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Presently there are so many books in the Urdu language on the subject of hajj and ziyārat that it is impossible for the most knowledgeable person in this field to know their exact number. However, this book – How should you perform hajj?1 – is, by the grace of Allāh ta‛ālā, still unique and unparalleled in the sense that it acts as a complete guide for the performance of hajj and ziyārat and the rites which are attached to both, and also creates a special pain, pining, ecstasy and yearning in the heart – all of which is the essence and soul of hajj.
Those who carried this book with them for performing hajj generally perceive and are of the view that if pilgrims take this book with them and study it on their journey, they will feel as if a special servant of Allāh ta‛ālā is holding them by the hand and making them to perform a loving and prescribed hajj, and guiding them internally and externally, physically and spiritually.
1 This is the translation of the Urdu title. The present English title is “An Easy Hajj Guide” (translator)
We are incapable of expressing our gratitude to Allāh ta‛ālā for the acceptance which He conferred on this book. May He inspire us to give thanks to Him and to bless it with even more acceptance. Āmīn.
This book was first published in 1949 and was – by the grace of Allāh ta‛ālā – being printed continually. A revised edition was then published in 1980 in which several essential changes were made to it.
Now that travelling by sea has ended and this journey for hajj is undertaken by air, there was a need to make changes to those sections of the book which contained pieces of advice which were related to sea journeys. This new edition therefore contains such changes made by the publisher. The original book is the same as printed for the past fifty years. Thousands of Allāh’s servants took guidance from this book during those years. The author of the book, Maulānā Muhammad Manzūr Nu‛mānī rahimahullāh, had himself written in this regard at the time of the revised edition (of 1980). The reader will note this in the following pages.
It is our heartfelt desire for this book to reach the hands of all educated people who are going for hajj and that we are able to convey it to them. I therefore make a
sincere offer to those who are going for hajj but cannot afford to purchase it to write to us with a testimony from someone who is known to us. Allāh willing, we will present a copy to him without charge. He will not be indebted to us in any way. Instead we will be greatly indebted to him for having afforded us this opportunity.
There is an addendum towards the end of this new edition (2001). It contains a few essential facts, guidelines and useful points for the pilgrim. Allāh willing, it will be beneficial to you.
Finally, I request the pilgrim who is benefiting from this book on his hajj journey to include me and my family in his prayers. May Allāh ta‛ālā reward you.
Muhammad Hassān Nu‛mānī