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Every year, more than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims from across the world perform the rites of Hajj in Makkah where the Ka'bah is located. Literally, Ka'bah (which simply means ‘cube&rsqu..

Hajj is proclaimed Once the Ka'bah had been built, the ritual of Hajj was established. Allah Almighty, told Ibraaheem, may Allah exalt his mention (what means): “And proclaim..

The House of Allah Alone By now, it should be abundantly clear that the Ka'bah is a concrete symbol of Islamic Monotheism, and that our relationship to it as Muslims is practical, sentimental..

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Thoughts from ‘Arafah

By: Ahmad ibn Muhammad Hasabo O ‘Arafah! O symbol of the Muslim nation, many are the crowds that stood on your grounds; many are the tears that were shed on your sands; many are the people that got acquainted on your lands; many are the races that blended within your borders; many are the humble whose supplications were answered; and many are the tyrants who were rejected. How many hearts have embraced here, how many grievances were relieved here, and how many sins were.. More

At ‘Arafaat

The sun rose on the best day in this life, on a Friday that coincided with the day of ‘Arafah, and the noble procession moved from Mina to ‘Arafaat. The crowds of pilgrims moved along with the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The tribe of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, thought that he would stand along with them at Muzdalifah, as it was their custom during the pre-Islamic era. Being neighbors of the House of Allah, they considered themselves.. More

Ramadan and Hajj in the Muslim Travelers' Writings

The Andalusian traveler Ibn Jubayr, born in 539 AH/1145 AD, is one of the most famous Muslim travelers who were interested in writing about Ramadan in their books. Since his early childhood, he received religious education by studying the Quran and its sciences. When he was forty years old, he decided to visit the sacred places of Mecca. He traveled by sea from Andalusia to North Africa and then to Alexandria and Cairo. The procession traveled from Cairo to the city of Qoos in.. More

Thoughts from ‘Arafah

O ‘Arafah! O symbol of the Muslim nation, many are the crowds that stood on your grounds; many are the tears that were shed on your sands; many are the people that got acquainted on your lands; many are the races that blended within your borders; many are the humble whose supplications were answered; and many are the tyrants who were rejected. How many hearts have embraced here, how many grievances were relieved here, and how many sins were forgiven? The tears of sinners.. More

O Pilgrim, Remember the Sanctity of the Ancient House - I

The sanctity of Makkah as well as the sublime position of the Ancient House is clear even to those who possess modest knowledge and insight. This is clarified in many Quranic verses and Prophetic Hadeeths (narrations). Scholars have also stated this in their books, their rites and in the books of Tafseer (exegesis). Thus, there is no ambiguity on this issue and all praise is due to Allah for this. Nonetheless, the following points are worth remembering: First: In the Noble.. More

O Pilgrim, Remember the Sanctity of the Ancient House - II

… Continued Fifth: As Allah The Almighty has made the House a place of return for people and a place of security, He made it obligatory for Ibraaheem and Ismaa‘eel, may Allah exalt their mention, to purify it for those who perform Tawaaf (circumambulation) and those who are staying there for worship and those who bow and prostrate in prayer. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And [mention, O Muhammad], when We designated for Ibraaheem the site of the House,.. More

The Black Stone - I

At the heart of the area of Tawaaf (circumambulation), heads and hands crowd around a large, oval, polished silver-framed stone whose color approaches black. People throng together in order to kiss this stone, which is about one and half meters above the ground in the south east corner of the Ka'bah. Muslims believe that this stone will have a tongue and eyes that will testify for the Day of Resurrection for those who kiss it. In a report, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi.. More

The Black Stone - II

… Continued When the Ka'bah collapsed in 1039 A.H. because of a heavy flood and the Ottoman Sultan Muraad ordered its reconstruction, Imaam Ibn ‘Illaan Al-Makki witnessed this event and recorded in details the stages of rebuilding it. He saw the Stone and said, 'The color of the part of the Stone embedded in the walls of the Ka'bah is as white as the stone of Al-Maqaam. Its length is half a cubit and its width is one third of a cubit. Some parts of it lost about.. More

The Black Stone - III

… Continued The incident of the Qaraamitah was not the sole incident in this regard. There were several incidents before and after Islam involving the Black Stone, leaving the marks of cracks or breaking in it. The Sacred House, the Ka'bah, witnessed two fires. The first one was during the rule of the Quraysh before Islam and the Black Stone was burnt and its blackness became more intense. The second fire was during the era of ‘Abdullaah ibn Az-Zubayr, may Allah.. More

Al-Multazam: Its Location and Supplication at It - I

The following are some issues related to "Al-Multazam" 1.   The origin of the word: Literally the word Multazam in Arabic means the place to hold on firmly to, and it is the name given to the area between the Black Stone and the door of the Ka’bah. It was called this because people hold on to it firmly, as mentioned in Al-Misbaah Al-Muneer. 2.   Its location: It was narrated on the authority of the righteous predecessors, may Allah.. More

Al-Multazam: Its Location and Supplication at It - II

… Continued D. The fourth opinion is that it is permissible to embrace every part of the Ka’bah. This opinion, though not well-known, is supported by the authentic Sunnah and it indicates that the actions of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, were not with the intention of specifying a certain place, but it was according to what was easy for them or what was known among them. Usaamah ibn Zayd, may Allah be pleased with them both, said, “I.. More

Al-Multazam: Its Location and Supplication at It - III

… Continued 4. The narrations of Marfoo’ and Mawqoof Hadeeths: A Marfoo’ narration is one which was said by the Prophet, sallaallhu alayhi wa sallam, while a Mnawqoof narration is one which was said by one of the companions, may Allah be pleased with them. A.   The Hadeeth of ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Abi Safwaan, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Abi Safwaan, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “When the‎ Messenger.. More

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Glossary of Hajj and Umrah terms

Abtah: A place formed after flood, which is usually level and containing no pebbles or stones. The term is given to every place that becomes leveled by a water stream. It is also Al-Abtah, Al-Bat-haa... More

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