بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Sigh, yes. Unfortunately, lots of people practice innovations during Hajj (and everywhere else for that matter).
Someone might say, “Hey, what’s the big deal if there are a few innovations here and there?”
Well, Allah has ordered us to do that which He loves and has asked us to stay away from that which He does not love.
So, the one who wishes to earn the love of Allah must apply the shariah as best as they can.
However, innovations are something that people have invented thinking that it will help them gain the love of Allah.
Just a few questions:
1) Does anyone know what Allah loves more than He does? How can anyone add anything to the shariah saying that it is a “good” innovation??? If it was truly a good thing, then Allah would have revealed it to His Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam)!
2) Has what he has ordered us to do not enough for us? Why do people feel the need to invent practices?
The main problem with those who practice innovations is not knowing the Majesty of Allah and not understanding the religion of Islam.
This is why it is mandatory for all of us to seek knowledge from authentic sources and also ask Allah to grant us fiqh (understanding) of this religion.
As for some of the innovations that are practiced during Hajj, the following article sheds light on that:
[Note: The translators seem to be in the process of adding more information so please check the main link provided below for any updates. Also, Points 11 and 12 are the same, probably a publishing error.]
Want to read a nice book on Hajj with lots of authentic ahadeeth?
Look no further.
Shaikh Al-Albani’s (rahimahullah) ‘Manasik Al-Hajj wal-Umrah’ (The Rites of Hajj and Umrah) is the book that you’re looking for. You can read it online here.
He’s also added an appendix entitled ‘Innovations of Hajj and Umrah and Visiting Madinah’ which you can read online here.
For those who wish to have a pocket-sized summary of this book containing the duas for Hajj and Umrah, please check this post on my other blog. The pocket guide has been translated into three languages: English, French and Urdu.