the hajj, or pilgrimage to makkah / mecca, is one of the five pillars of islam.
muslims of all races and tongues come together
for three days (minimum) in the month of dhul-hijjah
to worship and glorify Allah
in one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences.
listed below are many ways to celebrate hajj
and its culminating celebration, eid al-adha or the festival of the sacrifice.
eid al-adha is expected to be on or around november 27, 2009 this year.
if you appreciate this
gathering of information,
make dua’ for my family and i
on the day of arafah
that Allah gives us the good in this world,
the good in the hereafter,
and saves us from the hellfire, inshaAllah!
- make a kaba pop-up card
we followed the directions for this simple pop up.
however we used black construction paper
backed with construction paper of a contrasting color,
turned it on its side,
and added a strip of gold-glitter glue.
- read tell me about hajj book
by saniyasnain khan
- read/recite surah hajj, chapter 22 of the qur’an
- watch PBS’s muhammad, legacy of a prophet
there’s a chapter in the DVD that discusses the hajj, as well as a virtual hajj online.
- make a hajj map
- take part in a local sacrifice or zabihah
- read or listen to hajj stories
some communities have an event that allows people who have made the hajj to share their hajj-stories. if not, ask someone that you know to tell you their hajj story with you. you could even interview them and publish their story in your local muslim newspaper.
- discuss the virtues of the first 10 days of dhul-hijjah,
the 12th and last month of the islamic hijri calendar in which hajj takes place.
- discuss the pillars of hajj:
- wearing ihram,
- making tawaaf (circumambulate) around the kaba,
- going back and forth sa’i between safaa and marwaa, and
- staying on arafah.
- read stories about the history of hajj including
- the story of sa’i when hajar and baby ismail (as) are left in the desert and discover the well of zamzam
- the story of the sacrifice when Allah tells the prophet ibrahim (abraham) (as) to sacrifice his son ismail (as), including the stoning of shaytan
- the story of the building of the kabah
- the story of prophet muhammad’s (saws) hajj
- learn and recite the talbiyah
- take 3D virtual tour of the inside, outside kaba and masjid alHaram in mecca
- watch journey to mecca
- participate in a mock-hajj
many schools set up a model kaba and allow the children to dress in ihram and “make” hajj. ask your local muslim school if you can participate.
- play this “i’m learning about hajj” memory-style game
- go on hajj!
Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am.
Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners.
Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty.
Thou hast no partners.