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.
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.
ARTICLES ABOUT HAJJ
PERSONAL STORIES 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
[url=http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0312-2166]The Theater of Hajj[/.url]
BOOKS ABOUT HAJJ
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: 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
CD’S ABOUT HAJJ
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.
VIDEOS ABOUT HAJJ