Hajj Tips: Resources for Preparing for Hajj Rites


Hajj, for many, is once in a lifetime journey. So you want to be well prepared. People think its all about the packing, no doubt it is important, but what you need to be preparing for, are two thing : Hajj Rites and Rituals and secondly the Spiritual connection with Allah and the change in you from Hajj. This post focuses on the Hajj Rites and how and where to prepare for them.

Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alayhewasallam perfomed Hajj just once in his life and he thoroughly explained each and every aspect and ritual. But now a days, with so many sects and groups..every one seems to have their own version of Hajj rituals and rites and duas. So you will have differnt people telling you many different things during Hajj and this will lead to nothing but confusion. You will not  know who is right and who is wrong. You will not know who to follow. People will be telling you things which are poles apart! So the only solution is to be well informed. Your knowledge should be deep and based on evidence so you will not waver.

Everyone wants to prove that their version is the correct and final version..but everyone seems to forget the version of Rasool Allah.. the Sunnah.. the rites taught by  Rasool Allah.. which is clearly preserved in authentic hadiths. So  Here I will list all the resources which helped me a lot in having a deep understanding and knowledge of the Hajj rites as preserved in the Sunnah. So my sincere advice for all who are going for Hajj is not to rely on secondary information given in books and lectures but to read the hadiths yourself. InshaAllah you will be fully content, happy and satisfied when you are performing Hajj and you will not be confused when you look at all those doing things differently and inviting you to it.

Hajj wa  Umrah Ki Kitab – Fiqh Al Hadith Publications(Urdu)

You can read a few pages online and see the contents here

You can buy this book from Darussalam and Al Balagh Book stores in Karachi and Islamabad.

This is the best and the most detailed book on this topic. It discusses even the wrong misconceptions and incorrect rites and rituals performed usually by many. It might be a slightly difficult read but none the less, very beneficial. One thing I must state is that it contains a detailed account with minute details, the Hajj of Rasool Allah Sallaallahu Alayhe wasallam. It was really what I was looking for and it made my Hajj all the more exciting and memorable as everyday I would read what my beloved Rasoool Sallalahu Alayhe wasallam did and when I performed the same rites in the exact same manner on the exact same day.. it was an indescribable feeling to love your Rasool is to love his Sunnah… it was, as if, I was performing Hajj with him. May Allah grant me his company in Jannah.(Ameen)









Hajj aur Umrah Kai Masail by Iqbal Kilani (urdu)

Hajj Aor Umra k Masail

The Book of Hajj and Umrah (English) by Iqbal Kilani

Available in both English and Urdu.. a very concisely written, well organized and to the point book which will make you easily understand the rites of hajj.The best thing is that every topic is given as a heading with the hadith to prove it. I would recommend reading this book first and then the Fiqh ul Hadith book. Both should be your primary resources for learning about Hajj and Umrah. Take them with you and read then frequently.

You can buy this from Darussalam Book Stores near you or even online from here


Getting the best out of Hajj by Abu Muneer Ismael Davids

Buy it online here

This is a very thorough, very detailed travel guide for Hajj. Benefited from it immensely.






Hajj and Umrah Dua Locket:

Though it doesn’t seem any different than a small book in the picture, but these are actually small cards which are spiral bound and come with a locket. You can hang this around your neck and it comes VERY handy when you are actually performing the ritual. Its not easy to keep open a big book to see what needs to be done next. So this locket with steps of Umrah and Hajj, along with the Masnoon duas.. such as dua when entering the haram, dua  when seeing the Kabah, dua when doing saee .. all are mentioned along with the steps. So it is easy to read and handle as it just hangs in your neck. This was really really helpful when we started the Umrah. Though we really studied in detail but you keep forgetting the steps, but this kept us in check if were doing the rituals in the correct order and if you are unable to memorize all the duas.. this really came in handy as the main duas for the rituals are mentioned. This is published by Al Huda but Darrussalam have also recently published a similar thing.You can buy this from Darussalam Book Stores near you or even online from here

Hajj main Chehray Ka Purdah 

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I can not recommend this book enough. There is A LOT of confusion when it comes to purdah (veiling) during hajj. There are two extremes..some would say it is haram for a woman to cover her face, some say she has to cover but the cloth must not touch her face.. neither of the veil nor can she wipe her face with a towel or keep her head on the pillow .. i.e. the pillow cover should not touch the face.. not any other cloth. Some say the sahabiyaat never covered the face.. some say they did purdah. So what is the correct opinion. and do we really need opinions or verdicts based on assumptions when we have the example of the sahabiyaat and the words of Rasool Allah. sallalahu Alayhe wasallam. All of this has been extensively discussed and the right stance made clear in this book. Please do read and share with others.Read the book here online

Collection of Dua Books

Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam has said tha DUA IS IBADAH. Unfortunatley we can not even come up with good duas, we dont know how to ask Allah and  what to ask for except for our lowly earthly needs. Fortunately Rasool Allah did not even leave this aspect of Ibadat to us and in fact left us with beautiful concise and comprehensive duas.

Highly recommended is the Dua Kijiya which is a comprehensive collection is duas. It is a bit bulky though so I also installed these books as apps on my phone as well and so instead of carrying all the books with me everywhere, I had them all in my cell phone and could easily read from them even at night or in the dark when I could not turn the lights on. You can download them from here

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Download these books as apps from here: Al Huda Apps

Books on Sunnah

Try to follow the sunnah in every aspect of your life. These two books can really help you recite the masnoon duas at their specified time and also adopt many other every day Sunnah.

Hisnul Muslim Urdu, Fortress of the Muslim (English version of Hisnul Muslim)

1000 Sunan

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So make plenty of dua that may Allah guide you to the Hajj rites and rituals which are in accordance with the Sunnah and to help you perform them without mistake and error.




Cards describing Method of Funeral Prayer and Supplications for forgiveness.
4c40b3e0d0136_49214nIn both the Harams i.e. Masjid e Haram in Makkah and Masjid e Nabawi in Medina.. after every fard prayer there is a janaza (funeral) for which the funeral prayer – namaz e janaza – salatul janaza- is offered by the Imam. Rasool Allah sallaalhu alayhe wasallam has informed us that there are huge rewards for the one who offers this salah.

“Whoever attends the janaazah until he offers the prayer will have one qeeraat (of reward), and whoever attends until (the deceased) is buried will have two qeeraats.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what are the two qeeraats?” He said, “Like two great mountains,” meaning, of reward.(Saheeh – agreed upon).

so by just praying this very short prayer for your deceased Muslim brother or sister , you gain a mountain worth of good deeds! SubhanAllah and that too in the Haram where the deeds are multiplied. So why not reap the rewards and pray the funeral prayer. It is short, simple and easy.

Before the prayer begins .. there is an announcement in arabic “As Salaatu Al al amwaat” ..literally namaz for the deceased. So you will know the salatul janaza is about to be prayed. There is no sujood in this prayer, no ruku.. you just stand.. and then say salam standing and the imam will only say the takbir out loud and the salam  and you  have to recite in between the Takbiraat. Here is how its prayed.

AllahuAkbar recite aoozobillah recite bismillah recite Surah Fatiha.. recite a small Surah then Imam will say Takbir.. say Allahuakbar recite durood  then another takbeer.. say Allahuakbar and then recite the dua e maghfirat for the deceased. Then Salam.

You will have to memorize the supplications for the deceased. There are many and you can chose any one to recite in the prayer. You can find many duas here and you can also buy the dua cards too to take with you and to distribute as well. These duas can also be found in the Dua books mentioned above.


One strange and sad thing that I observed in the Harams was that women from Pakistan India Bangladesh and also sometimes Malaysia would not offer the funeral prayer. When I asked them why.. they would say women are not allowed to pray the janaza prayer. This is a totally misconception. Just because women are not allowed to go to the graveyard, it does not mean they are also not allowed to pray the janaza pryaer. You are in the Masjid SubhaAllah! How can any prayer be forbidden just because you are a woman! Astaghfirullah! We also have clear and authentic ahadiths where the Sahabiyaat have clearly stated they they performed Janaza prayers in the masjid. Will provide the proofs in another post InshaAllah. But my sincere request is to please study you deen from the primary authentic sources and not follow what ever you hear people saying or what you heard in a bayaan or some mufti told you not to pray the janaza prayer. Please see  the teachings of Rasool Allah and the actions of the sahabiyaat.

May Allah guide us all to the pure teaching of Islam as taught by Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhe wasallam!


Hajj Tips: What to pack for Hajj


UPDATE: New Tips for Zam Zam and Arafah added!

UPDATE: More tips added for MINA AND RAMI

The first daunting task when going for Hajj is to study and learn the Hajj rites. The second  is what to pack for Hajj. Here are just a few things which really helped me during my Hajj journey which i undertook in Sep 2014.

  • Nokia (or any other) simple cell phone which has a good battery which lasts for at least two days. While in Mina-Arafah-Muzdalifah it is difficult to charge the phone and its very imp to have the phone, so you can be in touch with your mehram. Lots of people get lost, so this is very imp.
  • Small Smart Phone with Internet Sim and GPS enabled.Lots of people get lost in Mina,can’t find their tents or can’t find the way to the Jamaraat or have difficulty reaching their hotels in Azizia. Lots of energy and time is wasted. Me and my husband also got lost and trust me, people just don’t understand where you are trying to go, so they guide to the best of their knowledge.. but you get lost any ways.. so the best thing is to have a small smartphone with internet sim and GPS (There are shops on the ground floor of the Clock Tower where you can easily buy the internet sim from) to find the way from Mina to Azizia. You have to go back and forth between Azizia and Mina and get to your tent and go to the Jamaraat in the last three days of Hajj and its important to not get lost.[Please make sure to only use the net for beneficial purposes and never ever waste your time on the internet]
  • Secret Under Clothes small bag to keep your money safe on you.  You can buy this or use any other small hanging bag to keep under your ihram or abaya.
  • Shoe Bagpack: Don’t leave your slippers here and there. If you keep your slippers in nooks and corners, you will never get them back because the haram cleaners pick up and throw them away in trash. Keep this bag with you and when you enter the masjid or start tawaf, put your shoes in it and wear the bag like a bagpack.
  • Spray bottle and small towels for wudu: Keep atleast 6 or seven small towels with you. Buy a small spray bottle…you can easily buy from Bin Dawood stores around the Haram. When you are in the bus or in the masjid and its difficult to go out to do wudu, just use the spray bottle to do wudu. Keep the towels in your lap to soak up the water. This trick really was very  very useful and helped to save a lot of time taking trips to the washrooms.(Washing all the parts three times is sunnah, once is fard, so you may wash all the parts just once and your wudu will be valid. See Islam QA for details)
  • Towels for Tawaf: The best time to do tawaf is before zuhr prayer. Go around 10:30 and do as many tawafs as you can. Finish a good time before zuhr or you will never find a place to pray. (women should pray in women areas or where there are no men behind them or on the sides. The prayer is not valid if men are behind you or next to you. Their saff should be separate and ahead of the women’s saff. To find such a place women will have to leave tawaf extra early.Basement of the Haram is best for women with separate areas )However at this time the sun is shining very brightly. Take a pack of  face towels with you. Keep them in your small haram bag. Just soak the towels with water or zamzam and put them over your head. Take  bottles filled with zamzam with you  for tawaf and  InshaAllah the tawaf will be easy to do even in the scorching heat.
  • Deep Heat Spray or Cream and crepe bandages: I can not tell you how much relief these two things provided when my legs muscles were sore from walking. No matter how much you prepare..  you are never prepared.. you have to walk ALOT specially to and fro between Azizia and Mina and walk to the Jamaraat and back to your hotel.
  • Vaseline, Foot Cream, Bandage: Keep your feet in top condition.
  •  At least 12 change of clothes, Surf and hangers. Take a pack of surf and hangers. Wash your clothes and hang them to dry in the hangers in the washroom. (if you are not sharing and if you are allowed to wash clothes by the management.)
  • Abayas and Scarfs: At least seven should be taken and still you will need to wash them or get them washed.( I went for almost a month so you may take less depending on your journey duration)
  • Three sets of Ihram: Men should take three sets of Ihrams. One they will be wearing..one for changing if it gets dirty or soiled by accident.( its not easy to use the washrooms with the ihram so be extra careful)  and one extra. If you can’t take three then atleast take two. (unlike what most people think.. it is perfectly alright to change the ihram sheets while in the state of Ihram. See here)
  • Very comfortable slippers at least two and walking shoes(for ladies): If you can get rubber crocs then doing wudu would be easier.. otherwise wear rubber slippers. Make sure they don’t hurt you if you walk in them for a long period. For long distances.. like walking to Mina Tent, walking to Jamaraat and walking to azizia I always wore my comfy walking shoes with socks. Shoes would also protect you from accidentally injuring your feet. Men should also take extra slippers. They may get lost or stolen and you don’t want to walk bare-foot.
  • Honey and Cinnamon powder. You can easily buy from Bin dawood stores. Regularly drink this hot tea made by dissolving one tablespoon honey and cinnamon powder in hot water. This will prevent  flu/ cough/ allergy InshaAllah.
  • Small put spacious bagpack: This will be your everything when you leave your hotel room for haram and when you leave for Arafah and Muzdalifah from Minah.( For mina you will carry an an extra smaller bag ). This bag should be spacius enough to carry the following items:
    • Small water bottle (keep refilling with zamzam while in Haram)
    • Small travel Janamaz.(Make sure you use your janamz even in haram because the carpets might not be clean)
    • Your shoe bag. Stuff it in and take out when entering the haram to keep your shoes. Once in the masjid… tie your shoe bag to your bagpack so you don’t lose your shoes.
    • Your dua books and cards, tawaf tasbeeh, Hajj and umrah books.etc .
    • Your Hajj ID cards/ imp documents that you have to carry all the time with you.
    • Small Quran with translation.
    • Keep some amount of money in the bag and rest of the money should go into the hidden underclothes wallet. Always keep it under your clothes.
    • Dates ,dried apricots , biscuits etc for a quick snack when hungry.
    • Spray bottle and towels for wudu.
    • Extra pair of  socks.
    • Panadol, disprin some other meds you take.
    • Extra scarf pins.
    • Fragrance free soap. Cut up into small pieces and take one piece with you everytime you go to the washroom.( This is only when you are in the state of ihram)
    • Foldable small umbrella. You need to keep this with you when you go to Mina. It comes very handy and gives you shade when you are walking to Jamaraat from your tent or walking to your hotel in Azizia.

PACKING FOR MINA for the Day of Arafah and Night in Muzdalifah

On the 8th ZilHajja you will pack a small bag and travel to Mina.. spend the day there and the next morning after Fajr leave for Arafah spend the day there and then after maghrib you will leave for Muzdalifah and spend the night there. The following morning you will come back to you hotel room most probably which will be in Azizia. So the first day of Hajj you have to pack very carefully. You can not take alot of things because the space in Mina is very limited and you can not carry so much stuff to Arafah and Muzdalifah as well. Following are some things you should pack for these days which is apart from the small bagpack you are carrying.

  • Sleeping Bag or straw mat for Muzdalifah. Some nice foldable ones are compact and light to carry.
  • Inflatable or small pillow for Muzdalifah.
  • Bed sheet as mentioned below for women to cover yourself.
  • Big chaddar for mina
  • Wear slippers to Mina and keep one extra pair.
  • An extra ihram for men and an extra dress and abaya for women. (The toilets are filthy and you just can’t take the risk of accidently soiling your clothes or abayas)
  • Fragrance free soap. Cut it up into small small  pieces and take one piece with you to the washroom everytime you go.
  • Medicines like panadol, anti diarrhoeal med, primolut -N for ladies etc
  • antibacterial cream like polyfax and bandage for foot in case you get injured.
  • Quran and azkaar books. Hajj guides.
  • Cell phone.
  • Water bottle. make sure you have enough water for Muzdalifah.
  • Some dry food items like dry fruits, biscuits,dates. Do not eat alot in Mina and Muzdalifah. Do not drink tea. Avoid rich oily foods. If your group provides you with oily food and lots of tea.. plz avoid it and instead eat these dry things you carry with you. You don’t want to visit the washrooms that frequently!
  • Spray bottles and small towels for wudu.
  • wet wipes and tissues.


  • When your group takes you to your Mina Tent on 8th ZilHajj, look around…you should see a big yellowish royal palace on one of the hills in Mina. Have a good look and use this as a guide to find your tent location. Note down your Tent no, street no etc so you may easily find the way back to your tent on 10th Zilhajj. There will be no buses or any other transportation within Mina on 10th and 11th ZilHajj and you will have to walk on foot from Azizia to Mina.
  • On 10th Zilhajj, the best time to do Rami  is Chasht time.This is when Rasool Allah did Rami on the day of Qurbani. It was not very crowded InshaAllah and we did Rami easily at Chasht time.
  • For the ayaam e tashreeq (11th, 12th and 13th) time for rami is between Zhur and Maghrib and best time is before Asr(Asr as observed by the Saudis and not the hanafi time). It is not so crowded at this time InshaAllah.
  • Please also note that it is wajib to spend the day (as much as possible) and especially the nights of 10th, 11th and 12th ZilHajj in Mina, however the groups mostly arrange dinner in Azizia hotels. So the best thing to do is go to Mina at night spend the night there and stay there till zuhr. Go to do rami after zuhr and lunch. This is the best time to go and its not so crowded as well. After Rami go back to your hotel in Azizia for resting and dinner and then back to Mina at night.


  • We easily reached Arafah by bus from Azizia without much traffic jam. There was a big tent in Arafah with air coolers. However, some of the coolers were not working and most women wasted their time trying to get it fixed and arguing and bickering with each other over the coolers. Please do sabr, it may be very hot, the coolers won’t work, you might not get a very comfy place to sit. Do SABR and keep yourself busy in azkaar. Do not talk and gossip.
  • The environment inside the Arafah tent was more like a party. Free tea, laban, juices and drinks… please avoid drinking and eating alot. The toilet arangments in Muzdalifah are not so great and you have to spend the entire night there…most probably without using the toilet or standing in a queue waiting for your turn. If the enviroment in the Arafah tent is party-like ,please leave the tent and go outside and take your fold able umbrella to give yourself shade and make dua intensely. THIS IS HAJJ. Make the most of it. There is a Hajj Khutbah from Masjid e Nimrah at Zuhr. Often the meal is served at Khutbah time in your tent and there is no arrangment for listening to the khutbah. delay eating and tune in to the radio (on your cell phone using headphone) to listen to the Hajj Khutbah- which is in Arabic, even if you don’t understand it! It is Masnoon to listen to the khutbah.


  • DON’T BUY pre-filled zamzam cans! It may not be zamzam. Fill it yourself.
  • Don’t drink anything else other than zamzam while you are in Haram. It keeps you healthy and strong and minimizes the trips to the toilet. This is my personal experience.
  • Buy a large plastic water bag which you can easily stuff in your bag. When you are going back to Azizia or to your hotel, fill up this bag (it can hold 6 liters and you can buy this from bin dawood) from the zamzam coolers which are placed outside the new building. It’s not very crowded there. This way you will only drink zamzam even in your hotel room.
  • Take this zamzam filled bag  with you when you are travelling to Medinah and/or Azizia for good.
  • At the airport,when you are going back home, unfortunately, zam zam cans get stolen.. to avoid this buy the 5 lit or 10 lit can, whichever has been allowed by your airline(This is V imp or they won’t let you take the zamzam if its not the amount which they have allowed) and pack it in a box or a bag so it is not identifiable from outside.That way your zam zam cans will not get stolen as no one will know what’s inside.

The Following tips are for women.

  • Bedsheet : To cover yourself in Mina and Muzdalifah. Especially in Muzdalifah, if you don’t have a tent, you are out in the open and lots of men can be around you, so cover  yourself with a big sheet or best is to buy a travelling tent for sleeping in.
  • Big Chaddar for Mina: The tents for women in Mina are usually separate, how ever men keep poking their head in to look for their mehrams and sometimes the tent door is not properly closed. It can get very hot in the Mina tent.. the ACS are there but they usually stop working or breakdown, so you can’t stay in the abaya all the time so take a big chaddar with you to keep yourself covered but comfortable  in Mina
  • Long loose abayas for Masjid e Haram: Front closed, long and flowing abayas were good for the Haram because you have to walk with lots of men around you. Sometimes even way before the Salah begins …people just come and sit in the Masjid courtyard and there is very less place to walk or you have to walk with men sitting all around the path. I also wore socks to cover my feet and also wore sunglasses. My abaya sleeves were long enough to cover my hands as well. I felt much comfortable totally covered. Sadly men have totally forgotten the command to keep their eyes lowered and they stare at whatever is visible to them.(even hands feet and eyes) I was totally comfortable in my long flowing abaya, dark glasses and socks. Alhamdulillah.
  • Shorter Abays for Mina, Arafah and Muzdalifah: Shorter Abayas which are not very flowey and do not drag on the ground with simple sleeves are much more preferable in the days of Hajj because the streets are not very clean in Mina and especially the small corridors between the tents are not clean at all. They are easier to manage in the washroom as well.
  • Pack of scarf pins, scarf clips, hair clips and hair bands: we all know how many just get lost… so take a pack. Don’t waste your time looking for and buying them from shops. Often the quality is also very bad and price too much.
  • Eid Clothes: Don’t forget Eid and pack some new or nice clothes to dress up on Eid.But plz dont ruin your Hajj by going infront of Na-Mehrams with truck loads of makeup jewellery and nice clothes. Start wearing the abaya my dear sisters.. cover your beauty and obey Allah happily.
  • Scissors: For cutting you hair after the umrah and tawaf e ziarah. Plz dont cut your hair in an open public space. Come back to your room and then cut your hair to exit the state of Ihram.


Most of all keep making dua to Allah to make this trip easy for you.. to provide you His help throughout the journey and accept your Hajj and all your ibadaat.

May Allah accept from me and you. Ameen

What did the Sahaba and Tabieen say about Music?

 Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِينٌ

“And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allah without knowledge and who takes it in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment”

(Surah Luqman Verse 6)

What does Lahwal Hadeeth mean in this verse?

Let see what the Scholar Sahaba had to say about this verse:

Abdullah bin Mas’ud (r) (One of the greatest Sahabi and amongst the most knowledge able of the Quran) was asked, ‘What does lahv al-hadith mean in this verse ?” He said thrice emphatically. ‘By God! it means singing.” (Ibn Jarir, Ibn Abi Shaibah. Hakim, Baihaqi).

The scholar of the ummah,Abdullah  Ibn ‘Abbaas (r)[ The son of the uncle of Rasool Allah ] said: this means singing.

Lets see what the Tabieen (the generation after the) had to say about Lahval Hadeeth.

Mujaahid ibn Jabr (a tabai, student of ibn Abbas and the earliest Scholar of the Ummah) said: this means playing the drum (tabl). (Tafseer al-Tabari, 21/40).

Al-Hasan al-Basri (a famous tabai and a great scholar ) said: this aayah was revealed concerning singing and musical instruments (lit. woodwind instruments). (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/451).

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The interpretation of the Sahaabah and Taabi’in, that ‘idle talk’ refers to singing, is sufficient.

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Among my ummah there will certainly be people who permit zinaa, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” (Bukhari)



Abdullah ibn Masood r

Abdullah ibn Abbas r

Mujahid ibn Jabr rh

Hasan Al Basri rh

Mushriks of Makkah used singing and story telling to distract people from the Quran.

Mushriks of Makkah used singing and story telling to distract people from the Quran.

When the disbelievers of Makkah could not stop the message of the Holy Prophet from spreading in spite of their best efforts, Nadr bin Harith said to the people of Quraish:  Look! I will tell you how to deal with him.”

Then he left Makkah for Iraq and managed to get from there legends and tales about the kings of Iran and Rustam and Isfandyar and started to arrange tale-telling parties to distract the people from the Qur’an and to absorb them in the tales.

And according to Ibn ‘Abbas, Nadr had bough singing girls also for the purpose. Whenever he heard that someone was coming under the Prophet’s influence, he would impose a singing girl on him with the instruction: “Feed him and entertain him with your songs so that he is absorbed in you and distracted from the other side(Quran/Islam).”

[This is narrated in the earliest written Seerah of Muhammad (s) Sirat ibn Hisham who wrote it from ibn Ishaq] See Tafheemul Quran by Maulana Modudi here

The movies, soaps, dramas, concerts, cinemas, singing, CDS of today is what Nadr did 1400 years ago. Is this not enough for us to stop indulging in Music Movies Dramas and soaps?

Honour Killings have nothing to do with Islam.

“It was eerily silent and dark when he finally reached home after a long tiring journey.He eagerly entered his house, relieved to be home after so long. As he took off his shoes,he heard some strange noises in his room. Could it be a burglar… he thought, as he tiptoed into his room.But when he entered the dimly lit room, he was shocked to see his wife with another man,doing the unthinkable!”

If you read this in a news paper you would know what happened next. He picked up his axe or a bat or a gun or whatever he could find and he killed them both to save his honor. A typical case of honor killing so prevalent in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not only is it a brutal violent crime, but the name of Pakistan is maligned and my beautiful religion of Islam is dragged down into the mud as well. As if Islam is to blame. As if Islam promotes this kind of revenge or honor killing! As If Islam wants to kill women.

So today lets just see what Allah Subhanawa tala The Most Wise,The Most Merciful has to say to say about it.

It so happened that such a case was brought in front of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). A man came to him and said that I returned home at night and saw my wife with another man. I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes (their act of fornication).

At that time only the verses related to fornication had been revealed. In order to punish someone,four witnesses         ( who saw them in the act) were needed. If four witnesses were not produced, then the one accusing would be punished by lashing. (for accusing a chaste person without proof).

So when the man came to him, Prophet Muhammad (s) was going to have him flogged (due to lack of witnesses) but then Allah Subhana Watala revealed the following verses:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَيَدْرَؤُاْ عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَن تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ حَكِيمٌ

And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah that he is one of those who speak the truth.) (7. And the fifth (testimony); invoking of the curse of Allah on him if he be of those who tell a lie.) (8. But she shall avert the punishment from her, if she bears witness four times by Allah, that he is telling a lie.) (9. And the fifth; should be that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaks the truth.) (10. And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy on you! And that Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, the All-Wise.

Al Quran: Surah Nur: Verse 6 – 10

The following is the event described in detail from Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

Hilal bin Umayyah came back from his lands at night and found a man with his wife. He saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears, but he did not disturb him until the morning. In the morning he went to the Messenger of Allah and said, `O Messenger of Allah, I came to my wife at night and found a man with her, and I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears.’ The Messenger of Allah did not like what he had said and got very upset. The Ansar gathered around him and said, `We were being tested by what Sa`d bin Ubadah said, and now the Messenger of Allah will punish Hilal bin Umayyah and declare his testimony before people to be unacceptable.’ Hilal said: `By Allah, I hope that Allah will make for me a way out from this problem.’ Hilal said, `O Messenger of Allah, I see how upset you are by what I have said, but Allah knows that I am telling the truth.’ By Allah, the Messenger of Allah wanted to have him flogged, but then Allah sent revelation to His Messenger . When the revelation came upon him, they knew about it from the change in his face, so they would leave him alone until the revelation was finished. Allah revealed the Ayah:

﴿وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ﴾

(And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah…,) Then the revelation was finished and the Messenger of Allah said,

«أَبْشِرْ يَا هِلَالُ فَقَدْ جَعَلَ اللهُ لَكَ فَرَجًا وَمَخْرَجًا»

(Rejoice, O Hilal, for Allah has made a way out for you.) Hilal said, `I had been hoping for this from my Lord, may He be glorified.’ The Messenger of Allah said:

«أَرْسِلُوا إِلَيْهَا»

(Send for her.) So they sent for her and she came’

The Messenger of Allah recited these Ayahs to them both, and reminded them that the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe than the punishment in this world. Hilal said, `By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, I have spoken the truth about her.’ She said, `He is lying.’ The Messenger of Allah said,

«لَاعِنُوا بَيْنَهُمَا»

(Make them both swear the Li`an.) So Hilal was told, `Testify.’ So he testified four times by Allah that he was one of those who speak the truth. When he came to the fifth testimony, he was told, `O Hilal, have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

He said, `By Allah, Allah will not punish me for it, just as He has not caused me to be flogged for it.’ So he testified for the fifth time that the curse of Allah would be upon him if he was telling a lie.

Then it was said to his wife, `Testify four times by Allah that he is telling a lie.’ And when his wife reached the fifth testimony, she was told, `Have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

She hesitated for a while, and was about to admit her guilt, then she said: `By Allah, I will not expose my people to shame, and she swore the fifth oath that the wrath of Allah would be upon her if he was telling the truth.’ Then the Messenger of Allah separated them, and decreed that her child should not be attributed to any father, nor should the child be accused, and whoever accused her or her child, they would be subject to punishment.

He also decreed that ﴿Hilal﴾ was not obliged to house her or feed her, because they had not been separated by divorce, nor had he died and left her a widow. He said,

«إِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أُصَيْهِبَ (أُرَيْسِحَ) حَمْشَ السَّاقَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِهِلَالٍ، وَإِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أَوْرَقَ جَعَدًا جُمَالِيًّا خَدَلَّجَ السَّاقَيْنِ سَابِغَ الْأَلْيَتَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِلَّذِي رُمِيَتْتِبهِ»

(If she gives birth to a red-haired child (with skinny thighs) and thin legs, then he is Hilal’s child, but if she gives birth to a curly-haired child with thick legs and plump buttocks, then this is what she is accused of.) She subsequently gave birth to a child who was curly-haired with thick legs and plump buttocks, and the Messenger of Allah said,

«لَوْلَا الْأَيْمَانُ لَكَانَ لِي وَلَهَا شَأْنٌ»

(Were it not for the oath that she swore, I would deal with her.)’


SubhanAllah!  He saw his wife in the dead of the night fornicating with another man. Imagine the utmost patience he displayed. He waited till the morning to come to Prophet Muhammad (s) and see Allah’s mercy … He revealed in His guidebook, guideline for the extreme of the cases. SubhanAllah! So many lessons from this case of this Sahabi (ra).

So in an extreme case, where a man himself sees his wife with another man, even then he is NOT allowed to take the law into his own hands. He can not harm or kill them.He will not fly into a rage and do as he pleases. He will bring his wife to the judge. There he will take an oath in Allahs name four times that he saw what he saw. Then his wife is allowed to declare her innocence (or accept the crime if she fears Allah). She also takes oath four times that her husband is lying. In the fifth oath she will invoke Allah’s curse on her own self incase she is lying. After this , they are divorced and she is also given her due mahr. She is not labelled as a fornicator. She is considered innocent.

Such is the care and justice for women in Islam. She is protected  and given benefit of  doubt whether she is guilty or whether she is innocent. Such is Allah’s mercy.

Who says women have no rights in Islam?? and for all those who scream that a woman’s testimony is not equal to a mans’ in Islam… read the verses again. In this case, her testimony ALONE suffices for her. SubhanAllah Allahu Akbar.!

All that honor killing and the karo kari nonsense that you hear and read about is NOT ISLAM. In many parts of our country, even if a girl is seen speaking to a boy , she is killed in the name of honor. If a man, even as much as suspects his wife of having an affair, he kills her in the name of honor. If daughters have boyfriends.. the parents think they have the  option of honor killing! NAY that is NOT SO. Honour killings have nothing to do with Islam. It is cultural.It is murder, pure and simple and on the day of judgement, the first crime Allah will account will  be murders. Please do not confuse culture with Islam. Everything thing that occurs in a so-called-Muslim-Country is not according to the Quran.

May Allah guide us and our nation towards understanding the Quran and implementing it in our lives. Ameen.

Read  the details of these verses in Tafsir Ibn Kathir here.

Dawrah e Quran Ramadan 2013 Karachi

Daura-e-Qur’an arranged by Huma Najam’s Al Ilm Institute
Speaker Aiasha Amir In Urdu

Duration:1st Ramadan to 27th Ramadan – 7 days a week

Time:11:30am to 1:30pm. IA.

Venue: Naziha’s, 3A/2, 2nd North Street, Phase.1, DHA.

Contact: 0300 2513002

(Note: Huma Najam herself is not doing this Dawrah e Quran)

Dawrah e Quran by Safiya Khan

At D.H.A Creek Club, Mehran Hall

Time: 10:00 – 12:30


Ramadan Activity Book – Free!

A very creative Ramadan Activity Book by an 11 year old Pakistani Homeschooler.

The Homeschool Buzz

Here is a small gift from us – an activity book for children 5-7 years which will in sha Allah help them in learning about Ramadan, fasting etc.

This is Hadi’s work at 11 years. May Allah make her use her abilities seriously in His cause as she grows up.

Ramadhan Book


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Story of Prophet Muhammad and the First Wahi for Young Children

Assalamu Alaykum,

This was one of the first stories I narrated to my daughter when she turned 3. I kept the story simple and to the point. My focus is on Allahs love and mercy therefore I refrained from mentioning death. After hearing this story a number of times, soon she memorized the names of all the important personalities in the life of our beloved Prophet Sallallahu alayhe wasallam and also the first few verses of Surah Alaq.

I wrote down what I narrate to her and this is for the parents to read and narrate in their own words. Add lots of emotions and voice variations to make the story interesting and capture the imagination of the young child. Make sure to recite the Quranic Ayahs with proper tajweed and soon your little one will memorize it too.

May Allah accept this small endeavour from me and make it beneficial to all Muslim parents out there.

Just for inspiration and some laughs (you will know why when you listen) I am sharing this voice clip of me narrating this story when Aaminah was 3 years old.


Umm Aaminah

Storyof Birth Of Prophet Muhammad and the First Wahi

Story of Ashaab e Kahf for Young Children


Assalamu Alaykum,
I have been narrating Stories from the Quran to my daughter since she was 3 years old. She is 4.5 now MashaAllah.

I used to narrate story of the Ashab e Kahf to her on fridays. I also love this Surah and tremendously enjoy its recitation by Mishari Rashid. I love to recite it as well.  Recently I started including actual verses of the Quran into the story of  Ashaab e Kahf.

She enjoyed the story tremendously MashaAllah and quickly memorized the dua of Ashab e Kahf. I decided to write down the story I narrate to her so other parents can benefit from it as well InshaAllah. May Allah accept from me.

Instead of the usual long long time ago beginning, i decided to narrate it as a Seerah event.How Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam was asked about Ashab e Kahf by the Makkans. This will  InshaAllah result in developing a strong attachment and love for Muhammad sallahualayhe wasallam.

This story is meant to be narrated by the parent. It would be best for the parent to read this story, memorize the verses and narrate them in their own words, full of emotions. If the child is young, some details can be skipped. I hope you will find the story beneficial.

UntitledDownload pdf: The Ashaab e Kahf


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Simple Moon Phases for Kids


I wanted to teach Aaminah about the Moon Phases last Ramadan, but I could not find anything simple and age appropriate.  She was 3 and a half last Ramadan. So I made the Moon Phases myself.  and I updated the file this year  and we did the moon phases again. Aaminah really enjoyed the activity. She now knows the names of a few phases of the moon MashaAllah. She explained the moon phases to her father after we did the chart. At night we also used a torch and balls to understand why the moon has phases.

These are the pics from last year.








Here are the pics from this year.

You can download the pdf file for the Moon Phases  here :SimpleMoonPhasesChart

You have the option to print out a colorful Earth or a black and white one  to color in. You can also skip printing the sun and make one large sized one  yourself.


Will be doing an activity soon using these Moon Phases Cards

MoonPhasesCardsDownload pdf:MoonCards

Stories from the Quran for 3 -5 year olds


After Aaminah turned 3, I started narrating to her bed time stories of the the Prophets. I did not use any book, but just made it up myself to make it age appropriate. In the beginning I would keep it very short with minimum details and then add more and more details considering her age . She is 4.6 now Masha Allah and she knows the basics of the stories of Adam,Nooh,Younus,Ibrahim,Yaqoob and Yusuf ,Musa, Haroon,, Esa alayhim salam and Muhammad (sallalahu alayhe wasallam). I plan to add more and more details as she grows up and introduce other Quranic stories and stories of the Sahaba later.

Before I started narrating the stories, she was already aware of Who and Where Allah SubhanaWatala is. Allah is our Rabb..Who created us, who gave us eyes and hands and feet, who provides us with food and water and all delicious things to eat, Allah makes us grow big, from being a little baby to a big girl. He is our creator, provider and sustainer.

I began with the story of creation of how Allah created everything out of nothing and he created the angels from light and jinns from fire then he created Adam from clay. Then how iblees did not bow down and then how they all were sent down to earth.

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Islamic Learning at home…

A few days ago, while we were eating , I was telling Aaminah some story and we were discussing Jannah and how all the Prophets will be there and we will see Allah InshaAllah.. all of a sudden Aaminah blurted out… I am shy. I asked her shy of what…she said “shy of going up!”

While a few  Fridays back ..Aminah came to me and said “Mama….can I have the Quran?” Why…I ask. “I want to teach huzaifah” comes the reply.



While just this Friday while reading Surah Kahf, she came up to me and said I also want to see,so I recited Surah Kahf for her and then tried to simply explain to her what it meant. I pointed out various words… Kahf, she already knows the story of the people of the cave, so I recited the ayahs explained that to her again. When I reached the part about DhulQarnain, I told her that he was a King, but he was a Muslim who did good deeds so he helped  others. So explained that some people called Yajuj Majuj would come down the mountains and destroy everything so DhulQarnain built a very very big strong wall. SubhanAllah.. she said they can break it with a hammer! I then explained to her that when night comes they would get tired and say we will do it tomorrow, but they did nott say InshaAllah.. so Allah covers up the hole in t he wall and so the next day they have to try and break it all over again.

Story of Ashab e Kahf in Arabic (Flash) here

Story of the Seven Sleepers on Kids Land


Medina Media Gallery – Centre for Research and Studies in Medina

Another must visit place in Medina. It is located to the north of Masjid e Nabawi in a building known as Dawoodiah Centre . It is around 20 minutes walking distance from Roza e Rasool sallallahu alayhe wasallam. It has an amazing miniature model of the present day Masjid e Nabawi showing the exact no of pillars, the name of the important pillars as well as the location of the mimbr and the mehrab and the Riadh ul Jannah. It also displays what it is like inside the Green Dome, showing the walls, the lead underground barrier in the shape of a circle as well as the location of the Roza e Rasool, Abu Bakr and Umar (ra)

This centre also contains a beautifully detailed model of the battle of uhud and trench so absolutely amazing that you will feel like you are right there in the battle field. It  also has models of the original design of the Masjid  Nabawi as it was in the first year of hijra, after change of qibla and after the expansion. However these models are very simple clay models, unlike the beautifully detailed  models in Darul Medina Museum. This museum is a MUST visit. It is an enlightening time travel experience!

Another important model was that of Jannatual Baqi. There was some models of the important Masajids as well.

Outside the Medina Media Gallery… aka Centre for Research and Studies in Al Medina


Chart showing the inside of the sacred chamber  – the Roza e Rasool (s)


Another chart showing the out side grill and the location of the resting place of Prophet Muhammad s, Abu Bakr and Umar (r). In order to keep it different from the square shaped Kabah, Umar bin Abdul Aziz had a wall made around it with a triangle at the bottom side, so it does not stay in the shape of  a square, resembling the Kaabah.



Miniature model of the current Masjid e Nabawi, showing the out grills of the sacred chamber, the room of Fatima to the left, the mimbar, the mehrab, and the pillars.

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My visit to Muthaf Dar Al Medina – Dar Al Medina Museum

Have you ever wondered how Makkah was when Ibrahim (AlahisSalam) left  Hajar all alone there. How was the masjid Nabawi, the first time it was made by our Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam and the  Sahaba? How and where were the hujurat and rooms of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad? How was the masjid re-done after the Qibla was changed from Jerusalem to Makkah….

If so, then be ready for an unforgettable journey back in time, witness the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad unfold in front of  your own eyes. Live and breathe as if you were living in the era of Rasool Allah salllhu alayhe wasalam.

After the two Harams – this is the best place you will ever visit. The Muthaf Dar Al Medina aka Dar Al Medina Museum.

This museum is very small part of a mega project in Medina called the Knowledge Economic City.


This mega city, which is still in its initial stages of development, is located 5km from masjid e nabawi.


However, it is not close by and you will have to hire a Taxi. Another problem was that no taxi driver knew about this place, as it is recently developed and add to that that they do not understand any other language except for Arabic. So.. what I did was to write down the address of the Museum on paper and then asked the taxi driver to take you there. It will be a very desolated area with not many buildings at all… so you should be able to see the ‘fancy’ dome shaped building of the Knowledge Economic City and its signboards and logos. Don’t depend on the taxi driver to take you,instead have a good look at these photos and the KEC Website, copy their address and make a lot of dua that the Taxi driver is able to take you there. InshaAllah

Secondly, it has an entry fee as well. I have forgotten how much it was.. but I think it was around 20Riyal.

Inside the KEC main building, there was a beautiful gallery of enlarged photos of the two harams as well as beautiful miniature models of the houses and villas being constructed there called the dar al Jewar. We were only  interested in seeing the Museum but we reached there at 9:00 and the Museum opens at 10:00. So we spent one hour looking at the beautiful gallery and the models of the villas displayed there.


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This is the entrance to the museum which is located inside the main building. It opens at 10:00
This is the model of Masjid e Nabawi in the first year of hijrah.

The Masjid was built on a land opposite to the house of  Abu Ayub Al Ansari. RasulAllah s paid 10 gold dinars  for purchasing the land. Some amount was also contributed by Abu Bakr As Siddiq r.

As you can see, this model is beautifully done  with exceptional detail with trees, palm leaves roof and sand and pillars. In the first year of Hijra, the Qible was Baitul Muqaddas, which is to the north of Medina. So the Masjid was constructed with the prayer are to the north ( the large shed made of leaves and supported by palm tree trunk pillars. The Ashab e Suffah area was to the south and on the south right side you can see two rooms. The first belonged to Aisha r and the one next to it belonged to Fatima (ra)

There were 3 doors, one to the south, one to the west called Bab e Rehma and one to the east through with Prophet Muhammad s entered. The original mosque was  a rectangular enclosure of 30 m × 35 m (98 ft × 115 ft) at a height of 2 m.

The columns were made of Palm tree trunks and roof of palm branches which was later covered by mud to prevent rain water from leaking in.

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