Article taken with thanks from http://www.albalagh.net/general/0073.shtml
Originally published in Urdu in Daily Ummat Karachi on 12 December 2004
- There are two types of actions during Hajj: wajibaat, obligatory duties, which must be performed and Mustahibbat, virtuous actions that are not required by Shariah. If you can do the Mustahibbat without incurring sin then that is a favor of Allah, otherwise you do not need to worry about them. For example, kissing the Black Stone has great blessings. But if in order to get this blessing you must push and shove and fight or mix with women then this blessing is of no use. If you sin in order to obtain that blessing than you have actually incurred a loss.
- Women coming into the rows of men disrupt both their salats and the salat of their neighbors. Women should come early enough to the Haram to pray in the women's sections. Otherwise, it is better for them to pray in their residence.
- Praying forty salats with congregation in the two Harams is a very virtuous act, but it is not obligatory. Those who are far from the Haram or are sick or weak should not tire themselves hoping to achieve this blessing.
- If a king commands someone in his court to ask him for something, asking him for lowly things is disrespectful. So, ask Him for forgiveness and His pleasure. Along with that also ask Him for your worldly needs, because that is too His command; had it not been His command, it would have been disrespectful.
- It is not obligatory on those who are residing far from the Haram to offer every salat with congregation in the Haram. Rather, they should pray in a mosque close to their place of residence and plan according to their convenience.
- Abstain to the utmost from hurting other servants of Allah. Doing so is a greater act of worship.
- While living in Makkah, the most meritorious act of worship is Tawaf, so do as many Tawafs as possible.