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How Women can cover their Faces on Hajj – Some Ideas

The Difference between Burka, Jilbab/’Abaya and Hijab - How to Cover Your Face in Hajj if you observe Niqaab There seems to be some confusion about the different kinds of headgear that Muslim women wear. So we have decided to do a separate post on this topic. Burka or burqa is a one piece enveloping… Continue reading How Women can cover their Faces on Hajj – Some Ideas

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Discovering the Bounties of Hajj

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (what means): “Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah - blessed and a guidance for the worlds. In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Ibraheem [Abraham]. And whoever enters it shall be safe. And [due] to Allah from the people… Continue reading Discovering the Bounties of Hajj

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The Greatest Objective of Hajj [Part 2]

Part 1 The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam did not only abolish all the acts and deeds relevant to polytheism and customs, but he also abolished racism and boasting over one another because all people are equal slaves before Allah. This great meaning was expressed by the best and noblest human when he said, “I am among you… Continue reading The Greatest Objective of Hajj [Part 2]

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The Greatest Objective of Hajj [Part 1]

Jabir radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that, “When the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam assumed Ihraam [ritual consecration for Hajj], he pronounced the Talbiyyah that confirms the Oneness of Allah (saying): 'Labbayka Allahumma labbayk; labbayk la shareeka laka labbayk; inna al-Hamda wa-n-i‘mata laka wal-mulk; la shareeka lak (Here I am at Your service, O Allah! You have no partner. Here I am at… Continue reading The Greatest Objective of Hajj [Part 1]

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Realizing the Essence and Purpose of Hajj

When a Muslim realizes the essence of Hajj as well as the rationales and secrets behind it, this qualifies him to perform a valid and accepted Hajj. This is similar to humbleness in prayer. A person who has greater humility in prayer, his prayer is more likely to be accepted. The same applies to Hajj. The more a pilgrim… Continue reading Realizing the Essence and Purpose of Hajj

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Hajj to the House: Virtues and Secrets

It is a sign of the infinite mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala towards His slaves that He has legislated for them several acts of obedience, opened the gates of mercy before them, encouraged them to attain His reward and invited them to draw closer to Him. When they do so, in turn, He will… Continue reading Hajj to the House: Virtues and Secrets

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Merits of Hajj and ‘Umrah [Part 2]

Part 1 Hajj is (a type of) Jihaad Jihaad is of different kinds and ranks, including striving with the soul and property, striving with the tongue and word and striving against one’s own desires in obedience of Allah. This latter type is very clearly manifested in Hajj, which combines the striving of the body along with the spending of… Continue reading Merits of Hajj and ‘Umrah [Part 2]

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Merits of Hajj and ‘Umrah [Part 1]

Ever since Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala commanded His Khaleel [intimate friend] Ibraheem (Abraham) ‘alayhi salaam to proclaim Hajj to the people, hearts have been in longing for this House and location, and crowds of visitors come to it from every distant pass in response to the call of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. In this respect, Ibn ‘Abbas radhiAllahu ‘anhu said, “When Ibraheem finished… Continue reading Merits of Hajj and ‘Umrah [Part 1]

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Excellence of the First Ten Days of Thul-Hijjah [Part 2]

Part 1 4. Intensifying Righteous Deeds Righteous deeds are beloved to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala at every time and place. This is asserted during these blessed days, and this means the excellence and great reward of righteous deeds during these days. A person who is unable to perform Hajj during these days has to fill his time with… Continue reading Excellence of the First Ten Days of Thul-Hijjah [Part 2]

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Excellence of the First Ten Days of Thul-Hijjah [Part 1]

► Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala swears by these ten days. He says, وَالْفَجْرِ- وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ “By the dawn; By the ten nights.” [Al-Fajr 89: 1-2] Many of the scholars of Tafseer (Qur’anic exegesis) are of the view that these ten nights are the first ten days of Thul-Hijjah, and this is the sound view. It is not proved… Continue reading Excellence of the First Ten Days of Thul-Hijjah [Part 1]