If you or your loved one is going for Hajj in 2017, then you should know what you or your loved one should do for proper health before the Hajj.
Performing Hajj is the wish of every Muslim, they pray day and night to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for enabling them to perform Hajj. Those who are going for Hajj are considered to the fortunate ones who are going to visit the symbolic house of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Therefore, it is imperative to learn about the important steps of taking care of oneself before and during the hajj. Below are the 7 Steps which you can take for the proper health care before and during the Hajj.
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But even before that, it is important to learn about the magnitude of risk which we are dealing with.
Hajj & Health – Health Risk at Mass Gatherings
As millions of people from all over the world are going to gather at one place, there is a great chance of virus outbreaks or even you receiving a transferable disease from the Pilgrim next to you.
People having the flu or similar common viruses can also impact you. A sneeze from your fellow pilgrim or even drinking from an already used glass or cup, using the common utensils can cause you to catch the viruses.
Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”: They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance. [Qur’an 2:155-157 Yusuf Ali Translation]
Millions of people living together in such close proximity as in Hajj can cause multiple viruses to spread in the people, therefore, it is best to follow as many rules of hygiene as possible for you. Because as you already know: prevention is better than the cure.
7 Steps You Must Take Before Hajj 2017
- Accepting Illness from Allah – but taking steps for prevention
As Muslims, we strongly believe that all that happens in our life happens with the permission of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. But this does not mean that we stop taking preventive steps for the things which have high probability.
Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala teaches us through Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) that taking care of yourself is part of our Deen. Our religion teaches us to keep ourselves clean, to observe proper hygiene and to be as healthy as possible for worshipping Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and carrying out his commandments in our lives.
This is the reason why we need to be vigilant about our health, particularly in the case of Hajj. Because if we are not in our best health, how can we be focused and fresh in the worship of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala thousands of miles away from the comforts of our home and family?
But this does not mean that you will not get ill for sure. Despite all the preventative steps which you must take, there is no guarantee that you will be 100% safe from all the diseases and viruses. Therefore, as sincere Muslims, we should do what is obligatory upon us such as taking proper preventative measures and then leave the result to Allah, the most beneficent and the most merciful.
The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) visited me while I was sick. He said: Be glad, Umm al-Ala’ for Allah removes the sins of a Muslim for his illness as fire removes the dross off gold and silver. [Sunan Abu Dawood Book 20, Number 3086]
- Praying for the Health
This leads us to our next step, praying sincerely from Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for the good health.
Unfortunately, it is becoming a sort of trend in Muslims that they do not start their affairs with Dua nowadays. Instead, they keep Dua for the time when they have lost all hope and time. Then they say, “Now nothing can be done, just pray to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala”.
But in reality, Dua IS everything. It is not ‘nothing’ and it should not be ‘just praying’.
Narrated ‘A’isha: Whenever Allah’s Apostle paid a visit to a patient, or a patient was brought to him, he used to invoke Allah, saying, “Take away the disease, O the Lord of the people! Cure him as You are the One Who cures. There is no cure but Yours, a cure that leaves no disease.” [Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 579]
This is because the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) taught us to ask from Allah with believing that Allah can and will grant us with what we are asking.
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Call upon Allah while being certain of being answered and Allah does not respond to a supplication from the heart of one heedless and occupied by play.” – Al-Tirmidhi: Book of Supplications #3479
Therefore, start praying to Allah from today for your good health in Hajj as well as for good health throughout the life. Verily, health is among the greatest of blessings.
- General Overall Health Checkup
The third step which you should take for your health prior to Hajj is getting yourself checked by a doctor thoroughly.
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Schedule yourself a general health check up to learn about your current physical condition so that you can take proper measures related to your health prior to and during the hajj. It is important to learn about the condition of your heart, lungs, and other important organs prior to any travel, let alone Hajj.
This general health check-up will let you know your current condition, which will help you to design the proper routine of your life. Let this Hajj becomes the step towards a healthy you.
- Taking Usual Medications with You – with Generic Names
After having the overall health checkup, you should take the medicines accordingly. For example, if your immune system is not in the best condition right now, have medicine for proper immunization. You can also read our article about immunization and Hajj.
Further, you should also take the usual medications which you are taking in your routine. For example, if you are a diabetic patient then keep the proper quota of diabetic medications with you for the number of the days you plan to stay in Mecca for Hajj. It is better to keep the medications for a couple of extra days also.
Also, ask your doctor or chemist about the generic names of your medicines. Despite having the same chemical formula, they can be sold under different names in different countries.
So if you know the generic formula of that medicine then that will help you find the right medicine anywhere in the world.
- Foot care – Walking Practice and Footwear
Another important step which you must take for your health before the Hajj is the proper care of your feet. Because Hajj is going to demand a great deal of use of your feet and if you don’t take proper care of your feet, then you will get easily tired.
One of the body parts which we usually ignore is our feet. Our feet are a great blessing from Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala which helps us to move with ease. Therefore, in order to be truly grateful for them to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, we should take proper care of them.
During Hajj, you will need to walk a lot. When we say that you have to walk a lot, we really mean it. Therefore it is strongly recommended that you buy yourself a good pair of comfortable shoes so that you can be comfortable in walking.
Also, start exercising your feet today. Make it a point to walk at least 2 miles a day so that you can develop the physical habit of walking even before the hajj. Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will grant you the proper reward for all these efforts, in sha Allah.
- Proper Eye-Care
This step is really important because Eyes are very sensitive and requires proper care. Further, you will be traveling thousands of miles away from home. Weather and atmosphere might be totally different than what you are accustomed to. Therefore, it is very important to take the due care of your eyes.
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Below are the few things which you should consider:
- If you use spectacles, then can get your eyesight checked once again. This will help you know the current state of your eyesight.
- Also, buy yourself an extra pair of glasses as well. During travel, it is always wise to have the backup supply of important things. If unfortunately, your glasses get broken, lost or stolen then you will have the extra pair of glasses handy.
- If you are using lenses, make sure that they are in good state and that you have the proper supply of lens cleaner and other important accessories with you.
Also, if you have any eye infection or your eyes are sensitive, then consult your doctor and get yourself some eye drops so that you can easily access and use them in case any situation demands it.
- First Aid Kit
Last but not the least; you should have the proper basic first aid kit with yourself. This is the one thing which you must carry with yourself all the time.
Include your basic medications, band aids, and other important and basic medical supplies with you in this bag and carry it wherever you go.
Remember the incidents in Hajj last year? Many people died on the spot but many more got injured who required proper aid. Therefore, not only have these things with yourself but also learn about the standard of procedures of applying first aid to yourself and to others.
In this article, we have learned the huge health risks of attending the mass gathering where people stay together in close proximity. We have also discussed the 7 steps which we can take for proper health-care before and during the hajj.
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Let us now pray again for the best things from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and remember the beautiful hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him):
How amazing is the case of the believer; there is good for him in everything, and this is only so for the believer. If he experiences something pleasant, he is thankful, and that is good for him; and if he comes across adversity, he is patient, and that is good for him.” [Muslim]
So whatever may happen to us, let us pray that we be among those who are grateful for blessings and patient in hardships, always being conscious of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.