Just thinking about Umrah energizes the devotee, but performing Umrah is a very strenuous task. Most of the people wonder ‘What is the perfect age to perform Umrah’, the age at which an individual can make the most out of these religious journeys.
Many Muslims believes that it is good to be done Hajj and Umrah at a young age. Youth? Running between overburdened with studies, responsibilities, carefree about finances, religious affairs so not ‘their thing’. So how could young age be the better age to perform Umrah? Well, the following discussion covers all answers of these questions:
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The fourth month of the Islamic calendar is Rabbi al-Akhir (thani). In this very month is the anniversary of the king of Baghdad, Chief of the contented souls, the incomparable, Hadrat Ghawth al-A'zam, Sayyadina Shaykh Muhiyuddin, Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani, al-Hassani w'al-Hussaini, Bhagdadi (Radi Allahu ta'ala Anhu). Muslims throughout the world in this month zealously make arrangements to offer Niyaaz and Fateha of the Saint of Baghdad. Charity is also given in the name of Pious Saints of Islam as a means of conveying reward to these blessed from which not only the poor and beggars benefit a great deal but the souls of the believers also obtain peace and contentment.
The west has commonly drawn a stereotype image of Muslim women clad from head to toe in a black veil and abaya. They are deemed as voiceless, meek figures that do not have any rights or the power to stand up for what they believe in. On the contrary, there is no religion other than Islam which gives women such an exalted position, her true rights and complete respect. As a matter of fact, the first woman of Islam, Hazrat Khadjia (RA) was a business woman herself and the most beloved wife of Holy Prophet (PBUH) in whose life, he never married anyone else. Some rights of women prescribed by Holy Prophet (PBUH) over 1400 years ago are as follows:
Oh, my Lord! I am yearning for the Call to pray when I can be close to the Kaabah wall for the day.
Who would not wish to be close to the Kaabah wall praying and feeling closer to Allah SWT? Umrah is one such feeling of getting closer to the Lord of the Heavens. The charm of seeing Kaabah for the first time and igniting the inside spiritual love with your Divine Creator in his House is a blessing indeed. Performing the rituals of Umrah is a way to reunite with Allah Almighty and to purge our souls. One of these rituals is shaving or trimming hair after Umrah.
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American Muslims may be able to successfully avoid Valentines, Thanksgiving and Halloween celebrations but Christmas is getting harder and harder to escape. Firstly, it is getting larger than life with the entire country decked in beautiful Christmas celebrations, carols chiming on the roads, charity drives, sales and gigantic Christmas trees. Secondly, like Eid is for Muslims, Christmas is the biggest holiday for Christians and hence, they go all out for it. Thirdly, there are social pressures and stigma related to eluding Christmas celebrations in universities, work and neighborhood.
So in short, I can confidently say that although American Muslims are not celebrating but are actively participating in Christmas celebrations. For instance, a Muslim may not be decorating her home with decorations but must be going to a neighbor’s place for Christmas lunch. The question which arises is it that bad to participate in a holiday of another religion?