Preface - Hajj And Umrah Guide



AlSafar Hajj and Umrah Guide
to help you prepare for the sacred pilgrimage...


Hajj is the fifth of the five “PILLARS” (Arkan) of Islam. It was made Fard on the 9th Hijra, after the revelation of the Ayah; translation:

“Hence Hajj to this Bait (House) is a duty owed to Allah by all people who are able to undertake it. And as for those who deny the truth – Allah does not stand in need of anything in all the worlds”. 3.97

It is a duty obligatory on every Muslim, man or woman, who has reached the age of puberty and is sound of mind to perform the Hajj once in his or her lifetime provided that they have the means to do so.

The very fact that Hajj is Fard and Umrah is Sunnatul Mu’akkadah only once in a person’s lifetime, makes it all the more imperative on them to acquaint themselves thoroughly, with the procedure of performing Hajj and Umrah. Moreover Hajj has very specific “MANASIK” (rites and ceremonies), that are to be performed strictly in a given sequence of time and place and the errors made even inadvertently are not condoned and are liable to Jaza. You may commit an error and you may even not know that your Hajj is impaired.

So much about the form of Hajj. Its soul that lies in absolute surrender to the will of Allah actuated by the divine love and devotion, is still harder to come by.

But what often happens is this that an ordinary pilgrim takes it lightly and gets little benefit out of his arduous journey that also entails great expenses on him.

Therefore, I thought it might do some real good to the common man if I compile a handbook on Hajj and Umrah strictly in accordance with the authenticated opinions of Hanafi Fiqh in a lucid and simple style that will present all the salient features of Hajj and Umrah and their rites and ceremonies, that a person must know.

With this aim in view, in 1984, I complied a handbook entitled Masai’l-o-Ma’lumat-e-Hajj-o-Umrah in Urdu for Pakistani, Indian and other Urdu speaking pilgrims. The handbook was duly approved by the renowned scholars and Ulama of all schools of Hanafi Fiqh in Pakistan.
I distributed the handbook among a large number of intending pilgrims, who greatly admired and appreciated it. Its demand and popularity increased with the passing years. Subsequently I revised and updated the handbook, in the light of new experiences gained and new problems and difficulties faced by the pilgrims. The Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Islamabad, so much appreciated my work that this year 1993, by the grace of Allah, they got it published in a quantity of 90,000 and named it “Anwarul Harama’in”, for free distribution among all Pakistani pilgrims.

In subsequent years along with the updated Urdu editions of the handbook, the Bangla and Gujrati editions followed. It was my long cherished desire that the handbook could be translated into English so as to cater to the needs of a large public comprising English speaking people in Pakistan and everywhere in the world.

I am very grateful to Allah the Almighty and Munificent who enabled me to achieve my purpose, and with no less pleasure I take the opportunity of presenting this handbook to the people at large.

I need not sum up various topics that can be seen from the table of contents but, I must explain one special feature of the handbook, that the relevant technical terms which every Muslim should know, have been adopted in original as they are used in Arabic language, and have been transliterated as they are spoken. Because they have a wider appeal and understanding, I have preferred them to Urdu or Persian forms used in my Urdu handbook which have a relevance only to the Urdu speaking people, e.g., instead of Namaz I used Salah, and Masjidul Haraam instead of Masjid-e-Haraam. I have also given a glossary that explains the meanings of all these technical terms.

In the end, I am extremely thankful to all my friends and admirers who have greatly contributed to the making of this handbook. May Allah grant them recompense in this world and in the life to come. I also request those who may read this handbook to pray for us at different places they visit during the Hajj and on different occasions, which are known for the efficacy of prayer.
May Allah forgive me for the errors that I may have made. I also pray to Allah for making this
handbook useful, and accepting it as a means to my attaining His favor and Maghfirah. May Allah grant all of us Hajjul Mabrur and bless us with security and prosperity here and in the Akhirah.

Muhammad Moinuddin
2/139-K Kashmir Road
P.E.C.H. Society
Karachi 75400, Pakistan
August 9, 1993

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Al Safar Tours offers Hajj and Umrah flights and hotels with secure online booking. Please call us to take care of the visa to complete your Hajj or Umrah package.

This guide has been developed to help you prepare for the sacred pilgrimage, to perform Hajj and Umrah. It is essential that you understand what you can and cant do before you start the journey of a lifetime.


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