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Moving to a new website….

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, I’m back. After a couple of years. Better late then never.

I’m not sure if anyone still remembers me but in the small chance that you do, I thought I’d pop in to mention that I’ll be moving to a new website which means that all my blogs (mentioned under “My Blogs”) will no longer be updated. The only one that I might use in future is ummmuawiyah.wordpress.com but that would only be for class notes. [Also, please note that two months from now The Greatest Month will only be accessible via thegreatestmonth.wordpress.com.]

Why am I moving? Well, it’s easier to write on one website rather than multiple ones. Also, the new one is self-hosted so I can do more with it.

What about all those pending series that I had on these blogs? In shaa Allah, I plan to continue them on the new website.

Those who want to get my new articles would need to follow my new website.

Yes, I know. You’re waiting for the link. Here you go:

http://www.albidaayah.com/

It’s still pretty bare (only three new articles) so please bear with me. If anyone has any suggestions, whether content or IT related, please do share them with me. [I already know about the editing issues….]

Lastly, my apologies to all those whose comments that I didn’t reply to. I just replied to the urgent ones and kept delaying the others. Sorry.

Baarakallahu feekum.

PS. Please excuse me if you get this post more than once in your email. It just means you’re following too many of my blogs…

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Articles and Books, Makkah

Article: Makkah – The Most Beloved Land to Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

With Hajj season upon us, here’s a short and sweet article on Makkah and some of its virtues:

Makkah – The Most Beloved Land to Allah and His Messenger by Shaikh Wasiullah Abbas [Article source: http://qaryah.wordpress.com/]

[Shaikh Wasiullah is a scholar who resides in Makkah.]

PS. Here’s a short post about Makkah with a nice picture that I posted on my Daily Dose blog.

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6. Visiting Madinah, Aqeedah (Creed), Articles and Books, Madinah, Websites

Article: The Virtues of Madinah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: The book entitled “From the Teachings of Hajj” has been updated by the translator. The post now shows the 2nd edition. So if you have the old edition, please delete that and replace it with the new one.]

Another day, another great article by the Badr family.

This one is on the virtues of the second best place on the planet as well as the manners that its residents and its visitors must abide by.

The Virtues of Al-Madeenah and the Manners of Residence and Visiting by Shaikh Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad

Shaikh Abdul Muhsin, for those who are unaware, is one of the senior scholars and he is from Madinah.

Note: For those of you who love to read, here’s the translator’s (Brother Aboo Shaybah, may Allah reward him greatly) blog. It’s jam-packed with wonderful translations:

http://qaryah.wordpress.com/

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Arafah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

The khutbah (lecture) on the Day of Arafah is given from this masjid, by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.

4. 8th-13th of Dhul Hijjah, Arafah, Images

A look at Masjid Namira (in Arafah)…

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1. Assuming Ihram, 2. Umrah, 4. 8th-13th of Dhul Hijjah, Aqeedah (Creed), Articles and Books, Fiqh of Hajj, Heart Softeners, Preparing for Hajj, Purpose, Importance and Virtues of Hajj

Book: From the Teachings of Hajj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

If you’re like me and you:

1) Love learning about aqeedah (creed).

2) Love all these “lessons derived from…” sort of books.

3) Love learning about Hajj.

4) Love anything that is written by the Al-Badr family.

Then you’ll love this book.

Really.

Which book, you ask?

It’s called “From the teachings of Hajj” and it’s by Shaikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Abbad.

It’s divided into three sections:

a) Lessons in Aqeedah learned from Hajj

b) Hajj and Refining the Soul

c) Sermons and Admonitions from the Farewell Hajj

Each section contains thirteen lessons.

Here’s the book:

From the teachings of Hajj (2nd Edition) by Shaikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Abbad.

[Update June 2012: For those of you who may have downloaded this book earlier, please note that this is a NEW edition of the book.]

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1. Assuming Ihram, 2. Umrah, 4. 8th-13th of Dhul Hijjah, 5. Tawaf Al-Widaa, Articles and Books, Heart Softeners, Purpose, Importance and Virtues of Hajj

Article: The Hajj – A Poem

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Most of the planet seems rather fond of poems (not me though), so I thought I would post this Hajj poem I came across.

It’s by none other than Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullah).

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http://www.islaam.net/main/display.php?id=613&category=127

The Hajj – A Poem

by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

The Hajj – The Journey

By Him whose House the loving pilgrims visit,
Responding with ihram at the appointed limit,
Uncovering their heads in total humility
Before One to Whom faces bow in servility.
They exclaim in the valleys, “We have responded to You –
All Praise is Yours, and Kingdom too!”
He invited and they answered, with love and pleasure;
When they called upon Him, nearer came the Divine treasure.
You see them on their mounts, hair dusty and dishevelled,
Yet never more content, never happier have they felt;
Leaving homelands and families due to holy yearning,
Unmoved are they by temptations of returning.
Through plains and valleys, from near and far,
Walking and riding, in submission to Allah.

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Articles and Books, Preparing for Hajj

Article: How to choose a Hajj company

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

One of the complaints that I hear about most from the Hajjis is how their Hajj company messed up. [No, I can’t type it out. The list is too long.]

Okay, just a question: who chose this Hajj company to begin with? That’s right, the people themselves.

Many people decide on the Hajj company at the last possible minute which is probably why they end up getting some bad surprises.

Here’s an interesting document from Al-Hidaayah (the book publishers) about how to choose a Hajj company. It seems to cover just about all the complaints I’ve come across.

[There are a lot of references to the UK because that’s where they are based.]

How to choose a Hajj company by Al-Hidaayah

I’d advise those that are going to Hajj to go through this document carefully. Then, try to shortlist a group of Hajj companies based on these points.

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