What is "Strive to Bring Aive"

The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

Hajj from Home

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We all have the burning desire in our hearts to present ourselves at the doorstep of the Ka’bah and fulfill the blessed rites of hajj. Some are fortunate enough to perform hajj once in a lifetime, some twice in a lifetime, and there are the select few who are extremely fortunate as they perform hajj annually.

However, Allah Ta‘ala, in His infinite kindness, has made it such that even those who cannot journey to Makkah Mukarramah to perform hajj are able to acquire the reward of hajj. Furthermore, they can do it from the comfort of their own homes!

Below are two such actions through which one can perform ‘Hajj from Home’:

1. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites ‘Subhaanallah’ 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening is like one who has performed 100 hajj.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3471)

2. Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that a man once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “I desire to participate in jihaad, but I am unable to do so.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked him, “Are any of your parents alive?” When the man replied that his mother was still alive, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Show Allah the manner in which you serve and obey her. If you do this, you will be (like) one who is performing hajj, ‘umrah and striving in jihaad.” (Abu Ya’la and Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaa’id #13420) 

The ‘beauty’ of the above two actions is that they can be done perpetually, throughout the year! One can thus easily earn the reward of hajj out of the month of Zul Hijjah. Let us strive to bring these two actions alive so that we can be among those who perpetually earn the reward of hajj.