Essentials for hajj
“And [due] to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House - for whoever is able to find thereto a way. But whoever disbelieves - then indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds” (Holy Quran, 3:97).
When planning for hajj, it is important to take many aspects into the consideration. First of all, you should decide what to pack for your journey so that you are ready for any situation. Yet, you do not want to get overloaded with non-essential things. Secondly, you need to decide what kind of items are the most essential for you. This might be your documents or some medicine. It is better to leave everything that can potentially distract you from the purpose of your journey at home. The key idea of hajj is to leave all the worldly entertainment. This is the most important journey of your life and you do not want to take unnecessary things with you.
Small bag for hajj
You do not need a big bag. A fabric bag of good quality which you can put on the waist would be the best choice. Due to the safety reasons, it would be better to put it under ihram. Keep the most important documents in this bag, such as:
1. Airplane ticket
2. Copies of your passport and visa
3. Shahada certificate (if you converted to Islam in a non-Muslim country)
4. Address of the hotel (both in English and Arabic)
5. Some cash
6. Some medicine
7. Glasses, contact lens
Suitcase for hajj
You need a suitcase of a medium size for travelling between Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat and Mina and Mecca. A backpack is ideal for this.
Before packing up, think what you will wear during 5 days of hajj. This is ihram and you need to have a set of clothes for it. Put the following items into your suitcase:
● An extra set of clothing (underwear, trousers, abaya, hijab, socks, etc.)
● A hand towel
● An extra pair of sandals or flip flops
● A scent-free lotion or Vaseline
● A scent-free sun protection free
● An umbrella to protect you from sun. Avoid dark colours as they absorb light.
● A flash light
● Toilet paper
● A toothbrush, miswak and toothpaste
● Some snacks: dried fruits, nuts, etc.
● A bottle of water
● Guidelines for hajj, a small copy of Quran, prayer and dua books
● Check with your travel agency whether meals are included and whether they provide you with blankets
● Essential medicine, painkillers and emergency kit
● A medical face mask
● A praying mat
● A camp stool
● For women: a sheet, hair bands, sneakers, pajamas, paper napkins, some washing powder and a lip balm.
The main attribute of hajj
“Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do - Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” (Holy Quran, 2:197)
Your intention is the most important thing which you are to take. Why are we going to hajj? The answer should be as follows: to please Allah.
It is not as much about what you are going to pack into your suitcase. It is more about your heart and the inside of your heart: fear of God, obedience and mindfulness.