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Departing pilgrims face cap on Zam Zam water

Pilgrims returning home after completing the Haj pilgrimage are becoming increasingly resentful of the five-liter cap on Zam Zam water imposed by the authorities. With the demand for the precious water surging as pilgrims return home, the authorities have moved to increase the supplies of Zam Zam in Jeddah and Madinah.While in Makkah, pilgrims have access to plentiful supplies of …

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Signs of an accepted Haj

Allah the Almighty legislated acts of worship and obedience for great wisdom and sublime objectives. No wonder, as they strengthen the faith, purify the soul, correct the attitude and refine the morals. If acts of worship did not achieve these objectives, then the Muslim would not benefit from them properly. In such a case, acts of worship might turn into …

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Never Have I Witnessed

Malcolm X and the Myth of his Post-Racial Hajj On April 13, 1964, Malcolm X left New York for Mecca, Saudi Arabia, via Cairo, Egypt, with the blessings and financial support of his sister, Ella Collins. She had generously given her younger brother the savings she had been putting aside to make her own pilgrimage to the holy site and …

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Pilgrims march to Mina as journey of faith begins

More than two million pilgrims have begun marching to Mina on the first leg of their journey of a lifetime. The government’s agencies have made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims from Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Taif and Dammam into the tent city. The pilgrims will spend the day and night in prayers and then head to …

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Memories of Hajj

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Hajj: Linking Muslims with the Abrahamic heritage

I have been on the pilgrimage to Mecca three times in my life: once during the annual hajj season and twice during the off-season. This has left me savvy as I try to negotiate the physical hurdles, including massive crowds and the heat, while performing the pilgrimage rituals. With the pilgrimage I hope to refill my always empty spiritual cup …

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Have you missed Hajj this year? Opportunity to catch up in rewards

The Pilgrimage to Makkah, is one of the essential elements of the Islamic faith. It is obligatory on all believers provided they have the financial capability and physical ability to endure the challenges of the pilgrimage. According to Islamic tradition the Kaaba, a simple square cube structure in Makkah, was the first house of worship established to remind humanity of …

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Prophet Muhammad’s Last Sermon

Starting from Makkah on the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah, Prophet Muhammad led the pilgrims through the valley of Mina up to the Mount Arafah, and then stopped them in the valley of Uranah. They stood in front of him silently as he sat on his camel and delivered this sermon. With a crowd of over 120,000 pilgrims, his voice could …

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Hajj: The Perfection of Faith and the Peak of Virtues

Faith and Islam begin with the word of tawheed, “There is no god but Allah.” It is the word for which all Allah’s prophets and messengers struggled, as they said to their peoples, [Worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him] (Al-A`raf 7:65). Moreover, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best thing I …

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Hajj; a journey of a life time

* Every time of the year the season of Hajj comes there is around in the atmosphere feeling of the sweetness and greatness of this act of worship, yes Hajj has its own merits, its own beauty, and it’s own taste, everyone who goes to Hajj knows how it feels like, and how effective impacts it has on the souls …

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