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Malcolm X’s Strong Message from Makkah to America

Malcolm X’s Strong Message from Makkah to America

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…

The Story of Ka’bah – The Sacred House of God
The Story of Ka'bah - The Sacred House of God

The Ka’bah is the holiest site in Islam, and it is the qiblah, the direction Muslims face when praying. It is called the Ka’bah because of its shape; cube in the Arabic language is ka’b. Sometimes the Ka’bah is called Al Bait Al Atiq, or the emancipated house…

Hajj – A Celebration of Peace
Hajj: A Celebration of Peace

Hajj is performed because God has invited the believers to congregate together. Regardless of place of birth, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or status, all are welcome, and all are equal in the sight of God. The Muslims gather to meet one another…

Dhul Hijjah – A Gift from Allah
Dhul Hijjah - A Gift from Allah

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.

For An Easy Hajj, Follow These 3 Tips
For An Easy Hajj Follow These 3 Tips

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.

Best Things to Do in the 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah
Best Things to Do in the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

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.

Best Days of the Year: What to Do This Year?

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…

My First Hajj – Tips and Stories
My First Hajj - Tips and Stories

This was unlike any other experience. We had read that we would all be reciting the above words, but yet the actual experience of reciting it, all of us together, created an amazing feeling of unity. This is a feeling you seldom find in the Ummah on a daily basis…

What is the Secret and Real Significance of Hajj?

Pilgrims gather for supplication with their different tongues and different ethnic backgrounds, which recalls the site of resurrection. When their aspirations are joined, their hearts become devoted exclusively to humble supplication…

Will You Seize the Gift of Dhul Hijjah?

Just as in Ramadan, where we strive to increase our self-control, good deeds and emerge better people in the sight of Allah, the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah similarly are a momentous occurrence. It is one of the many chances given to us by our Maker to regain the clarity and sense of purpose…

Allah’s Guests: Are You Ready for Hajj?
Allah's Guests: Are You Ready for Hajj

Hajj is an amazing journey. It’s physically and psychologically challenging, a ritual in self-purification and a rehearsal for the Day of Judgment. Despite the challenges, upon the completion of their Hajj, many people describe feeling a sense of peace unlike any other. Unfortunately, not everyone who goes for Hajj attains this peace. Some people come …

Are Muslims Worshiping the Kabah?
worshiping kabah

Salam Dear Brother, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. As you know, the Kabah is the prayer direction for all Muslims around the world; known as kibla in Arabic. So the Kabah does not represent divinity, it only unites all the Muslims around the world, forming a standardized way of …

What Is the Meaning of “Yaum Al-Hajj Al-Akbar” in Quran?
What Is the Meaning of "Yaum Al-Hajj Al-Akbar" in Quran

Salam Dear Brother, Thank you for your questions and for contacting Ask About Islam. Initially Al-Hajj Al-Akbar means the major pilgrimage, which is Hajj performed in the month of Zul-Hijjah; while the minor pilgrimage is Umrah that is performed at any other time of the year: Ibn Masood (may Allah be pleased with him) said: …

Introduction to Hajj by an American Convert
Introduction to Hajj by American Convert

The rituals are simple, but the amount of walking necessary, the hot climate, and the crowds make the Hajj a rigorous exercise in faith. In Makkah, the pilgrims first circumambulate the Ka`bah 7 times in a ritual known as Tawaf…

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