Supplication during Hajj
Supplication of the believer is the most vital key that unties the hearts and assists them to stumble upon rest and get rid of apprehension. Indeed, supplication is the spirit of adoration, and is regarded as one of the most valuable ways to preclude the assessments which are faced by the men of Allah. Supplication is the asylum for the people that are demoralized, broken and feeble.
Allah, the most Beneficent has promised His men to answer their supplications whenever they are in time of need and turn their heads towards the Almighty Lord. One can find a number of Ayahs and Hadiths on the importance, significance and virtue of supplication. Allah’s apostle (PBUH) said:
“Supplication is the weapon of the believer, the pillar of the religion, and the light of the heaven and earth” (Al-Hakim).
When Allah answers his men’s supplications in ordinary times, how can he not respond to them while they pray in the sacred and divine house of Allah? Supplication is more expected to be answered during these blissful times and in these holy places as the virtue of Du‘as become much greater and more confirmed in Hajj. The pilgrim is a traveler, and the righteous traveler’s supplication is answered nonetheless, as said by our beloved Prophet (PBUH):
“Three supplications are definitely answered, and there is no doubt about them: that of a father, that of a traveler and that of one who has been wronged.” [Abu Daawood and others]
The reason of acceptance of dua during Hajj is that in Hajj the pilgrims’ need for Allah’s help is more intense than at any other time and they are more sincere in worshipping Allah leaving behind all the material world and the desires that reside therein. Besides, there are diverse instants and places where it is recommended to make supplication and is likely to be answered such as dua that is made during Tawaaf. The pilgrim may recite whatever supplication he prefers asking Allah to grant him all that is good in this life and the afterlife. A reported supplication that the Prophet would recite while circumambulating also holds the same meaning. Also making supplication on Mounts Safa and Marwah; Dua at Al-Mash‘ar Al-Haraam in Muzdalifah and on the Day of Arafat is expected to be answered; making Dua when drinking from Zamzam water is effective. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The water of Zamzam serves the purpose for which it was drunk.” [Ibn Maajah]
Our Prophet (PBUH) would make supplication in the days of Tashreeq (the 11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) while casting the Sughra Jamrah and the Wusta Jamrah (Small and Medium Pillars of Jamarah). The Prophet (PBUH) would stand and face the Qiblah after throwing the pebbles, raising his hands to supplicate Allah for a long time.
Supplication is regarded as one of the superior deeds done during Hajj and is the most beneficial ways to fight against illness and affliction. There is no chance of rejection of a pilgrim’s supplication as the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The delegation [guests] of Allah The Exalted are three: one who is performing Jihaad [i.e. fighting in the cause of Allah], one who is performing ‘Umrah [lesser pilgrimage], and one who is performing Hajj; He called upon them and they responded, and they ask Him and He gives them.”[Ibn Maajah]