A History of the Hajj

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The Hajj. It’s one of the five pillars of Islam, a literal journey – Hajj, after all, means ‘to set out for a place’ – performed by all Muslims who are physically and financially able to show their devotion. But where did this pilgrimage to Mecca come from, how long have Muslims been travelling there? Here, we’ll take a long at the long and glorious history of the Hajj.   Alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat and Sawm, the Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam – the pillars, of course, are the five obligations that Muslims must carry out in order to live a good and holy life. The Hajj is perhaps one of the most stunning annual religious events to take place on Earth. An estimated two million Muslims trek east every year to stand shoulder to shoulder with all other Muslims, regardless of ethnicity or social class. As such, …Continue reading →

Tips for a Successful Hajj – Packing

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In our last blog, we related a number of useful tips about how to cultivate a healthy body and mind before you prepare to set out on your Hajj or Umrah. However, as you will doubtless know there is a lot more to ensuring a successful Hajj than that. To have the best possible and most beneficial experience on your Hajj, a number of different plans will have to come together, and some of these issues are fairly mundane to consider. Despite this, the mundane concerns of your Hajj are still important. Nothing will dilute the positive experience of your Hajj like being distracted by trivial issues, so inglorious things like packing must be treated with a great deal of care. With that in mind, here are a few packing tips to bear in mind. Ihram Clothes Many men expect that a single set of Ihram clothes will be able …Continue reading →

Tips for a Successful Hajj – Your Health and Fitness

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Carrying out the Hajj is a duty that every adult Muslim must perform at least once during their lifetime, providing that they are physically and financially able to do so. This a relatively well-known fact, and means that the pilgrim in question must be spiritually and physically prepared for their undertaking, as well as being able to support any family that they may be leaving behind. However, sometimes prospective pilgrims place more emphasis on the spiritual preparation needed for the Hajj than they do upon the physical, yet there is a great need to take the physical side of the Hajj extremely seriously. Not only does a Muslim have a duty to be strong in both a spiritual and a physical sense, but the Hajj is a true test of endurance, and all too often this is sidelined. The Hajj requires a pilgrim to walk for miles upon miles within …Continue reading →

The Differences between Hajj and Umrah

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The Hajj and the Umrah, as pilgrimages to Mecca, are both important tokens of the pilgrim’s devotion to the faith; however, there are significant differences between the two. The Hajj is a major pilgrimage; it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Every Muslim who is physically and financially capable of carrying out the Hajj and supporting their family in their absence has a religious duty to complete it at least once in their lifetime. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and every year it creates the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world. In comparison, the Umrah is often referred to as a minor or lesser pilgrimage – this is not, of course, to say that it is unimportant! While the Umrah is not compulsory, it is highly recommended and is a way to …Continue reading →

Qibla Travels is pleased to announce its latest Umrah Packages for 2014

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Qibla Travels is the leading Umrah service provider catering to the needs of Muslims in the UK. Thousands of pilgrims take the help of Qibla Travels every year, to fulfil their dream of Umrah pilgrimage. Like every year, Qibla travels have taken on the responsibility of travelling arrangements with their excellent Umrah Packages, 2014, such that the travellers can solely devote their concentration to Umrah. It has come up with the provisions of providing the best possible facilities within the budget of the traveller. The packages offered by Qibla Travels can be broadly categorized as: Economy Umrah Packages 2014 Deluxe Umrah Packages 2014 Super Deluxe Umrah Packages 2014 Each of these packages are available for travelling periods of 7 nights and 10 nights, and include Ziarats to Makkah and Madinah. In case of the 7-night packages, the itinerary is divided into 3-night stay in Makkah and 4-night stay in Madinah. …Continue reading →

Summary of three kinds of hajj

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