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Forty Hadith of HAJJ, Forty Hadiths on HAJJ, Importance of HAJJ, Benefits of HAJJ

Forty Hadith of HAJJ, Forty Hadiths on HAJJ, Importance of HAJJ, Benefits of HAJJ
Forty Hadith of HAJJ, Forty Hadiths on HAJJ01 – Importance of Hajj

Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) has said, “By Allah, by Allah, keep the House of your Lord in mind. Do not disregard it as long as you remain (alive) because surely if it is ignored, then He shall not look towards you (with His Mercy).”

02 – Hajj and Focusing on Allah

It has been narrated from Abi Ja’far [Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir] (peace be upon him) that in regards to the words of Allah, the Glorious and High:

“So then hasten towards Allah, surely I (Muhammad) am a plain warner to you from Him.” (Holy Quran 51:50)

Imam al-Baqir (peace be upon him) said, “Struggle towards Allah (perform Hajj).”

03 – Talbiyah and the Sacrifice

It has been narrated from Imam Ali [Ibn Abi Talib] (peace be upon him) that he said, “Jibril (Gabriel) descended to the Noble Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) and said to him, ‘O’ Muhammad! Command your companion’s al-Ajj and al-Thalj. The al-Ajj is to raise your voice in pronouncing the Talbiyah (Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik) out loud, while the al-Thalj is to slaughter an animal (on the day of Eid).”

04 – The Major Hajj (Hajj al-Akbar) and the Minor Hajj (Hajj al-Asghar)

It has been narrated by Mu’awiyah Ibn Ammar that he said, “I asked Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) in regards to the day of the major Hajj (Hajj al-Akbar) and he said, ‘This is the day of the sacrifice (‘Eidul Qurban), while the minor Hajj (Hajj al-Asghar) is the Umrah.”

05 – The Benefits of Hajj

It has been narrated from al-Ridha [Imam Ali Ibn Musa] (peace be upon him) that he said, “I have not seen a single thing which makes a person free from want (financially secure) quicker, nor which is more effective in removing poverty, than continuously performing Hajj (year after year).”

06 – Dying While on the Way to Hajj

It has been narrated from Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) that he said, “A person who dies while proceeding towards Makkah or while returning back (from Makkah) will be protected from the great distress of the Day of Resurrection.”

07 – The Sanctity of the Guests of Allah

It has been narrated from Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) that he said, “Those who perform Hajj and the Umrah are the guests of Allah. If they ask Him for something, He will grant it to them; if they call upon Him then He will answer them; if they intercede (for others), their intercession will be accepted; if they remain quiet, then He will begin to speak to them; for every dirham which they spend (in their trip to Hajj), they will receive one million dirhams in return.”

08 – Preparing for the Ihram

It has been narrated from Himad Ibn Isa that he said, “I asked Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) on how to prepare for the (wearing of the) Ihram? Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) replied, (One should prepare for wearing the Ihram) by cutting the nails, trimming the moustache and shaving the pubic hair.”

09 – Looking at the Kaaba

It has been narrated from al-Baqir [Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali] (peace be upon him) that: “As long as a person is looking at the Kaaba, good deeds will be written (in his record) and one’s evil deeds will be erased until one turns away one’s glance (from the Kaaba).”

10 – Intention for Hajj

It has been narrated from Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) that, “Hajj is of two types: Hajj for the sake of Allah and Hajj for the sake of people. A person who performs Hajj for Allah, surely his reward will be with Allah – Paradise; and a person who performs Hajj for people, surely his reward will be with people (to give him) on the Day of Resurrection.”

11 – Fasting on the Day of Tashriq in Mina (Makkah)

As-Sadiq [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad] (peace be upon him) was asked, “Why is it discouraged to fast on the days of Tashriq (11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul Hijjah)?” Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) replied, “Since people are visiting Allah and are His guests (during these days), it is not advisable that a guest should fast in the presence of the One whom he is visiting.”

12 – Hajj or Jihad?

It has been narrated from as-Sadiq [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad] (peace be upon him) who said, “There is no path from the paths of Allah which is greater than Hajj, except when a person comes out with his sword and strives in the way of Allah until he is martyred.”

13 – Reward for the Tawaf (Circumambulation of Kaaba)

The Noble Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) has said, “A person who circumambulates this House (the Kaaba) seven times and performs the two Rak’at Salat (of Tawaf) in the best form possible will have his sins forgiven.”

14 – Hajj and the Renewal of the Pledge

Abi Ja’far [Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir] (peace be upon him) has said, “The Hajr (Hajr Aswad – the Black Stone) is like the pledge (of Allah) and rubbing the hand over it is like making a pledge of allegiance (to Allah).” Whenever Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir (peace be upon him) would rub his hand over the Hajr Aswad he used to say: “O’ Allah! I have fulfilled my trust and have renewed my pledge so that it (the Hajr Aswad) can bear witness that surely I have fulfilled my responsibility.”

15 – The Success and Perpetuity of Islam

It has been narrated from Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) who said, “As long as the Kaaba is standing, the religion (of al-Islam) will remain standing.”

16 – Philosophy behind the Name “Al-Kaaba”

It has been narrated that Abi Ja’far [Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir] (peace be upon him) was asked, “Why is it (the Kaaba) named Baitul Atiq (the Emancipated House)?” Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir (peace be upon him) replied: “Because this house is free and emancipated from people and was never under the ownership of anyone.”

17 – Three Sacred Things

It has been narrated from Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) who said, “Surely Allah, the Noble and Grand, has made three things sacred and there is nothing else equivalent to them: His Book (Holy Quran) which is His Command and Divine Light; His House (The Kaaba) which He has made as the focal point (Qiblah) and He will not accept from anyone facing any other direction; and the family of your Prophet.”

18 – Donations to Maintain the Kaaba

It has been narrated from Imam Ali [Ibn Abi Talib] (peace be upon him) who said, “If I were to possess two valleys flowing with gold and silver, I would not donate a single thing to the Kaaba because it would reach the (unworthy) people who maintain the Kaaba – and not to the poor and deserving people.”

19 – The Safety of the Sanctuary (Haram)

It has been narrated from ‘Abdullah Ibn Sanan from Aba Abdillah [Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) that he asked, “What is the meaning of His words: {And whosoever enters into it (the Haram), does so in safety.}

Does this refer to the Kaaba or the entire Sanctuary (Haram)?”

Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) replied, “A person who enters into the Sanctuary (Haram) seeking protection, shall remain protected; whoever from amongst the true believers enters into the Sanctuary (Haram) seeking protection from the wrath of Allah shall be protected from it; and whichever wild and domestic animal or bird enters into the Sanctuary (Haram) will be protected from being disturbed and bothered until it leaves the Sanctuary (Haram).”

20 – The Four Chosen Cities

The Noble Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) has said, “Surely Allah has chosen four cities from amongst all others, just as He, the Noble and Grand has said (in the Holy Quran): “I swear by ‘the fig’ and ‘the olive’ and the ‘Mountain of Sinai’ and by this protected city.” (Holy Quran 95:1-3)

‘The fig’ is the city of Madinah; ‘The olive’ is the city of Baitul Maqdis (in Jerusalem); ‘The Mountain of Sinai’ is Kufah; and the protected city is Makkah.”

21 – Performing Hajj with Haram (Forbidden) Wealth

Abi Ja’far [Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir] (peace be upon him) has said, “Allah, the Noble and Grand shall not accept Hajj or Umrah of a person who performs them using Haram (Forbidden) wealth.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) with children and his jokes

☀ Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) with children and his jokes ☀

This story is extracted from the book “Enjoy Your Life” by Dr. Muhammad Al-’Arifi. I hope you can benefit from this story of our beloved prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم

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You can sometimes notice the different ways in which people deal with children. When a person enters a public gathering with his son, he shake everyone’s hands one by one, while his son follows suit. Among the people are those who would completely ignore the child, others would barely shake his hand, and others would warmly shake hid and saying, “Welcome, young man! How are you today?” It is the love of that person that will be engraved in the heart of the chold, as well as in the hearts of his parents.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would display the best form of treatment with children. Anas bin Malik – may Allah be pleased with him – had a younger brother; and the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) would play with him and nickname him Abu ‘Umayr. The child had a small bird that he played with. Whenever the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) would meet him, he would joke with him saying, “O Abu ‘Umayr, what happened to al-Nughayr?” meaning, the bird.

He would be kind and playful with children. Whenever he would meet Zaynab bint Umm Salamah, he would playfully say to her, “O Zuwaynib! O Zuwaynib!” Whenever he passed by children playing, he would greet them. Whenever he visited the Ansaar, he would greet their children and place his hand on their heads out of compassion. Upon the return of the Muslim army from Mu’tah, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) along with the rest of the Muslims and their children met them on their way back to Madinah. When the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) saw the children he said, “Take the children and carry them, and please pass me Ibn Ja’far.” They passed ‘Abdullah Ibn Ja’far on to him and he held him in his arms.

One day as the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) was performing ablution, there came to him Muhammad bin al-Rabi’ who was only five years old. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) took some water in his mouth and jokingly blew it out in his face. (al-Bukhari)

Generally, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) was lively and merry with everyone. He would always try to make people happy. He would always be easygoing with everyone so that people would not become bored in his company Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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The Islam Project: Maps + Islam around the World

The Maps on this site are designed to engage your students in the study of Islam and muslims. The maps include:

Please click to Read more The Muslim World Circa 750

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How to Perform the Rituals of Hajj and Umrah

by Shaikh Muhammad As-Salih Al-Uthaimeen

In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Preface

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Universe. May peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, the last of the prophets and messengers, and upon his family and esteemed companions. Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam that Allah sent Muhammad-may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him-with. A servant’s religion is incomplete without it. A form of worship is only acceptable when the following is true.

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One devotes it to Allah alone, with a desire for the Hereafter. It cannot be done with the intention of being seen among people or for worldly gain.

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One follows the Prophet’s example, in words and deeds. This cannot be accomplished except by gaining knowledge of the Sunnah.

 

Forms of Pilgrimage

There are three forms of Hajj: Tamattu’, Ifraad and Qiran.

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Tamattu’: A pilgrim wears Ihram for Umrah only during the months of Hajj, which means when a pilgrim reaches Makkah, he/she makes Tawaf and Sa’yi for Umrah. Then shaves or clips the hair. On the day of Tarwiya, which is the eighth of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim puts on his Ihram for Hajj only and carries out all of its requirements.

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Ifraad: A pilgrim wears Ihram for Hajj only. When he reaches Makkah, he performs Tawaf for his arrival and Sa’yi for Hajj. He doesn’t shave or clip his hair as he doesn’t disengage from Ihram. Instead, he remains in Ihram till after he stones Jamrah Al-Aqaba on the Eid day. It is permissible for him to postpone his Sa’yi for Hajj until after his Tawaf for Hajj.

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Qiran: A pilgrim wears Ihram for both Umrah and Hajj or he wears Ihram first for Umrah, then makes intentions for Hajj before his Tawaf for Hajj. The obligations on one performing Ifraad are the same as those on one performing Qiran, except that the latter must slaughter whereas the former is not obligated to do so. The best of the three forms is Tamattu’. It is the form that the prophet-may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him encouraged his followers to perform.

Even if a pilgrim makes intentions to perform Qiran or Ifraad he is allowed to change his intentions to Tamattu’; he can do this even after he has performed Tawaf and Sa’yi.

When the Prophet – may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- performed Tawaf and Sa’yi during the year of the Farewell Hajj with his companions, he ordered all those who hadn’t brought sacrificial animals to change their intentions for Hajj to intentions for Umrah. cut their hair, and disengage from Ihram till Hajj. He said, ” If I hadn’t brought the sacrificial animal, I’d have done what I’ve ordered you to do.”

The Umrah

If a pilgrim wishes to be ritually pure for Umrah, he should shed his clothing and bathe as he would after sexual defilement, if convenient. He should perfume his head and beard with the best oil he can find. There is no harm in what remains of it after Ihram.

Bathing for Ihram is Sunnah for both men and women, including menstruating women and those experiencing postnatal bleeding. After bathing and preparing himself, a. pilgrim, other than those menstruating or experiencing post- natal bleeding, prays the obligatory prayer, if it is time. Otherwise, he makes his intention by praying the two Sunnah Rakass whichare made each time Wudhu is performed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Gaddafi captured, dies of wounds

By IANS,

Tripoli : Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years after coming to power in a coup, was killed Thursday by National Transitional Council fighters in his hometown Sirte.

Gaddafi, 69, begged for mercy as the fighters advanced menacingly.

“Don’t shoot,” cried Gaddafi who cowered in a hole in which he was hiding.

Television channels flashed images of a bloodied Gaddafi who was leaning against a fighter.

Gaddafi died of his wounds Thursday, a National Transitional Council (NTC) field commander told Xinhua.

The commander, Mohemmed Buras Ali Al-Maknee, had earlier said that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi, who had been severely injured.

He had been injured in both his legs during the fierce battle at Sirte.

Al-Jazeera TV quoted Abdel Hakim Belhaj, NTC’s military chief in Tripoli, as confirming that Gaddafi had been killed.

As soon as the news of his capture spread, people were overjoyed. Ecstatic Libyans honked horns and celebrated on the streets.

But his death has not yet been officially announced by the NTC high-ups.

The US too said that it was unable to confirm about Gaddafi’s death. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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TIPS TO MAINTAIN CONCENTRATION IN PRAYER


A Muslim should be mindful and attentive while offering the Prayer. He should reflect on the meaning of the Qur’anic verses and du`aa’ he reads. He should be humble and concentrate while praying.

In order to gain proper concentration in Prayer, it is important to keep one’s mind free of all pre-occupations with worldly affairs. Since our minds tend to dwell on the things which we are currently absorbed with, it is important to break the hold of this world upon our minds by conditioning ourselves to think consistently of Allah and the Last Day. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A true believer is one who has made all of his thoughts subservient to the bigger thought: Allah.”

Another important point to remember is that often because of our indulgence in major sins, we may be deprived of true joy in Prayer as a penalty for these sins. Such sins include displeasing one’s parents, fornication or adultery, indiscriminate mingling and mixing with members of the opposite sex, unethical conduct and behavior in financial dealings, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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HAJJ – The Great pilgrimage

HAJJ – The Great pilgrimage

The word “hajj” means pilgrimage or holy visit but according to the shariat, it means the great annual pilgrimage in Makkah shareef which every muslim having the means must accomplish at least one time during his lifetime. It is the fifth pillar of Islam.

The hajj is a great ibaadat which comprises many points and details, but we put here only a short summary of the principal moments of the pilgrims. Generally speaking, such a voyage is a great moment of one’s life which must be prepared carefully. One prepare it morally and spiritually with an expert (`Aalim) or specialized group, documents etc…till the great day of departure. During all the hajj, the haajees are plunged in ibaadates (prayers) and recitations.

The pilgrims of the world converge towards holy Mecca (Makkah shareef) to achieve Umrah (the little pilgrimage), while waiting for the 7th day of the month of pilgrimage (Zil-Hijjah) to begin the program of hajj. They penetrate the sacred perimeter in a state of Ihraam, white pieces of cloth unsewn, like a uniform in the form of the poor, cause in the enclosure of the sacred house of Allah, one is presented in the form of the needy (faqeer). All muslims coming from any part of the globe wear the same dress in the surrounding of the ka’bah. They begin the activities of the hajj around holy the ka’bah by making its circombulation (tawaaf) in 7 rounds. They make a blessed stopover near the “Maqaam-e-Ibraheem” station of Hazrat Ibraheem (a.s) by making a special namaz. They drink the blessed water of zamzam (pure and miraculous water source at the foot of holy the ka’bah). They make the “Sa’i”, 7 courses of running on foot between the hills of Swafa and Marwah. Then they shave the head or cut hair only symbolically for instence (the ladies only cut the end of the hair length of an inch). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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