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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: 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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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: 40 Hadeeth about Makkah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Crave to know more about Makkah? Well, here’s a nice compilation of ahadeeth related to Makkah and the important things in it (Masjid Al-Haram, Zam-Zam, Black stone, etc):

[Note: The compiler has mentioned the authenticity of all the ahadeeth but for some of them, he has used scholars like Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah), for example, who was known to be very lenient in grading ahadeeth.]

40 Hadeeth about Makkah by Dr. Talaal ibn Muhammad Abu An-Noor

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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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Umrah Checklists

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Going for Umrah and all confused about what you need to do?

It happens. To absolutely everyone.

So, what can you do?

Well, you could buy a nice book on Umrah that details all the steps that you need to take.

One book that I would advise is “The Ultimate Guide to Umrah” (this one) by Abu Muneer Ismail Davids who authored “Getting the Best out of Hajj”.

The two books have similar contents but the former is solely geared towards Umrah. It also has two additional chapters (one on Umrah in Ramadan and the other one on visiting Madinah).

Is the book online? Well, parts of it can be found on Google Books.

One of the good aspects of the book is the checklists that it provides at the end. These are really useful for those who have never been to Umrah (and Hajj as well).

For those of you who are unable to get the book, I’ve scanned the checklists for you.

You may download them here.

Please excuse my terrible scanning skills. I hope that the checklists will be of some benefit though, insha-Allah.

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