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Do not enter the Ruins of the Punished People for mere Sightseeing

Sufyaan [ibn 'Uyayanah] narrated to us from 'Abdullaah ibn Deenaar from 'Abdullaah ibn 'Umar (radhiAllaahu anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said, "Do not enter the ruins of the people who were previously punished unless you are weeping. If you are not weeping, then do not enter their ruins, for I fear that what has befallen them may also befall you." [Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 9. The isnaad of this hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions set by al-Bukhari and Muslim.] The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said this to his companions when he led them, in 9 AH, in an expedition to Tabook (about 400 miles north of Madinah) 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...