Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa on Sura Luqman – On Faith and Belief

Sura Luqman emphasizes tarbiya, or spiritual growth, and is named after a great sage. In this series, Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa explores the meanings of this chapter. Sura Luqman has 34 verses. Some say that all 34 verses were revealed in Mecca, while others say that all but two or three verses were revealed in Mecca. […]

Hajj – A Reader – For Those Blessed With The Pilgrimage

Dhul Hijja, the month of Hajj, is fast approaching. Hundreds and thousands of blessed Muslims are packing their bags, checking their travel documents and flocking to airports around the world, to make the journey to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This brief document is a resource for those travelling for Hajj this year, or any year. It […]

Permissibility of Non-Muslims Entering Mecca

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I was wondering about the permissibility of non-Muslims entering Mecca? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his folk, companions, and followers. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, In the Hanafi school, it is permitted for non-Muslims to enter all […]

Mecca for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’ – The Independent

Mecca for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’ Historic and culturally important landmarks are being destroyed to make way for luxury hotels and malls, reports Jerome Taylor Saturday, 24 September 2011 Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to […]

Pictures from Mecca in 1885 – Adventurer’s photos capture a bygone Mecca –

Adventurer’s photos capture a bygone Mecca –     (CNN) — He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy — but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist. Snouck’s extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca […]

Are non-Muslims Allowed to Enter Mecca and the Sacred Mosque (Haram)?

Answered by: Ustadh Faraz A. Khan Question: Why can’t non-Muslim, Jews and Christians, enter Mecca or the Haram? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and faith. The short answer to your question is that historically there was disagreement among jurists with respect to the matter. Abu […]