We hear so much about the rules and regulations around Hajj and of the challenges that people face, but what is it about that journey and the performance of those rituals that can bring about such peace? Why does God place the obligation on Muslims...
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In most of our deeds we follow in the footsteps of the Prophet, peace be upon him, but not for the sa'i. Here, you follow in the footsteps of Hajar, like the Prophet peace be upon him used to do. Hajar and her son Isma'il...
Hajj is primarily an inner travel, and when the pilgrims come from the most important of all the rituals of them all, the day of prayer at the Arafah plain, they come out as clean (inwardly) as newborn babies. It is a once-in-a-lifetime for most of us, when we get a chance like this, and as such, hajj is an extremely unique experience.
The days of Hajj are a remembrance of great events. The rites of our pilgrimage have their roots deep in the history of God's noble Prophets from the time of Abraham to the time of Muhammad (peace be upon them all).
America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white...
Allah swears by the Fajr, the early hours, the day break, and He swears by the ten nights. The overwhelming majority of those who have explained the Qur’an say that those ten nights are referring to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
The burkini truly is liberating for me as a Muslim woman, it allows me to socialize more in different settings, it allows me to enjoy leisure activities and time with my children.
My advice is based on my personal experience and a matter of priorities. I’ve seen pilgrims arrive to the city of Makkah and immediately starting to perform voluntary – non-obligatory – deeds of worship. You have traveled for hours, sometimes more than a day, to get there.
The ten best days of the year are here. Try to make the intention to spend them in repenting for all the sins you’ve committed in your life, and in doing as many supererogatory good deeds as you can.
With the current turmoil where I live, the upcoming 10 days of Dhul Hijjah will give me, personally, time to reflect on where I stand at this point and what can be done to improve myself. My willingness to examine my own possible biases is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice...
Love for the sake of Allah is attaching your heart to Allah and being kind and gentle to His creation. It's loving those who bring you closer to Allah. Love for the sake of Allah means you want the best for your loved one and you want them to be the best they can be.
God guides us during this journey and once the Shahadah, or declaration of faith, has been publicly confirmed, some may be left wondering what do you do next? Many reverts are left stranded after reciting the Shahadah and thinking what have I done? Did I jump in hastily into something where I will fail miserably?