SUNNA ACTS

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  • Performing wudu’ or ghusl before putting on the Hajj attire to enter the state of ihram.
  • Before wearing the Hajj attire, wearing permitted perfume.
  • Offering two rak’ats of prayer as a sunna act of ihram, and reciting Surat al-Kafirun and Surat al-Ikhlas in each rak’at after Surat al-Fatiha.
  • Uttering talbiya loudly as soon as one enters the state of ihram, and doing so whenever one climbs a hill, descends into a valley, meets one or more people, early in the morning, and after every prescribed prayer until throw-ing stones at Jamrat al-‘Aqaba on the first day of ‘Iyd al-Adha. (Women do not raise their voices while uttering talbiya.)
  • Calling God’s blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, and upon his Family many times after each talbiya.
  • Praying after calling God’s blessings and peace upon the Messenger and his Family.
  • Performing ghusl before entering Makka, praying upon seeing the Ka’ba, and exalting and glorifying God and declaring His Oneness in front of the Sacred Mosque.
  • Those coming from outside of Makka perform the arrival circumambulation.
  • Making voluntary circumambulations while staying in Makka.
  • Walking fast, moving the shoulders vigorously, and taking small steps in order to give a sense of strength and energy during the first three turns of the obligatory tawaf of visiting.
  • Being quicker between the green markers while doing sa’y (between Safa and Marwa).
  • Leaving for Mina on Dhu’l-Hijja 8 after sunrise, and spending that day and night there.
  • Leaving for ‘Arafat on Dhu’l-Hijja 9 after sunrise.
  • Leaving for Muzdalifa after sunset and spending that night there, and pro-ceeding to al-Mash’ar al-Haram (near the hill of Quzah in Muzdalifa) at dawn.
  • Praying sincerely and in utmost humility, especially after the daily prayers performed in ‘Arafat and Muzdalifa.
  • Leaving for Mina before sunrise on the first day of ‘Iyd al-Adha, and staying in Mina for 3 consecutive days.
  • While throwing pebbles at the Jamarat, standing so that Mina will be on one’s right and Makka on one’s left, and throwing in turn beginning with Jamrat al-Ula and proceeding to Jamrat al-Wusta and Jamrat al-‘Aqaba.
  • If possible, throwing the pebbles between sunrise and noon on the first day of throwing, and between noon and sunset on the other days.
  • Going quickly from Mina to Makka. If leaving Mina on Dhu’l-Hijja 12 or the third day of ‘Iyd al-Adha, leave before sunset.
  • While going to Makka, staying in Muhatab and Abtah for a short time.
  • Drinking Zamzam water to one’s full satiation after making the farewell circumambulation and offering two rak’ats of prayer.
  • Rubbing one’s face and chest against Multazam, a part of the Ka’ba between the Black Stone and its gate.
  • Holding onto the curtain covering the Ka’ba and praying without bothering and troubling anyone.
  • Visiting the tomb of God’s Messenger in Madina.

Performing these sunna acts increases the reward for Hajj, and omitting any of them incurs no penalty.