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What to do on the Day of Arafah

Pilgrim or Not, Here Is What to Do on the Day of Arafah

What to do on the Day of Arafah? Today is one of the best days in the whole year. Several texts highlight the significance of Day of Arafah and its greatness. During this day, Allah Subhanahu wa ta`ala  showers His Mercy and reward over people. Pilgrims and non-pilgrims alike are offered great opportunities of forgiveness on …

What's So Special About the Day of Arafah?

Standing at Arafah, Longing for Forgiveness?

Short Answer:  Allah frees far more people from Hellfire on the Day of Arafah than on any other day. Non-pilgrims are recommended to observe fasting on the Day of Arafah. It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year. The recommended supplication is: “There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah alone. He has …

What Pilgrims are Doing Today? (Dhul-Hijjah 8 – Day of Tarwiyah)

Dhul-Hijjah 8: Why It Is Called Day of Water Collection

Today, Dhul-Hijjah 8 (Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017), is the first day of Hajj rituals. This day is called Yawm at-Tarwiyah or the day of preparing water. An interesting reason for naming it so is explained by Sheikh Yasir Birjas in this video. On this day, Pilgrims stay in Mina in preparation for the great Day of …

Hajj: How Globalisation Transformed the Market for Pilgrimage to Mecca

Hajj: How Globalisation Transformed the Market for Pilgrimage to Makkah

More than 2m Muslims are currently gathering in Makkah ahead of the annual Hajj, which begins on August 19. As long as they are fit and financially able, the pilgrimage is an obligatory act of worship that followers of Islam owe to God once in their lifetime. Reenacting the faith-testing ordeals of Ibrahim (Abraham, the …

Stoning Satan

Stoning Satan in Hajj: Beyond Symbolism

Short Answer: Muslims learn in Hajj how to turn a deaf ear to the call of Satan who calls upon them to love worldly matters. With this in mind, Muslims give a pledge to their Creator in the Hajj season that they will remain steadfast. They commit to fighting all evil inclinations inside them, and commit that they will …

7 Fatwas on the Day of Arafah

7 Fatwas on Day of Arafah

Tomorrow is the Day of Arafah, one of the greatest days in the whole year. It is marked by the pilgrims’ observing the Staying at Arafah ritual, which is an essential component of Hajj, without which Hajj does not count. In this folder, we collected fatwas related to this blessed Day and its rituals.

hajj spiritual healing

Why is Hajj a Journey of Spiritual and Social Healing?

Short Answer: Hajj is a very good chance for pilgrims to stop for a breather. It is a chance to think about your life and to evaluate your past. This can be during Hajj by asking Allah to forgive your sins and to plan for a straight future, free from sins. So, Hajj is a spiritual and physical purification …


Killing a Pigeon in the State of Ihram: OK?

Wa` alaykum as-salamu warahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: You bear no sin for killing this pigeon and you are not obligated to pay any compensation. In his response to the question, Dr. `Abdul-Fattah Idrees, a professor of comparative …


Hajj: Medical Report to the Sultan!

Medical sciences have witnessed unprecedented developments in the past decades that have resulted in better health care systems. Last decade, the World Health Organization‘s World Health Report for the year 2000 ranked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 26th in terms of the performance of its health care system compared to that of 190 other countries assessed …

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