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Eid al-Adha and Abraham

Muslims on Pilgrimmage celebrate Eid al-Adha, Feast of Sacrifice. Tens of thousands of sheep and goats, are sacrificed in memory of Abraham’s offering up his beloved son (Genesis 22). Why would God command Abraham to sacrifice his son, his only son, the son he loved?

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The Hajj

Rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca. This post also contains the documentary, Circling the House of God: Reflections on Hajj with Martin Lings.






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Ramadan 2016/رمضان

Ramadan 2016 begins on June 5 and ends on July 5. How can Christians pray for Muslims at this time of the year?






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Laylat al Baraat 2016 (ليلة البارات)

Laylat al Baraat (May 21, 2016) is a Muslim holiday preparing for Ramadan in two weeks.






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Lailat-al-Miraj: Muhammad’s Ascension into Heaven (May 3, 2016)

On Tuesday (May 3rd), Muslims will celebrate Lailat-al-Miraj. They remember this as the day when Muhammad ascended into heaven (27th day of Rajab).






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Lailat al Qadr 2015

Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Decree, marks the night in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah. Muslims regard this as the most important event in history, and the Qur’an says that this night is better than a thousand months (97:3), and that on this night the angels descend to earth.






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Ramadan 2015/رمضان

Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. (2:185; translated by Yusuf Ali).






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Eid al-Mawlid

Friday, January 2 marks the birthday of Islam’s Prophet, Muhammad. Quran 19:15 speaks in a celebratory manner of Jesus’ birth and many Muslims believe they should therefore celebrate their Prophet Muhammad’s birth.






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The Hajj in 2014

Hajj 2014, The Great Pilgrimage According to the Islamic calendar, the 2014 Hajj is October 2-4.   The hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam.  In the Quran, the word hajj occurs nine times in five different verses (Quran 2:189 [3x]; Quran 2:196 [3x]; Quran 2:192; Quran 9:3; and Quran 22:27.  The hajj is also referred to as […]

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When is Hajj 2014 (Pilgrimage to Mecca)

The 2014 Hajj will be starting sometime on October 2-4.

Hajj/Pilgrimage is one of the pinnacles of Islam, and Christianity. In the Quran, the word hajj occurs nine times in five different verses (Quran 2:189 [3x]; Quran 2:196 [3x]; Quran 2:192; Quran 9:3; and Quran 22:27.

To learn more about the Islamic Hajj, I’m posting videos by Ali Gomaa. Ali Gomaa was the 18th Grand Mufti of Egypt, is a leading Islamic scholar and jurist, and taught for many years at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University—arguably the top Islamic University in the world.






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Lailat al Qadr

The Muslim holiday Lailat al Qadr (also spelled Lailat al Kadr) means “Night of Destiny” or “Night of Power.” Lailat al Qadr is the night when, according to classical exegesis, the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to Muhammad. Muslims consider Lailat al Qadr (Night of Power) the most appropriate time of the entire year to pray for salvation and blessings.






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Hajj 2013

While Saudi authorities have not made the official announcement, the 2013 Hajj will probably be starting on October 13. There are many places on the Internet to learn about the Hajj, but one of the most reliable I have found is Ali Gomaa. Ali Gomaa is a leading Islamic scholar and one of the world’s most influential Muslims. This post contains four videos of Sheikh Gomaa answering various questions about the Hajj.






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Laylat al Qadr (لیلة القدر)

Laylat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah. Muslims regard this as the most important event in history, and the Qur’an says that this night is better than a thousand months (97:3), and that on this night the angels descend to earth.






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Hajj 2012

National Geographic video on the hajj which follows an executive from suburban Malaysia, a religious radio commentator from rural South Africa, and an Irish-born college professor from the United States.






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Eid al-Fitr 2012/عيد الفطر

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan.






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Ramadan/رمضان

Ramadan is a month of fasting for many Muslims. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam.






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Eid al-Adha and Abrahamic Religions

It is often said that Islam is one of the great Abrahamic religions. But why? Muhammad’s claim to Abraham came more than 2,500 years after Abraham. It is based on Muhammad’s declaration that the angel Gabriel spoke to him. Is that enough to make Islam an Abrahamic religion?






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Eid al-Fitr 2011/عيد الفطر

How do you celebrate Eid al-Fitr?






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The Hajj Begins Tomorrow

Hajj 2010, The Great Pilgrimage According to the Islamic calendar, the 2010 Hajj is November 14-17.   The hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam.  In the Quran, the word hajj occurs nine times in five different verses (Quran 2:189 [3x]; Quran 2:196 [3x]; Quran 2:192; Quran 9:3; and Quran 22:27.  The hajj is also referred to as […]

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