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4 deeds with rewards like Hajj

There are several deeds  which Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has equated to the reward of Haj. Those who are not undertaking the Haj journey, may reap the reward of Haj by virtue of the following deeds:  1. Wudhu at home before attending Congregational Salaah: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has stated: “One who purifies himself (makes Wudhu) and leaves …

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Woman of Courage: Lessons from the story of Hajar

Muslims from all around the world flock to Makkah to perform Umrah and Hajj every year although many centuries back, you would not find a single person in the lonely valley of Makkah. Surrounded by rock mountains and with a bed of sand for ground, it offered no vegetation and no water. Yet, this was about to change. The change …

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Who is the Woman who Founded the Rites of Hajj?

The days of Hajj are a remembrance of great events- The rites of our pilgrimage have their roots deep in the history of God’s noble Prophets from the time of Abraham to the time of Muhammad (peace be upon them all). Our Hajj, as a consequence, affirms in our hearts the strong connection that exists between all of the Prophets …

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An Offer You Cannot Refuse

As I sat in the Prophet’s (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) masjid, trying to relax to prepare for Tarāwīḥ, I noticed an old man praying beside me. A while later, he came next to me to lie down and apologized and said, “Excuse me, but I’m 80 years old and my body is weak”. By Allāh, he did not lie …

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Maximizing Intentions for Hajj

As we approach the final month of the lunar calendar, the sacred month of Dhul-Hijjah, millions of Muslims around the world are preparing to embark on the most important journey of their lives – Ḥajj; the major pilgrimage to the blessed land of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. As previously mentioned regarding having multiple intentions whilst reciting the Qur’ān in Ramaḍān,  our beloved …

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After 16 Years of Work, Disabled Couple Finally Realize Hajj Dream

PAHANG – Rising above obstacles, a disabled couple from Kuantan municipality in Pahang, Malaysia, has worked hard by selling tissues for 16 years to earn the chance of performing hajj to Makkah. “We feel so blessed that our earnings from selling tissues and the generous donations from concern citizens have abled us to support our expenses to Mecca and completing …

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How about a selfie-free Hajj?

While you are undertaking your lifetime journey of Hajj, you have to be spiritually prepared and your ‘Maqsad’ or motive should be only one thing: to attain the pleasure of Allah Most High. One of the most disturbing aspects of today’s Hajj is taking of selfies and videos. We sincerely appeal to our Muslim brothers and sisters to abstain from …

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Why Do Millions of Muslims Go to Hajj?

Religious pilgrimages (Hajj) usually derive their importance from their connection to the birth or death or burial of a prophet or a saint. There is indeed a general misunderstanding among people that Hajj (Muslims’ pilgrimage) gets its importance from Makkah as the birth place of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). However, the facts tell us a different story: The …

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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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