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Hajj Checklist

So, you are finally embarking on the prestigious journey to Hajj, Mash ‘Allah, but are you prepared?

There are many ways you would need to prepare yourself for this incredible journey of a lifetime. Although it isn’t an easy one; it is an infinitely rewarding one. 

Following your initial intention, preparing yourself mentally and spiritually is the next step of this long-awaited journey, but nobody really mentions what you need to take with you physically for practical reasons.

Muslim Aid have put together a (non-exhaustive) checklist to help you prepare for your trip:

  • Passport/visa
  • Ensure you are medically healthy and fit to travel prior to your journey and arrange for any vaccinations you may need beforehand, the meningococcal meningitis vaccination is a requirement. Also, remember to obtain certificates for your vaccinations
  • The relevant dua and information books
  • Small Qur’an
  • Book and pen – to take note of all prayers, supplications and ziyarat (visits) completed
  • Prayer mat/tasbih
  • Ihram (more than one)
  • Small messenger bag/secure waist pouch
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Emergency clothing
  • Additional clothing
  • Painkillers/first aid (plasters etc.)
  • Thermal clothing (weather dependant)
  • Fragrance and alcohol-free toiletries
  • Toothbrush, paste and other general wash necessities
  • Next of kin/emergency contact details
  • Small pouch to collect pebbles
  • Scissors
  • Snacks (dry snacks are usually the best)
  • Bottled water
  • Money
  • Towels
  • Headwear (scarf, chaadar, veil etc.)
  • Surgical masks
  • Hand wash
  • Small Qur’an
  • Water bottle
  • Period preventative medication
  • Vitamins or glucose/energy tablets
  • Safety pins
  • Phone and charger
  • Spare eyewear (if applicable)
  • Medication (if applicable)
  • Small travel bag/case
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleeping bag
  • Undergarments
  • Umbrella (for heat protection)/sunglasses
  • Tissues and toilet tissues
  • Alcohol-free wet wipes
  • Anti-travel sickness medication
  • Imodium (for relief from any occurrence of severe diarrhoea)

Although, some are very simple things that are simply recommendations, others are absolutely necessary, it is, of course, entirely up to you what you decide to pack and take with you.

Eid-ul-Adha, also known as the festival of Qurbani (sacrifice) follows the pilgrimage of Hajj. It is a day where Muslims are obligated to donate to fellow brothers and sisters in urgent need of help. Muslim Aid, once again this year, is taking part in raising Qurbani donations and aims to distribute to those who need help the most. Donate your Qurbani through Muslim Aid this year.

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