“And obey Allah and the Messenger (P.B.U.H); that you may obtain mercy.” (Surah Al-Imran: 132).
Pilgrimage to Mecca renowned as Hajj, is one of the key pillars of Islam wherein Muslims gathered from all around the world. It’s one in the lifetime religious obligation for every Muslim man and woman according to their affordability.
One must be refrained to whatever is prohibited in Islam. As every aspect of our living has certain limitations so is in pilgrimage. Essentially, once pilgrim wears the ihram he/she is forbidden to certain acts. Wearing ihram and doing niyyat means you are now in prayer mode. In line with Islamic teachings, it’s indispensable for pilgrims to stay away of forbidden things in the state of ihram.
Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran “The thing is this and whoever respects the signs (the rites) of Allah, indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.” (Surah Al-Hajj: 32). The set rituals of Allah include the rites of Hajj and ‘Umrah (shorter from of pilgrimage to Mecca). Preserve your Hajj experience from any sort of imperfection and get blessed with Allah Almighty’s favor and protection.
By and large, below listed actions should be avoided right after wearing Ihram:
- Clipping nails
- Carrying Arms,
- Hunting animals
- Having sexual relations
- Using Cosmetics & perfumes
- Lying, abusing or quarrelling with people
- Pulling out the teeth
- Wearing seamed or Stitched garments (for men)
- Covering head (for men)
- Shading from sun or rain (for men)
- Covering face & hands (for women)
- Wearing ornaments
- Damaging trees
- Shaving any body part
- Causing blood to come out of body
- Killing insects or animals except harmful
- Expressing pride
- Using scented oils on head or beard
- Marriage contract
- Taking milk, egg, feather or hair of the edible, wild/land animal
Going beyond any of these forbidden acts will bound you for expiation. To refresh your souls with purity plus faith’s stability and above all to earn Allah’s blessings, perform your Hajj with all the obligations. Heartful execution of Hajj with keeping in mind and obeying all the set rules will certainly assist you to enjoy the real spirit of this ritual. For this, you must not forget taking care of forbidden actions and evade them by any means.
Glorify and honor the sanctities prescribed by ALLAH and step aside whatever things can lead you ruining the real essence of any imperative Islamic ritual like pilgrimage.
Fearing Allah, you should not neglect the defined limits of pilgrimage mentioned clearly in Quran and Sunnah.
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