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6 Basic Questions and Answers About Ihram

4 Questions and Answers About Ihram

After you have made the necessary preparations – paid your debts, repented, absolved yourself of any wrongdoing toward others, etc. – you are ready to take the first step in the blessed journey: ihram. What is ihram? The word ihram has three meanings: 1. The two pieces of cloth that male pilgrims wear during Hajj. …

Are Hajj and Umrah the Same Thing or They Are Different?

Are Hajj and Umrah Same Thing or They Are Different?

No, Hajj and Umrah are not the same thing; they are two different forms of pilgrimage. Hajj is usually referred to as the major pilgrimage or the Pilgrimage, and Umrah as the lesser one. Both Hajj and Umrah consist of a journey to Makkah that involves certain rituals such as ihram, circumambulating the Ka`bah, walking …

13 Tips for Acceptable Hajj

13 Tips for Acceptable Hajj

Are you performing Hajj this year? The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has a great promise for you. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The reward for a Hajj mabroor is nothing but Paradise” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Here are 13 tips …

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.

What Is Hajj? 5 Questions About Hajj and `Umrah

5 Questions About Hajj and `Umrah

Only few weeks separate us from the annual season of Hajj, where Millions of Muslims from all corners of the globe gather in Makkah to perform the rituals of Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. Below are answers for basic questions on Hajj and `Umrah and their rituals. 1. What are Hajj and`Umrah?  Hajj and `Umrah …

Umrah in Shawwal: Is a Sacrifice Required?

Umrah in Shawwal: Is a Sacrifice Required?

Wa`alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi 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: The majority of scholars see that a Muslim who performs Umrah during the months of Hajj, then returns to his or her family before traveling back again for …

3,199 Umrahs and Counting, What an Achievement!

A Pakistani has performed 3,199 Umrahs in 17 years, probably setting an enviable achievement as the one performing the highest number of Umrahs in the world, The Nation reported on Sunday. Syed Dilnawaz Shah returned to his home in Karachi on Thursday after spending the month of fasting in Makkah and performing about three dozen …

Brazilian Footballer Performs Umrah after Converting to Islam

Just a few days after announcing his conversion to Islam, the Brazilian footballer Sergio Ricardo Neves was spotted in Makkah performing Umrah during Ramadan, Step Feed reported. “Alhamdullilah … now I am a Muslim,” Ricardo tweeted before some fans showed footage of his visit to the Grand Mosque in Makkah during the weekend. In it, …

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