Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hajj Khutbah 2020 Translation

Listen to the Hajj Khutbah in your language from Masjid Al Namirah, Arafat by Sheikh Abdullah Manea

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Crescent not sighted, 'Historic Hajj' on Thursday, 30 July

On Monday evening the crescent for the month of Dhul Hijjah was searched across observatories in the Kingdom.

The Crescent was not seen and in an official statement by the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia the Day Arafat was announced on Thursday, 30 May:

"On Tuesday the month of Dhul Qadah will complete 30 days and on Thursday, 30 July the day of Arafat will be observed"

Eid Al Adha will fall on Friday, 31 July making one of the rare days when Two Sermons will be delivered

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Hujjaj to arrive in Makkah on Friday

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stipulated that those wishing to perform the Hajj pilgrimage for this year and were issued a permit t must adhere to the home quarantine for a period of 7 days before leaving to Mecca, starting from 27 Dhul Qadah (18 July) until the 3rd Dhul al-Hijjah according to the instructions of the Ministry the Health.

The Ministry of Health also began communicating with the candidates, and visited their homes for medical examination, and provided vaccination against fever and seasonal influenza, and installed pilgrims with a "safe" smart bracelet.

After the arrival of the pilgrims wishing to perform the pilgrimage to Makkah, all pilgrims will be subjected to quarantine for a period of 4 days starting from the dawn of 4th of Dhul Hijjah until the dawn of 8th Dhul Hijjah, and the last date to enter Quarantine will be before Dhur Prayer on 4th Dhul Hijjah.

All pilgrims will enter state of ihram in Taif from the Miqat Qarn al-Manazil on 8th Dhul Hijjah and after medical satisfaction is insured, they will then go to their designated residences in Mina towers.

The final Hajj list will be approved after passing the last medical survey and obtaining the approval of the competent authorities.

In turn, the ministry asked all pilgrims to obtain the national address so that the Hajj bags are dispatched containing medical ihram, a procedural guide for the Hajj program, the Hajj description booklet, a small document bag, and another bag containing personal care tools and sterilizers, gravel bags, a booklet, and a gift, were sent. A third bag contains carpet, canopy, pebble gravel, shoe and phone charger, and a secondary Ihram.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also assigned a supervisor for every 20 pilgrims, and a bus dedicated to them throughout the Hajj period, and created a group in the "WhatsApp" application to communicate, serve them and send instructions and respond to inquiries.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Remembering the Crane Accident in the Grand Mosque

On a hot and humid afternoon when the guests of Rahman were busy performing their rituals in Masjid Al Haram, Allah sent his mercy in form of rain and cool winds reducing the temperature of the city by almost 15 degrees.

Shortly after Asr Prayers when sounds of “Labaik Allahuma Labaik” were echoing in the Haram along with the heavy downpour, the Haram suddenly shook violently along with a crashing sound as if Lightning had struck the Haram.

Unfortunately as debris spread across the Mataaf the sheer reality became apparent, a Crane had collapsed amid thunderous winds and struck Masjid Al Haram.

The Grand Mosque was under the main phase of expansion when the incident took place.

The Horrifying scenes inside the Mataaf and the Masa’a soon found its way on social media and the Muslim world fell in grief.

The Crane slammed into the second floor of Masa'a and the Mataaf just short of the temporary mataaf bridge.

111 Hujjaj embraced martyrdom and 394 were injured some with permanent disabilities.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered an immediate investigation to determine the cause of the accident and also compensated the victims of the incident.

A court in its verdict declared the incident to be an "accident"

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Why is the Kiswah raised every year ahead of Hajj?

Every Year the Kiswah of the Kabah is raised and a white cloth symbolizing the Ihram is put on the Kabah.

Why the Kiswah is raised each year?
The Kiswah is raised up to 3 meters each year to prevent damage to the cloth due to large crowds which assemble during the Hajj season and it becomes difficult to regulate the crowd during peak hours. It is also raised due to some superstitious beliefs of certain pilgrims who bring scissors and cut parts of the Kiswah expecting some spiritual benefit and because some people write their names or supplications on the Kiswah.

Why is a white cloth put around the Kabah?
A white cloth is put around the Kabah to symbolize the beginning of the Hajj season. In the past the Kiswah was raised in such a way that the white underlying of the cloth was revealed. However in the recent years a separate white cloth is put up.

Why the Kiswah wasn’t raised this year on 15th Dhul Qadah?
The Kiswah raising ceremony takes place every year on or a day before or after 15th Dhul Qadah because after 15th a massive influx of Hujjaj takes place which crowds the Mataaf all day around. This would have made the job of raising the Kiswah difficult if undertaken at a later date.

However this year due to restrictions of the number of Hujjaj and a mere 10,000 expected to take part in the rituals, there would be virtually no crowd in the Mataaf making it easy for the job to be done.
The Kiswah is now expected to be raised on 1st Dhul Hijjah.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

10,000 People to perform 'Historic Hajj' this year

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that only local people of different nationalities in limited numbers will attend this year's Hajj and that the numbers will 'likely' not to exceed 10,000.


The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah revealed that along with the Ministry of Health a comprehensive plan was devised for Hajj this year which will be controlled to avoid the spreading of the novel coronavirus.


The Minister of Hajj devised the following plans:

1. Only Residents of Saudi Arabia will attend Hajj this year

2. Number of Hujjaj will not reach tens of thousands

3. People above the age of 65 will not be allowed for Hajj

4. People with chronic diseases will not be allowed

5. People will go through mandatory testing before going to Hajj

6. Strict Social distancing will be applied throughout Hajj

7. Health Status of Pilgrims will be checked daily

8. People will be isolated after completing Hajj Pilgrimage