We hope you had a great day with the family insha Allah, despite being in lockdown.
We are working on a new project and are seeking 10 groups or individuals, between the ages of around 7 and 11, to make some short Dhul Hijjah videos based on our book ‘the Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah’.
The idea is to divide the book into 10 bite size chunks to read, narrate, animate, or act out as you see fit. You can be as creative as you like.
Videos will need to feature the relevant chapters from the book in some shape or form and will need to be ready for the last week of Dhul Qa’dah to be published on your social media profiles on the designated day in Dhul Hijjah.
PDF copies of the book can be issued to those outside of the UK, with printed copies available for those taking part in the UK.
With the prospect of Hajj being cancelled this year, this could be an exciting Dhul Hijjah project to do with the kids at home to teach them about the rites and sites associated with the Hajj and the pilgrimage to Makkah.
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).
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.”
We are pleased to announce that the list of people stocking our book ‘The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah’ is gradually growing Alhamdu Lillah. You can currently order our books from the suppliers below.
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: Jamaratal 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.
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“O Prophet, Allah is sufficient for you, and the believers who followed you.” [Qur’an 8:64]
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)→
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.
The first book is currently called “The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah”. You can find some excerpts from the first draft below:
‘When you have performed the prayer, remember God, standing and sitting and on your sides. Then, when you are reassured, observe the prayer, surely the prayer is for believers a prescription at specific times.’ [Quran 4:103]
‘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]
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.