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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 ...

Interpersonal Skills: Keeping a Secret

A famous old saying goes, "Any secret that passes beyond two is bound to spread." Someone was asked, "Who are 'the two' being referred to here?" He pointed to his two lips and said, "These two!" During the last few years of my life, I do not recall whispering into someone's ear a secret, entrusting him therewith, except that that I made him swear an oath that my secret will remain in a bottomless well! Nor do I recall any of them saying to me explicitly, "Dear friend, please forgive me for I am no longer able to keep your secret." In fact, whenever you inform someone of your secret, he will place his hand on his chest and say, "By Allah! If they put the Read more ...

The Owners of the Elephant

The Owners of the Elephant The Year of the Elephant: April 20, 571 AD “Have you (O Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam)) not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? [The elephant army which came from Yemen under the command of Abrahah Al-Ashram intending to destroy the Ka'bah at Makkah]. Did He not make their plot go astray? And sent against them birds, in flocks, Striking them with stones of Sijjil. And made them like an empty field of stalks (of which the corn has been eaten up by cattle).” [Surah al-Fil, 105:1-5] “The Owners of the Elephant” refers to the army of Abrahah ibn Al-Ashram Al-Habashi, who became ruler of Read more ...

The only Ayah of Quran that was revealed inside the Kaaba

Do you know which is the only ayah in the Quran that was revealed inside the Kaaba in Masjid al-Haraam, the Sacred Mosque or Baitullah, the House of Allah? Today let us learn about this ayah, understand the amazing reason for which it was revealed, and also appreciate the miracle that exists to this day! In pre-Islamic times the Arabs used to regard the sanctity of Kaaba but in their own way. During the days of Hajj, the services of providing water to the pilgrims was entrusted to Abbas (radhiallahu anhu), the uncle of the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wassallam. The custodial duty of keeping the keys to the House of Allah and, of opening and closing Read more ...

Israel Trying to Destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israel braces for reaction to proposed law that would allow Jews to pray in the grounds of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque. Occupied East Jerusalem - Until a few weeks ago, most Israeli and Palestinian pundits dismissed the possibility of a Palestinian uprising in the near future. However, a draft Israeli law granting Jews the right to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque esplanade - one of the three most holy sites in Islam - is forcing some observers to reconsider their previous assessments. The draft law, which is being discussed in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, would designate "time and space" for Jews wishing to pray there. The haram al-sharif, 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 ...

Video : The Change of Qiblah from Jerusalem to Makkah – Sk Yasir Qadhi

The Kaaba and Al-Masjid Al-Haram enjoy a grand status long before the advent of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the first place on earth dedicated for worshiping Allah. However, the Kaaba was not selected as the Muslims' Qiblah at the beginning. Rather, Masjid Al Aqsa (Bait Al Maqdis) was the direction towards which Muslims prayed for years in Makkah and in Madinah. So what happened then? And why do Muslims face Kaaba now? Watch this video, where Shaykh Yasir Qadhi talks all about the event of Qiblah change. The following is covered in the Video: Prophetic approach to the religious identities of Madinah's groups. Praying towards Kaaba and 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 ...

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 : 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 ...