Lame Excuses People Make for Not Going For Hajj

Ofcourse with so many people going for Hajj in my family, I am missing my last year’s experience a lot. Khair, here’s a very interesting article by Asma Binte Shameem which I just found on farhat Hashmi’s blog

Excuse # 1: I am too busy with Work

Some people delay Hajj because they say they can’t find time to take off from work. But don’t they see the very fact that they didn’t take time out for Hajj is the reason why Allaah kept them so busy with work?

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Allah says: ‘Son of Adam: Fill your time with My worship and I will fill your heart with richness, and end off your poverty. But if you don’t, I would make your hands fully busy (i.e. in worldly affairs) and I would not end off your poverty.’” (At-Tirmidhi said that it is a good hadeeth)

And he said:“Verily Allah tests His servant with what He has given him. So whoever is content with whatever he has been assigned, then Allah will bless him in it, and give him more! But whoever is not content (with what he has been given), then he will not be blessed in it.” (Ahmad-saheeh).

If you make your intention sincerely for the sake of Allaah and do your best to take time from work, Allaah will provide it for you.

“And whoever fears Allaah, He will make for him an easy way out and provide for him sustenance from sources he could never imagine. Whoever places his reliance upon Allaah, Allaah will suffice Him. Indeed Allaah is one who can achieve His purpose and He has appointed a measure for everything.” (Talaq:2-3)

Excuse # 2: I am not spiritually ready

Some people say I am not spiritually strong, I am not much of a believer and thus not ready to go or they say I think I should only do Hajj when I have figured out Salah and Zakah and I am practicing Islaam fully…
Don’t you see? That is the whispering of the Shaytaan in your heart. He does not want you to go and earn all the reward and Jannah.
All you got to do is to try hard to improve yourself, putting your trust in Him and surely He will guide you.
“And (as for) those who strive hard for Us, We will most certainly guide them in Our ways; and Allah is most surely with the doers of good.” [Ankabut:69]

We all know people who weren’t fully practicing Muslims prior to making the Hajj, yet once they came back from Hajj they went under this amazing transformation and Alhamdulillah they are now practicing fully. So don’t think like that, just go.

Excuse # 3: Yeah, insha Allaah next year…..next year…..then next year

Subhaan Allaah, some people have no excuse not to go for Hajj. Yet when you ask them when they are going for hajj, they say “yeah, insha Allaah next year. But somehow that ‘next year’ never comes.
Don’t be like those people. Make your intention to go for Hajj NOW. Don’t even wait till tomorrow. Do it now and prepare for this journey, while you have the ability. For you never know when death will overtake you or some other trial may befall you that will unable you to go. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Take advantage of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you become occupied, and your life before your death.” (Bukhari)

Ali, radhiAllaahu ‘anhu, once stood at the head of a grave and said to his companion, “If he had a chance to return to this life, what do you think he would do?” His companion replied, “He would do nothing but good deeds.” Ali (RA) then said, “If it is not going to be him, then let it be you.”

Excuse # 4: When Allaah wants me to come, Allaah will call me

Sure, guidance is in Allaah’s Hands. Yet you have to work hard to qualify for that guidance. Remember that Allaah will not throw the guidance in your lap from up above. It is YOU who has to make the effort. Just like if you are hungry… Allaah will not throw the food down from the sky. You have to get up and cook that food.
Allaah orders us to make that effort. Allaah says:
“O you who believe! Be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.” [Surah Maidah:35]

Excuse # 5: Its too much hard work

Do you realize how much hard work we do for the dunya? Most of our lives we spend working hard for our studies, our livelihood, our families, our businesses, and we can’t bear to work hard for the Aakhirah? Sure, Hajj is hard work but then, isn’t Jannah worth it? The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“The reward of Hajj Mabrur is nothing but Jannah.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

“And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it as he ought to strive and he is a believer; (as for) these, their striving shall surely be accepted.” [al-Israa‘:19]

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab is quoted as saying, “I seek Allaah’s protection from the time when the ‘fasiq’ or disobedient will have much energy and enthusiasm and the righteous will be lazy.”

Excuse # 6: It takes too long

Some people use the length of Hajj as an excuse each year for delaying or not going. How long does it take?! Just 2-3 weeks! As if they haven’t taken that much time for vacations?!

To them I want to say, planning is everything. If you plan from now for Hajj next year, you can save up your vacation time and use it for the most important journey of your life. Or you can just choose an express Hajj package (about 10-14 days). And remember that the stay in Medina is not a part of Hajj.

Excuse # 7: Its too hot

A Canadian may say it’s too cold. An African will say it’s too hot. Both are making excuses for not doing good actions. Remember, it was summer in the desert during the time of the Battle of Tabuk, and the Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) was rallying his troops for an exhaustive trip that, back then, would have taken them months. That’s when the hypocrites told the people ‘do not go out in the heat’. Allaah said to tell them, “that the fire of hell is much hotter; if only they understood.” (Tauba:81)

Excuse # 8: I’ll wait until my kids are older/get married

Similarly, Muslims might delay Hajj and give themselves time by saying, “let me wait till my kids are older, or till my daughter gets married (and their daughter may only be 5 years old!)… let me wait till I do this , let me wait till I do that.”

This is also just a way of procrastination and nothing else. Remember that hajj is an obligation in Islaam. It is fardh upon you. If you have the means and you have not yet done your obligatory hajj, the ulama say that it is better for you to do Hajj, rather than delaying it if your kids are young.

The Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) said, “Race to good deeds before a time and a fitnah comes, (a test) that will sweep over you like the darkest of the darkest nights.”
Obviously, for the one whose kids are of marriageable age and has just enough money for either Hajj or marriage, the Ulama say:
“If there is a conflict between the father’s Hajj and the son’s getting married, because the father only has enough money for one of them, then he should look to see whether his son’s marriage is essential right now, or can it be delayed? If the son needs to get married and fears that he may do something haraam, then getting him married takes precedence over the father’s doing Hajj.” (www.islamqa.com)

Beware of lame excuses

The Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) advised a man:
“Pray your prayer as if it is your last, as if you are seeing Him (Allah), for even if you do not see Him then He sees you. And give up hope (of obtaining) what other’s possess, then you will live a rich life. And beware of anything that you might (later) have to make an excuse for.” (Bukhari in his al-Tarikh, and al-Tabarani-saheeh)

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26 thoughts on “Lame Excuses People Make for Not Going For Hajj

  1. “People” make lame excuses for every other good thing. I am honored to know two people who are going for it this year.

    And I won’t make any excuse cuz I definitely want to break the pattern.

  2. you know there’s this group of rich folks whove made a version of islam i like to call ‘convenient religion’ where you focus on conventional things and ignore the many injustices that’ve made the ‘rich’ subjects rich and ensure that things stay that way. Honestly i know nothing about most of the ulema here, but from what ive ‘heard’ farhat hashmi is one of them.
    Im not trying to be ‘too’ judgemental here ( 😉 ) but im asking cause id like to know your take on this…

  3. we kinda tend to be a lil too observant and far too critical about people who’ve grown a beard or wear a hijab etc, so i suppose this could very well be one of those cases. i totally dont want to try to demean anyone who’s working towards spreading the word of god…

  4. @ safiullah
    there’s basically no excuse for not doing something good other than the fact that we arent just trying hard enough

    @ Saadat
    even i wouldnt have known that if one of my acquaintances wasnt maintaining the blog

    @ Mahwash
    🙂

    @ farooq
    well im not one of her ‘followers’ so i dont exactly know too much but yes ive heard that same thing about her. Personally, I just read stuff by most ulemas and dr farhat hashmi is just one of them. I dont believe in following an alim to such an extent so as to start idolizing that alim. Ofcourse they are all humans and have their flaws too.
    and yes, we all tend to be a lil too observant about people who wear a ‘label’ like the hijaab or a beard and i guilty of doing that too

  5. I don’t live in Pakistan, but I know Dr. Farhat Hashmi [Not personally], but through people, her students and basically I’ve done/doing one of her courses too.

    A lot of rumours fly about anyone who goes into the field of Dawah, and yes, likewise there is stuff that is said about her too. But honestly, mashallah, she has done so much in spreading the Qurán and Sunnah that I don’t think we’d even be able to do half. Her courses are going in all parts of the World [including here], and I was thinking about all the ajar that that she must be getting through every individual, especially those who she has helped in coming towards guidance [for Guidance eventually comes from Allah]

    Secondly, I would also say, none of us are perfect, including the Ulema, but I think like said above, anyone who comes into the religion always has people trying to criticize them.

    In fact, when opting to do her course, my brother-in-law, who isn’t exactly very religious started off saying stuff about her, which I just let pass. And when doing her course, alhamdulilah, I was glad I hadn’t listened to him.

    I was also pissed about the fact that, if he isn’t practicing, doesn’t mean he should stop other people from obtaining guidance or coming towards the religion. People come up with all sorts of things/excuses.

    So in the end, somethings might be true? But who knows, Allahu aalam. It is always better to confirm such rumours, because it says in the Quran:

    ‘O you who believe! If a Fasiq comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.’

    ‘O believers! Avoid most suspicions, verily some suspicion is a sin and do not look out for faults and do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would abominate it. And fear Allah, Verily Allah is Oft Returning, Merciful.’

    [Surah Al Hujurat – verses 6 and 12]

    In the end, Allah knows, but should not we concentrate more on a persons good qualities [especially if they are benefitting the Ummah] instead of believing in rumours about them? Which on the day of Qiyamah we will be accounted for.

    I hope the above doesn’t sound like a lecture or something, [it wasn’t meant to be farooq :P], but this problem that consists within our hypocritical societies needs to be solved.

  6. not that the following is really relevant but im feeling frisky now, so here goes:

    ive been called a ‘wahabi’ because of the way i pray. Everybody here hates wahabis, but nobody knows who they are! I only just went through some material about them and they really dont seem to be all that bad… 😀

  7. i was just youtubing some random shit and i came across a bunch of these crazy sufi videos, i saw this one video showing how sufis ‘do their thing’ during hajj and honestly it seems pretty absurd to me…

  8. @ purple
    exactly my point…they are all humans and we cant expect them to be 100% perfect. from all the stuff that I have read by Dr. Farhat Hashmi, I think I have only become a better person. The person i was talking about earlier who maintains her blog is only a great example who was transformed completely through Dr Farhat Hashmi’s lectures. She was a mere secular and in just a span of 5 years, she is now, Alhamdulillah, not only a practising muslimah, but also very actively involved in Dawah

    @ farooq
    even i didnt know that i was a ‘deobandi’ till 2 years back. personally i dont believe in all this stuff cuz the Prophet (SAW) was not a wahabi, a shafai, a barehlvi or a deobandi. He was a muslim and thats wat our aim in lives should be too.
    as for certain absurd things done during Hajj, i have seen a lot of shirk myself being practiced at the time of hajj…which includes sajda in front of the Prophet’s (SAW) grave

  9. But you don’t know the reason behind that Sajda so you can’t claim it was shirk. One could’ve been doing that out of respect only. It’s the neeyat that makes a practice halal or haram and Allah is well aware of all neeyats.

    Even Allah made all the angels bow to Hazrat Adam (A.S.), wasn’t that shirk? Nope. Our Prophet (S.A.W.W.) is the pride of Adam (A.S.) and leader of all the Prophets.

  10. @ SAWJ
    true, its the intentions that count but then intentions have to be somehow transformed into actions. as for the sajda thing, i cant comment on that whether that it is allowed ‘out of respect or not’. I dont think i have enough knowledge. From what I know and have read, Allah (SWT) ordered the angels to bow to Hazrat Adam (AS) himself..an order that could not be denied. I also read somewhere that the whole universe was created by Allah (SWT) out of love for the Prophet (SAW). Ofcourse it was the greatness of the Prophet (SAW) to say himself that “I am just a man like you; I eat meat and marry women” to ensure that people do not start worshipping him.
    waise i would really like to know more on this topic.

    @ Saad
    watch QTV, you’d get to see a lot more of such stuff

  11. Indeed, the Universe was created for the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) and when Allah wanted his greatness to be recognized he sent the Prophet (S.A.W.W.) to earth for the people to see His greatest creation ever!

    Bowing to the Prophet (S.A.W.W.) is legal as long as one keeps in mind that he is not Allah and that he is only submitting to the greatness of Allah by paying respect to His creation. The Prophet (S.A.W.W.) never wanted worship for themselves, precisely the reason why Hazrat Ali (A.S.) said “Fuzto Birabbil Ka’abah” when Ibne Muljim (L.A.) struck him with his sword.

  12. Remembered telling my mum reason no. 2. To which she replied, “If you’re gonna wait till you’re ready, you’ll never be ready.”. Makes sense. Over time, we’ll just keep making up other excuses. Alhamdulillah, I have gone for mine. 🙂

  13. Oh I totally missed this post 😛
    Well Hajj ko to choro, that’s an activity that takes considerable effort… people make excuses for Salaat… and how much effort does that take? Ten minutes each salaat, tops? It’s just about on what priority you keep religion on, and how far-sighted you are 🙂

  14. @ SAWJ
    perhaps 🙂 nothing has ever had a bigger impact on me than hajj. i started covering a lil before hajj but i wasnt too strict. as in it was only for uni and marketplace…now i take it properly.

    @ Absar
    perhaps everyone was too busy on the next post 😉
    u are right, we usually have a lot of (lame) excuses for not practicing religion. we can stay awake the whole night just to watch a football match but waking up for fajr seems like one of the mst difficult things in life

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    Firstly I ask forgiveness if this post/comment offends you/concept of ur website. I am a muslimah who has been

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