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) […]