Short History of Hajj.

Hajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’. Islamically however it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  Hajj and its rites were first ordained by […]


Some people think that the performance of Hajj and Umrah is very complicated. Therefore, they don’t make enough effort to learn to perform the essential rites correctly and have to pay Dam (sacrifice of an animal) as a penalty. Then some people are put off by the lengthy Dua’as in Arabic listed in the most books. To put these […]

Hajj……A Reminder of Another Journey.

This time the crowds were tremendous…..more, much more than the previous years. One couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the number of people at Hajj this year. And similarly, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the sheer number of lessons that I learnt on this journey – lessons of patience, lessons of compassion, lessons […]

The Meeqaats.

The Meeqaats 8. The meeqaats (places for assuming iHraam) are five: Dhul Hulaifah, Al-Juhfah, Qarn-ul manaazil, Yalamlam and Dhaatu `Irq. They are for those who live there and those who pass by them intending Hajj or ‘Umrah. And he whose house is nearer than them to Makkah then he makes iHraam from his house, the […]

Assuming the Ihram.

Assuming Iharaam (IHraam is the state entered into at the Meeqat in which certain acts and types of clothing are forbidden). 1. It is mustaHabb for anyone going for Hajj or ‘Umrah to take a ghusl (bath) for iHraam – even if a woman is in her period or in after-birth confinement. 2. Then the men […]

Advice for those about to perform Hajj

Advice for those about to perform Hajj These are some pieces of advice and useful points which I offer to our brothers about to make Hajj. Firstly. The pilgrim must fear his lord by obedience to Him, and must be very careful not to fall into that which Allaah has forbidden as Allaah ta’la says: <<For […]


Let us examine closely the square-structured Ka’bah (The Holy House) at Makkah, in Arabia, wherein in its Eastern corner lies the Black Stone set up chest-high. Every pilgrim in Makkah tries to kiss and caress it fondly, the first thing upon arrival there. This action marks the start of the act of Tawaf. The word “Tawaf” is […]

Forms of Pilgrimage.

There are three forms of Hajj: T a m a t t u ‘ – I f r a a d – Q i r a n T ama t t u ‘ : A pilgrim wears Ihram for Umrah only during the months of Hajj, which means when a pilgrim reaches Makkah, he/she makes […]

Pilgrimage Texts

Every Muslim must perform the Pilgrimage to Makka at least once in their lifetime if they have the ability (physical, financial, etc.) to do so.  Pilgrimage becomes obligatory when the ability first is obtained.  To delay the Pilgrimage at all past that point is a sin. When you make your intention to perform the pilgrimage […]