MAKKAH: There are only 72 hours to go before pilgrims head to the nearby tent city of Mina on the first leg of their five-day journey of a lifetime.
Labaik Allahhuma Labaik, Labaik Laashrika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda wa Neiqmata, Lakawal Mulk Laasharika Lak.
All roads across the Kingdom are leading into the holy city where the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received the first verses of the Holy Qur’an more than 14 centuries ago.
It was from this holy city that the last Prophet first propagated the pure and simple message of Islam — a message that has since captured the hearts and minds of more than a billion followers across all continents.
Haj is one of the five essential pillars of Islam, and on Monday about 3 million pilgrims will spend a day on the vast plains of Arafat renewing and reinforcing their faith. Continue reading
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Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every affording Muslim is obligated to perform once in their lifetime or more than once voluntarily. It is a duty of a Muslim (a person who follows the religion of Islam) who reaches puberty, who is sane, who has the ability physically and can afford the pilgrimage financially to undertake the journey. Hajj is obligatory to all Muslims, as act of worship and obedience to Allah’s (God’s) command. The pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam, the others are the: Testification of Faith; Prayer; Charity and Fasting in Ramadan. Continue reading
The Question is why only a Muslim, has to prove time and again that he is a Muslim, and what type of Muslim, whether a Moderate Muslim, or a Staunch Muslim.
There is nothing like moderate, liberal or a staunch Muslim. A Musim is a Muslim. Just a Muslim. Then, Who is a Muslim ? Just a Muslim. ?
We have debates in TV channels which try to pose these questions to few among us. There are some who call themselves liberal or lighter Muslims, some in them are brave enough to accept that a Muslim has to pray five times Namaz, and praying Namaz is very important. They also regrets that they are not able to pray for five times. But this liberals are proud to be a Muslim, and says they remember Allah eve ry minute of their life.
All this is fine. We know there are, Muslims who do not pray five times Namaz. And we also known Namaz is a very important Pillar of Islam, an act which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
But there is greater commitment a Muslim makes when he calls himself a Muslim. Than Just saying five times prayer.
To understand it better let us try to know about the five pillars of Islam. And discuss.
Video link of Muslim Gathering at Capitol Hills. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/09/25/VI2009092503141.html?sid=ST2009092502033