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Haj goes high-tech for bloodless Eid sacrifices

MINA: Thanks to computer technology and SMS messaging, pilgrims were able to make their Eid Al-Adha sacrifice without getting blood on their hands. The more than 1.8 million pilgrims from around the world had the option of computerized coupons to order a sacrifice — without even seeing the animal. Many among the world’s more than 1.5 billion Muslims themselves pick …

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Talbiyah: What does Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik mean?

Hajj is the symbol of Tawheed (the Oneness of Allah) from the first moment the pilgrim enters Ihraam. Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allah رضي الله عنه‎‎ said, describing the Hajj of the Prophet ﷺ: “Then he started to say the words of Tawheed, ‘“Labbayka Allahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna al-hamd wa’l-ni’mata laka wa’l-mulk, laa shareeka lak (Here I am, …

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Importance of Arafat day and its place in Hajj

Name and location Mount Arafat lies 22 km east of Makkah in the plain of Arafat.[Rahiqul Maqtum, pp. 608, 610, 611, 612]  Mount Arafat reaches about 70 m in height and is also known among people as the mount of mercy. The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is called Arafat day because Hajj pilgrims spend their whole day in the plain …

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Haj climaxes today with standing in Arafat plain

MINA: Around two million Muslims from around the world and inside the Kingdom camped in the tent city of Mina on Saturday. They chanted “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik” (Here I am, O Allah, answering Your call) and spent the night in the solidly built white tents. On Sunday, they will stand in prayer in the dry plains of Arafat, which is …

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The Truth Behind the Day of Arafah & its Name

The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “ الحج عرفة “ or “Hajj is Arafah“. The Arabic text implies a very important concept of the meaning of Hajj. This short statement means that the whole hajj and its validity is confined in the actual day of Arafahi.e. Hajj becomes valid only when the day of Arafah is observed and witnessed …

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Hajj Selfies: A New Trend In Da’wah?

Selfies are another way by which we have the opportunity to know one another. One of my favorite things about this time of year (the Hajj season), is the vintage photographs that circulated among Hajjis doing their rites. Amongst the best are the unforgettable ones of the year Makkah was flooded and Hajjis were swimming and wading around the Kaaba. …

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Rules and Significance of Udhiyah

Udhiyah or animal sacrifice is an act of worship which reminds us of the great act of sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim and Isma`il were willing to do for the sake of Almighty Allah. It is not required for the head of the family to offer a separate sacrifice for every member of the house as one sacrifice is sufficient for the …

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Haj stoning ritual to be shortened: Saudi officials

In the wake of last year’s Haj stampede tragedy that killed hundreds of pilgrims, Saudi Arabia authorities have cut short the stoning ritual period by 12 hours, a media report said. The symbolic stoning of the devil will be performed as usual over three days beginning September 11 at Mina, about five kilometres east of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest …

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Modern Challenges to the Spirit of Hajj

There was a time when people would spend months and months preparing themselves financially and spiritually to live the real meaning of Hajj. However nowadays Hajj is offered as a holiday package. Many Hajj agencies all over the world offer value packages with super, deluxe and short executive programs. These programs offer the best and closest accommodation in Makkah and …

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Preparations for the big day

IN this life people are usually aware of two kinds of journeys; those made to earn a livelihood and those undertaken for pleasure and sightseeing. The Haj however is unique from these journeys, since it is made solely for the purpose of pleasing Allah, the Exalted. For over 1,400 years, Muslim from around the world, men and women had been …

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