Category Archives: Hajj & Umrah

Arafat : A Day of Du’a

day-of-arafat

A’ishah (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said: “There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of hell than on the day of Arafat. And on that day Allah draws near to the earth and by way of exhibiting His Pride remarks to the angels, ‘What is the desire of these (servants of mine)?” [Muslim]

Picture Perfect : Hajj Journey

People from different nationalities all in one place... performing the same things that God asked us to do... all together.. in unity. They travel in the same direction, come across similar experiences and feel the same way. This journey binds them in unity and brotherhood which are the cornerstones of Islam. Muslims wherever on the world they are will recognize each other as brothers. Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Prophet’s Mosque

While Makkah is cardinally about the Kaaba, its pre-Islamic story, and early Islamic history; the Prophet’s (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) Madinah is where the religion took its final shape, where the Islamic state was formed, where Islamic law took a more dominant role, and where numerous battles were planned and fought. Madinah is replete with history of the nascent Islamic polity; it is an altogether different experience from Makkah – tranquil, and cooler in climate. Surely the Prophet’s mosque is the most beautiful and most aesthetically complete in the world: hundreds of magnificent Cordoban arches of subtly different designs and colors Read more ...

Picture Perfect : The first vision of the Kaaba

The first vision of the Kaaba and the Sacred Mosque is an unforgettable moment. The Kaaba is a magnificent structure; it stands serene and immovable as thousands circumambulate it on three levels and playful birds chirp as they maneuver with wondrous swiftness above, occasionally mirroring the clockwise motion of the pilgrims below them. Its sight is compelling, gripping the eyes of hundreds who stand on the roof of the mosque staring at its mysterious beauty for hours at a time, impervious to fatigue. As Haddad observed: “Everybody performs the tawaf , moving in one circular motion around one pivotal point, synonymous with the regulation and orderliness Read more ...

Hajj : The Fifth Pillar of Islam

...Everybody performs the tawaf, moving in one circular motion around one pivotal point, synonymous with the regulation and orderliness of the universe... The deen of Islam is great which is apparent as it comes from the One who is Great; and it is from His attribute of Greatness that He is Kind and Merciful. Allah the Most High has made it easy for us to obey Him and has made it easily accessible to us and facilitated our performance of it. He has legislated actions of worship in a way that would inspire within us a desire to perform them while hastening to do so. Believing in Allah is the first pillar of Islam and epitomises all of the pillars Read more ...

And proclaim to mankind the Hajj..

Allah says: It was said to Ibrahim: “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 (to perform Hajj)” [Surah Al Hajj 22:27] This verse above is brought to life by a plethora of accounts spanning one and a half millennia. It seems particularly salient given that right up until the first third of the twentieth century, people of all colors, languages and lands were traveling (at least in the last leg of their journeys) on ‘camel’ and on ‘foot’ to the holy sanctuary. Around 4,000 years ago Ibrahim ibn Azar, thought to be from the ancient Read more ...

Hajj : Trusting in the Promise of Allah

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that the one who performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing will come out as the day he or she was born – pure and free from sins. The Hajj season is upon us once again with millions of pilgrims preparing to don their ihraam and travel to the holy cities in search of Allah’s mercy and forgiveness, striving to turn over a new leaf in their lives and come closer to their Creator. In preparation for this journey, pilgrims will have spent many hours hunting for the best value Hajj packages by speaking to friends and family, checking references, and comparing Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Hajj – The Journey of a Lifetime

Moving images, striking panoramas, majestic mosques and minarets, special aerial images, intimate scenes of rapturous pilgrims - these are just a few rare close up moments of one of the Most important cities in the world, Makkah and Madinah. These pictures are recent (most from 1431 Hijri [2010]) and I believe these images will awaken the understanding of religion, brotherhood and of Hajj, the journey of a Lifetime. Photo Courtesy : http://www.flickr.com/photos/29070131@N02/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/noushadali/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alshreif/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/55363625@N04/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aljazeeraenglish/ And Read more ...

Returning Hajis find Makkah a city transformed

The first thing that strikes you upon entering the holy city from Jeddah is the number of mighty yellow-and red-colored cranes on the skyline from all the ongoing construction projects in Makkah. Where once stood old buildings, multistory hotels and even hills, there is now leveled land fenced off by metal sheets. Inside, construction workers are busy erecting massive towers that will house pilgrims in the coming years. One of busiest areas on the Holy Mosque’s western side when you enter from Jeddah used to be the Shamia district. It is completely under construction now. This district used to house hundreds of pilgrims from South Asia and Arab Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Rizq’ for Makkah

Ever wonder how the barren land of Makkah can ever feed more than 3.4 Million people without fail year in and year out?  Allah is The Provider and To Him Shall We All Return.

Photo & Post, Courtesy : http://www.flickr.com/photos/wansoo/

Photo & Post, Courtesy : http://www.flickr.com/photos/wansoo/