Good Deeds that have the similar reward to Hajj
Nothing can equal physically performing Hajj and worshipping Allah during this blessed journey, yet we are fortunate to that out of His generosity, He made the reward for certain actions similar to the reward of a Hajj.
1. Adhkar from Fajr to sunrise.
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and Umrah.”
The Prophet (SAW) added: “In full, in full, in full.” (Tirmidhi)
Some scholars have also mentioned that a woman may pray in her home and do the same thing mentioned in the hadith to get the same or a similar reward.
During these cold mornings, it is tempting to pray Fajr and get back into our warm beds, but remaining on the salaah mat and reciting dhikr while waiting for salatul Ishraq (sunrise prayer) will earn us the reward of Hajj and Umrah.
2. Performing Salaah in congregation at the masjid.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever performs ablution in his house and then goes out to perform the obligatory prayer in the mosque has a reward similar to the reward of a Hajj pilgrim. Whoever goes out to perform the [non-obligatory] mid-morning prayer (Duha) has a reward similar to the reward of the one performing Umrah.” (Abu Dawud)
This is a blessing within a blessing, Alhamdulillah!
3. Performing Eid prayer.
Ibn Rajab (RA) narrated that the Companion Mikhnaf ibn Sulaym (RA) said,
“The reward for attending ‘Id Al-Fitr prayer is equal to the reward of performing ‘Umrah and the reward for attending ‘Id Al-Adha Prayer is equal to that of performing Hajj.” [Lata’if al-Ma’arif]
Make sure that you attend Eid prayer safely, and set your intention to reap the reward of Hajj. Tell your whole family too!
4. Learning and teaching in the masjid
Abu Umamah (RA) reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever goes to the mosque not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj.” (Tabarani)
Make the most of any opportunity to learn at the mosque, and, inshaAllah, you’ll gain the reward of Hajj.
5. Serving your parents
The Messenger (SAW) commanded one of the Companions to be good to his mother. By taking care of your parents, the Prophet (SAW) said: “You are a Hajj pilgrim, a person performing `Umrah and someone striving for the sake of Allah (mujahid).”
How generous is Allah (SWT) who has given us opportunities to earn His forgiveness!
6. Fulfilling the needs of your Muslim brother or sister
Hasan al-Basri (RA) said, “Going to fulfil the need of your brother is better for you than performing Hajj after Hajj.”
Worship goes beyond our obligatory prayers and extends to being of service to others for the sake of Allah.
This Dhul Hijjah, there are so many people who are struggling to access basic necessities such as food and water and by sharing your Sadaqah, you will be earning the rewards of a good deed during the blessed 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.
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