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Stoning Pillars During Hajj: Did Devils Turn into Stone?

Short Answer: Prophet Abraham did not yield to Satan’s temptation. He chose his love for God over his love for Ismail. So he decided to obey God’s commandment and sacrifice Ismail. The “jamarat” are not the devils. They are only symbolic representations of the Devil, one may say, dwelling within ourselves. When we throw stones at the stone …

Hajj Guide: How to Perform Hajj (Part 2/3)

Hajj Rituals: What to Do on the Day of `Eid (Day 10)

As mentioned in Part 1, you may leave Muzdalifah after midnight, especially if your family is accompanying you on Hajj. If you are strong and young, you may follow the Prophet’s Sunnah, spending the whole night in Muzdalifah and praying the Fajr Prayer there. After Fajr, the Prophet headed to Al-Mash`ar Al-Haram, supplicated Allah until …

Hajj Guide: How to Perform Hajj (Part 1/3)

How to Perform Hajj (Days 8 and 9)

The first steps in Hajj are to put on the clothing of ihram and then to make the intention of ihram at the miqat. The intention of ihram varies according to the mode of Hajj you choose. For detailed information on ihram, its etiquettes, its exact location, time limits, and its restrictions, refer to the …

A Holistic Guide for Those Contemplating Hajj

A Holistic Guide for Those Contemplating Hajj

Alhamduillahi rabul ‘alameen, I have been blessed by Allah (SWT) to perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages multiple times in my short 9 years as a Muslim. I work for the largest Muslim travel agency in the world as a female group leader and assist other Muslims in fulfilling their duty to Allah (SWT) in completing their …

Guide to Hajj: How to Make `Umrah

Hajj Guide: How to Perform Umrah

As mentioned in the article “Are Hajj and Umrah Same Thing?”, Umrah is the lesser pilgrimage. It involves ihram, Tawaf (circumambulating the Kabah), Sa`i (walking between mounts of Safa and Marwah), and shaving or cutting the hair. So, these are the main 4 rituals of Umrah: 1. Ihram The first steps in your Umrah are to …


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 …

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