Why we should rush to greet and welcome a hajjee

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail|06 September 2017| 15 Dhul Hijjah 1438

It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that the Sahaabah used to rejoice when travellers arrived, whether they were coming from ‘Umrah, Hajj, journeys for trade or any other kind of journey.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Makkah – during the conquest – the children of Banu ‘Abd al-Muttalib met him and he carried one of them in front of him (on his mount) and another behind him. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1704) in Kitaab al-‘Umrah; he entitled the chapter: “Chapter on welcoming arriving pilgrims, and three men on one mount.”

Ibn al-Zubayr said to Ibn Ja’far (may Allaah be pleased with them both): Do you remember when we met the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), me and you and Ibn ‘Abbaas? He said: Yes, and he carried us (on his mount) and left you. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2916)

It is mentioned in a Hadith that when you meet a haji, make salaam to him, shake his hands, and ask him to make dua for forgiveness on your behalf. You should do this before he can even enter his house, i.e. the moment he returns from his hajj. You should ask him to make this dua for you because his sins have been forgiven. The person who returns from hajj is an accepted person in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. There is, therefore, great hope in his duas being accepted. Inform him of whatever dua you wish him to make on your behalf irrespective of whether it be for this world or for the hereafter. However, you should do this before he can reach his house.

“The performers of hajj and ‘umrah are deputations of Allah. If they call Him, He answers them; and if they seek His forgiveness, He forgives them.” (Ibn Mājah)

“There is no reward for an accepted hajj except Jannah.” (Al-Bukharī, Muslim)

It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that the Sahaabah used to rejoice when travellers arrived, whether they were coming from ‘Umrah, Hajj, journeys for trade or any other kind of journey.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Makkah – during the conquest – the children of Banu ‘Abd al-Muttalib met him and he carried one of them in front of him (on his mount) and another behind him. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1704) in Kitaab al-‘Umrah; he entitled the chapter: “Chapter on welcoming arriving pilgrims, and three men on one mount.”

Ibn al-Zubayr said to Ibn Ja’far (may Allaah be pleased with them both): Do you remember when we met the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), me and you and Ibn ‘Abbaas? He said: Yes, and he carried us (on his mount) and left you. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2916)

“Whoever performs hajj for the sake of pleasing Allah, and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall return from it free from sin as the day on which his mother gave birth to him.” (Al-Bukharī, Muslim)

The performer of hajj becomes so pure that even that person is forgiven for whom he seeks forgiveness. The Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “When you meet a Hajī (on his way home), then greet him, shake hands with him and ask him to beg forgiveness of Allāh on your behalf before he enters his home, for his prayer for forgiveness is accepted since he is forgiven by Allāh.” (Ahmad)

Ibn Umar (ra) reports that Rasulullah said, “When you meet a haji (on his way home) then greet him, shake hands with him and ask him to beg forgiveness of Allah on your behalf before he enters his home, for his prayer for forgiveness is accepted since he is forgiven by Allah for his sins.”

In another hadith it is mentioned that Rasulullah once prayed, “Oh Allah, forgive the sins of the hajis and forgive the sins of him for whom the haji prays.” (From the Fadhail-e-Hajj (Virtues of Haj) by Shaykh Zakariyya Kandehlawi (RA))

It is reported that Rasulullah made this dua three times which emphasises its importance.

It is also reported that Umar (ra) said, “The haji has the pardon of Allah and until the twentieth of Rabi al Awwal Allah answers his prayers in which he begs forgiveness for anyone.”

For these reasons it has always been the custom and habit of the learned predecessors to welcome the pilgrims, to walk with them and to ask them to pray on one’s behalf.

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