In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful
My Hajj – A step by step guide to Hajj & Umrah
With the grace of Almighty Allah, today I am so happy to announce “My Hajj” – our very own eLearning course on Hajj & Umrah for everyone, anytime, anywhere.
For this project, I was lucky to team up with with Br. Ismail David (of AMID Inspirations, who also happens to be the author of the book – “Getting the Best out of Al-Hajj“) and Sheik Mamdouh Mahmoud (Roots & Sprouts) & we have worked tirelessly to put together a course which is detailed & practical yet clear & concise – with the sole aim of guiding you through the essentials of Hajj & Umrah according to the Quran and Sunnah. The course will live at the Hajj Course page – and is divided into 10 parts,
Part 1 – Introduction – which covers essential background and basic definitions
Part 2 – Overview – of the entire Hajj from start to finish
Part 3 – Before You Depart – in which we discuss what you should do before departing for Hajj
Part 4 – Ihraam – will be a discussion of this special state of ritual consecration one must be in to perform Umrah and Hajj
Part 5 – Journey from Home to Makkah – where we will discuss the trip from home to Makkah & how to spend your time during the trip
Part 6 – Makkah – where we will explore Makkah and become acquainted with the Kabah and the Haram
Part 7 – Rites and Rituals – in which we will explore the Hajj rites and rituals in detail, including Tawaaf and Sa’ee
Part 8 – Umrah – will detail a step by step explanation on how to perform Umrah
Part 9 – Between Umrah and Hajj – where we we will provide suggestions on what you should do between Umrah and Hajj
Part 10 – Hajj – will dive into a detailed account of Hajj in detail and present the best actions one can perform
Unfortunately the animations for each part aren’t complete yet, but as Hajj is approaching, will be releasing draft versions of each part over the next few weeks. But do stay tuned for the final versions which will also be released on the Hajj Course page.
Hope it is beneficial for you & that you enjoy the course,
Further to my previous post which summarizes where Hajj takes place and the locations involved, I wanted to share with everyone a special map of these Hajj locations – including main features, distances & geographic coordinates (mashAllah).
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“Makkah Al Mukarramah and Mashaer Area” map – Second Edition. General Commission for Survey – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012.
Hajj is nearly upon us for another year. The Hajj Workshop 2017 page can be found here
It is your one stop shop for Hajj & Umrah learning & preparation – jam packed with guides, articles, how to’s, supplications and much much more.
Alhamdulillah this year I am also very very excited to share an exciting new project with you. For many years I have had the privilege & honour of teaching Hajj workshops at my local masjid – which I love mashAllah. But I have also yearned to create a self contained eLearning course that could be shared with everyone and be available anytime, anywhere. MashAllah with the grace of Almighty Allah it is nearly complete – so inshAllah over the next few weeks will be releasing draft version of the presentations for everyone. So stay tuned … remember to subscribe to this blog (look for the Follow section at the top of the homepage in the right side menu column) to receive automatic email notifications when the course modules are released.
Note: The dates above have been not yet been confirmed by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. These dates are based on calculations – please check closer to time for confirmed dates.
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So you may be wondering how the dates above were arrived at. Good question. First we can calculate the moon phases in August, which is when the month of Dhul Hijjah will start this year inshAllah,As we can see the new moon is expected on the Monday, 21-Aug-2017 at 21:30 (in Makkah). But will it be visible on this day? This is where we have to calculate the moon crescent visibility curves to verify. Moon crescent visibility curves for three days are as follows,
As can be seen from these curves,
The moon will not be visible on Mon, 21-Aug-2017
The moon will be visible by the naked eye on Tue, 22-Aug-2017. This means that the first day of Dhul Hijjah will be Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017
So the first day of Hajj (the 8th of Dhul Hijjah) will be on Wednesday, 30-Aug-2017 inshAllah
I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. Sorry for not posting for a while – we’ve been really busy working on some new projects for everyone. The main one is an exciting Hajj (& Umrah) course which covers all the basics. Though it’s not quite finished yet, will be releasing a sneak peek in the next couple of weeks inshAllah. So stay tuned, lots of new posts to come real soon.
In the meantime, wanted to share a photo I took of “The Heavens” (stars) a while back. Really reminds me of the magnificence and beauty of Allah the Almighty’s creation. Subhan Allah!!! Hope you like it.
PS – You may have noticed some of the links on the site are not working. Unfortunately Dropbox (where some of the files are stored) is changing the way it allows sharing, so apologies for any inconvenience – we are working to update everything as soon as possible. But if you are trying to access any of the material and receive errors, please let us know via the contact page (or just leave a comment) and we will get it fixed for you.
You may have noticed a new Header image at the top of this page 🙂
I was lucky enough to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and found this beautiful wall (floral) mural. As it is cropped quite a bit in the Header above, I thought I would share a fuller image with you. Hope you like it …