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Places to Visit in Makkah – Masjid Al Jinn


Masjid Al Jinn is the place about which the chapter of the Qur’an called Surah Al Jinn was revealed. This is also the place where the Jinn came in their large numbers to accept Islam at the hand of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him).

Masjid Jinn

The story of what happened is related by the Companion, Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) who said:

While in Makkah, the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) once said to the Sahabah (May Allah be pleased with them), ‘Whoever wishes to see what the Jinn are all about should come along’. Besides me, no-one else came. When we reached the place in the Ma’la district of Makkah the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used his foot to draw a circle on the ground. He then instructed me to sit inside the circle. After proceeding a little further, the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) started reciting the Quran. It then happened that Jinn started to arrive in troops as they gathered there. So many came that I could not even see the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) nor hear him. The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) then continued talking with a group of them until Fajr.

[Tafseer ibn Kathir]

Adapted from the ‘Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah’

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PLACES TO VISIT IN MAKKAH – JAMARAT


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Thousands of Muslim pilgrims stone the walls, in a ritual called “Jamarat,” symbolising stoning the devil, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, 20 December 2007. Around two and half million Muslim Hajji pilgrims in Mina during their annual pilgrimage western Saudi Arabia started pelting all three walls representing Satan in another high point, which in past years had fatal results. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

It was here in Mina that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) brought his son Isma’il (peace be upon him) to be sacrificed following the dream that he had seen.

It was also here that Shaytan (Satan) tried to tempt him away from his determination to sacrifice his son so he pelted Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These locations are marked by the 3 large pillars known as the Jamarat. Pilgrims, to this day, stone the pillars in recognition of the act of Ibrahim (Peace be upon him).

The three Jamarat pillars, are known in turn as: Jamarat al Ula, Jamarat Al Wusta, and Jamarat al Aqaba.

The pillars are a symbol of what happened during the time of Ibrahim (Peace be upon him). Sometimes some of the pilgrims get a little over excited and start throwing rocks, shoes, sandals, umbrellas, sticks and all sorts at the pillars thinking that they are hitting Shaytan. We must never do that because that could cause harm and injury to the other pilgrims and that is not within the spirit of the Hajj.

Source:Edited from the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah

 

 

Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Arqam (RA)


The House of Arqam (RA)

“O Prophet, Allah is sufficient for you, and the believers who followed you.” [Qur’an 8:64]

Approximate location of the House of Arqam. Photo copyright lakhani.karachi
Approximate location of the House of Arqam. Photo copyright lakhani.karachi

 

This is the approximate site where the house of Arqam (RA) used to be located. It was near the gate of mount Safa.

Arqam ibn Abi Arqam was one of the early converts to Islam. Arqam’s house was chosen as a meeting point as it was behind the Safa hill and therefore obscure to the pagans and chieftains around the Ka’bah and it was also easily accessible from the house of Khadija (RA) where the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived. Continue reading Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Arqam (RA)

The Young Explorer’s Adventures Makkah


The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah

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Title: The Young Explorers’ Adventures in MakkahCover JA

Author: Abu Zaynah

Editor: Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison

Forward: Shaykh Ahmed Saad Al-Azhari


So … I have decided to write a book, insha Allah. It is on the topic of the Sacred / Historical Sites in Makkah and Madina. The book is aimed at young readers and will be told as a story of 3 young people on an epic Journey through the holy lands of Makkah and Madina.

Copyright @ayeina_official
Copyright @ayeina_official

The first book is currently called “The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah”. You can find some excerpts from the first draft below:

Continue reading The Young Explorer’s Adventures Makkah

Places to Visit in Makkah – Muzdalifa


‘There is no sin on you that you seek the grace of your Lord (by trading). Later, when you flow down from ‘Arafāt, recite the name of Allah near Al-Mash‘ar-ul-Harām (the Sacred Monument), and recite His name as He has guided you, while before it, you were among the astray.’ [Qur’an 2:198]

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Muzdalifa is a valley between ‘Arafah and Mina. Stretching just over 4 kilometres long, it is where the Pilgrims gather in the night of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah after having spent it’s day in ‘Arafah.

Pilgrims spend the night here and many of them collect their pebbles for pelting the Shaytan at the Jamaraat.

There is a Masid here called Masjid Mash’ar Al-Haram which is located on the spot where the Prophet (peace be upon him) supplicated in response to the injunction of the above verse from Surah Al Baqarah 2:198.

Muzdalifa is also known as Al Jam’, meaning joining or gathering, because it is where the pilgrims join the Maghrib and ‘Esha prayers. It is also known by this name because it’s a place of gathering.

Places to Visit in Makkah – ‘Arafah


‘Then flow down from where the people flow, and seek forgiveness from Allah. Certainly Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.’  [Qur’an 2:199]

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‘Arafah or ‘Arafat is a plain of land approximately 22 kilometres from Makkah. It is here that the pilgrims spend the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah standing in Worship, Dhikr and Du’a.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“I stood here (at the foot of Jabal Rahmah) but the whole of ‘Arafah is a place of standing “

[Muslim]

The Hajj is not complete without the standing on ‘Arafah and therefore all pilgrims must spend a portion of the day on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah at the plain of ‘Arafah for their Hajj to be valid.

The day of ‘Arafah is the greatest day in the Islamic Calendar as it is on this day that Allah (SWT) forgives more people than he does in the entire year.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of hell than on the day of Arafat. And on that day Allah draws near to the earth and by way of exhibiting His Pride remarks to the angels, ‘What is the desire of these (servants of mine)?’”

[Muslim and Others]

There is a Masjid in ‘Arafah called Masjid Namira and it is located on the site where the Prophet (peace be upon him) camped for a while before entering ‘Arafah and where he delivered his farewell speech.

‘Arafah also has a small hilltop known as Jabal Rahmah and it is at the foot of this hill where the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have prayed and made Du’a during his standing in ‘Arafah.

For more info and pictures, please visit the links below:

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/550

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/makkah-other/mount-arafat

 

Updated: The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah


The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are of the most blessed days in the entire Muslim Calendar and are on par with the last 10 nights of Ramadan in their importance and virtue. We should all treat these 10 days with the same level of motivation and vigour that we show to the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The following is brief exposition of some of the virtues of these days.

Allah (SWT) refers to these days when He says in His Book:

‘By the Dawn, And ten nights …’ [Qur’an 89, 1-2]

He also mention these as the ‘appointed’ days in the following verse:

‘Remember Allah through the appointed days…’ [Qur’an 2:203]

The Mufassirin (Commentators of the Qur’an) generally state that the above verses relate to the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. Continue reading Updated: The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Places to Visit in Makkah – Mina


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‘And remember God, during certain days numbered. If any man hastens on in two days, that is no sin for him; and if he delays, it is not a sin for him; if he fears; and fear God, and know that to Him you shall be gathered.’ [Qur’an 2:203]

Photo credit: Akram Abahre
Photo credit: Akram Abahre

Mina is the place where the pilgrims congregate during the Hajj and stay there on the 8th and then from 11th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah during the days of Tashriq.

Mina is situated approximately 7 kilometres to the east of Makkah. The pilgrims come here after completing their Hajj Rites and sacrifice an animal and cut / shave their heads before coming out from the state of Ihram.

“And when he was old enough to walk with him, he said, ‘O my dear son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice you. So see what you think’. He said, ‘O my father do whatever you have been commanded. You shall find me, God willing, of the steadfast’. And when they had both submitted, and he had laid him down on his forehead, We called to him, ‘O Abraham! Verily you have fulfilled the vision’. So do We reward those who are virtuous. Truly this was indeed a clear test’. Then We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.” [Qur’an 37: 102-107]

It is here that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him) brought his son Isma’il (Peace be Upon Him) in order to sacrifice him following the dream that he had. It is also here that the Shaytan tried to tempt him away from his mission to sacrifice his son so he beat Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These are marked by the 3 large walls known as the Jamarat, where pilgrims to this day stone the walls in recognition of this act of Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him). Finally it is here, in Mina, where the pilgrim sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Ibrahim’s (Peace be Upon Him) willingness to sacrifice his son, and how Allah sent a Ram in Isma’il’s (Peace be Upon Him) place, as a ransom for him.

Mina is also the place where Masjid Al Khayf and Masjid Bay’ah are located.

More details can be found in the links below:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/other/mina.html  

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/548