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Dhul Hijjah Videoathalon Part II


#DhulHijjahVideoathalon Part II. 

Share your thoughts, memories, and stories of Hajj, Makkah, and Madina during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah and bring the spirit of Hajj to those not able to go this year due to Covid-19. 

All you have to do is share your photos, videos, journals etc and hashtag #DhulHijjahVideoathalon with a tag to @islamopedia. 

It’s as simple as that. 

Looking forward to your contributions insha Allah. 

Was Salam 

Dhul Hijjah Videos Collaboration


Eid Mubarak. 

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. 

The idea is a pretty simple one (I hope!)

I provide you with a free PDF copy of a chapter from our book ‘the Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah’ that you will use it to make a video with your child to post on social media in the month of Dhul Hijjah. 

The video could be as simple as your child reading the book to a virtual audience like they do in children’s stories on shows like Cbeebies or you could be more creative and get them to act it out with their siblings or even use toys at home to act it out if you don’t want to show their faces. 

More information on the book with links to reviews and excerpts can be found below:


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. 

If interested please get in touch with us on mail@islamopedia.co.uk or DM us on social media. 

We look forward to collaborating with you insha Allah. 

Please share with anyone you think might be interested.

Jazak Allahu Khair.

Abu Zaynah

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’

Stockists of Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah

Assalamu Alaykum,

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.

Amazon UK



Daybreak Press USA


Readit Canada

Islamopedia UK

If you are a bookshop interested in stocking our book, please contact us via islamopedia@gmail.com

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah



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



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

Ayeina Cover

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:


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:


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


The book is available via the following outlets:

Amazon UK




Daybreak Press USA


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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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

Ayeina Cover

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