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.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, can you believe it – the year has flown past (mashAllah) and the month of Dhul Hijjah (& Hajj) are nearly upon us. I have been wanting to release a dedicated Hajj (& Umrah) Notebook and Pocketbook for a while now, and Alhamdulillah this year I am very excited to share this new project with you. Dedicated pages for the Notebook and Pocketbook will be out soon (inshAllah), but in the meantime all the Hajj Workshop resources (including these new books) can be found on the Hajj Workshop 2016 page.
Unfortuantely I wasn’t able to find the actual hadith this Supplication is quoted from in the references available to me. But ref  cites the following,
Al-Hakim who graded it authentic and Ath-Thahabi agreed 2/100, and Ibn As-Sunni (no. 524). Al-Hafidh graded it good in his checking of Al-‘Athkar 5/154. Ibn Baz said in Tuhfatul- ‘Akhyar p. 37, that An-Nasa’i recorded it with a good chain of narration.
“Fortress of the Muslim, Invocations from the Qur’an and Sunnah”. Compiled by Said bin Wahf Al-Qahtani. Darussalam. 7th Edition July, 2006. pg 200. 
Anatomy of the Kabah and it’s immediate surroundings
As Muslims, we face the Kabah for all our prayers. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, have you ever thought what the Kabah looks like close up? Well, you are in luck (mashAllah) – because in today’s post let me take you all the way to the Masjid Al Haram in Makkah for a close up look at the Kabah and it’s immediate surroundings.
The Black Stone implanted in the corner of the Kabah
The door of the Kabah
The station where Prophet Ibraheem (pbuh) stood while building the Kabah. (It was moved from it’s original place, which was next to the Kabah)
South corner of the Kabah (which faces Yemen)
It is part of the Kabah
If we walk anti-clockwise (around the view above) we will get to the following view,
This refers to the area from the Hajrul Aswad up to the door of the Kabah. It is reported that the Companions (r) of the Prophet (pbuh) used to make Dua here
This is located on the roof of the Kabah in the middle of the Hijr. It’s purpose is to allow any water on the roof to drain down. It is a new addition to the Kabah and did not exist in the time of the Prophet (pbuh)
“Getting the Best out of Al-Hajj (Pilgrimage)”, By Abu Muneer Ismail Davids, Published by Darussalam, Second Edition – August, 2006, Pg. 216