Day: August 29, 2016

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…....

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…...

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…...

Hajj in 1860s: How the journey was for Indian pilgrims

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Hajj pilgrims from India disembarking at Jeddah, 1940. Picture for illustration purposes only. – Royal Geographical Society/Gerald de Gaury TO perform Hajj once in a lifetime has been the dream of believers for centuries. When we look at the difficulties they went through for this journey — when there were no trains, let alone airplanes…...

3.2 million Indonesians on Hajj wait list

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JEDDAH — There are 3.2 million Indonesians on the Hajj wait list, said Joko Asmoro, chairman of the Indonesian Muslim Association for Hajj and Umrah Travels, during a press conference in Jeddah recently, according to a report by Saudi Gazette. Being the largest Muslim country with some 220 million Muslims, Indonesia faces a huge demand…...

Makkah Emir starts Hajj campaign for ethical behavior

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Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah, visits the Kiswa factory in Makkah recently. He was received by Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, head of the Two Holy Mosques’ Affairs, and other senior officials.- Saudi Press Agency MAKKAH — Saudi Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, has launched the annual “Hajj…...

E-bracelets for Hajj pilgrims this year

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Saudi Arabia is introducing electronic identification bracelets for all Hajj pilgrims starting this year, Saudi media said recently, as part of a safety drive. Containing personal and medical information, the bracelets will help authorities provide care and identify people, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said…....

Saudi Arabia starts massive health awareness drive for Hajj pilgrims

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Transport Minister Sulaiman Al-Hamdan presents gifts to arriving pilgrims during his visit to the Haj Terminal in Jeddah recently. – Saudi Press Agency RIYADH — The Saudi Ministry of Health has launched a massive health awareness campaign for this year’s Hajj under the slogan “Together for a Healthy Pilgrimage”. According to the Saudi Press Agency…...

1.5 million pilgrims to perform Hajj this year

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MAKKAH — As many as 1.5 million external and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform Hajj this year, the Central Hajj Committee was told, according to a report in Saudi Gazette…....