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If Saudi Arabia is forced to put the Hajj on hold, it will not be without precedent
If Saudi Arabia is forced to put the Hajj on hold, it will not be without precedent

5 April 2020   Saudi minister’s remarks have called into question viability of this year’s Hajj amid coronavirus crisis The annual Islamic pilgrimage has a history of disruptions and cancellations going back centuries   JEDDAH: Will the Hajj, which draws millions of Muslims annually to Islam’s birthplace in Saudi Arabia, be suspended this year owing […]

 
Four historical lockdowns of the holy city of Mecca
Four historical lockdowns of the holy city of Mecca

1 April 2020 As Hajj pilgrimage is under risk of cancellation for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, people ask: is it the first lockdown in history? Minister of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia urged Muslims on Tuesday to wait for a while before making plans to make the annual Hajj pilgrimage until […]

 
Adventurer’s photos capture a bygone Mecca (Makkah in 1885)
Adventurer’s photos capture a bygone Mecca (Makkah in 1885)

He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy — but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist. Snouck’s extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca in a bygone age have gone on display in Dubai ahead of […]

 
Former Anti-Islam Film-Maker, Arnoud Van Doorn, Peforms Hajj After Becoming Muslim

22 Oct 2013 A Dutch politician who once helped produce a film depicting Islam as evil and extreme has performed the Hajj after declaring his conversion to the religion earlier this year. Arnoud van Doorn has said he bitterly regrets his actions and wants to make amends by producing a film showing Islam in a positive […]

 
Arafah Day and its merits

By Kabeer Yousuf    12 Oct 2013 Believers across the globe, and more so with the pilgrims at the holy city of Mecca are preparing themselves for yet another auspicious day called Arafah Day which falls on 9th of the month of Dul Hajja, tomorrow. The Day of Arafah is the culminating event of Hajj, the […]

 
Hajj – An Inward Journey

Featured in Issue 51, page 40 to 43: emel magazine   Hajj is a journey on many planes. Abdal Hakim Murad takes us through the emotions inolved in connecting with the unseen. Everything in existence has a centre; and if what matters to Heaven is the worship of devoted Muslim souls, then the centre of […]

 
Hajj – Journey of Devotion

Featured in Issue 27, page 48 to 53: emel magazine Embedded with symbolism and spirituality, the Hajj has been an ancient rite performed since the time of Abraham. Dr Usama Hasan looks at the meaning behind the rituals and walks you through the journey of a lifetime. The Hajj is a journey full of symbolism, […]

 
Muhammed Ali’s Pilgrimage to Makkah

Featured in Issue 17, page 30 to 32: emel magazine Muhammad Ali has been known as much for his religious choices as for his boxing prowess. Nadeem Bhatti and Remona Aly explore the spiritual journey of a man never afraid to make huge changes in search of peace of mind and peace of heart.   […]

 
Virtues of the Day of Arafaah

By Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid    13 Oct 2013   Praise be to Allaah.     1.                     It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favour was completed.  In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an […]

 
Description of Hajj

By Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid   6 Oct 2013   Praise be to Allaah.   Hajj is one of the best acts of worship. It is one of the pillars of Islam with which Allaah sent Muhammad and without which a person’s religious commitment is incomplete.  Worship cannot bring a person closer to Allaah and cannot be […]

 
Bosnian man walks 3600 miles to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia
Bosnian man walks 3600 miles to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia

22 Oct 2012 Makkah: A 47-year-old Bosnian Muslim man reached Saudi Arabia this week to perform the annual pilgrimage after travelling nearly 3,600 miles (5,900 km) on foot from his Bosnian village, Saudi newspapers said on Monday. “I wanted to perform Hajj but I had no money,” Emirates 24/7 quoted Senad Hadzic as saying. “I […]

 
Eid al-Adha History & Origin

Two of the most important Islamic holidays of the year are Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. While the former marks the end of the long fasting month of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca. It’s customary for every able Muslim (as prescribed in the Five Pillars of Islam) […]

 
In pictures: The history of the Hajj
In pictures: The history of the Hajj

28 Jan 2012                               source : bbc.co.uk

 
Young at Hajj

By Flavia Di Consiglio  25 Oct 2012 Millions of Muslims are taking part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and every Muslim adult who is physically and financially able must undertake it at least once in their lifetime. But a subtle change is happening in Mecca; pilgrims are […]

 
Misconceptions About the Black Stone (al Hajr ul Aswad)
Misconceptions About the Black Stone (al Hajr ul Aswad)

What is the Black Stone? The Black Stone (called الحجر الأسود al-Hajaru-l-Aswad in Arabic) is a Muslim relic, which according to Islamic tradition dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. Many geologists and historians believe it to be a tektite or a meteorite.It is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient sacred stone […]

 
Ten Good Manners for Hajj

By Imam al-Ghazali (translated by Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad) There are ten good manners which the pilgrim should observe. Firstly, the money he spends must come from halal sources. He must strive, likewise, to avoid carrying on any business while on Hajj, such as would occupy the heart and distract his attention; for his purpose […]

 
A Brief History Of The Hajj

By Alyssa Fetini Muslim pilgrims pray on their way up Noor Mountain in the holy city of Mecca before the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage, on November 23, 2009.   The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia has always been the spiritual center of the Islamic faith: the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims genuflect in its […]

 
How to Perform Ziyaarah

Ebook :    How to Perform Ziyaarah / Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

 
How to Perform Umrah

Ebook :   How to Perform Umrah / Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

 
How to Perform Hajj

Ebook :   How to Perform Hajj / Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

 
Rulings and Prohibitions Regarding Umrah

Ebook :   Rulings and Prohibitions Regarding Umrah / Yoosuf Al-Ahmad

 
Conduct of the Prophet during Hajj

Ebook :   Conduct of the Prophet during Hajj / Faisal Al Baadani

 
The Black Stone – Hajre-Aswad
The Black Stone – Hajre-Aswad

  by Darul Uloom Al Arabiya Al Islamiya (UK) In the middle of a deserted valley surrounded by mountains, two men were at work. Slowly slowly, brick by brick, they were building the house of Allah Ta’ala. The friend and Prophet of Allah Ta’ala, Prophet Ibrahim (alayhs) and his dear son, the grandfather of the Prophet (pbuh), Prophet […]

 
Philosophy of Qurbani

  by Jamiatul Ulama – Kawazulu Natal – South Africa The Urdu and Persian word “Qurbani” is derived from the Arabic word ‘Qurban’. It means an act performed to seek nearness to Almighty Allah and to seek His good pleasure. Originally, the word ‘Qurban’ included all acts of charity because the purpose of charity is […]

 
Uhud: A Mountain that the Prophet Loved
Uhud: A Mountain that the Prophet Loved

By Mahmoud Isma`il Shill   Many geographical sights were scenes of important historic events. The mountains in the area of Al-Madinah Al-Munwwarah witnessed significant events in Islamic history. Among these mountains is Mount Uhud, which was the scene of the famous Battle of Uhud. Mount Uhud is located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) north of Madinah. […]

 
The Cave of Hira
The Cave of Hira

This cave is the sanctum of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), the place of His devotions and meditations, and the sacred spot where the Qur’an began to be revealed. The cave is situated on Jabal An-Nur (the Mountain of Light) on the way to Mina, only 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from […]

 
Al-Baqi`: The Madinah Cemetery
Al-Baqi`: The Madinah Cemetery

Al-Baqi` is the principal cemetery of the people of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah and has been since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Of all of the historic places in Madinah, it is closest to Al-Masjid An-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque). It is located opposite the southeastern section of the wall of the […]

 
Manifestations of Remorse & Repentance at Al-Multazam
Manifestations of Remorse & Repentance at Al-Multazam

After the completion of Tawaf (circummambulation around the Ka`bah), the pilgrim should go for Al-Multazam, which is located between the Black Stone and the door of the Ka`bah. One should stick his abdomen and chest to it while raising his hands up and putting his cheek on the wall. At this very moment, the pilgrim […]

 
Al-Hatim: The Most Honored Shade on Earth
Al-Hatim: The Most Honored Shade on Earth

  Al-Hatim is a round building in the shape of half a circle, one of its ends faces the Syrian corner and the other faces the western corner. It is covered with marble and what is between the northern wall of the Ka`bah and Al-Hatim is the well-known place called Al-Hijr (the Enclosure of Isma`il). […]

 
The Black Stone: In The Gospel, The Torah and The Psalms
The Black Stone: In The Gospel, The Torah and The Psalms

The Black Stone, the corner stone of the Ka`bah, was put by Ibrahim, peace and blessings be upon him, as a sign or symbol of being the corner stone in the Kingdom of Allah. This is referred to in the Psalms. In the Psalm 118, we read: “The stone refused by builder hath become the […]