Undoubtedly, no deed is actually equivalent to the divine and sacred ritual of Hajj nor will any such deed give your heart the same level of spiritual contentment as Hajj. But Allah is indeed the Most Merciful and Most Generous.
Here are a few effortless actions you can perform so that you catch up with the lucky pilgrims in Makkah:
1. Invoke Allah from Fajr to Ishraaq
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
Whoever prays (Fajr) in congregation and then sits in the place where he prayed remembering Allah until the sun rises and then prays two rak’ahs has the reward of a complete Hajj and `Umrah. He emphasized “complete” three times.
2. Gaining Knowledge
The Prophet said:
The one who goes out to the mosque wanting only to learn good or teach it has the reward of a complete Hajj.
3. Praying in Congregation
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
Has Allah not rendered for you the Isha’ prayer in congregation equal to Hajj, and the Fajr prayer in congregation equal to ‘Umrah? (Muslim)
4. Attending the Friday Prayer
Sa’id bin al-Musayyib said that performing the Friday Prayer is “more beloved to Me than a nafl Hajj.”
5. Performing the Eid Prayer
One of the companions said:
Going out to pray Eid al-Fitr is equal to performing `Umrah and going out to pray Eid al-Adha is equal to performing Hajj.
6. Executing the Needs of a Fellow Muslim
Hasan al-Basri said:
“Going to fulfill the need of your brother is better for you than performing Hajj after Hajj.”
7. Obedience to Parents
The Prophet commanded one of the companions to be good to his mother. If you do so, he said:
You are like a Haj pilgrim, a person performing `Umrah and someone striving for the sake of Allah (mujahid).
One of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad has been reported:
He who recites Subhanallah 100 times in the morning and another 100 times in the evening is like one who performed Hajj 100 times!
9. Firmly Restraining from Forbidden Acts
Some of the Pious predecessors said:
“To abstain from an iota of wrong is better than five hundred (Nafl) Hajj.”
10. Any Act of Good During the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah
May Allah give us the sound ability to perform all these good deeds and the actual Hajj many times In Sha’ Allah.