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My ’Haj: My own path towards Islaam

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On the occasion of this past ’Haj season, I could not help but recall my own ’Haj experience, including my path towards Islaam.

I have come a long way, and after having explored the many dark and evil sides of temptation, greed, and ignorance, remaining absurdly blind and insensitive to the consequences of my actions; I finally came to realize I was wasting my life and hurting others, and I lost all respect for myself.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2009 23:26

’Haj: Enlighten Your Spirit

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Pilgrimage is one of the oldest liturgies that humans perform with the aim to achieve salvation.

In Islaam, pilgrimage is known as ’Haj, and it follows on the footsteps of Prophet Abraham (P.B.U.H.) (Ibraheem in Arabic), which he proclaimed according to the revelation from Allaah Almighty.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2009 23:26

Simply 'Haj

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“And ’Haj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that humankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence);” (Chapter of A~l ‘Imraan: 97)

’Haj certainly is a journey of a life-time; it takes Muslims on a pilgrimage to Makkah (in Saudi Arabia) where barren deserts and red mountain ranges form part of the historic birthplace of Islaam.

In the Footsteps of Ibraheem: Sustaining the benefits of 'Haj

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Although there are more than 1.2 billion Muslims in the world today, only a very small percentage of us will be blessed with the ability to perform ’Haj.

Once we have left the tranquil confines of Al’haram and resumed our busy and often stressful lives, the closeness we felt to Allaah and the unity of Muslims that is palpable during ’Haj may have unfortunately quickly become a warm but distant memory.

Muslims have their Mother Teresa Too! Alsumait rescues Africa through Development

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Rana, a then Ph.D. student at Purdue University, once said to I-MAG’s copyeditor Ibrahim Babelli “You Muslims have no mother Teresa.” Babelli answered “That’s right. We have Abdulrahman Alsumait [‘Abd Alra’hmaan Al’sumai’t] instead.”

The Kuwaiti doctor who quit a bright career in medicine in the beginning of the 1980s to help Africans to help themselves is considered a role model amongst many Muslim. Alsumait who is now 60 years old and diabetic won several prestigious awards, and what did he do with the money? Donated it to Africa of course, for benevolence is both his mission and passion.


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