your shortcomings, making your repentance sincerer. When going for Hajj, many people will ask you to make dua for them. It would be difficult to remember all the Dua
you are supposed to go to, so a list of Dua will help you remember all of them and make dua for them.
Other Tipsajj Preparations
Ask people who have performed Hajj about their experiences, what was difficult, what problems arose, and how they solved them, etc., so that you are better prepared. Also, remember to stay hydrated throughout and take with you any required medications.
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