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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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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2. Umrah, Articles and Books, Preparing for Hajj, Umrah

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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Article: Preparing for Hajj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, I know. You’re probably like “Uh….didn’t we just…like…finish Hajj?”

Yes, and time flies. Before we know it, Hajj will be here again.

So, for those of you who are seriously thinking about going for Hajj this year, I’d advise you to read this excellent article:

Beating Procrastination Series: Preparing for Hajj By Productive Muslim

After you read this article, you’ll realise why the author is asking us to prepare for Hajj 10 months in advance.

PS. Don’t forget the most important thing: doing dua to Allah that you can go to Hajj this year.

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Documentary: A Practical Guide to Performing Hajj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s another nice documentary on how to perform Hajj. It was produced by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj quite a few years ago.

Yes, some things are a bit different now (e.g. the size of the jamraat in Mina) but I think that it should still be a good guide for newbies, insha-Allah.

A Practical Guide to Performing Hajj

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Lecture Series: Hajj Seminar

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s another lecture series on Hajj. It was held in Masjid Al-Ghurabaa in London in 2004:

Ways to Achieve an Accepted Hajj by Ilyas Kirmani (Download)

Practical Advice Concerning Hajj by Uncle Bashir (Download)

Additional Advice Regarding Hajj by Munir Baksh (Download)

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Website: Al Madinah Academy

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s another good website which has loads of useful information on Hajj:

http://almadinahacademy.com/

It has the following stuff:

1) Practical Hajj Guide – A series of articles on Hajj. (Note: There are 32 parts in total. Choose All in Display to view all of them.)

[Note: I believe this site has gathered all of them in an easy to read manner.]

2) Haj Orientation – A 2-part lecture.

3) Some articles on Dhul Hijjah.

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