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.
As Hajj is getting close (for this year) now is a great time to start studying to try and learn as much as you can about this amazing journey (especially if you are planning to go). I hope I have wet your appetite with my Hajj posts so far. There are many great books, articles and resources to help you learn. Today I wanted to review one that I used when I went to Hajj.
Getting the best out of Al-Hajj (Pilgrimage)
by Abu Muneer Ismail Davids
All I can say about this book is that (for me) this was the only reference book on Hajj I needed. I would strongly recommended that you pick this book up and read it from cover to cover. Then read it again & make notes. The author has done an excellent job of keeping the book extremely practical (& relevant) to the modern traveler, providing valuable tips and personal insights. He has also done a great job at simplifying the details into clear, concise lists (and checklists) of “Best actions” which are excellent. This is then combined with great references to Quran and Hadith where appropriate to assist in fuller understanding of all the issues.
Rather than try to summarize & comment on each chapter, here is a high-level overview of the main topics covered:
Chapter 1: Hajj as an Obligation, Types of Hajj, Who and When to go?
Chapter 2: Planning and Preparation
Chapter 3: About Women
Chapter 4: What to Expect
Chapter 5: What about those staying behind?
Chapter 6: About the Ihraam
Chapter 7: The Journey from Home to Makkah
Chapter 8: Makkah Al-Mukkawarah
Chapter 9: Umrah
Chapter 10: Hajj
Chapter 11: Supplications from the Qur’an and Sunnah
Chapter 12: Madinah Al-Munawarah
Chapter 13: A Touch of History
Chapter 14: Revision
Chapter 15: Checklists
If I had one complaint about this book, it was that I could not find the mentioned pocket guide very easily. So not really a compliant 😉 …
Also there is a set of Video lectures that the author has done – which I also found very entertaining and informative.
So in summary … if you want one reference book for Hajj – which is not only simple and informative but packed full of great information and tips – this is the one.
PS – Actually alot of my notes and posts on Hajj are based on this book.