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Dear Brother Burhan,
This is the first time I am writing to you, despite having millions of querries about Islam in my mind. Being born a muslim, I am very guilty when I say that I have very little knowledge on the subject. Your emails are a wonderful source of knowledge for me and I hope and pray that God bestows you with the best of everything, because you are doing a wonderful job at guiding people like us.
I have many questions in my mind tonight, which I will try to enter today. However, my first question to you, is one of an urgent need. Alhamdullillah I will be accompanying my parents for Hajj in January. I have obtained a book which defines all the procedures that have to be performed during this pilgrimage, although we will be accompanied by a Muallim who will be guiding us at each step. This book that I have obtained, has numerous duaas or aayaats that are required to be recited at virtually every step of the way. For example, in the seven circuits of Tawwaaf, there is a separate duaa to be recited in each ciruit! Plus, the whole book has as many as hundred different duaas, to be recited at different periods, i.e. when departing from relatives, when entering ehraam, when stepping out of the house, when on the road, when on the plane, when 10 miles from Macca, etc. I hope you know what I mean. There are so many of them.
My question basically is; are all these really important? Although there is no binding on memorising them, I feel that one would not even get the time to recite them from the book at the appropiate times. The first few may be simple but as the days go on, how would we manage it? Moreover, it would be humanly impossible to be reading out of the book while performing Tawwaaf!. Even if we remember the meaning of each aayat and just say the dua in our hearts, there is a possibility that we can get completey mixed up and say the wrong thing in the wrong place. Above all, ou Muallim has not said a word about remembering all these. In his classes, he just keeps emphasizing on Labbaikh.
My effort would be to remember as many as possible but I`m scared of getting them messed up. For instance, people say that the first time you see the Kaaba, the first duaa that comes to your mind will be accepted. At that moment of glory, there is yet another duaa to be recited! Now am I supposed to ask for my duaa or recite the aayat in the book? I am most confused Burhan and I would really appreciate it if you can help me resolve this situation. Kindly guide me how to go about this, because if I am required to remember all the aayaat, then I will have to start remembering them from now itself, so as to be able to complete them in 45 days before I leave.
I have one more question related to Hajj, which I would like to ask here. Being women, myself and my mother will not have problems with the ehraam in the chilly weather, as we can wear warm clothes inside. However, since my father will only be wearing two unstitched pieces of cloth, would he be allowed to wear a shawl or any warm clothes, so as to not catch cold? My father is very sensitive to the cold weather and generally has a running nose every 15 days. In a place like Mina or Arafaat, would he be allowed any kind of protection?
Thank you once again for bearing with this long question. I hope to hear from you soon. God bless you. Aaameen.
Your sister in Islam
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Umrah hajj reading dua in each tawaf
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Your Question Ref: reciting the various duas during 'tawaaf'
You have not mentioned the specific book you have received from your Hajj operators, so it would not be appropriate for us to comment on the authenticity of what is mentioned. There is absolutely no authentic narration from the Prophet (saws) that he would recite a particular dua on every 'tawaaf'; one may glorify Allah Subhanah, or recite the Quran, or make whatever supplication one wishes to make during the 'tawaaf' and the 'sai'.
Question: In a place like Mina or Arafaat, would he be allowed any kind of
Allah Subhanah has blessed the Holy city of
When in the state of 'ehraam', the male servants of Allah Subhanah are commanded to wear the two pieces of unstitched cloth. If one fears cold weather for any reason, there are thicker materials available which should help keep the person warm; but it would not be appropriate to wear additional clothing over the 'ehraam'.
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Your Brother in Islam,