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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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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:


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.

1. Assuming Ihram, 2. Umrah, 3. Between Umrah and Hajj, 4. 8th-13th of Dhul Hijjah, 5. Tawaf Al-Widaa, 6. Visiting Madinah, Articles and Books, Fiqh of Hajj, Fiqh of Umrah, Innovation in Umrah, Innovations in Hajj, Madinah

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.

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, Learning and teaching others about Hajj and Umrah, Websites

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: 50 Things to do in Hajj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Many Muslims think of prayer, reading the Quran and performing the required rites when thinking of Hajj.

And that’s fine because we need to do all of these in Hajj.

However, is that all there is to it? Aren’t there other things to do in addition to these acts of worship?

Here’s a very nice list of things that you can do during Hajj. I’d advise those that are going for Hajj to take a printout with you so that you remember to do these things, insha-Allah.



50 Things to do in Hajj

Muhammad Alshareef

Many of those at Hajj may find themselves sitting in a tent thinking to themselves, “Now what do I do?” Some pick themselves up and go around doing things pleasing to Allah; others may not capture the moment due to inexperience.

So here is a list of beneficial things to do during your Hajj trip. If you are not going for Hajj, why not forward it to someone who might benefit from it on his or her journey. At least they can practice number 26.

May Allah ta’aala make it a safe journey for all the hujjaj, aameen.

 Read More1. Smile in another Muslim’s face
2. Say salaam to strangers
3. Shake someone’s hand and ask about his/her health
4. Buy tea for someone
5. Offer to get someone’s groceries
6. Sit with a Hajj group from another country and ask about Islam in their village
7. Carry someone’s bags for them
8. Guide someone ill to the infirmary
9. Shun vain talk
10. Recite talbiyah loudly, encouraging others
11. On the days of Eid, walk through the tents reciting talbiyah loudly reminding others
12. Gather stones for people
13. Offer to throw on behalf of unable hajjis
14. Guide people to the Jamarat
15. Lower your gaze
16. Remind people of the lives of the Sahaabaa
17. Read Qur’an with the tafseer
18. Do the authentic dhikr of the morning and evening
19. Make du’a during your sajdah
20. Stand to the side of a gate and offer people water/tea as they leave
21. Give major attention to shy people in your group
22. Remind people of patience, why they came here, and the example of our ‘ulama in Hajj
23. Explain a Hajj khutbah you may have heard to those around you
24. Explain the importance of purifying ones actions for the sake of Allah
25. Phone relatives (from Makkah) on Eid day
26. Make du’a for forgotten friends (and the author of this list)
27. Don’t allow Muslims to fight during Hajj
28. Help people find a place to sleep
29. During the heat, remember the unending torment of the Hellfire
30. Say Laa ilaaha illAllah, wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulk wa lahul hamd, wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadeer 100 times
31. Say the du’a of entering the market place when you go there
32. Give charity to those who sell meager things (i.e. sandals, eggs, etc.)
33. Attend the halaqas that are given in Mina
34. Stay for the 13th of Dhul Hijjah
35. Remind people to go home as better Muslims
36. Forgive people who wrong you
37. Talk to 10 different people from 10 different countries
38. Compliment someone sincerely
39. Visit the hospital and thank Allah for all that He has given you
41. Take young Muslims and invite them to sit with the elders. Make them the center of attention.
41. Give a tafseer class after salah / ask someone knowledgeable to deliver the class
42. On the days of Eid, offer perfume to those around you (for men only)
43. Ask about the health of senior women in your group. Make sure they are attended to.
44. Focus hard on helping those immediately near you
45. Take people to the slaughter house and help them or assist them in purchasing their slaughter coupons
46. Remember specific blessings Allah has bestowed upon you and say alhamdulillah
47. Pray to Allah using His 99 Most Beautiful Names (Al-Asmaa’ Al-Husna)
48. Use a miswak
49. Fill your pockets with candies and give some to the children you meet
50. Always hope for rewards from Allah for everything you go through during Hajj

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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.

Learning and teaching others about Hajj and Umrah, Websites

Website: TJ Hajj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s a nice site for those who wish to teach their kiddies about Hajj:


You may also visit the main blog for lots more goodies: