Explanation of Haram
People generally assume that only Masjid-ul-Haram is Haram. No doubt Masjid-ul-Haram is also within Haram but Haram has spread out1 up to several miles around Makka-tul-Mukarramah with its limits fixed in all directions.
For example, there lies a police check point on the road about 23 kilometres away from Makka-tul-Mukarramah towards Jeddah. On this road, there is a sign board that read: “Lilmuslimin faqat” (i.e. only for Muslims). Ahead of it is Bair-e-Shamis, i.e.Hudaibiyah wherefrom the limit of Haram starts Entering Makkah
Anyway, enter the limits of Haram with your head bowed and eyes lowered with humility and shame for all the sins committed. Recite Salat-‘Alan-Nabi and Labbaik and do Zikr in abundance.
As soon as you have the sight of the sacred city of Makka-tul-Mukarramah of Rab-ul-‘Alamin, recite the following Du’a:
“Ya Allah azwajal! Bestow upon me peace and Halal sustenance in it.”
After reaching Makka-tul-Mukarramah, make arrangements for accommodation and keep luggage etc. at a safe place. Then, come to Bab-us-Salam reciting Labbaik. Kiss the Holy door and enter Masjid-ul-Haram placing your right foot first and reciting the Du’a of entering the Masjid that is as follows:
Translation: Allah azwajal in Whose name I begin and salutations on the Rasul of Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam, Ya Allah azwajal, open the portals of Your mercy for me.
Make Intention of I’tikaf
Make the intention of Nafl I’tikaf. One good deed here is equivalent to a hundred thousand deeds performed elsewhere. Hence one will get the reward of a hundred thousand I’tikaf. In addition, acts of eating, drinking Zam Zam water and sleeping will also become permissible. Make it a practice to make the intention of I’tikaf whenever you enter any Masjid. The intention of I’tikaf is as follows:
”Nawaytu Sunnatal I’tikaf”
Translation: I make the intention of Sunnah of I’tikaf
First Sight at Holy Ka’bah
As soon as you have the first glance of the Holy Ka’bah, recite the following thrice:
“Lailaha Illallahu Wallahu Akbar”
Then, recite Salat-‘Alan-Nabi and make Du’a as the Du’a made on having the first glance of the Holy Ka’bah is definitely accepted. You may also make this Du’a:
‘Ya Allah azwajal, whenever I make permissible Du’a, accept it.’
Most Virtuous Supplication
Respected Hajis! Instead of reciting different specific Du’as, it is the most virtuous to recite Salat-‘Alan-Nabi on every occasion like during Tawaf, Sa’i etc. Insha Allah azwajal All of your problems will be resolved by virtue of Salat and Salam. The Prophet of Rahmah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam has stated,
‘If you do so, azwajal will resolve all your problems and forgive all your sins.’ (Anwar-ul-Bisharah)