Mistakes Pilgrims do When Entering Al-Masjid Al-Haram

What are the mistakes some pilgrims commit when entering al-Masjid al-Haram?

From amongst the mistakes that some pilgrims fall into when entering Al-Masjid Al-Haram are:

1. That some people think it is imperative, for making Hajj or Umrah, to enter through a particular door of Al-Masjid Al-Haram.

So, for example, some people see that it is necessary for one making Umrah to enter via the door which is called the Umrah Door "Bab Al-Umrah" or that this is something that must be done and that it is legislated.

Others see that it is imperative to enter via the Door of Peace "Bab as-Salaam" and that entering through any other door is a sin or disliked - and there is no evidence for this.

So, it is upon the one making Hajj or Umrah to enter via any door they wish, and when doing so, extending the right foot first upon entry and saying that which is mentioned for entering all Masajid.

So, he sends his salutations upon the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) and says:

"O Allah! Forgive me my sins and open Your Doors of Mercy to me."

2. Some people innovate certain supplications when entering the Al-Masjid Al-Haram and upon seeing the House "Ka'bah".

They innovate supplications which have not been mentioned by the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) and they supplicate to Allah with them.

This is an innovation. So the act of worship, for the Sake of Allah, by speech, action or belief which the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) or his companions were not upon, is an innovation and an evil, that which the Messenger of Allah has warned against.

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen