Welcoming and Greeting Returning Hajj Pilgrims: A Guide to Embracing Their Journey

By Halal Trip | 27, Jun, 2023
Welcoming and Greeting Returning Hajj Pilgrims: A Guide to Embracing Their Journey

The Hajj pilgrimage holds immense significance in the lives of Muslims around the world. It is a journey of faith, devotion, and self-discovery. When the Hajj pilgrims return from their sacred pilgrimage, it is a time of celebration and rejoicing. This article explores how we can embrace and welcome these pilgrims back into our communities with open arms and hearts. From warm greetings to acts of kindness, let us explore the ways in which we can celebrate and honor the profound journey of the Hajj pilgrims.

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Preparing for the Returnpreparing for the return

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As they've been away for quite a long time from their homes and work, helping them in sorting things out that they've left such as daily errands as much as we can would help. Try to create an atmosphere of joy and celebration to honor their return, try to welcome them in a friendly yet modest atmosphere for the returning pilgrims. 


Heartfelt Greetings and Warm Welcomepeople praying

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Gather for Prayer and Supplication

  • Organize a special congregational prayer for the safe return of the Hajj pilgrims with duas and prayers for the well-being, blessings, seek Allah's forgiveness and mercy for them, and spiritual growth of the returning Hajj pilgrims.
  • Recite duas, expressing gratitude and seeking blessings for their journey. This would be the most important thing to do as Hajj in the end is a form of prayer that not everyone could perform. As your family or friends are returning, you may try to recite this dua in order for them to return with a productive and InshAllah a blessful Hajj:

قَبَّلَ اللهُ حَجَّكَ، وَغَفَرَ ذَنْبَكَ، وَأَخْلَفَ نَفَقَتَكَ

Qabilallahu hajjaka wa ghafara dhambaka wa akhlafa nafaqataka

May Allah accept your Hajj, forgive your sins and recompense your expenses. (At-Tabrani)

  • As they meet you and have arrived home, you may also recite this dua when welcoming them:

للَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْحَاجِّ وَلِمَنِ اسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُ الحَاجُّ

Allahummaghfir lil hajj, wa li man istaghfara lahul hajj

O Allah, forgive the sins of these pilgrims and the sins of those whom these pilgrims ask for forgiveness. (Abu Hurairah)

  • Some other recommended duas for you to include and recite:
    "Allahumma taqabbal minna wa minkum" (O Allah, accept from us and from you), and "Allahumma aj'alna mina al-muqarrabin" (O Allah, make us among those who are near to You).

Pilgrims' Reflections

  • Encourage the returning pilgrims to share their reflections and experiences from the Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Provide a platform for them to express their gratitude and convey the spiritual lessons they have learned.
  • This step will hopefully help other people who's aiming to depart for Hajj with things to note and to do during the pilgrimage.

Community Gatherings and Celebrations

  • When you welcome the pilgrims, you can try to do the things that Rasulullah used to do:
    “When you meet a haji (on his way home) then greet him, shake hands with him and ask him to beg forgiveness of Allah on your behalf before he enters his home, for his prayer for forgiveness is accepted since he is forgiven by Allah for his sins.”
  • Plan community gatherings and events to celebrate the return of the Hajj pilgrims. Remember to do it modestly and try to avoid flaunting wealth as it is not something that Allah encourage, and even might cancel out the benefits they got during the Hajj.
  • Organize cultural performances, potluck meals, and activities that could reflect the diversity of the community.


Acts of Kindness and Supportluggage near a door

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Volunteer and Assist

  • Offer practical assistance to the returning pilgrims and their families, such as helping with transportation, running errands, or providing emotional support.
  • Create a network of support to ease their transition back into daily life.

Share in the Joy

  • Visit the returning pilgrims and their families to express congratulations and share in their joy.
  • Bring gifts, sweets, or symbolic tokens to celebrate their accomplishment.

Educate the Community

  • If they are open to the idea, organize sessions or events to educate the community about the significance and challenges of the Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Share stories and experiences of Hajj pilgrims to create a deeper understanding and appreciation.



The return of Hajj pilgrims is a time of immense joy and celebration. By preparing the community, offering warm greetings, performing acts of kindness, and reciting heartfelt duas, we can create a welcoming environment that honors their profound journey. Let us come together as a community to embrace and celebrate the returning Hajj pilgrims, recognizing their commitment to faith, unity, and self-discovery. Through our support and celebration, we reinforce the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood that unite us as a global Muslim community.


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