Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds. And
the best salutations be upon our master Muhammad, peace be upon
him, the Seal of prophets, upon his family, companions and all
After Allah granted me the opportunity of
performing the obligation of Hajj (Pilgrimage), I found that
many pilgrims are unaware of how to correctly perform the different
rituals of Hajj. For that, Allah has inspired me the idea of
preparing a book (The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Ka`bah (Allah’s
Sacred House)) in a simple and easy way, which the pilgrim can
go through step by step, and to make it concise in order to
facilitate its reading and its use as a useful reference. The
book is also meant as a help for pilgrims and those performing
‘Umrah to put it into practice.
I aimed to follow a methodical clear plan
in writing this book which may be summarized as follows:
- That the book be intermediate between brevity
and lengthy details, to facilitate its reading and circulation.
- Not to leave a single issue or thought that should be mentioned
unless placed in its right location and context.
- To include in the book pictures and maps that facilitate easy
and quick understanding.
- To supply it with easy logical plans that compare between
the three types of Hajj and to shows the way of the pilgrim
or the performer of ‘Umrah step by step.
- To supply it with some definitions and vocabulary that is
used in explaining the acts of Hajj.
- To include a special appendix for useful and important pieces
of advice for both pilgrims and performers of ‘Umrah so as to
perform their rituals without mistakes which require a sacrificial
animal, corrupt their act or decrease their reward.
In view of the wide spread of the Internet
all over the world, which gives the chance to Muslims and knowledge
seekers to find information faster and easier than any other
way, I decided to publish this book on the Internet to widely
spread the benefit.
Many thanks are due to his eminence Sheikh
Muhammad Nadeem El-Shahabi for giving me part of his precious
time to revise and check this book, may Allah reward him the
best reward for us and for all Muslims.
And I ask Allah to make Muslims around the
world make use of this work and that He rewards us by giving
us sincerity and acceptance, He is The Best of all Judges, and
the last of our prayers is to thank Allah the Lord of the worlds.
Engineer Abd Al Wahab Bakry Bawadekgy.
Halab - Syria
24th of Shaaban, 1423 H
30th of October 2002 A.D.
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