Islamic Book Reviews

7 Recommended Books about Hajj

The hajj

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj together with Shahadah, Salah, Zakat and Sawn are the five pillars of Islam. Hajj is an annual gathering of the Muslims made to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The Hajj is a time to show a total submission to Allah. It is a time to reflect and consecrate ones intentions both outwardly and inwardly. To understand everything needed to know about Hajj, some of the following Islamic books can be recommended.

It is not enough to hold onto the knowledge you’ve received from your Arabic schools, and scholars around you. Hence, it is important for everyone to get their hands on these books about Hajj, so that they can understand what Hajj truly entails and what is expected of them.

Muslim hajj

The Hajj books provide a realistic view of Hajj as it is today, with detailed explanations of all the rites. It provides Figh related issues about Hajj, Salah and personal behavior according to the Quran and Sunnah, to enable you to obtain the best value for your time spent in the holy cities.

It also provides information and suggestions about planning for the journey, what to expect and how to survive, so you can depart with full confidence. This is a must have for all those planning to go on Hajj.

Companion of Hajj: Your Step by Step Guide to Perform Hajj Correctly

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Author: Mufti Ikram ul Haq who is the resident Imam of Masjid Al-Islam in North Smithfield, RI and the founding president of Fatwa Center of America. “Companion of Hajj is authored by one of the most renowned contemporary scholars of Islam ‘Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani”.

This book is, without any doubt, the most authentic on the subject. It provides practical guidance to help a pilgrim perform the rituals of Hajj and Umrah correctly and conveniently.

Make sure you get a hold of this book before your pilgrimage, if you want to make the most of your Hajj experience.

Hajj and Umrah Guide Hajj and Umrah Made Easy

A one-of-a-kind guide that walks you through the Hajj and Umrah process with the help of a personable and humorous narrator.

The first-person narrative highlights the dos and don’ts, logistical hurdles, rich history and exhilarating experience of being a pilgrim in the Holy Land. The eight icons which punctuate the engaging narrative will help you through different aspects of the Hajj and Umra.

But this guide doesn’t stop there. For those who want to walk the Haj, the maps of Mina, Muzdalifa, and Arafat help them navigate their way. The Medina Munawwara chapter covers the history of the blessed city including 3D maps of the original Masjid Nabawi and Jannat al-Baqi.

Another section provides a biography of different Sahaba buried in Jannat al-Baqi and their locations. Revisit the time of the blessed Prophet (sa).

The guide covers a complete history with 9 full-page maps of 34 undiscovered landmarks in Medina Munawwara and 9 landmarks within Masjid Nabawi itself. The color-coded guide is thoroughly-researched with over 300 hadith cited and over 100 books and articles referenced for your peace of mind.

Note that this guide is comprehensive and is good for all three types of Haj, and even for pilgrims planning their next Umra only trip.

Performing Hajj: A Visual Guide to the Journey of a lifetime

It is actually a DVD. This DVD contains a lecture detailing the rites of Hajj and explaining the practical means of fulfilling them. The lecture was delivered by Imam Tahir Anwar at the South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose, California, during the summer of 2006, and the video and photos are from the Hajj in December 2006.

It includes the prerequisites, visiting Makkah and Medina, and is a very useful and step-by-step guide to performing Hajj. It includes a slide presentation and video footage from Makkah, Medina, and the days of Hajj: Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah, Jamaraat, and much more.

The DVD also includes a demonstration of how to wear the Ihram, which duas to say at various stages, and items to bring with you during this once-in-a-lifetime journey. A 3D tour the Kaaba provides a visual reference for important landmarks.

Exclusive footage from Mina, Muzdalifah, Mount Uhud , Masjid Qiblatain, and more. A group of young American Muslims planned to perform Hajj in December 2006/1427H.

They began their preparations one year in advance and held monthly meetings at their homes in order to be well prepared. They attended Imam Tahir Anwar’s annual Hajj training workshop at the South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose, California.

Shafath Syed, a member of this group thought it would be beneficial for many others to have access to this workshop and information.

DVD Contains:

  • Hajj Preparation
  • Departure
  • Ihram
  • Makkah
  • Performing Hajj
  • Medina
  • Ziyaarah
  • 3D Tour of the Kaaba

We’re off to make Umrah (age range 3-7)

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Salam, my dear friends, I hope you are all well. If you’ve time to listen, I’ve something to tell, about the first mosque, A beautiful sight, Which we face when we pray, Where the noor shines bright… Discover the joys of Umrah when a brother and sister travel with their parents to the city of Mecca and perform this sacred ritual for the very first time. This is a book recommended for families going to the holy city of Mecca.

A Little Tree Goes For Hajj (age range 3-7)

This is one of the few books out there dedicated to the children pilgrimage. It is meant to address the needs of children when they go for Hajj, and to teach them the basics of Hajj.

The little tree has always wanted to travel, especially to Mecca, to perform Hajj (an Islamic religious pilgrimage). But how can he travel when his roots are in the ground? Find out how his dream comes true, and he makes the journey of a lifetime.

A Little Tree Goes For Hajj is an ideal educational tool to introduce the Hajj to children who are learning about important rituals in different world religions; includes a glossary with short definitions and explanations for readers unfamiliar with Hajj.

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah

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Umrah handbook This book aims to help prepare travelers for the sacred Pilgrimage itself. The rites of Hajj and Umrah are clearly explained, and relevant prayers and supplications are provided in both Arabic and English. However, a final chapter is provided detailing a visit to Madina store.

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah contains helpful charts, maps and diagrams in full color. It is always advisable to take this book along with you when you are ready to travel to the holy land, because it can be your prayer guide too.

The prayers and supplications contained within this book have been known to be of great benefits to many people over the years.

Hajj & Umrah According To All Four Schools Of Jurisprudence

This is one of the few books which is specially designed on the subject of Islamic pilgrimage, and the four madhabib. In this book Qazi Faziullah explains the proper ways to perform the Islamic Pilgrimage according to the 4 madhahib (The schools of Jurisprudence throughout all of Islamic history and the Ummah).

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