This piece concludes my Hajj essay and it covers Holy and historical sites in the city of the Prophet salallahualaiyhiwassalam - Madinah. Visiting the places we have read and heard about from the Seerah of the Prophet (s), stories of the Hijrat (migration) from 1400 years ago was phenomenal. A truly amazing experience. The cool and calm winds of Madinah were matched by the warm and welcoming people of Madinah.
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Sunset on our way from Makkah to Madinah
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Gumbad e Khizra - Dome of the Prophet's Mosque
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Masjid Nabvi at sunset during Maghrib Azaan
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Full view of Masjid Nabvi
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Masjid Nabvi 1400 years ago - the time of RasoolAllah salallahualaiyhiwassalam
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Umbrellas surrounding Masjid Nabvi for outdoor prayer. Maghrib sky, SubhanAllah
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Night view of Masjid Nabvi
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Masjid Nabvi doors - one of hundreds of entrances
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Close up of a door of Masjid Nabvi - check out the intricate detail!
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Jannat-ul-Baqee - Graveyard of many Sahabas and family members of RasoolAllah salallahualaiyhiwassalam
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One of the many underground wudu stations at Masjid Nabvi
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Indoor view of Masjid Nabvi
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Masjid Nabvi - symmetry at its finest
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Roof of Masjid Nabvi - hundreds of these around the Masjid and they slide open during the day in order for sunlight to shine in. MashAllah
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Millions of pilgrims in Sujood during prayer at Masjid Nabvi
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Minaret of Masjid Nabvi peaking over the inner walls
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Moon rests by Gumbad-e-Khizra
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Masjid Misbah - the first ever Masjid RasoolAllah salallahualaiyhiwassalam prayed fajr in as he reached Madina. This is the same area where the children of Yathrib joyfully welcomed the Prophet (s) by singing Tala al Badru Alaina
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Masjid Quba - RasoolAllah salallahualaiyhiwassalam would often offer nafl salah at this Masjid. 2 nafl read at Masjid Quba are equivalent to the reward of one Umrah
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Masjid Qiblatain - literally 'Masjid of 2 Qiblahs' In this Masjid the Qiblah (prayer direction) was changed from Masjid al Aqsa (Jerusalem) to Masjid al Haram (Makkah) while RasoolAllah salallahualaiyhiwassalam and his companions prayed here
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Jabl-e-Uhud. Mountain which where the Battle of Uhud took place
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Graveyard of the Martyrs of the Battle of Uhud. The grave marked in the middle is that of Hazrat Hamza (r'a) who was a Shaheed of Jang-e-Uhud
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Date fields of Hazrat Uthman (r'a). Still fertile 1400 years later
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Minaret of Masjid Nabvi
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Entrance of Roza-e-Rasool
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Inside the old part of Masjid Nabvi
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Inside the old part of Masjid Nabvi
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Gumbad-e-Khizra


If you have any questions or want more details regarding the Hajj journey, you can contact me at aisha@keepingithalal.com! Hope you enjoyed it and will benefit from it.
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The second part of the Hajj photo essay covers the 5 days of Hajj. This starts off with the first day in Mina, the second day in Arafat, that night in Muzdalifah. Following the night spent in Muzdalifah, the Hajjis make their way back to Mina, and head to Jamarat for the first day of stoning of Shaitan. After this is done, the pilgrims must wait for their sacrifice to be performed. Once the sacrifice is completed, one can get out of their state of Ihraam by shaving their head or cutting their hair. Once all of these rites are completed, the main part of Hajj is completed. Pilgrims make their way back to Makkah for 'Tawaf e Ziyarat' and complete their Saee for Hajj. Once this is completed they return to Mina for the night and head to Jamarat for the second day of stoning after Zuhr the next day. Once the second day of stoning is completed, pilgrims head back to Mina for the final night. The last morning (5th day of Hajj), pilgrims make their way to Jamarat for the last day of stoning. Once this last rite is completed, the Hajj is completed and all conditions of Ihraam are lifted.
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Arriving in Mina
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ACs outside of our tents in Mina
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Jabl-e-Rehmat - Mountain of Mercy
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Jabl-e-Rehmat on Yawm-e-Arafat
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Tents in Maidan-e-Arafat
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Tent in Arafat
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Sunset on the Day of Arafat - Masjid Nimra
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Jabl-e-Rehmat (left), Masjid Nimra (right) as the sun sets
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Move onto Muzdalifah as the night approaches. Pray Magrib and Isha combined here.
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Pilgrims sleep under the stars at Muzdalifah for the night after collecting stones for the following 3 days to be used at Jamarat
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Walking back to Mina after resting in Muzdalifah for the night.
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Mina, flooded with pilgrims
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Heading to Jamarat for the first day of stoning the shaitan
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Jamarat - stone wall representing shaitan
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Shaving and cutting of hair to get out of the state of Ihraam after completing the rites of Jamarat and the sacrifice.
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Pilgrims heading to Makkah for Tawaf-e-Ziyaraat & Hajj Saee
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Makkah, Masjid al Haram - Tawaf-e-Ziyaraat
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Back to Mina after Tawaf & Saee are completed
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Pilgrims heading back to Jamarat after Zuhr for the second day of stoning
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Two-way traffic at Jamarat
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Stoning of shaitaan
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Back to Mina for the final night
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Last day of Hajj - final rite at Jamarat
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The fresh group of Hajjis making their way back to Makkah after completing the final rites of Hajj.
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Heavy rainfall showers the Hajjis on the final day of Hajj. Rains of Mercy, subhanAllah
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Blessed rainfall in Makkah showering the Hajjis
 
 
I was blessed, Alhamdulillah, to go to the Holy city of Makkah this year to start off the rites of my Hajj pilgrimage. The pictures below are of Masjid al Haram in Makkah and some significant holy sites in Makkah. In the following couple of weeks, my Hajj journey and travel to Medina will also be covered inshAllah. I hope that these pictures benefit you all, and sincerely pray that inshAllah you may all be called to the Holy lands to complete one of the five pillars of Islam as soon as possible.
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Pilgrims arriving at the Hajj Terminal Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Masjid al Haram, Makkah. The first glance from outside.
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Intricate detail and artwork inside Masjid Al Haram
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Making my way through the Masjid, heading towards the Kaaba
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Pilgrims scattered as they attempt to find a spot to pray.
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The first look at the Holy Kaabah, subhanAllah!
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Another angle of the Holy Kaaba, side of the Hateem. Pilgrims circumambulating the Kaabah 7 times each to complete 1 tawaf.
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Muqaam-e-Ibrahim. Footprints of Ibrahim alayhissalam. One is to offer two rakah Nafl Salah behind Muqaam-e-Ibrahim after completing tawaf, aligning it with the Kaabah.
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A drink of water from the well of Zam Zam is required as a part of the proccess of completing Umrah. This step takes place after offering 2 Nafl behind Muqaam-e-Ibrahim and before proceeding to the Sa'ee
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Mount Safa, the starting point of the 7 cylces of the Sa'ee
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Pilgrims walking from Mount Safa to Mount Marwah, completing the rite of Sa'ee - originially the action of Bibi Hajra.
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View of Masjid al Haram from the top floor.
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View of Masjid al Haram and the new Zam Zam Tower hotel.
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Three domes on the roof of Masjid al Haram
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Pre-Salaah rush during the day
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Post-Salaah rush at night
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Jummah rush, 3 miles to the right, 3 miles to the left. A sea of heads, breathtaking.
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Birthplace of RasoolAllah, Prophet Muhammad salallahualaiyhiwassalam. Located just outside of Masjid al Haram.
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Jabl-e-Nur, Ghar-e-Hira. The cave in which the First revelation of the Quran came down is in this mountain.
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Ghar-e-Saur: RasoolAllah salallahualaiyhiwassalam climbed this mountain and his enemies followed him up.
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Taneem Mosque, also known as Masjid Aisha. This is the closest Meqat to the Haram - location to make intention of Ihram (usually for purposes of multiple Umrahs).
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Finally, the NEW cover on the Kaaba - changed during Hajj. It was glittering, subhanAllah
 

    The Experience of Hajj

    Executive and Writer, Aisha Chaudhry, of KIH Goes to Hajj in 2010; this is her experience.


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