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Beyond rituals: The ultimate goals and intents of Hajj – IVBeyond Rituals: The Ultimate Goals and Intents of Hajj – III Beyond Rituals: The Ultimate Goals and Intents of Hajj – II

Worldly and otherworldly benefits Muslims view the material world as a bridge to the Hereafter. A Muslim needs this world and employs it to achieve his legitimate this-worldly and other-world..

Submitting to Allah: Going all the Way A Muslim is, by definition, one that honors the Religion of Allah and places it before anything else. He or she never allows contradicting human's..

Emigrating to Allah One may look at Hajj as a physical-spiritual journey to Allah, because in essence, a pilgrim parts with his loved ones, wealth and work and heads to the Sacred Places..


Beyond Rituals: The Ultimate Goals and Intents of Hajj – I

Allah Almighty Says in the Noble Quran (what means): {And proclaim to the people Hajj [the pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass. That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the Name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.} [Quran 22:27-28] The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, in a well-known.. More

Hijaamah (Cupping) for the fasting person

Shaddaad ibn Aws, may Allah be pleased with him, related: “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, took me by the hand and we passed by a man on whom cupping was being performed, in Al-Baqee’, on the eighteenth of Ramadan. Upon seeing that, the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, ‘The one cupping and the one on whom it is being done have both broken the fast.’” [Abu Daawood, Ahmad and Al-Bukhari, Saheeh] Similar.. More

Kissing and foreplay for the fasting person

‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported, “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, used to kiss and embrace [his wives] while fasting, but his ability to control his desires was greater than any of you.” Another version reads, “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would kiss [his spouses] while he would be fasting in the month of Ramadan.”[Muslim] In yet another narration, she added, “None of you could.. More

The ruling on vomiting by a fasting person

Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “If a fasting person has a sudden attack of vomiting, he is not required to make up for that day; but, if he throws up intentionally, he must make up for it.” [Abu Daawood] Ma‘daan ibn Talhah, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “Abu Ad-Dardaa’, may Allah be pleased with him, told me that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,.. More

Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah - IV

            The Masjid of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam The first thing a visitor of Madeenah sees upon entering it is the Mosque of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, with its ten towering minarets. It is the second most sacred Mosque in Islam, and one of only three Mosques around the world to which a Muslim may undertake a journey to visit. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Do not set out for a.. More

Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah - III

          Significance of Madeenah Madeenah is the land of Hijrah and home of the Muhajiroon and the Ansaar. It is the first city, capital and country of Islam, and the place from which the light of guidance spread to all corners of the world. It is the place honored by the presence of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, when he was living in it, and will be honored till the end of time as his burial place. Madeenah is the only place on the.. More

Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah - II

          The Beginnings According to scholars and historians, before the Hijrah (emigration from Makkah to Madeenah) of Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and his Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, Madeenah was not much of a developed or urbanized city, that is, in the demographic, construction and business sense. It is said that the Amalekites lead by their king Yathrib Mahlaeil, were the first to establish a settlement in.. More

Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah - I

            Located in the western coast of the Arabian peninsula, in the region known as Hijaaz, about 90 miles east of the Red Sea shores, and 290 miles north of Makkah, Madeenah, the city of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, has a very dear place in the heart of every Muslim. Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Barrah, Al-Jaberah, and Taybah, are just a few of the 100 or so names Muslims have given their beloved city that stands.. More

Being conscious of Allah – II

The Islamic scholars have divided Wara’ into three levels: 1.     Refraining from prohibitions; and this applies to all people. 2.     Refraining from doubtful matters; and this is practiced by a smaller number of people. 3.     Refraining from permissible matters, by doing only those which are necessary for ones survival; and this is practiced only by the Prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the.. More

Being conscious of Allah – III

 The benefits of Wara’:   Piety is an outcome of being fearful of Allah, and piety in turn results in the person becoming ascetic, and there are many other benefits to being pious, such as: ·        Protecting oneself from the punishment of Allah and having peace of mind and tranquility. ·        Preventing one from indulging in prohibitions. ·        Keeping.. More

Sacrifice of Al-Adh-Ha

1.  Its definition: The sacrifices are the sheep, camels or cows that are slaughtered on the day of Al- Adh-Ha 'Eed and the days of At-Tashreeq, approaching Allah, The Most Exalted. 2.     Its legality: The sacrifice is an obligatory tradition on the family of every Muslim house whose people are able to do it.  This is due to the Saying of Allah, The Most Exalted, (which means): "So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].".. More

Etiquette of 'Eed

'Eeds or Festivals are moments of celebration common to all nations.  The festivals of non-Muslim nations are associated with worldly matters such as the birth of a nation or its decline, the appointment or crowning of a ruler, his marriage, or the beginning of a season like spring, and so on. As to Muslims, their festivals ('Eeds) are associated with their religious rituals.  They have only two festivals or 'Eeds:   'Eed Al-Fitr (celebration of.. 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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