1. Assuming Ihram, Aqeedah (Creed), Articles and Books, Dua (Supplication), Innovation in Umrah, Innovations in Hajj

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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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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Articles and Books, Fiqh of Hajj, Fiqh of Umrah, Heart Softeners, Learning and teaching others about Hajj and Umrah, Purpose, Importance and Virtues of Hajj, Websites

Website: Al Baseerah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s a great website which has just about everything that a student of knowledge could want:

http://www.albaseerah.org/

It also contains some good information on Hajj (they’re offering a free Hajj workshop as well).

They have a nice forum as well. You can read the Hajj and Umrah related questions (answered by scholars) here and the sacrifice related questions here.

They also have newsletters. Here’s one issue that was solely dedicated to Hajj.

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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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By Stage, Hajj, Health and Fitness, Madinah, Makkah, Umrah, Websites

Website: Islam Web

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s an excellent website which covers just about everything you need to know about Hajj. There are fatwas, audios, articles, health tips, etc. They even have a cute flash program on how to do Hajj.

http://www.islamweb.net/ehajj/index.php

Note: I don’t necessarily agree with everything on the site.

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1. Assuming Ihram, 2. Umrah, 3. Between Umrah and Hajj, 4. 8th-13th of Dhul Hijjah, 5. Tawaf Al-Widaa, Fiqh of Hajj, Fiqh of Umrah, Videos

Video: Official Hajj Safety Guide

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I just found this extremely useful video on Hajj safety, alhamdulillah. It was produced by the Ministry of Hajj, may Allah reward them for the efforts they put into making the Hajj go smoothly for millions of Muslims.

It’s only 15 minutes long but it’s jam-packed with information. A must watch for all wannabe Hajjies.

Official Hajj Safety Guide

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