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Lion of the Desert: Omar Mukhtar

Hajj Personalities

On this day 9o years ago (16th September 1931) Omar Mukhtar (rahimahullāh) at the age of 73, was executed and hanged to martyrdom by Italian colonial forces. Omar Mukhtar was born in the year 1858 in an impoverished household in the region of Cyrenaica which was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. As a young individual Omar lost his […]

Eid al Adha in a Covid-19 world

Eid Hajj Topical and Current Affairs

Hundreds of thousands of worshippers have gathered across the world to perform the first day of prayers for the Eid al Adha festival.     Muslims in many countries around the world have started celebrating Eid al Adha, the annual festival of sacrifice. It marks the 12th and last month of the Muslim lunar calendar. […]

Pictures of Hajj with social distancing at Makkah

Hajj Topical and Current Affairs

29-7-2020 The annual pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah has been allowed to take place but with new measures, including less worshippers than previous years, to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus This year only 10,000 people already residing in the kingdom will participate, a tiny fraction of the 2.5million pilgrims from around the world […]

Four historical lockdowns of the holy city of Mecca

Hajj History

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)

Hajj History

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 […]

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


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

Eid Hajj

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) […]

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)


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 […]

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


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


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 […]