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 (SAW) 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 rakats has the reward of a complete Hajj and `Umrah.” He emphasized “complete” three times.
2. Gaining knowledge.
The Holy Prophet (SAW) 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 (SAW) 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 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 (SAW) commanded one of the Companions to be good to his mother. If you do so, he said: “You are like a Hajj pilgrim, a person performing `Umrah and someone striving for the sake of Allah (mujahid).”
One of the companions of the Messenger (SAW) 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 Shaa Allah.