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The longest Hajj: The Journey's of Ibn Battuta

                  Written by Douglas Bullis. Illustrated by Norman MacDonald At age 21, Ibn Battuta “set out alone, having neither fellow-traveler in whose companionship I might find cheer, nor caravan whose party I might join, but swayed by an overmastering impulse within me, and

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Al-Haramain Train enters final phase

JEDDAH —The final phase of the multibillion riyal Al-Haramain Train Project will be signed soon. This will see the purchase of 35 trains with 13 carriages, traffic signs and railway tracks, which will be installed by a Saudi-Spanish consortium. This phase will reportedly cost just over SR30 billion. It will

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Umrah season to resume by end of Jan 2012

Pilgrims to leave by Muharram 15 Okaz/Saudi Gazette JEDDAH – King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) is preparing to receive a high volume of Umrah season flights for the Hijri month of Rabi’ Al-Awwal, 1433H (Jan. 24, 2012), an official at the Haj Terminal said. The last batch of Haj

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What Hajj taught me (Before and After)

A Personal Account of Hajj  Before: A friend and I were shopping for my sneakers. I told him that I could not walk without Caterpillar shoes. “I can run but cannot walk without feeling pain.It’s probably a varicose vein.” My friend suggested I try Adidas. We decided that I could get them

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No journey like journey of faith

SHARJAH: My journey of faith is now complete. I am happy. It has left me satisfied and I am thankful to Allah for that. Going to Hajj was a dream. I am sure words will fail to express how happy, secure, tension-free I felt during the whole exercise. Almost celestial,

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How to greet a returning Hajji

The Chosen Servants of Allah, the Hujjaj, are returning from their journeys of a lifetime, all over the world. How should we meet them and is there anything specific that should be said to them? From the Fadhail-e-Haj(Virtues of Haj) by Shaykh Zakariyya Kandehlawi (RA): Hadith No. 8 Ibn Umar

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