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Blackmarket Hujjaj: Live Google Hangout

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Increasingly as of late, we've heard horror stories from Muslims around the US and Canada, who have poured their hard-earned savings into Hajj packages only to be duped at the end. The pattern is similar: there is a 'delay' of some sort by the Saudi government, then phone calls are ignored, a mysterious fee for expediting the visa appears out ... Read More »

10 Pieces of Advice Before You Leave for Umrah

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A few pieces of advice for those who will be traveling soon to perform the beautiful Umrah journey. Read More »

England and the East: A Tale of Pirates and Treasures

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British history classes do well to teach the World Wars, the abolition of slavery and the French Revolution(s). But one thing you may not have heard of is the long and swashbuckling history of England's relationship with the Islamic world. Active interaction with Islam existed since the establishment of medieval Muslim Spain in 711, and can be seen throughout some ... Read More »

Performing Actions Equal to Hajj in Reward | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

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There are so many like myself could not go to Hajj this year, but even when we are physically far away from Mecca, our hearts with the Hujjaj (pilgrims), thinking about what they are doing, praying for them and hoping to be like them soon. One of the things that I thought could help us to catch up with them is ... Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | How to Be a Super-Hero During the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

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As the month of October has started, you might have realized that the last month of the Islamic calendar is also beginning.  This month is Dhul-Hijjah, an exciting month because it brings together millions of Muslims to Mecca for Hajj and has 'Īd!  Of course, you're very excited for 'Īd, planning all the fun things you'll do to celebrate on ... Read More »

Qurbani Udhiyah | What is it? Why Should You Offer It?

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alḥamdulillāh, the blessed Hajj season and 'Īd al-Aḍḥa are quickly approaching. Remember the story of Prophet Ibrahim ? His willingness to sacrifice something so dear to him—his son—for Allāh is a great example all of us: Even though he loved his son more than anything in the world, Prophet Ibrahim knew he must obey the command of Allāh—and his righteous son ... Read More »

Shawwal: What to Do On Eid Night, Eid Day, and During the Month

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This was written by Mufti Taqi Usmani and was originally posted at Al Balagh     Beginning of the Ashur-ul-Hajj Shawwal is the first of the three months named as “Ashhur al-Hajj” (i.e. the months of Hajj). Although the major acts of Hajj are normally performed in the first ten days of Zulhijjah, yet the whole period starting from the first of Shawwal up to the ... Read More »

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Kaaba

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There is no place on Earth as venerated, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. By any objective standard, this valley in the Hijaz region of Arabia is the most celebrated place on Earth. Thousands circle the sacred Kaaba at the centre of the Haram sanctuary 24 hours a day. Millions of homes are adorned with pictures of it and over a billion face it five times a day. Read More »

MM Treasures | ‘Eid Al-Adha: Important Reminders

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MM Treasures are posts on MuslimMatters that we believe are overlooked 'gems' that NEED to be read, especially by our new readers. Many of us can attest to the fact that the spirit of celebration during ''Īd al-Aḍḥa is subpar, to say the least, when compared to the Muslims' spirit during ''Īd-ul-Fitr. In fact, the underlying reason for this phenomenon ... Read More »

From Myanmar to Mecca | Rohingya Muslims Make Plea at Hajj

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Al Jazeera English correspondent Jamal Elshayyal reports from this year's Hajj on a group of Rohingya Muslims making the pilgrimage. One pilgrim interviewed said: “The problem in Rakhine began in 1962 but it's only now that the world has begun to take notice. There are plenty of stor The pilgrim says he is praying for help at hajj:ies of suffering ... Read More »

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