Category: Five Pillars of Islam

Festival of The Sacrifice

Festival of The Sacrifice

Azra Awan Muslims from all over the world anticipate the annual three-day celebration of a historical event that took place thousands of years ago during the time of Prophet Abraham [pbuh]1. This occasion, known as Eid-ul-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, is a representation of two significant Islamic events: the culmination of the Hajj (or

Universal Lessons of Hajj

Universal Lessons of Hajj

Faisal Kutty Millions of pilgrims from all over the world will be converging on Mecca in the coming days. They will retrace the footsteps of millions who have made the spiritual journey to the valley of Mecca since the time of Adam. Hajj literally means, “to continuously strive to reach one’s goal.” It is the

Hajj and the Neglected Legacy of a Great Woman

Hajj and the Neglected Legacy of a Great Woman

Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq Islam teaches us to submit completely and whole-heartedly. “O you who believe! Enter into Islam completely, whole-heartedly…” (Quran 2:208) It also calls for a submission that is spontaneous and conscientious, without any hesitation or resistance against the will and guidance of God. “But no, by your Lord, they can have no

Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime

Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime

by Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab The hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Abraham, brings together Muslims of all races and tongues for one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences. For 14 centuries, countless millions of Muslims, men and women from the four corners of the

Why are millions going to Makkah?

Why are millions going to Makkah?

877-Why-Islam presents a brief talk given by Mubinul Kathrada at an interfaith luncheon hosted by Zubaida Foundation. Hajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the last among those acts of Worship, which Islam enjoins upon its followers. Like Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, it mounds their life and prepares them so that they may live in surrender to

Huffington Post Video: The Journey to Mecca

Huffington Post Video: The Journey to Mecca

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Strengthening Bonds

Musaddique Thange, 35, hopes to bring more self-discipline and piety in his life through the fast of Ramadan. Breaking the fast with his family, while difficult at times, is one of his priorities. “In my opinion, Ramadan is not only a personal spiritual endeavor but should also be an opportunity to get closer to one’s

Personal Perspectives on Ramadan

Personal Perspectives on Ramadan

Saulat Pervez Every year, Muslims experience a unique excitement and jubilation as Ramadan approaches. Homes are cleaned, groceries are stocked, children are prepped – but, above all, many resolutions are made. A time for spiritual nourishment and self-introspection, Ramadan heralds a classic opportunity to draw closer to God, and to bask in the many blessings

Hajj: Origin And Significance

Hajj: Origin And Significance

by Syed Abul Ala Maududi Introduction Hajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the last among those acts of Worship, which Islam enjoins upon you. Like the prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, it mounds your life and prepares you so that you may live in surrender to Allah. The word Hajj means to make a resolve to visit

Spiritual and Moral Reawakening

Spiritual and Moral Reawakening

10/15/04 – Today is the first of Ramadan, the month for spiritual reawakening and reaffirmation of faith. It is the month in which Allah “sent down the Criterion to His servant, that it may be an admonition to all worlds”. Allah said, “When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them);