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Islamic Vocabulary - Hajj Related

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.

The Islamic Bulletin
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June 1991
Dul-Hijjah 1411
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Qur'an and Science
Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Islamic Vocabulary
Hajj Related
The Kid's Corner
Cook's Corner
Women in Islam
Islamic Dietary Laws
Teachings of the Prophet
Why I Embraced Islam