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Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and remains the spiritual  highlight of any Muslim's life. This column records the advice , tips and insights of various Hujjaaj who have completed the sacred journey.

Hajj Advice -Shaheda Bassier

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Majedi and Shaheda have been married for many years, they have a daughter Khadeeja (22) and two sons, Naasir (19) and Ihsaan (15).

Year Hajj performed    :    2009
Accompanied by     :    Husband, Mohamed Majedi, and son, Naasir
Travel Group    :    Flywell (Usman Ahmed)
Hajj classes attended    :     Imam Dr Rashied Omar, Claremont Main Road Mosque


Hajj Advice Shaheed Essop

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Shaheed and Noha, married for 6 years, have been blessed with 2 children Yaseen (5yrs) and Zahra (2yrs). Shaheed is a qualified Quantity Surveyor working for a major financial institution and Noha runs her own marketing business.

Year Hajj performed    :    2008
Age    :    34
Accompanied by     :    Wife, Noha
Travel Group    :    Al-Anwar
Accomodation in Makkah    :    Ajyad Makkah
Accomodation in Medinah    :    Movenpick
Other cities visited    :    Istanbul in Turkey, and Jeddah


Basic facts on Qurbaan & Qurbaan Services

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What is Qurbaan
Qurbaan is a sacrifice that is offered at the time of Eid al-Adha to show gratitude towards Allah (swt) and to provide for the poor and needy.  The Prophet Muhammad (saws) was once asked by his Companions: "O Prophet of Allah! What is this qurbani?" He replied, "It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim (as)." (Hadith - Ibn Majah).

Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an: "It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." (Qur'an 22:37). Qurbaan has been performed from the time of Ibrahim (AS) and commemorates also Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, who was replaced by an animal at the time of sacrifice.

On Whom is Qurbaan Wajib

Qurbaan is wajib on every Muslim who is of sound mind, mature (who has reached the age of puberty). Qurbani is not incumbent on a child or an insane person whether they own wealth or not, nor is it wajib upon their guardians to perform it on their behalf.

Hajj: 5 Days Guide

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From the Desk of Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias

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1.) Travel light.

Answers to the Arkaans of Hadj

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1. Islam

2. Absolutely compulsory

3. 6

4. Invalid

5. ‘Arafah

6. First

7. 9th

8. Stay at Mina

9. Talbiyah (labbyk)

10. Ifaadah

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