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Martin Lings' Hajj - A Journey Full of Surprises

Martin Lings' 1948 Hajj - A Journey Full of Surprises

Our first taste of the Pilgrimage had been at the very end of September 1948, when we saw the Kiswah, the brocaded black hangings of the Kaaba, being carried in a festive procession through the streets of Cairo. Ever since the Middle Ages, this rich silk and cotton cloth has been specially woven in Egypt.

Why is the Kabah Covered in Black?

Why is the Kabah Covered in Black?

Initially the Kabah cover was brought from everywhere and in all colors and types of materials. Covering the Kabah was considered to be an honor and a privilege; thus there was much competition between important families and groups to do so. Tribes from the…

One Qiblah, United Community

One Qiblah, United Community

It was a brand new community, encompassing people from different ethnic groups, social classes, religious and educational backgrounds. They had all reasons to disagree and fight in between themselves, and they did fight before Islam; but they had one main cause to unite for: Allah, the Almighty, and His beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be …

The Qiblah - One Direction One God one People

The Qiblah - One Direction, One People, One God

The qiblah was not always oriented towards Makkah. The first Muslims prayed towards the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Around sixteen months after Prophet Muhammad and his followers migrated from Makkah to the city of Madinah, the qiblah was changed to the Ka’bah.

Yasir Qadhi: All About the Qiblah Change (Video)

Dr. Yasir Qadhi Recounts Story of Qibla Change

Watch in this video Prophetic approach to the religious identities of Madinah’s groups. Praying towards Ka`bah and Jerusalem at the same time? The Special status of Jerusalem. Which is the holiest land? Relationship with the Jews in Madinah. The Most blessed human beings and the most. Fulfilling the Prophet’s wish. Reactions to the change of …

8 Questions on Kabah & Change of Qibla

8 Questions on Kabah & Change of Qibla

The Qibla change was a special moment in the Muslim history that connects between Kabah and Al-Aqsa. Below you can find answers for frequently asked questions about the Kabah, Qibla and the incident of the Qibla change. What is the meaning of Qibla? Qibla means the direction that Muslims face when they perform their prayers …

Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Winged Horse and Childhood Memories

Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Winged Horse and Childhood Memories

Growing up in a non-Muslim country, I did not hear much about the sacred Aqsa Mosque from my parents. Like others, they focused on raising my siblings and I on becoming familiar with the five pillars of Islam. Much effort was put into teaching us the significance of worships including the daily prayers and fasting. We also …

3 Questions About the Night Journey

3 Questions About the Night Journey

The last days of the Makkah phase in the Prophet’s life were noted for alternate fortunes. However, glimpses of propitious lights were looming on the distant horizon, ultimately materialized in the event of the Prophet’s Night Journey (Al-Israa’) to Jerusalem and then Ascension (Al-Mi`raj) through the spheres of the heavens. When did the Night Journey …



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