Tawhid - belief in one God, alone.
Ka'aba - a cubic structure, the most ancient structure dedicated to the worship of God; first built by the Prophets Ibrahim and Isma'il (peace be upon them.)
Al-Masjidul Haram - the large star-shaped mosque around the Ka'bah, also called Haram for short.
Mecca - the ancient city in Arabia where the Haram and the Ka'bah are situated.
Qibla - the direction of the Ka'bah which all Muslims face when they pray from any place on earth.
Hajj - to set out for the Ka'bah and perform specific rites during 8th through 13th ZulHijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
Umra - to set out for the Ka'bah and perform some specific rites at any time during the year.
Ihram - to take off usual clothes and put on two seamless sheets; to enter into a state of devotion with the intention of Hajj or Umra. The dress and the intention are both called lhram.
Miqat - the place for lhram.
Talbiya - the devotional calls to be recited loudly, "Here I am, here I am, O God!" frequently during the Hajj period.
Tawaf - to circumambulate the Ka bah.
Al-Hajarul Aswad - the Black Stone, a remainder of the original Ka'bah built by the Prophets Ibrahim and Isma'el (pbut)
Muqamu-Ibrahim - the stone on which lbrahim (pbuh) stood while building the Ka'bah, now situated about ten yards from the Ka'bah covered with a glass box. Also called Muqamu for short.
Zamzam - the ancient well about thirty yards east of the Ka'bah, first found by the Prophet Isma'el (pbuh).
Safa & Marwa - two hills near the Ka'bah now enclose by the Haram buildings.
Sa'ee - to walk between Safa and Marwa.
Mina - a town five miles east of Mecca.
Arafat - the plain about fourteen miles east of Mecca.
Muzdalifa - a place between Mina and Arafat where the Masha'rul Haram mosque is located.
Jamrat - three pillars of stone at Mina.
Ramy - to throw pebbles at Jamrat.
Nahr - to slaughter a camel, sheep, goat or cow, etc.
Wuqoof - to stay at Arafat from midday to sunset of the 9th of Zul-Hijjah.
Mabit - to stay nights, first in Muzdalifa, later on in Mina.
Masjid an-Nabawi - the mosque of Medina.
Masjid Quba - the mosque near Medina.
Ibadat - complete acceptance of God's will, of which formal worship is a part.
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