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Young Explorers’ Adventures Now Available via Amazon, Wordery and Other Suppliers


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Islamopedia is proud to announce the release of their first book ‘The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah.’

If you are going to visit the holy city of Makkah to perform the Hajj or Umrah, do not forget to take this unmissable guidebook with you about the historical sites in and around Makkah.

Excerpts from the book can be read here with sample pages available to view on our Blurb page. You can read a review of the book by the YouthlyHub on their website, the link of which is below:

http://youthlyhub.com/young-explorers-adventures-in-makkah-book-review/

The following is video review of the book by Not Super Mummy

Our Muslim Homeschool also did a brief review on their social media sites, a print shot of which is below:

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omhs-review-2Tiny Twinkle Blog also has a brief review of the book which is linked below:

https://tinytwinkleblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/book-review-young-explorers-adventures-in-makkah-2/

The book is available via the following outlets:

Amazon UK

Amazon.Com

Wordery.com

Kitaabun

Daybreak Press USA

Ebay

Readit Canada

Orders are also being taken directly via email for a special price of £9.99 including P&P. This is only available for UK orders only. To place an order please complete the following steps:

  1. Send a Paypal payment for the sum of £9.99 to mail@islamopedia.co.uk
  2. Please include your name and address when making the order
  3. Books will be dispatched within 2 working days of order being placed via 1st class post.
  4. Please let us know when books have been received, and if possible share a photo of the book with your friends and family on social media.
  5. For those that don’t have Paypal, payments can me made via bank transfer, or you can pick up directly from us if you live in East London. Please email us for details.

There is also an eBook Edition available in the Kindle Store. Search ‘The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah’ in the Kindle Store.

Wholesale orders are also available. Please contact us on mail@islamopedia.co.uk for info and discounts.

I would love it if you had a look and shared the above with your circles to help me spread the word.

Happy reading!

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Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah – Illustrations


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Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Umm Hani


The House of Umm Hani (aka Fakhita bint Abu Talib)

‘Glorious is He Who made his servant travel by night from Al-Masjid-ul-Harām to Al-Masjid-ul-AqSā whose environs We have blessed, so that We let him see some of Our signs. Surely, He is the All-Hearing, the All- Seeing.’ [Qur’an 17:01]

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Umm Hani was the cousin of the Prophet (SAW) and the daughter of his uncle Abu Talib. The Prophet (SAW) grew up at the same time as her and would visit her house often. According to some sources, it is from here that the Prophet (SAW) commenced his Night Journey of Al Isra’ wal Mi’raj.

The house of Umm Hani, like many of the other historical houses in the area, has been eaten up by the current Mosque Complex. Umm Hani’s house was located near by the current Bab Malik Abdul Aziz Gate.

More info can be found in the following links:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/haram_sharief/house_of_umme_hani_ra.html

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/13319

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


The House of Khadija (RA)

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Jibril (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Allah’s Messenger! This is Khadijah, coming to you with a dish having meat soup (or some food or drink). When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord (Allah) and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a palace made of Qasab in Paradise, wherein there will be neither any noise nor any toil, (fatigue, trouble, etc.).”  [Al-Bukhari]

The house of Khadija (RA) also used to be in the Banu Hashim district near to the house where the Prophet (SAW) was born.

A very rough approximation of where the house of Khadjia used to be
A very rough approximation of where the house of Khadjia used to be

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was here that the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived much of his adult life after marriage and up to the Hijrah. It was here where the Prophet (peace be upon him) received some of the first revelations. It was here that most of his children were born. It was here that he spent some of his most difficult years whilst living in Makkah under the persecution of the Quraysh. And it was here from where he started his momentous Hijrah, leaving ‘Ali (RA) in his blessed bed.

House of Khadija 1920
House of Khadija 1920

The house that was there was demolished to make way for the expansion of the existing Mosque. In 1989 there was an excavation of the area to reveal the extent of the house. Some of the pictures from the excavations can be found below (mainly sourced via google):

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The house is reported to have had 5 key areas. The 1st area was the guest area / or the reception room as we would now know it. The 2nd area was the children’s quarters and where Fatima (RA) was born. The 3rd area was the prayer room where the Prophet (SAW) prayed and the 4th area is the blessed room of Khadija (RA). The 5th area constituted the hallways and the circulation space.

Khadijashouse Plan

It is not clearly known any longer as to exactly where the house sat, but it was near about where the current ablution areas are behind the Marwah gates.

In the following is a lecture by Dr. Ahmed Zaki Yemeni and in it he explains the significance of the House of Khadija and his involvement in the excavation of the site.

It would have been nice if the authorities had at least placed a plaque where the old house stood so that people could at least see where it was and where some of the early events of Islam unfolded.

More info here:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/haram_sharief/house_of_khadija_ra.html

http://almiskeenah.com/AlMadinahAlMunawwarah/house-of-khadija-radhiallahu-anha-makkah

http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/422530-house-of-hazrat-khadijah-ra-qubbat-ul-wahi/

Places to Visit in Makkah – Safa and Marwah


Safa and Marwah

‘Indeed Safā and Marwah are among the marks of Allah. So whoever comes to the House for Hajj or performs ‘Umrah, there is no sin for him if he makes rounds between them; whoever comes up with good on his own, then Allah is Appreciating, All-Knowing.’ [Qur’an 2:158]

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Safa and Marwah are two small mountains near the Ka’bah. It was these two mountains that Hagar (AS) had ran between in search of water when the baby Isma’il (AS) was crying out of hunger and thirst.

She started with mount Safa, climbed on top to see if she could locate any water or any persons that could assist her, she found nothing and then descended and went to mount Marwah and did the same. She did this seven times before the Angel came and uncovered for her the well of Zam Zam.

There was a section of the valley between the two mountains from where she could not see Isma’il (AS) and she would sprint this section to get to the other side. This is currently demarcated by the green lights that show the area which she ran.

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The pilgrims complete the seven circuits of Safa and Marwah and the running between the green lights as part of the ritual of Sa’i when completing the Hajj or Umrah.

Places to Visit in Makkah – Rukn Al Yamani


Rukn Al Yamani

There are only two corners of the Ka’bah that are still in the same place as they were from the time of Adam (AS) to Ibrahim (AS) to our Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They are the Black Stone corner and the Yemeni Corner.

Yemeni Corner - Copyright Unknown
Yemeni Corner – Copyright Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

The Prophet (SAW) would touch and kiss the Yemeni Corner when passing it during the Tawaf. The Yemeni Corner is on the southern side of the Ka’bah, the last corner before the Black Stone.

Between the Yemeni Corner and the Black Stone Corner the Prophet ( SAW) would make the following Du’a “Rabbana Atina, Fid Dunya Hasanah, wa Fil Akhirati Hasanah, wa Qina ‘Azab Al-Nar” – “Oh Lord, Grant us the Good of this World, and the Good of the Next World, and Save us from the Punishment of the Fire”.

Places to Visit in Makkah – Zam Zam


The well of Zam Zam

The Bible makes a reference of the miracle of Zamzam when it talks about the passing through of Ismail (upon him be peace) and his mother through the valley: “Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the ways of them who passing through the valley of Bacca make it a well.” [Psalm 84:5-6. Note that the Quran also refers to Makkah as Bakkah]*

Old Zam Zam Well at the Museum in Makkah - Photo Copyright Islamopedia
Old Zam Zam Well at the Museum in Makkah – Photo Copyright Islamopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The well of Zam Zam is no longer accessible to the pilgrims. It used to be situated between the Maqam of Ibrahim and the beginning of Mount Safa.

The well of Zam Zam was discovered by the babe Isma’il (AS) and his mother Hagar (AS) whilst she was running between Mount Safa and Marwa looking for water as he, Isma’il (AS), was crying out of hunger and thirst.

They were left there by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) on the command of Allah (SWT). After Hagar (AS) ran seven circuits of Safa and Marwa an Angel appeared by the place where Zam Zam was and started to dig until water appeared. Hagar (AS) continued digging around the well and took the water that she needed for herself and Isma’il (AS).

Due to this new source of water, peoples and tribes started to settle around Isma’il (AS) and Hagar (AS) and around the Zam Zam well. This formed the early Makkan community.

Zam Zam stayed with the tribes of Makkah until it was buried by the tribe of Jurhum upon their expulsion from Makkah. Several hundred years later, the well was rediscovered by ‘Abdul Muttalib, the Prophet’s grandfather, through a series of dreams in which he was directed to dig back up the well of Zam Zam.

It has been with us since then and continues to quench the thirst of millions of pilgrims every year that attend the Minor (Umrah) and Major (Hajj) Pilgrimage.

* Source of quote: http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/haram_sharief/zamzam.html

Places to Visit in Makkah – Maqam Ibrahim (AS)


Maqam of Ibrahim (AS)

When We made the House (Ka‘bah of Makkah) a frequented place for men, and a place of peace! Make from the Station of Ibrāhīm a place of prayer. We gave the (following directive) to Ibrāhīm and Ismā‘īl (Ishmael): “Purify My House for those who are to circumambulate (make Tawāf) and those who stay in I‘tikāf, and those who bow down or prostrate themselves (in prayers).’ [Qur’an 2:125]

Maqam Ibrahim (AS) - Copyright Islamopedia
Maqam Ibrahim (AS) – Copyright Islamopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Maqam of Ibrahim (AS) is the stone on which the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) stood when building the Ka’bah. He stood on it and worked his way around the Ka’bah whilst Isma’il (AS) passed him the stones for the walls of the Ka’bah.

Copy of Ibrahim's Footprint from the Museum in Makkah - Copyright Islamopedia
Copy of Ibrahim’s Footprint from the Museum in Makkah – Copyright Islamopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of deference to Ibrahim (AS) and the task that he was undertaking, the stone became soft for him and Ibrahim’s (AS) footprint was engraved on the stone.

The stone now sits in a golden enclosure a couple of meters away from the Ka’bah. Pilgrims are required to pray behind the Maqam of Ibrahim once they have completed the Tawaf (Circumambulation) of the Ka’bah.

Places to Visit in Makkah – Al Hijr Isma’il (AS)


Al Hijr Isma’il (AS) – Sometimes Also Known as Hateem

Aisha (RA) narrated: “I wanted to enter the House (i.e. Ka’bah) and pray inside. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) took my by the hand and led me inside the Hijr and said: ‘If you want to go inside the House then pray here, for it is part of the House, but your people reduced its area when they rebuilt it.'” [Al-Nasa’i]

Al Hijr - Copyright Unknown
Al Hijr – Copyright Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

This area is the semi circular area outside of the Ka’bah located under the Mizab (the Golden Gutter of the Ka’bah). It forms part of the Ka’bah, however, was excluded from the Ka’bah when the Quraish rebuilt the Ka’bah during the time of the Prophet (SAW).

This was because they had run out of sufficient acceptable funds from good sourced to be able to complete the full building. Therefore they built as much as they were able to with the funds available and built a semi circular wall to surround the part that they had missed.

Hijr Isma'il Aka Hateem - Copyright AdminPak
Hijr Isma’il Aka Hateem – Copyright AdminPak

 

 

 

 

 

If one prays in this area it is as if you have prayed inside the Ka’bah itself.

It’s a Mercy from Allah that the Hijr was not included in the building because it now means that ordinary pilgrims such as ourselves can pray inside the Ka’bah by praying inside of the Hijr.

May Allah grant everyone Tawfiq to be able to pray in the Hijr Isma’il.

Places to Visit in Makkah – Multazam


Multazam

The Multazam is the area between the Black Stone and the Door of the Ka’bah and is another area of the Ka’bah where Dua is accepted.

Multazam - Photo Copyright Islamopedia
Multazam – Photo Copyright Islamopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prophet (SAW) made Dua in this area after the conquest of Makkah. The companions also made Du’a in this area clinging onto the Ka’bah and in some cases rubbing their bodies / faces against it.

For more photos of the Multazam, see:
http://aswjmedia.com.au/al-multazam-photos-and-information/