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Hajj Now Has Women Guarding Mecca and Medina

In the past few years Saudi has gone through some significant changes under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s plan to modernize the country. Some notable changes include: lifting the ban on women driving, women being able to travel without permission from guardians, and women having more control over family matters. Most of these reforms have…

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What Is the Day of Arafah?

The Day of Arafah is regarded by scholars as the most blessed day of the year. The Prophet said, “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than on the day of Arafah.” (Sahih Muslim) On this day, Muslims who are able should fast. Fasting for just this one day…

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What Is the Significance of Eid Al-Adha?

Over the next week, Muslims all around the world will be celebrating Eid Al-Adha. Surrounded by family, food and gifts, what’s not to love? But what is the importance of this day, and what does it mean for Muslims? Eid Al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, the last month in the Islamic…

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How to Make the Most of Dhul Hijjah

the best 10 days Dhul Hijjah is upon us once more, alhamdulillah — it begins on Sunday, July 11th. This is one of the most holy times for Muslims, as these 10 days are referred to as “the best 10 days.” Scholars say that these days are superior to even the last 10 days of…

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You Can’t Go Wrong With These 10 Hajj Gifts

Hajj. The most important pilgrimage a Muslim can make. It can, and will, have the most impact on your life once completed. It should be something that is celebrated by friends and family once dear ones have accomplished this lifelong goal. To me, it is important that the person who has completed Hajj have daily…

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23 Items You Need to Take With You for Hajj

As we speak, pilgrims around the globe are probably neck-deep in preparation for Hajj 2019. For those who may not be aware, this daunting, yet eagerly anticipated fifth pillar of Islam is a time when Muslims from around the globe — who are able to, both physically and financially — descend upon the holiest cities…

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How Do You Make Peace With Death?

I have found myself contemplating death ever since I returned from Hajj in the summer of 2018. People perform Hajj to fulfill a religious obligation to God, to renew their faith in God, and to experience a sense of community with Muslims around the world. In this sense, Hajj is life-affirming, yet my time in God’s house…

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The Side of Hajj Nobody Wants to Talk About

About 10 years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to perform hajj with my family. It was perfect, because hajj season was during winter break and I was in high school, so we got to escape the Midwest winter to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Hajj will always be a memorable experience and…

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9 Reasons Why Eid Prayer Is Good for Your Soul

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la ilaha illa Allah.” I hear this recorded takbeer everyday in my beloved city of Gaza. With each day we hear the adhan, we become more excited about the upcoming day to celebrate Eid al-Adha, especially when we Gazans are always searching for any opportunity to get a slice of happiness….

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This Muslim Man Biked From China to Mecca to Perform Hajj

Muhammed, a Chinese Muslim cyclist, biked over 5,000 miles from China to Mecca to perform Hajj. Subhan’Allah, now that’s a pilgrimage! Muhammed reportedly traveled from Xinjiang, northwestern China, to Taif, western Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage took him about four months and has effectively given us all #MuslimGoals. According to news reports, upon arriving in Taif,…

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Hajj Facts: What’s the Story of Hajar?

It was once a barren desert, but one day it would be filled with millions from around the world. She stood there, alone with her infant son, both of them thirsty. She was the second wife of the Prophet known as “the friend of Allah,” Prophet Ibrahim (AS). He and his wife, Sara, lived in…