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Hajj

How does one prepare to go for Hajj?

Travelling for the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj) requires both spiritial and material preparation. Certain religious and logistical requirements must be met before one can set off for the trip.

 

US Olympic medalist Ibtihajj Muhammad reflects on her Hajj journey

Muslim American Olympian Ibtihajj Muhammad, who performed Hajj this year, told Arab News that during her pilmgrimage one of the best experiences was seeing people from different parts of the world unite in devotion to their faith. 
 
“It is something as a Muslim growing up and living in the US that you don’t get the opportunity to see. I feel I get that sense when I travel to the Middle East, particularly this trip to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj — it is something I will never forget,” she said. 
 

Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

A baby boy was born at a holy site in Saudi Arabia while Muslim pilgrims were performing Hajj rituals on Monday.
 
A Saudi Press Agency report said a Jordanian woman gave birth to the baby at the Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital in Arafat .
 
Arafat, about 20 kilometers southeast of Makkah, is where Muslims performing Hajj go to pray on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar for the most important part of the pilgrimage. 
 
 

History of Hajj in Russia

The Soviet period of the history of the Russian State is marked, beginning with repression and ending with the collapse of mosques and their transformation into cattle yards, expulsions of Alims to Siberia and simply their unaddressed disappearance, prohibition of praying, reciting the Quran and performing Hajj.
 
 

Supplication in Hajj

Source : IslamWeb / 02 Oct 2014

Allaah The Exalted commands His slaves to supplicate to Him and promises to answer and reward them for their Du‘aa’. Numerous texts of the Islamic Sharee‘ah have underlined the greatness, virtue, significance, and status of Du‘aa’ in Islam. In fact,Du‘aa’ is the essence of worship, and it is one of the effective ways to prevent the trials or misfortunes that had been decreed to befall the servant before they befall him or to remove them after they have befallen him. 

 

Zhul Hijjah: Eidul-Adha, Hajj & Sacrifice

By Sh. Mufti Taqi Usmani Sb. / 29 Apr 2013

Zhulhijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. Literally, it means "hajj." Obviously, this name of the month indicates that the great annual worship of "hajj" is performed in this month, which gives it special significance. Some specific merits and rules relevant to this month are mentioned below:

 

Body-Soul Conflict

By Abul Ala Maududi / 29 Dec 2012

The idea which has influenced most the climate of philosophical and religious thought is that body and soul are mutually antagonistic, and can develop only at each other’s expense. For the soul, the body is a prison and the activities of daily life are the shackles which keep it in bondage and arrest its growth. This has inevitably led to the universe being divided into the spiritual and the secular.

 

Preserving spiritual gains from Haj

Source : IslamWeb | 09 Nov 2012

Allah the Almighty legislated acts of worship and obedience for great wisdom and sublime objectives. They strengthen one’s faith, purify soul, correct the attitude and refine the morals. If acts of worship do not achieve these objectives, then the Muslim would not benefit from them properly. In such a case, acts of worship might turn into lifeless rituals that one performs without any actual influence on his reality and attitude.

 

Signs of a Mabroor Haj

Source : Agencies | 30 Oct 2012

When the pilgrims return to their home countries after the journey of Haj, they return spiritually refreshed, forgiven of their sins, and ready to start life anew, with a clean slate. Family and community members often prepare a celebration to welcome pilgrims home and congratulate them on completing the journey. Those who have performed the Haj are often called by an honorific title, “Haji,” (one who has performed the Haj).

 
 

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