By Leke Yusuf, Ajape Sefiu A.

In preparation for Hajj, the first and most important thing to put in place is your ‘Niyyah’ (intention). This intention is what every other preparation will be based on.

Niyyah is the driving force behind our actions, the inner motivation that shapes our behavior. It’s a conscious choice we make before embarking on any endeavor, whether big or small. In essence, it’s the “why” behind what we do.

Niyyah, as explained in the Quran and Hadith

Niyyah holds immense importance in Islam and is deeply rooted in the teachings of the Quran and Hadith. One of the key Quranic verses that emphasizes niyyah is from Surah Al-Baqarah (2:197):

Take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is Taqwa (piety, righteousness). So fear Me, you of understanding.

This verse underscores the importance of having the right intention when undertaking a journey, in this case, the pilgrimage (Hajj).

It’s a reminder that while physical preparations are necessary, the intention to seek Allah’s pleasure should be paramount.

In Hadith, the words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) further emphasize the significance of niyyah. He said;

Actions are but by intention, and every man shall have only that which he intended. (Sahih al-Bukhari)

This hadith clarifies that our actions are judged not only by their outward appearance but also by the intentions behind them. Therefore, having a sincere and righteous intention is essential in Islam and while embarking on Hajj.

Meanwhile, the intention you have in mind for Hajj is the driving force that will make every other preparation easy to achieve.

Furthermore, it is important to note that the Hajj pilgrimage is demanding; physically, spiritually, psychologically, and mentally.

To achieve a truly rewarding pilgrimage, you must be in your best state of imaan, mind, well-being, and alertness.

Remember that there are quite a number of processes and procedures to achieve before you embark on the Hajj journey. The most important part of them is to be fully aware of all the processes and procedures that Hajj entails. From travel documentation to health preparedness, physical fitness, learning about Hajj-rites and other daily needs, no aspect must be overlooked or taken lightly.

However, all the aforementioned requirements vary from person to person and country to country.

In addition, ensure to liaise with your Hajj operator and other relevant professionals to guide you in order to make your journey smooth and easy.

We pray that Almighty Allah makes the Hajj trip easy for us. Ameen.

Watch out for the next episode of our Hajj series.

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