We all have the burning desire in our hearts to present ourselves at the doorstep of the Ka’bah and fulfil 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. Sayyiduna ‘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. Sayyiduna 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 Ta‘ala 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, Al-Mu’jamus Sagheer and Al- Mu’jamul Awsat – 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.