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The Enclosure of Isma`il
The Enclosure of Isma`il

The Hijr (Enclosure) of Isma`il, peace and blessings be upon him, encompasses the place between the northern and the western corners of the Ka`bah. Its floor is covered with marble and it covers about 17 cubits. It has two doors one to the eastern side of 5 cubits; and another to the western side of […]

 
Zam-Zam Part 2 – VIirtues and Praises of Zam-Zam Water

  The water of Zam-Zam has countless of virtues and it is extremely pure and clean. It is the most blessed and purest of all waters on earth. Allama Taahir Karwi, writes in this regard: The inception of this well was owing to Hadhrat Ismaeel (alaihimus salaam) and his mother Hadhrat Haajira (R.A).  Its coming […]

 
Zam-Zam Part 1

ZAM-ZAM Water is a refreshing, sweet, pleasant tasting, easy digestible, boundlessly blessed, virtuous and honourable water. It enjoys such blessings and virtues, which no other water can be compared to. Basis of nomenclature: The word ‘zam-zam’ originates from the word ‘zumaazim’, for which the following is recorded as its meanings: “Excessive water, far-reaching humming sound, […]

 
The Great Maqam
The Great Maqam

Jabir Ibn `Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, related: “Allah’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, touched the Yamani Corner. Then he made three rounds circumambulating around the Ka`bah hastily and made the other four walking. Then he went near the Maqam of Ibrahim and recited the Qur’anic verse, “Take as your place […]

 
Short History of the Ka`bah
Short History of the Ka`bah

Most surely the first house appointed for men is the one at Bakkah, blessed and a guidance for the worlds. In it are clear signs, the standing place of Ibrahim; and whoever enters it shall be secure; and for the sake of Allah, pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon men, (upon) every one who […]

 
Mina, A Witness of Victory over Satan
Mina, A Witness of Victory over Satan

Mina is the place where pilgrims spend certain nights of Dhul-Hijjah to throw pebbles at the three Stone-Built Pillars (Jamarat). Allah Almighty says: “Do celebrate the praise of Allah during the appointed days.” These are the days of Mina, `Eid and the three Post-`Eid Days of Tashreeq. Mina is a small suburb cut by a […]

 
The Miracle of Zam Zam Water

Research by Tariq Hussain, Riyadh, By Mu’in Ad-Din Ahmad   Come the Hajj season, and I am reminded of the wonders of Zumzum water. Let me go back to how it all started. In 1971, an Egyptian doctor wrote to the European Press, a letter saying that Zumzum water was not fit for drinking purposes. […]

 
Why do Muslims perform pilgrimage ?

Performing pilgrimage (Hajj) is the fifth pillar of Islam and the most significant manifestation of Islamic faith and unity. Allah (swt) says: (And proclaim to mankind the Hajj. They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant mountain highway)[Qur’an 22:27]  Undertaking the Hajj at […]

 
Hajj: A Guide for Intending Pilgrims

by Jamiatul Ulama – Kwazaulu-Natal, South Africa   Pilgrimage to the House (of Allah) is a duty men owe to Allah – upon those who can afford the journey. And whoever refuses to obey, then indeed Allah stands not in need of His creation. (Holy Qur’aan 3:97)   NIYYAH The person who intends to perform hajj […]

 
Superiority & Virtue of the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown, South Africa   Verily, the praise belongs to Allah Most High, and may the blessings of Allah and Peace be upon His Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and his family and companions, all of them. Ibn Abbas (radhiAllaahu ‘anhumaa) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “There […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Reformative Role of Islam

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Reformative Role of Islam Islam has also played a reformative role of profound significance in the sphere of Pilgrimage. The Pagans had introduced numerous pervese innovations and rituals in the Hajj destroying its spirit and doing a tremendous harm to its aims and advantages. Paganish pride, tribal […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Pilgrimage in other Religions

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Pilgrimage in other Religions There is no religious group or community which may not have its holy shrines and places of pilgrimage. In every faith there are some sacred places to which its followers travel at a certain time and as an act of religious devotion. This […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Farewell Hajj

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Farewell Hajj The holy Prophet had not performed the Haj since his migration to Medina. He set out for Mecca with the intention of performing the Haj in the month of Zil-Hijja in the tenth year of Migration. The whole of Arabia was stirred as the news […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Sanctity of Time and Space

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Sanctity of Time and Space God has bestowed two special `sanctities’ upon the Haj, the sanctity of time and the sanctity of space, due to which the pilgrim remains alive to the grandeur of the occasion and the solemnity of his own responsibility. He is zealously vigilant […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Provisions of the Shariah

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Provisions of the Shariah The holy law has provided the Haj with an environment which is basically conducive to self-realisation and inner upliftment. It has encompassed it with worship and endowed it with sanctity and spirituality. The journey of the Hajj, for most people, is long and […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – The City of Peace

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   The City of Peace should present a True Picture of the Islamic way of Life The Haj is an annual congregation in which the Muslims from all parts of the world participate. They collect in one place, on a single platform, with a definite aim and conviction, […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Demonstration of Islamic Equality and Fraternity

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Demonstration of Islamic Equality and Fraternity The Haj is a victory for Islamic nationalism over racial, linguistic Or territorial nationalism for which a large number of Muslim countries also have, unfortunately, fallen. It is a proclamation as well as a most impressive manifestation of Islamic nationalism. On […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Centre for Universal Guidance

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Centre for Universal Guidance Protection against Pollution and Distortion The Haj plays a vital role in the protection of the spiritual roots of the Muslim Millet. Nothing is more efficacious in keeping the Islamic faith safe from pollution, confussion and distortion and the Ummat bound to its […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Town of the Beloved

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Town of the Beloved Renewal of the Call of Hazrat Ibrahim The Haj along with its rituals and the events to which these are related, the robe of indifference to material phenomena and liberation from conciet and vainglory which the pilgrim puts on and the rites of […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Life-Story of Hazrat Ibrahim as Related in the Quran

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Life-Story of Hazrat Ibrahim as Related in the Quran Hazrat Ibrahim was born in a leading family of priests at Urwa (now included in Iraq). Image-carving was the occupation of his ancestors who were also the keepers of the biggest temple in the town. His family was […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Absolute Obedience

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Absolute Obedience What the Hajj signifies is nothing more and nothing less than blind faith and total submission. It stands for unqualified obedience and earnest yielding to a demand. Sometimes the pilgrim is seen in Makkah and sometimes in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa. Sometimes he makes a […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Revolt against the Worship of Matter

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh) It was also necessary for a Muslim to rebel, once in a while, against the cold and cheerless intellect. A life which is not occasionally shaken by tumult and revolt is not worth living. A man should, at times, liberate himself by breaking the fictitious bonds of habit […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Love is Generated by the Knowledge of the Attributes

  by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)   Love is Generated by the Knowledge of the Attributes If the Qur’aan has dwelt at length on the Attributes, Functions and Bounties of the Lord it is mainly because of the knowledge of the Divine Attributes and devotion. Scholars like Ibn Taymiya have defined the Qur’aanic […]

 
The Fifth Pillar of Islam – Instinct of Love

by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Raheemullahalayh)  Instinct of Love “And proclaim unto mankind the Pilgrimage (the Hajj). They will come unto thee on foot and also on every lean camel; they will come from every deep ravine that they may witness things that are of benefit to them, and mention the name of Allah […]