Category Archives: Hajj & Umrah

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Do not sully your scrolls after Hajj! Advice from Sk Uthaymeen

Do not sully your scrolls after Hajj! Advice from Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-Uthaymeen: Returning to sins after performing the obligatory Hajj is a major setback; because the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said: "Whoever performs the obligatory Hajj and does not commit obscenity or sin, he will return - meaning from his sins - like the day his mother gave birth to him." [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 1521] And he (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said: "The accepted Hajj has no reward except for paradise." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Thus if he purifies and cleans his scrolls with his Hajj then it is foolish to blacken the scroll with his evil actions Read more ...
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Hajj notes (Printable PDF)

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy First and foremost I thank The Almighty Allah for having granted me the beneficial knowledge, health, wealth and time and all other uncounted Mercy and Blessings, without which we can achieve nothing. Allah (Subhanahu Ta’ala) says in the Quran: “Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-‘Alamin (the mankind and jinns). In it are manifest signs (for example), the Maqam (place) of Ibrahim (Abraham); whosoever enters it, he attains security. And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka’bah) Read more ...
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Hajj, an Obligation

Allah (Subhanahu Ta’ala) says in the Quran: "O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour (of Judgement) is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one will drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but severe will be the Torment of Allah. And among mankind is he who disputes concerning Allah, without knowledge, and follows every rebellious (disobedient to Allah) Shaitan (devil) (devoid of each and every kind of good)." [Surah al-Hajj, 22:1-3] These opening ayat in Surah al-Hajj are a Read more ...

Performing Actions Equal to Hajj in Reward

Source: Muslimmatters.org | By: Shaykh Waleed Basyouni There are so many like myself could not go to Hajj this year, but even when we are physically far away from Makkah, our hearts with the Hujjaj (pilgrims), thinking about what they are doing, praying for them and hoping to be like them soon. One of the things that I thought could help us to catch up with them is to do the actions that equal to Hajj in reward! Yes, equal to Hajj as our prophet Muhammad sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) informed us. 1. Abu Hurayrah radyAllahu 'anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: "The poor came to the Messenger of Read more ...

At Arafat, Tears Speak Louder Than Words

A white sea of faithful surged from Mina to Arafat as dawn broke on the second day of the five-day event. Waves of men in seamless white robes and veiled women in long dresses joined voices in a crescendo chanting Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik (O God, here I am answering your call). The pilgrims were completely lost to their surroundings in a fervor of religious enthusiasm. Many had tears streaming down their cheeks while others raised their faces to the sky, beseeching Allah for forgiveness and mercy. It was hot, with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Celsius. However, the harsh sun did not dampen the spirit of the pilgrims and they remained unperturbed Read more ...

If Allah will, you shall find me of As-Sabirin!

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. "And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what you think!" He said: "O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Insha' Allah (if Allah will), you shall find me of As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)." Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (or on the side of his forehead for slaughtering); And We called out to him: "O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!" Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinun Read more ...

The Other Hajj Tips

Many people have written about Hajj: what to expect, how to prepare, what to take, and how to perform the rituals, etc. I am not offering any of these tips. As a therapist, I see how my clients’ perceptions and attitudes impact the way they experience life; and since Hajj is a major life event, it is bound to be impacted by the same dynamics. What follows are tweaks on how you may approach or perceive your Hajj journey so it would be meaningful and powerful. If you are performing Hajj for the first time, you may feel yourself in a whirlwind, swept away by the activities and demanding schedule. The following ideas are meant to plant seeds of awareness Read more ...

Tips and Advice for Productive Hajj

"And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj)." [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:27] Hajj is the Journey of a Lifetime. Yet we see so many people, brothers and sisters,  confused, angry, frustrated or just simply ignorant. So here are some points of  sincere advice for all of my brothers and sisters going for Hajj this year to  help you make it an unforgettable journey! "That they may witness things that are of benefit to them...." [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:28] Before You Travel Photocopy of all your official documents. Make Read more ...

Fifty Things to Do in Hajj

Many of those going for Hajj may find themselves sitting in a tent thinking to themselves, ‘now what do I do’. Some pick themselves up and go around doing things pleasing to Allah – others may not capture the moment due to inexperience. Here is a jot list of beneficial things to do during your Hajj trip. If you are not going for Hajj, why not forward it to someone who might benefit from it on his or her journey. May Allah ta'ala make it a safe journey for all the Hujjaj. Ameen. Smile in another Muslims face. Say Salam to strangers. Shake someone’s hand and ask about their health. Buy tea for someone. Offer to get someone’s groceries. Sit Read more ...

Malcolm X’s Letter from Makkah

The following is Malcolm X’s (al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz) letter to his assistants in Harlem during his pilgrimage to Makkah in April of 1964: Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient holy land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the holy scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors. I have been blessed to visit the holy city of Makkah; I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'aba, led by a young Mutawwaf Read more ...