With a pandemic weighing the world down, it might not be possible for everyone to go for the much awaited Hajj pilgrimage this year. This is a saddening fact, given that many of us had been planning for the pilgrimage for a very long time. But what if we tell you that the long travel restrictions cannot stop you from reaping the rewards of Hajj? The fact is that many small deeds in Islam carry the same reward as the pilgrimage itself.
Can’t go for Hajj?
Here’s what you can do instead
Deeds which carry the same reward as Hajj
1. Invoking Allah from Fajr to Ishraaq
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever prays (Fajr) in congregation and then sits in the place where he prayed remembering Allah until the sun rises and then prays two rakats has the reward of a complete Hajj and `Umrah.” Note that he emphasized “complete” three times. Also note how easy this act is but how magnanimously it is rewarded. Perhaps it is your conviction and will that is loved so much by Allah that He rewards you for it.
2. Gaining and preaching true knowledge.
Gaining knowledge and preaching it have been emphasized over and over again in the Qur’an and the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It is only by gaining knowledge that once gets to know Allah and it is only by preaching that one benefits His creation.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The one who goes out to the mosque wanting only to learn good or teach it has the reward of a complete Hajj.”
3. Congregational prayers
Praying in congregations comes with many rewards – the most extravagant is the reward of an Umrah.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Has Allah not rendered for you the ‘Isha’ prayer in congregation equal to Hajj, and the Fajr prayer in congregation equal to ‘Umrah?”
4. Performing the Eid Prayer.
One of the Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Going out to pray Eid al-Fitr is equal to performing `Umrah and going out to pray Eid al-Adha is equal to performing Hajj.”
5. Helping a fellow muslim in fulfilling his/her needs
Hasan al-Basri once said that going to fulfill the need of your brother is better for you than performing Hajj after Hajj.
6. Obedience to Parents
Even if your parents are on the wrong side, being respectful towards them is a duty you should not undermine.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded one of the Companions to be good to his mother. If you do so, he said: “You are like a Hajj pilgrim, a person performing `Umrah and someone striving for the sake of Allah (mujahid).”
7. Remembrance of Allah
No matter what you are doing, remember Allah.
One of the companions of the Messenger (peace be upon him) has been reported to say that: “He who recites Subhanallah 100 times in the morning and another 100 times in the evening is like one who performed Hajj 100 times!”
8. Avoiding sin
Some of the Pious predecessors said: “To abstain from an iota of wrong is better than five hundred (Nafl) Hajj”
True that we cannot perform Hajj this year. But Allah gives us the opportunity to earn a similar reward every day. Let’s make the most of these opportunities till normalcy prevails.
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