ZIYAARAT SITES IN CITY MAKKAH AND MADINA

makkahIn its present shape, the Umrah dates from the lifetime of  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is the composite of several pre-Islamic ceremonies that ere reinterpreted in the monotheistic time and supplemented by prayers of the Muslims. Umrah is the lesser or minor pilgrimage of those who are entering in the city Makkah with the intention (niyyat) to visit the Bait-ALLAH. It is also commendable, though not obligatory, for Muslims residing in city Makkah. Its comparison to the obligatory and major pilgrimage (hajj) in Islam, and made several fusion of the 2 natures, still the pilgrim has the option to perform the Umrah independently, or in group with Hajj.

As in the Hajj, the Umrah start with, by getting the state of Ihraam which is condition ritual purity. Then, following a official declaration, which is Niyyah (intention) for the Umrah, and then on entering in the city Makkah, circling the Holy Kaaba seven times. The pilgrim kiss or touch the black stone (Hajr-e-Aswad) placed in a corner of the Holy Kaaba, as this is a holy stone and even the starting site of the Tawaaf-e-Kaaba. After praying behind the station of Ibraheem (Maqam-e-Ibraheem), the pilgrim has to drink as much water Zamzam, as to his fill, and kiss or touch the black stone again.

The Saaee, running 7 times between Safa and the Marwah, and in the end the ritual of shaving of the head hairs completes the Umrah of the Pilgrim. The pilgrim, went with the intention (niyyah) of Umrah, is only unable to come back without registering his or her attendance at the Masjid-e-Nabwi. The visit to the Masjid-e-Nabwi in the holy Mosque Madinah, is well-known as the Ziyarat. The Ziyarat also includes the visit to the other blessed places in the city Makkah and the Madinah. In city Makkah: the Jannat-ul-Mualla, Jabl-e-Noor, Masjid-e-Kahf, masjid-e-Ayesha, Jable-e-Rahmat, Mina, Muzdallifah and Arafat, while, the Masjid-e-Nabwi, the Masjid-e-Quba, the Jannat-ul-Baqee, the Jummah Masjid, Abu Baqar Masjid, Masjid-e-Ghammama, plan of site of Badar and the Jabl-e-Uhud are several of the places include in the Ziyarat-e-Muqadisa in Madina.

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ISLAM AND THE FESTIVALS OF EID

 

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Islam is a complete way of life. The righteous way that is chosen by ALLAH Almighty for Muslims to attain Jannah or Paradise. Being a selected way of life, ALLAH Almighty appointed and prescribed various festivals for Muslims to observe.

Man always wants and needs to socialize with other peoples in the society, and also observe communal gatherings that help bring back reminiscences of past events to help shape their future activities. Therefore, festivals, ceremonies and feasts have become an essential part of society and human life. Most of these ceremonies and festivals derive their origins from ancient practices, religious memorable events.

For Muslims, all religious ceremonies and festivals have their own special importance.  In fact, at the end of different modes of ibadah (worship) comes a peculiar type of festival instituted by religion Islam for its adherents. The Friday prayer (Namaz-e-Jummah) is the weekly occasion celebrating the five daily prayers of the week; the Holy Ramadan fast culminates into the festival Eid-ul-Fitr, while the Hajj rites and rituals culminate into the Eid-ul-Adha festival.

Viewing festivity as an opportunity to rejoice in the form of visiting to relatives, loved ones and friends, then we may say there are two main Muslim festivals as set down in law of Islamic: Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. However, if it transcends to identifying with precedent events of divine and miraculous victories over enemies; such the victory of Hazrat Moosa (AS) over Pharaoh and his army, or weekly marking the end of an occasion like the Friday (jummah) celebration, then we can say that there are more than two occasions to celebrate in Islam.

First of all, let’s take a brief look at the stipulated permitted festivals in Islam.

Eid-ul-Fitr (the 1st day of month of Shawwal )                   

             The obligatory thirty day fast of the Holy month of Ramadan culminates into a great and huge celebration. This marks the end of Holy Ramadan, the blessed month of fasting, and is a festival of enormous celebration. In Islamic and Muslim countries public holiday is declared on Eid-ul-Fitr.

Everyone dresses and get ready in their best clothes. They go to the masjid (mosque) to pray eid namaz together. Extraordinary celebration meals are served up especially sweets. Muslims not only celebrate the end of fasting, but they also thank ALLAH for the strength and help that ALLAH gave them throughout the Holy month of Ramadan to help them in practicing self-control of abstinence from drink and food.

Eid-ul-Adha ( the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah)

This is the other huge Islamic annual festival. It marks the end of the Hajj rituals or holy pilgrimage, Hajj is one of the basic 5 pillars of Islam, though it is celebrated by all the Muslims, not only those who are on the Hajj pilgrimage.

It is to memorize the time when Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) was ready to sacrifice his own son, Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) to prove obedience to ALLAH Almighty.

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HAJJ IS A SACRED JOURNEY TO MAKKAH

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Generally pilgrims either follow or precede the hajj, “the greater pilgrimage,” with the umrah, “the minor or the lesser pilgrimage,” which is certified by the Holy Quran and was also performed by the Prophet (PBUH). The Umrah, unlike the hajj, takes place just in Makkah itself and umrah can be performed at any time throughout the year. The ihram, talbiyah and the limitations or restrictions required by the state of sanctification are equally necessary in the umrah, which also shares three other main rituals with the hajj: the tawaaf (circumambulation), saaee and shaving or clipping the head hair. The performance of the umrah by pilgrims and visitors symbolizes ibadah (worship) for the unique sacredness of Makkah.

Before or after going to Holy Makkah, pilgrims avail the opportunity provided by the umrah or the hajj to visit the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid-e-Nabwi) in Madina, the second holiest city in the history of Islam. Here. The visit to city Madina is not mandatory or obligatory, as it is not part of the umrah or hajj, but it is the city, which welcomed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when He migrated there from city Makkah, is rich in visiting memories and historical sites.

In this city, loved by Muslims for many centuries, people yet feel the effect of the Prophet (PBUH) life.  While making their tawaaf or circumambulation pilgrims may touch or kiss the Hajr-e-Aswad (Black Stone). This stone, first mounted in a silver frame back in the seventh century, has an extraordinary place in the hearts of all Muslims as, but perhaps the single most significant reason for kissing the hajr-e-Aswad is that the it is a Sunnah.

As pilgrims of diverse tongues and races return back to their homes, they carry with them cherished and exquisite memories of Hazrat Ibraheem (AS),Hazrat Ismaeel (AS), Bibi Hajra, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). They return with a sense of serenity and awe: awe or fear for their experience at Arafaat, when they felt closest to ALLAH Almighty as they stood on the place where the Prophet (PBUH) delivered his last sermon during his first and final pilgrimage; serenity for having drop their sins on that plain, and being therefore relieved of a heavy burden.

They also return back with a better understanding of the situation of their brothers in the religion of peace, Islam.  Therefore is born a spirit of caring and kindness for others and an understanding of their own rich inheritance that will last all through their lives.

The pilgrims go back happy with joy and hope, for they have fulfilled ALLAH’S earliest injunction to all humanity to undertake the pilgrimage Hajj or umrah.  Above all, they return back to their homes with a prayer on their lips and in hearts.

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