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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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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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Article: Innovations During Hajj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Sigh, yes. Unfortunately, lots of people practice innovations during Hajj (and everywhere else for that matter).

Someone might say, “Hey, what’s the big deal if there are a few innovations here and there?”

Well, Allah has ordered us to do that which He loves and has asked us to stay away from that which He does not love.

So, the one who wishes to earn the love of Allah must apply the shariah as best as they can.

However, innovations are something that people have invented thinking that it will help them gain the love of Allah.

Just a few questions:

1) Does anyone know what Allah loves more than He does? How can anyone add anything to the shariah saying that it is a “good” innovation??? If it was truly a good thing, then Allah would have revealed it to His Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam)!

2) Has what he has ordered us to do not enough for us? Why do people feel the need to invent practices?

The main problem with those who practice innovations is not knowing the Majesty of Allah and not understanding the religion of Islam.

This is why it is mandatory for all of us to seek knowledge from authentic sources and also ask Allah to grant us fiqh (understanding) of this religion.

As for some of the innovations that are practiced during Hajj, the following article sheds light on that:

[Note: The translators seem to be in the process of adding more information so please check the main link provided below for any updates. Also, Points 11 and 12 are the same, probably a publishing error.]

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Article: Hajj – Virtues and Contemplations

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Hajj is not just any journey. It’s meant to change us from the inside out.

In order for this to happen, one of the things that we need to do during Hajj is to contemplate over what we see around us. What is the wisdom behind the rites and what can we learn from them?

Here’s an excellent article that discusses some of the lessons that we can learn from Hajj*:

[*Some of them apply to Umrah as well.]

Hajj: Virtues and Contemplations by Shaikh Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad

Note: I’d advise everyone to read this article regardless of whether you are planning to go for Hajj or not.

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Book: Manasik Al-Hajj wal-Umrah (The Rites of Hajj and Umrah)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Want to read a nice book on Hajj with lots of authentic ahadeeth?

Look no further.

Shaikh Al-Albani’s (rahimahullah) ‘Manasik Al-Hajj wal-Umrah’ (The Rites of Hajj and Umrah) is the book that you’re looking for. You can read it online here.

He’s also added an appendix entitled ‘Innovations of Hajj and Umrah and Visiting Madinah’ which you can read online here.

For those who wish to have a pocket-sized summary of this book containing the duas for Hajj and Umrah, please check this post on my other blog. The pocket guide has been translated into three languages: English, French and Urdu.

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Free Online Hajj Course by KIU

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s a great offer:

Study a famous (and easy to read) book on Hajj under a real scholar* in English.

[Yes, real scholars are few and far between. Not every “shaikh” is a scholar.]

Oh and it’s free.

The book being taught is Manhaj As-Saalikeen by Imam As-Saadi (rahimahullah). The explanation is by Shaikh Saad Ash-Shetry, one of the senior scholars in Saudia Arabia.

The course will be translated into English by Brother Sajid Umar.

It’s being offered live from Oct 28th-31st. There’s an exam as well (for those who wish to take it).

You may read more about the course here.

This is a really great opportunity for those who:

1) Are going for Hajj this year

2) Plan to go for Hajj next year

3) Are students of knowledge

Please pass on this information to others as well, insha-Allah.

Jazakumullahu kheira.

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Article: Hajj – Its Virtues and Benefits

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Still struggling to get pumped up for Hajj?

Here’s an iman-boosting article that may help, insha-Allah:

Hajj: Its Virtues and Benefitsby Shaikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid

If you wish to read it online, you can do so here.

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