Misconception: 'It's Hajj-e-Akbar if 9th (Arafah) falls on Friday!'

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“Alhamdulillah, the 9th day is Friday! We’ll get to perform Hajj-e-akbar!” “Hajj-e-akbar mabrook!” “Performing Hajj-e-akbar has greater rewards than an ordinary Hajj...”

THESE are some statements we hear from people that leave us confused as to what is right. There is a common misconception regarding “Hajj-e-Akbar” that if the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah falls on a Friday, then it is called a “Hajj-e-Akbar” meaning greater Hajj. If it doesn’t, then it is called “Hajj-e-Asghar”, meaning “minor Hajj”. People think that if they get to perform Hajj-e-Akbar they will be getting extra rewards and that it is superior to Hajj-e-Asghar.

There is no evidence in the Sunnah or from the sayings of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) regarding such a Hajj-e-Akbar and its virtues.

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Ibn al-Mubarak’s Hajj story will leave you amazed

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ABDULLAH ibn al-Mubarak (d. 181H) is one of the finest examples of excellence to have lived in our history. He was a scholar, worshipper, soldier, businessman and philanthropist – and he excelled in all these roles.

Allah had blessed him with wealth and Hajj was an occasion he would generously spend during for the pilgrims. Al-Khatib reports in his Tarikh:

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Talbiyah: What does Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik mean?

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Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allah رضي الله عنه‎‎ said, describing the Hajj of the Prophet ﷺ: “Then he started to say the words of Tawheed, ‘“Labbayka Allahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna al-hamd wa’l-ni’mata laka wa’l-mulk, laa shareeka lak (Here I am, O Allah, here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise and blessings are Yours, and all sovereignty, You have no partner).’” (Sahih Muslim)

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Importance of Arafat day and its place in Hajj

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Name and location

Mount Arafat lies 22 km east of Makkah in the plain of Arafat.[1]  Mount Arafat reaches about 70 m in height and is also known among people as the mount of mercy.

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is called Arafat day because Hajj pilgrims spend their whole day in the plain of Arafat.

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What to do in the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

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Photo by Syed Akif. Source: Internet

WHENEVER I think of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, I think of a sale. In Dubai, one of the biggest exhibitions of the year is Gitex, a technology fair that goes on for just under 10 days, and has the public going tech-crazy well before that. There is so much hype about the new products coming out and all the offers, and if you need a new gadget, it is well known that you wait until Gitex to buy it. Because even if the price is not discounted, you get so much free stuff with it that it makes it worth your while.

There is such a buzz of excitement around Gitex, even for non-tech-lovers like myself. Do we feel anywhere close to the same about the incredible month of Dhul Hijjah?

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, are much like the days of Ramadan – brimming with amplified rewards, even for non-pilgrims. Anything we do is multiplied more than usual, so we need to make the most of it.

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What To Pack For Hajj

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IF you are anything like me, packing is one of the most daunting things you have to do. I can have an empty suitcase staring at me and I will stare right back until I have a panic attack and realise I need to fill it with things.

When going for Hajj is one of the biggest events of your life and it’s not exactly a holiday, it definitely adds to the pressure. This is to all you folks out there, praying that Allah makes it easy for you!

We packed almost everything we thought we would need, what we didn’t know was that our group was pretty awesome and gave us a lot of stuff as and when we needed it!

However, it is always better to be safe than sorry since you don’t quite know what to expect.

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The Hajj of the Prophet ﷺ and his farewell sermon

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HOW often do we desire to see the face of our beloved Prophet ﷺ? How often are we, when we travel to Makkah or Madina, moved by the fact that this was the place the Prophet ﷺ walked with his Sahabah, fighting the falsehood and establishing the truth. Those in Hajj experience this exceptional emotional bond for doing all what our beloved ﷺ did.

What more can increase the bond than reading about how exactly the Prophet ﷺ performed his Hajj? Do read this beautiful and comprehensive narration of Jabir (RA) regarding the Hajj of the Prophet ﷺ. Books have been written about this narration and so many benefits have been derived from this hadeeth.

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Dear Haji, Let’s Reflect on Why We Perform Hajj

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SOON In-sha Allah you will embark on a journey that words cannot describe. Ordained by Allah thousands of years ago, from the time of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), this journey will continue until the Last Day.

If there was one thing that forms the core purpose of this journey, it is realizing the magnificence and might of the One True Almighty God. You, along with an ocean of people, will proclaim loudly and bear witness to the uniqueness and oneness of Allah, Who has no partner. You, along with millions, are submitting yourself to the service of your Creator, and what could be better than that?

Two pieces of white cloth for the leader and for the servant, for the rich and for the poor, for the white and for the black, absolutely equal in appearance, but at different levels of piety in the sight of God. You all stand next to each other, but your hearts and deeds will take you to a different level in the sight of the King of all kings.

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Stories from Hajj of the Sahabah & the Righteous

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IT is reported that Umar Bin Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه once came out and saw a traveling party and asked, “Who is this traveling party?” They replied, “Pilgrims (on Hajj).” He asked them three times, “And nothing else has brought you forth?” They replied, “Nothing else.” He said, “If the travelers (on Hajj) knew who they were coming to, they would feel the delight of having great virtue after forgiveness (from Allah). By He in whose hand is Umar’s soul, never does (the pilgrim’s) camel raise its hoof and place it back down except that Allah raises (the pilgrim) in rank, forgives one of his sins and writes for him a good deed.” (Al-Musannaf, 5:4,5)

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Journey of Hajj through the eyes of non-Muslims

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MOST prominent TV channels have special coverage of the Haj pilgrimage, and thousands of viewers from all over the world tune in to Saudi TV’s live broadcast of the pilgrimage through satellite channels and the Internet.

The sight of hundreds of thousands of believers from every nation of the world, united in their intention and actions, dressed in the same simple, unstitched white garments, calling out the Talbiyah (Here I am O Allah, Here I am!) going through the various stages and rituals of the Haj has been known to move even the most apathetic of viewers.

The curiosity generated by the Haj is not a new phenomenon, it is said that Ludovico di Varthema, an Italian traveler entered Arabia under the name of Yunus from Damascus, and made the journey to Makkah and Medina disguised as a Mamluk escort of a Haj caravan (1503 CE). He described the chief pilgrim sites with great accuracy, piquing the interest of others.

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