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Hajj pilgrimage 2011: by numbers :: News !
The annual Hajj pilgrimage which will peak on Saturday as the faithful gather in the plain of Mount Arafat, outside Mecca in the kingdom’s west, is the world’s largest annual gathering.
Key numbers for the hajj this year:
- – An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims are gathering in Mecca this year – 1.8 million from abroad and 700,000-800,000 from inside Saudi Arabia.
- – Every Muslim country has a hajj quota of 1,000 pilgrims per million inhabitants and the biggest contingent – 200,000 pilgrims – will come from Indonesia.
- – Saudi Arabia is deploying some 63,000 security forces, including 3,500 anti-riot policemen backed by 450 armoured vehicles, while the civil defence is deploying 22,000 forces and 6,000 vehicles.
- – Some 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around Mecca’s Grand Mosque and 29 police stations will be open to serve the holy places.
- – Some 20,000 health workers have been mobilised to cope with any emergency and five rescue helicopters also have been readied to serve the faithful.
- – More than 12,000 male and female guides known as “mutawif” help organise the pilgrims’ stay.
- – The Grand Mosque at the centre of Mecca, where pilgrims gather to pray and circle the cubic Kaaba building, covers 368,000 square meters (3,961,119 square miles) and can hold more than 1.5 million people.
- – The Kaaba rests on a marble base and is built from granite, and has a door made from 280 kilos (616 pounds) of pure gold. The black silk kiswa covering, made anew every year, is embroidered with holy phrases using 150 kilos (330 pounds) of gold and silver thread.
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IslamGreatReligion Teams wishes Eid-Ul-Adha Mubarak !!! – The festival of Sacrifice
“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Qur’an 16:120-121)
And when he (Ibrahim Peace be upon him) attained to working with him, he said: O my son! surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see. He (Ismaeil) said: O my father! do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones. [Noble Quran, 37:102]
**Subhanallah!! What the obedient slaves, here we are NOT willing to just sacrifice our worldly desires!!**
Imagine If we were asked to slaughter our son every year ??
Would we be able to obey Allah then?
when we are not willing to just answer the 5 times call : come to prayer
O’ Allah – forgive us and our sins, indeed u are most merciful..
Eid Al-Adha – the celebration of the sacrifice. And this is the season of Hajj – when the Muslims have come from around the world to the house of Allah in humility and submission.
Concerning the act of sacrifice, Allah (S.W.T) says: “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” (Al-Hajj chapter 22, verse 37).
Allah has qualified sacrifice as an act that demonstrates TAQWA (piety, God consciousness). And why does sacrifice do this? How does the sacrifice of an animal demonstrate piety?
The essential element here is that Allah asks man to give something – an animal that he owns, for no reason other than Allah has commanded it. Now many of us would say that sacrificing a sheep does not take very much Taqwa, and this is where the story of Ibrahim comes in, because the sacrifice that we do, is really application of what he had commanded to do.
Concerning what happened to Ibrahim, Allah says that: “Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial.” (As-Saffat chapter 37, verse 106).
We know that Ibrahim had a deep longing for a righteous son, and Allah gave him one – and yet, just as that son begins to blossom, begins to grow into a young man, Ibrahim is asked to sacrifice him. And this is not the first time – as soon as Ismail was born Ibrahim was commanded to leave Ismail and his mother in the desert. So this is the second time that Allah has tested Ibrahim with his love for this child. But this trial is even more severe than the first, because previously, although Ibrahim had to leave them, he still had the comfort of knowing Allah would care for them, and he did have the chance to visit them. But this time he is with the trial of actually separating himself permanently from his beloved son. What does this tell us?
It reminds us that each of us will be tried in that which is most beloved to our hearts. For what is the purpose of a trial other than to test how attached your heart is to Allah. And one of the best ways to test that is take away whatever you love the most next to Allah. In this situation a person can have two responses – if the love they had for the created thing was greater than their love for the creator, they will fall into despair; because the thing that filled their heart has been taken away. But if their love for the creator is greater than anything and that is what fills their heart, they will find comfort in knowing that the promise of Allah is true and that there will come a time that they will be rewarded for their patience. Therefore, Ibrahim’s willingness to complete the command of Allah, in spite of the fact that it would separate him from what he loves shows how great his love for Allah is. If Ibrahim had been ruled by emotions or had valued his own intellect over the command of Allah he would have begun questioning –WHY? Or even giving up thinking that the test was too hard and falling into disobedience. But no, this is Ibrahim The Khalil, the close friend of Allah. And the one who is close to Allah is the one that recognizes the greatness of Allah over his creation, and the one that submits to him without hesitation, without giving second thought about Allah’s commands. And this is the description that Allah has given to all true believers:
“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision.” (Al-Ahzab 33:36)
And this is what Ibrahim knew. This is what Ibrahim understood. And this is what Ibrahim acted upon. This is what made Ibrahim the Khalil (The close friend) of Allah. This is what made Ibrahim an example for us to follow. So the question I would ask to every one of us,
Are we really believers when we find resistance in our hearts to the commands of Allah? …
… But their story does not end there – Allah continues:
“Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead; And We called out to him: ‘O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream!’ Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinoon.” (As-Saffat chapter 37, verses103 – 105).
So the fulfilment of the dream was that both Ibrahim and Ismail submit to Allah and prepare themselves to carry out his command – once they did this, Allah informed them that they had what he wanted. From this, we see further evidence of what Allah has told us in Surah Ash-Sharh:
“Verily, along with every hardship is relief, Verily, along with every hardship is relief”
When they had both submitted themselves to the will of Allah, the trial was lifted. This should tell us that in any trial our first sense should be to discover what Allah wants us to learn, and then work to bring that change about in ourselves. The purpose of these trials is not to cause pain,
“Allah intends for you ease. He does not want to make things difficult for you.” (AlBaqarah 2:185) and yet at the same time, we will be tested, as Allah says:
“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars.”
This is the essence of our religion. This is Islam. If we call ourselves Muslims, this level of submission is something we must strive to prove.
So this Eid is a reminder of the essence of submission. What Ibrahim did is what we must do:
Submit to the commands of Allah, and obey him. Wherever that command finds us, in whatever condition, the response of our hearts must be submission.
And if you prove this submission for Allah, look what Allah will prepare for you
“And the Garden, (paradise) will be brought nigh to the Righteous,- no more a thing distant. (A voice will say:) “This is what was promised for you,- for every one who turned (to Allah. in sincere repentance, who kept (His Law), “Who feared ((Allah)) Most Gracious Unseen, and brought a heart turned in devotion (to Him): “Enter ye therein in Peace and Security; this is a Day of Eternal Life!” There will be for them therein all that they wish,- and more besides in Our Presence.” (Surah Qaf 50:31-35)
Lets promise to slaughter our sins, evil intentions and wrong doings along with the animal on this eid
Finally “islamgreatreligion” wishes all its readers
Eid ul Adha Mubarak!
May Allah Accept Our prayers and sacrifice
May Allah Forgive Our Sins,and guide us on right path!
May Allah shower his finest blessing on ALL MUSLIMS around world.
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Those Who Can’t go to Mosque for Eid Prayers ?!
The Eid prayer is an individual obligation (fard ‘ayn) for every man who is able to do it, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions,
If you cannot go to the prayer because of your health, then you do not have to do anything. But is it prescribed to do it at home? There is a difference of opinion among the fuqaha’ concerning that, but the majority are of the view that that is prescribed, unlike the Hanafis.
Al-Muzni narrated from al-Shaafa’i (may Allah have mercy on him) in Mukhtasar al-Umm (8/125): He may offer the Eid prayer on his own in his house, as may the traveller, the slave and the woman. End quote.
Al-Kharashi (Maaliki) said: It is mustahabb for the one who has missed the Eid prayer with the imam to offer this prayer, but should he do it in congregation or separately? There are two opinions. End quote from Sharh al-Kharashi (2/104).
Al-Mardaawi said in al-Insaaf (Hanbali): If he has missed the prayer (meaning the Eid prayer), it is mustahabb to him to make it up in the same manner (i.e., as the imam prayed it). End quote.
Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Mughni (Hanbali): He has the choice: if he wishes he may pray it on his own, and if he wishes he may pray it in congregation. End quote.
In al-Durr al-Mukhtaar ma’a Haashiyat Ibn ‘Aabideen (2/175 – Hanafi) it says: He should not pray it on his own if he has missed it with the imam. End quote.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah favoured the Hanafi view, and it was also regarded as more correct by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him), as it says in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (5/156).
In Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Iftaa (8/306) it says: Eid prayer is a communal obligation (fard kifaayah): if it is undertaken by enough people, the sin of not doing it is waived from the rest.
If a person misses it and wants to make it up, it is mustahabb for him to do that, so he should pray it in the proper manner but without a khutbah following it. This is the view of Imam Maalik, al-Shaafa’i, Ahmad, al-Nakha’i and other scholars. The basic principle concerning that is the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “If you come to the prayer then come walking, calmly and with dignity. Whatever you catch up with, pray, and whatever you miss, make it up.” And it was narrated from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that if he missed the Eid prayer with the imam, he would gather together his family and freed slaves, then his freed slave ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Abi ‘Utbah would stand up and lead them in praying two rak’ahs, saying the takbeers in them. If a person arrives on the day of Eid when the imam is delivering the khutbah, he should listen to the khutbah, then make up the prayer after that, so that he may combine both benefits. And Allah is the source of strength. May Allah send blessings and peace upon Prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions. End quote.
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