1- THE ‘BLACK STONE’ (HAJR E ASWAD)
At one corner of the Kaba, traditional Muslims seek the blessing of a black stone. Such practice has no support in the Quran. It was innovated by someone through the hadiths books.
2- THE WATER OF ‘ZAMZAM’ WELL
There is nothing in our religion that makes of Zamzam water any blessed water than any other water. Many of the Hajj visitors claim all kinds of blessings and cure by this water on no basis. We should remember to give all the qualities of cure and blessings to Allah Almighty, not to a cup or a can of Zamzam water.
3-THE SHORTENING OF THE NOON AND AFTERNOON SALAT
This custom has no Quranic basis. On the contrary, Allah in the Quran very clearly tells us when we need to shorten the Salat (during war).
[Quran 4:101] “When you travel, during war, you commit no error by shortening your Salat, if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. Surely, the disbelievers are your ardent enemies.”
4- DOING HAJJ AND UMRAH FOR DEAD RELATIVES
Allah asserts the fact that each soul will be held accountable only to what it has done.
[Quran 53:39] “Every human being is responsible for his own works.”
In spite of these clear assurances in the Quran, we find Muslims today doing Hajj and Umrah for their dead relatives. They do that in accordance with various alleged hadiths that claim you can do Hajj, fast and also give Zakat on behalf of your dead relatives! These hadiths are in direct contradiction to the Quran and cannot possibly originate from the prophet Muhammad who followed the Quran.
5- WOMEN NOT ALLOWED TO DO HAJJ WITHOUT A MAHRAM!
This practice has no Quranic basis. Women (during menstruation) deprived of their Prayers, (and thus not completing Hajj rituals)!
This restriction has no basis in the Quran and deprive the women of an essential part of their religious practice.
6- VISITING THE PROPHET’S TOMB IN MEDINA
Unfortunately, most of today’s Muslims make it a custom to visit the Prophet Muhammad’s tomb in the masjid that carries his name in Medina. By doing that they are committing the most flagrant acts of idolatry and thus nullify their Hajj.
Hajj is meant to be for ALLAH ALONE. Hajj is older than the prophet Muhammad himself. Abraham and his descendants performed Hajj, they did not have a prophet’s tomb to visit. The prophet Muhammad himself did his Hajj the correct way without dedicating his Hajj to anyone else besides Allah.
The Quran consistently talks about “The Sacred Mosque,” while today’s Muslims talk about “The Two Sacred Mosques”! In a glaring act of idolatry, these Muslims have set up Muhammad’s tomb as another “Sacred Mosque”! This is blasphemous violation of the Quran and ironically, even violates Hadith. It is interesting to know that traditional Muslims claim to believe in a sahih (confirmed) Hadith in which the prophet Muhammad declared that Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they built places of worship around their prophet’s tombs.
7- LIMITING HAJJ TIME TO TEN DAYS
Many problems and disasters have been happening in and around the Hajj season because of the overcrowding due to limiting Hajj time to only ten days instead of 3 full moon!
If Hajj is spread over the 3 full moons as commanded by Allah in the Quran all the millions of Muslims who wish to make it to Hajj would have a three chance to do so. The overcrowding with all its multiple problems and difficulties will be eliminated.
2:197 The Pilgrimage is in the appointed full moons; so whoever decides to perform the Pilgrimage in them, then there shall be no sexual approach, nor wickedness, nor baseless argument in the Pilgrimage. And any good that you do, Allah is aware of it; and bring provisions for yourselves, though the best provision is righteousness; and be aware of Me O you who possess intelligence.
8- STONING OF THE DEVIL
Many Muslims consider the stoning of the devil is an integral ritual of the Hajj. Not only is this ritual not mentioned in the Quran, but in actual fact there is ample evidence in the Quran to suggest that the stoning is an act done by the idol worshippers (11:91, 18:20, 19:46, 36:18). All the correct rituals of Hajj are mentioned in the Quran, yet the stoning is not a Quranic ritual of Hajj.
9- CIRCUMAMBULATE (TAWAF) THE KAABA AND SAFA & MARWA
The word Arabic word Tawaf does not mean Circumabulate or going around kaaba in 7 circles but Tawaf simply means to visit. Going around the kaaba seven times is mentioned in the Hadiths and could be the pre-Islamic practice done by the pagan Arabs.
22:29 Then let them complete their duties and fulfill their vows, and let them Visit (Tawaf) the ancient House.
2:158 Indeed, the SAFFA and the MARWA are among the symbols of Allah. So whoever makes Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary, or is merely passing through, commits no error should he Visit (Tawaf) them. And whoever donates for goodness, then Allah is Thankful, Knowledgeable.
10- IHRAM DRESS CODE FOR HAJJ
There is No such thing as IHRAM dress for Hajj. The word HURUMUN means Under Restriction.
The word HURUMUN appears in two verses 5:1 & 5:96.
5:1 O you who believe, honor the contracts. Made lawful for you are the animals of the livestock, except that which is being recited to you. Do not make lawful the hunting of game WHILE YOU ARE UNDER RESTRICTION (hurumun). God decrees as He pleases.
5:96 Lawful for you is the catch of the sea, to eat it as enjoyment for you and for those who travel; and unlawful for you is the catch of the land as long AS YOU ARE UNDER RESTRICTION (hurumun); and be aware of God to whom you will be gathered.
It is a Misconception of the Traditional Muslims that without Ihram, one’s Umrah or Hajj cannot be performed. There is no particular dress code for Men & Women for Hajj in the Quran.