HAJJ Information and Resources 2005/2006

compiled by Sheila Musaji

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Hajj Information and Resources 2005/2006

compiled by Sheila Musaji

originally added 12-5-2004 — updated 12-05

Hajj will be coming up in January of 2006/1426. 

In preparation for pilgrimage in 2005, I found that it is difficult to find all the basic information especially about practical issues.

I am sharing the information I have found so far, in the hope that it will help others.  As more information is found I will add to this list of practical resources.  Please leave comments and let us know about other resources and advice.

Checklist of Things to Take for Hajj and Umrah

Geographical Information About Saudi Arabia

Health Information for travelers to the Middle East

Hajj Visa Form and requirements (Saudi Embassy)

Photographs of Hajj

Requirements for Hajj Visa

Saudi Arabia Weather

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN IHRAM (from Sound Vision website)  The Ihram consists of two pieces of white, unstitched, plain cloth, either 100% cotton or light terry-cloth. The sizes of the two pieces are as follows:  Bottom: 45” wide material x 120” (3 1/3 yd).  Top: 45” wide material x 72” (2 yd).  1)  Tear off two strips that are two to three inches wide and of a sufficient length to be used to tie as a belt from the same material. Use one as a belt to secure the Ihram. Keep the other as a spare. An ordinary belt or fanny belt may also be used for the same purpose, but a strip of Ihram cloth is a lot more practical, and unobtrusive. It keeps the Ihram firmly in place and, unlike a fanny belt or pouch, does not have to be inspected by the police at the entrance to the Haram ash Shareef.  2)  Tear off an eight to ten inch wide strip of sufficient length from the same material. Use it to secure money, credit cards, airline ticket, etc. around your midriff under the Ihram. Use a plastic sandwich bag inside this make-shift pouch to keep these things dry, and secure. This is as pilfer-proof as possible and,unlike a belt or fanny pouch, does not attract the unwanted attention of pickpockets and thieves. You may still use a fanny pouch to carry other things such as medication, pen, a handkerchief, and a small amount of money for daily use. Your fanny pouch will be inspected by the police at the entrance to Haram ash Shareef in Mecca and Medina. Be patient and understanding as the police are only doing their job.


Al Safa and Al Marwah

Black Stone

Call of Abraham, M. Al-Shareef

Du’as for Hajj

Du’as for Hajj

Du’as for Hajj

Echoes of the Heart

Hajj, Dr. Ali Shariati



Hajj and Umrah Information Portal

Hajj and Umrah Step By Step

Hajj Call Off Urged If Bird Flu Detected

Hajj Information

Hajj:// a Poem

Hajj:// Islam’s Journey of Faith, CNN Special Report 

Hajj Information for Public School Teachers

Hajj Journey

Hajj Made Easy

Hajj:// the Magnificant Journey

Hajj Requirements, Saudi Embassy

Hajj Types

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah (online or to purchase)

Interior Life in Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Masjid al Haam]

Merits of Hajj

- An American Muslims Pilgrimage to Mecca,
- A New York Woman’s Story, Rabia Hershey
- Fatima’s Hajj, Fatima Tasleema
Hajj Experience, Sheila Musaji
- Heading to Hajj, Suad Abdul Kabeer
- Journey Begins, Siraj Wahhab
- Makkah, Where Duty and Dream Meet, Richard Scheinin
- Malcolm X’s Letter From Mecca
- My Journey of the Soul, Marjorie Cowan
- Real Mecca, Michael Wolfe

Preparations for Hajj: Before You Leave

Preparation for Hajj, Abdal Haqq Bewley

Rites of Hajj

Short History of Hajj

Spiritual Benefits of Hajj, Abdal Haqq Bewley

Spiritual Aspects of Different Acts of Hajj

Spiritual Hajj of the Heart

Tawaf:// Around the Kaaba

The Theater of Hajj[/.url]__[url=http://www.islamonline.net/english/hajj/2001/Umrah/article1.shtml]Three Forms of Hajj

Virtual Hajj, PBS from Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

Virtual Hajj Tour

Visiting the Prophet’s Mosque

Zam Zam Well


- Difficult Journey, Ahmad Thomson

- Getting the Best out of Hajj, Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

Hadj:// An American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca, Michael Wolfe  Personal narrative.

- Hajj, F.E. Peters 
By collecting the firsthand accounts of these travelers and shaping their experiences into a richly detailed narrative, F. E. Peters here provides an unparalleled literary history of the central ritual of Islam from its remote pre-Islamic origins to the end of the Hashimite Kingdom of the Hijaz in 1926.

- Hajj from A to Z, Mamdouh N. Mohammed

- Hajj: A Reflection on Its Rituals, Ali Shariati  Discussion of spiritual dimension of Hajj.
- Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant : The Holiest Cities of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
- One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage, Michael Wolfe  A collection of more than 20 accounts of the Hajj spanning ten centuries. The writers collected in this anthology reflect the geographic diversity of Islam. These pilgrims come from all over the world: Morocco, India, Persia, England, Italy, and the United States.
- Road to Mecca, Muhammad Asad  Personal narrative

- Staying Healthy on Hajj and Umrah, A.H. Lugman


External and Inner Dimensions of Hajj, Imam Mokhtar Maghraoui, available from Zawiyah Productions

PURCHASING SUPPLIES  Some resources for finding supplies online.  Note:  many who have already performed Hajj have told us that it is very easy to find most items in Saudi Arabia also, and at fair prices.

- Ihram, belts, rubber sandals, inflattable mattresses, and other Hajj and Umrah Travel Supplies - Pilgrim International

- Inflatable Hajj cushion

- Basic travel supplies

- women’s 3 piece white Hajj garment

- women’s elbow length al amirah hijab in soft t-shirt type cotton, many solid colors

- portable chair that is also a cane

- socks with non-skid soles

- walking shoes and sandals


- CNN: Hajj 2000

- Hajj: Journey of a Lifetime, Hamza Yusuf

- Hajj, Nightline Special with Michael Wolfe