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Hajj & Umrah



Fasting the Month of Ramadan:

Every year in the month of Ramadan,4 all Muslims fast from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations.

Although the fast is beneficial to health, it is regarded principally as a method of spiritual self-purification.  By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who go hungry, as well as growth in his or her spiritual life.

The Pilgrimage to Makkah:

The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.  About two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe.  Although Makkah is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.  Male pilgrims wear special simple clothes which strip away distinctions of class and culture so that all stand equal before God.

Pilgrims praying at the Haram mosque in MakkahPilgrims praying at the Haram mosque in Makkah.  In this mosque is the Kaaba (the black building in the picture) which Muslims turn toward when praying.  The Kaaba is the place of worship which God commanded the Prophets Abraham and his son, Ishmael, to build.

The rites of the Hajj include circling the Kaaba seven times and going seven times between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa, as Hagar did during her search for water.  Then the pilgrims stand together in Arafa5 and ask God for what they wish and for His forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Day of Judgment.

The end of the Hajj is marked by a festival, Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers.  This, and Eid al-Fitr, a feast-day commemorating the end of Ramadan, are the two annual festivals of the Muslim calendar.

Footnotes:

(4) The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (which is lunar, not solar). 

(5) An area about 15 miles from Makkah. 

Source: A Brief Illustrated Guide to Islam

Performing Hajj : A Practical Guide to the Journey of a Lifetime (double audio CD set) Imam Tahir Anwar

Performing Hajj : A Practical Guide to the Journey of a Lifetime (double audio CD set) Imam Tahir Anwar

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Publisher: Ar Rahman Foundation (2003) Voice: Imam Tahir Anwar Media: Audio CD (2) Total running time: 132 mins. Listen to an online sound clip (MP3) Product description: Among the rights that Allah has upon His servants, is the pilgrimage to M View more...
A Manual of Hajj and Umrah : An Illustrated Step-by-Step Practical Guide including Health Care and Womens' Concerns : 3rd Edition (Riaz Ahmed Akhtar MD, FACC)

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ISBN: none Author: Riaz Ahmed Akhtar, MD, FACC Publisher: Barakah Publications (2009) Pages: 296 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: Hajj is an obligation commanded by Allah (swt) upon every able Muslim. However, pilgrims of View more...
Hajj & Umrah From A To Z

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Mamdouh N. Mohamed 92 pg PB This book is a careful scientific approach that gradually guides pilgrims to perform the Hajj rituals very easily and smoothly. The design was developed through an educational perspective that handles all critical issue View more...
The Blessings of Ramadan (Javed Ali)

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ISBN: 8185065095 Author: Javed Ali/Harriett Russell Publisher: Goodword Books (India) Pages: 56 Binding: Hardback Description from the publisher: Ramadan, the month of ritual fasting, is a special and blessed period for Muslims. It was the View more...
The Pilgrimage to Makkah

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ISBN: 089381752X Author: Ali Kazuyoshi, Essay by Seyyed Hossein Nasr Publisher: Aperture Books Pages: 192 Binding: Hardback Description from the publisher: For both Muslims and those unfamiliar with the Islamic faith, Mecca the Blessed, Me View more...
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ISBN: 0802135862 Author: Michael Wolfe Publisher: Grove Press, NY Pages: 331 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: From the Back Cover The Hadj, or sacred journey, is the pilgrimage to the house of God at Mecca that all Muslim View more...
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The Difficult Journey (Ahmad Thomson)

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ISBN: 189794019X Author: Ahmad Thomson Publisher: Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd. (UK) Pages: 323 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: 5.5"x8.5" Written by the author of the best-seller Dajjal, this is a personal account of his adventu View more...
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ISBN: 1902570219 Author: Abu Muneer Ismail Davids Publisher: Message of Islam (UK) Pages: 470 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: Mammoth guide to Hajj and Umrah, produced in very high quality typeset and finish with numero View more...
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ISBN: Author: Muhammad Asad Publisher: A S Noordeen (Malaysia) Pages: 375 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: Muslim statesman and scholar Muhammad Asad tells the story of his road to discovery of Islam and his travels in M View more...
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ISBN: Author: Saniyasinain Khan Publisher: Goodword Books (India) Pages: 40 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: The story of hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, begins over 4000 years ago when, following the Divine command, the View more...
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ISBN: None Author: Scholars from Saudi Arabia Publisher: Dar-us-Salam Publications Pages: 444 Binding: Hardback Description from the publisher: From the Noble Scholars: Shaykh 'Abdul-'Aziz bin 'Abdullah bin Baz Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih Al View more...
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ISBN: 9960672654 Author: Muhammad Naasir ud Deen al Albanee Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House Pages: 65 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: This book offers advise for those about to perform Hajj, assuming i View more...
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ISBN: 0860373886 Author: Mushfiqur Rahman Publisher: Islamic Foundation (2003) Pages: 118 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher: Zakat is an important pillar of the Islamic worldview. It is obligatory on every Muslim, who posse View more...