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Why is Hajj mandatory and when is Hajj to be performed?


Hajj is a unique combination of Prayers, Fasting & Zakaat. A Muslim, who is financially & physically sound, has to go to Hajj once in a lifetime.

In Holy Quran, Allah declares: “Wa Lillaahi `Alan Naasi Ĥijjul Baiti Manis Tţaa`a ilaihi Sabeelaa. Wa Man Kafara Finnallaaha Ghaniyun `Anil `Aalameen”
(Allah has a right on the people, who can afford to reach the House, are obliged to perform Hajj there; and the one who disobeys should know that Allah is All-Sufficient and does not stand in need of any creature of the worlds. Soorah 3: Aayat 97)

Allah simply asks us to be mindful of HIM for HE is aware of our sinful hearts and knows that only HIS thoughts can inspire the fear of doing wrong in man’s conscience. Pilgrimage to Hajj expects a man to be detached from the world and into the arms of HIS creator. For the first time during the period of Hajj, man realizes HIS need for love and acceptance cannot be fulfilled by the creation but only by the creator. The sole intention should be to gain Allah’s pleasure and fulfill his obligation.

According to the Islamic calendar, on the 8th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month every year, pilgrims are meant to travel to Hajj. The pilgrimage is performed in Makkah, Saudi Arabia to celebrate the glory of Allah. The duration of the pilgrimage lasts 5 days between the 8-12th days of the lunar month.

Al Khalid Tours & Travels provides many facilities to the people going for Hajj. The facilities are customized according to your requirements. However, there are other things that you can take care on your end too.
Ensure the bags that you carry should have your name & address tag. Pack as light a luggage as you can to avoid unnecessary hassles.

Carry all your travel documents such as Meningitis Certificate, Passport, Currency, Bank Draft, Ticket and other important documents in a separate handbag and keep a good eye on this handbag.
However, if you face more discomfort during this pilgrimage, Allah will reward you more. He is always pleased with those who come to him in a tattered state.

Sponsor an Umrah/Hajj

Sponsoring an Umrah or Hajj trip for an individual who can’t afford to make this holy pilgrimage is an act of charity. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) used the term Sadaqa Jaariya which means a good and charitable act and the word Jaariya means continuous. The complete term means doing a benefit for someone that will bring them continuous benefit.

An act of arranging an Umrah or Hajj pilgrimage for an individual is certainly a part of Sadaqa Jaariya because the benefits of this will not only be reaped by you but also, the pilgrim whose life will have changed after their encounter with Allah’s presence.

Offering alms, food and shelter are blessed acts on their own, however; having the heart to bless and help someone fulfill their religious obligation is a deed that will indefinitely reap multi-fold blessings. Because by doing so one is bringing Allah’s people back into HIS presence.

So, we remind you to bless another with what Allah has blessed you. By your actions, you can cause an individual to give glory to Allah. Be the reason for someone’s joy and religious fulfillment by simply sponsoring an Umrah or Hajj pilgrimage.

What is Islamic Doctrine?

Islam essentially means to surrender or submit according to its Arabic understanding. The first man to whom Allah had bestowed the faith through the book was the Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W.).  It was through him that Allah intended to communicate to HIS people in the world and bring them back to HIM. The object of mankind was as Allah spoke through the Quran. “And I have not created the Jinn and men but that they may worship me.” (51:57)

Man’s foundation must be based on Allah and HIS living should be a form of worship to Allah. This was how HE intended it to be. It is man’s duty to love Allah’s creation and show them compassion and mercy. The fundamental principles of faith that sustain man’s faith are reflected in HIS decrees.

First being belief in Allah

According to this, Allah is the only creator of the Universe and possesses divine attributes. No other or no one comes close to HIS glory or is the opposite of HIM, is equal to HIM or is as self-sufficient. True belief rests in knowing and obeying the Benefactor, Creator, Just, Merciful, All-Knowing, etc.

As HE has bestowed mighty blessings and knowledge to comprehend the marvellous things of the earth, the responsibility of behaving and giving reverence falls on man. This is the first of the 6 doctrines that we have covered here. Stay tuned to read and know more through the next blogs.


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Reading this could help you gain an in depth understanding of the religious significance behind the sacrificing of a goat every Eid al Adha. The meaning of the Arabic word Eid is festival. The other Eid is Eid al Adha which is slowly approaching and is called as the Greater Eid or the Festival of Sacrifice.

This Festival is forever ingrained in man’s memory right from the time Allah had rewarded Ibrahim (A.S.) for his complete obedience and submission. Chronologically speaking, at the end of the holy season of Hajj or according to the lunar calendar, Eid takes place in the first few days of the last month of the Islamic calendar.

Ibrahim’s (A.S.) willingness and devotion to Allah knew no bounds and this were reflected in his decision to give up his only son as a sacrifice at one word of Allah. This was a test for Ibrahim (A.S.) given by Allah to judge how strong he was in his faith. As a reward for his complete obedience, Allah miraculously replaced his son with a ram for sacrifice instead. This was only one of the many occasions when Ibrahim (A.S.) succeeded in proving his faith. Through it all, Allah was given highest priority and was treasured more than anything by Ibrahim (A.S.).

To commemorate such a holy relationship, people on every Eid al Adha sacrifice an animal. Even on their Hajj pilgrimage, people venture to sacrifice animals in remembrance of that commitment. Muslims all over the world celebrate this festival and pray relentlessly to replicate the faith that Ibrahim (A.S.) possessed.

All over the world, millions of animals are sacrificed on Eid.  During such an act, many remember Allah’s mercy on Ibrahim (A.S.) and seek mercy for their ways from Allah in hope that their lives will reflect the glory of Allah.

This Eid, Al Khalid Tours and Travels invites you to celebrate Eid al Adha with the Pilgrim family. At Al Khalid Tours & Travels, we pride ourselves in providing excellent service and focusing only on one goal: to ensure you have the best spiritual journey.



Renew Faith Through Hajj!


The Pilgrimage is [in] the appointed months. Whosoever undertakes the duty of Pilgrimage during them, then there is no lewdness, wickedness or disputation while on the Pilgrimage. And whatever good you do, Allah knows it. And make provisions, but the best provision is piety. Therefore be mindful of Me, O people of understanding. [2:197]

Allah simply asks us to be mindful of HIM for HE is aware of our sinful hearts and knows that only HIS thoughts can inspire the fear of doing wrong in man’s conscience. Pilgrimage to Hajj expects a man to be detached from the world and into the arms of HIS creator. For the first time during the period of Hajj, man realizes HIS need for love and acceptance cannot be fulfilled by the creation but only by the creator.

Of all the 2 million Muslims that complete the Hajj every year, Allah desires to change all those million hearts for the sake of a renewed faith in HIM. Even though some embark on this pilgrimage to simply fulfill an obligation but they return back with changed hearts and a fulfillment in the soul. Having realized that more than a million pilgrims devote themselves to such an act of faith reflects their willingness to submit to Allah’s will.

Here is the period when millions experience a change that they are able to inculcate even after this journey.

We at Al Khalid tours and travels understand your dire need to praise in Allah’s presence. Our privilege to serve our brothers and sisters in Allah for the past years has blessed us with the opportunity to be known as the best tour operators for Hajj and Umrah in Mumbai.  We urge you to then to join us as we embark on the journey of a lifetime with the faithful.

The Significance Of The Sacrifice In Hajj

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Four of the twelve months in the Islamic calendar are considered sacred. The holy pilgrimage is performed in the holy month of Dhu’l-Hijjah which is the twelfth month in the Islamic calendar. As the auspicious time for Hajj draws near, All Muslims who can afford (financially & physically) take the pilgrimage to fulfill their sacred obligation of Islam.

It is a very divine month in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place as well as it’s the Festival of the Sacrifice.

An amazing, powerful and energizing mission where one witnesses Muslims from all over the world converging to profess their faith, their submission, their belief in the one and only almighty Allah leaving behind their homes, family, comforts where in unity they worship the most benevolent and most merciful, Allah.

It signifies lots of things such as no distinction between the rich and poor, no one is superior and no one privileged. It’s a unique conglomeration where all are equal, standing at one platform seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy.

This pilgrimage lasts for five days and an animal sacrifice ends this marvelous spiritual feat, each ritual having its own significance and relevance. One returns having all his sins forgiven if asked truly and with the intention to not transgress again.

It is said one is as innocent as he is when at birth if pilgrimage is performed with the right spirit and manner with total submission.

Allah says: It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him. (Al-Hajj 22: 37)

The Animal sacrifice commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son on Allah’s command and in their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice—Ibrahim of his son, Isma`il of his own life—they surpass notions of self and false attachment to the material world, thus enabling Allah’s mercy to dwelve and enlighten them with divine wisdom.

It reminds the pilgrim of sharing food with the poor and upholds the sacredness of life wherein one would slay for sustenance only as the need for food.

The pronouncement of Allah’s name over the sacrifice is an essential part of the ritual wherein meat is permitted to be eaten only if His name is pronounced at the act of taking life, in that humans are commanded to give thanks and praise Allah for the sustenance He has given them and they should sacrifice something of value to themselves to show their appreciation for what they have been blessed with (which was the very animals on which their survival was based).

Sa’I : Between Safa and Marwah


Sa’i is the ritualistic walking between the two mountains of Safa and Marwah which are the symbols of Allah. This is a ritual common to both the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage.

It is A Sunnah to perform Tawaf between them (As-Safa and Al-Marwah), and thus, no one should abandon performing Tawaf between them.”
The reason of performing this Sa`i between As-Safa and Al-Marwah: Is in commemoration of BiBi Hajra ((Prophet Ibrahim’s wife) who with her infant son Ismail was left alone on the dry desert mountains of Safa and Marwah by Prophet Ibrahim as commanded by Allah. With their minimal provisions spent, Hajra alone and desperate went looking for water and food. She left her infant alone on the ground and kept running to and fro seven times between the two mountains of Safa and Marwah. She first climbed the hill, Safa, then she went to the other hill, Marwah, to look around. BiBi Hajraa travelled seven times in between the hills in the harsh blistering heat, before returning to her son.
Panic stricken and fearing for her child’s life, she beseeched Allah, supplicating for His help. She was helpless and lonely, crying and pleading to save her son from this situation. Thus Allah answered her prayers and sent Angel Jibrail who struck the ground with his wing and a spring emerged, known as the holy ZamZam Well. This was an answer to her prayers. as both provision and a reward for her obedience and patience.
Zamzam water is: “A tasty (or nutritional) food and a remedy for the illness.”
It is believed that whosoever drinks the ZamZam water for a particular purpose surely finds relief therein. It is mentioned in the Quran that Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah and is mandatory to walk between them, as included in the rituals that Allah ordained during the Hajj for Prophet Ibrahim.

For Hajj and Umrah, the Kaaba is the central point after which the Sa’I begins from Safa. The distance between Safa and Marwah is around 450 m hence seven trips add up to 3.15 km. The two points of Safa and Marwah and the path in between are inside a long corridor that forms part of the Great Mosque.
Hence when moving between Safa and Marwah one has to recount the desperation and hopelessness of Hajjra’s situation and Allah’s mercy in answering her prayers symbolising how when we seek with humbleness and true faith Allah will provide as he is the all-seeing and all knowing.

Fast for a year, fast in Shawwal


The holy month of Ramadan is followed by the 10th Islamic month of Shawwal and the first day of Shawwal is Eid-Ul-Fitr which is one of the two main festivals of Muslims, who believe that this is the day when sins are forgiven.

Shawwal is an important month as it is the first month of the “Ashhur al-Hajj” (i.e. the months of Hajj).

Hajj is performed in the first ten days of Zulhijjah (Month of Hajj), but the whole period starting from the first of Shawwal up to the 10th of Zulhijjah ( month of Hajj) is considered to be the period of Hajj as some acts of Hajj can be performed in the month of Shawwal as well.

It is commendable to keep six fasts in the month of Shawwal. The Prophet, Sall-Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, has said:

Whoever completes fasts of Ramadan then adds to them the fast of six days in the month of Shawwal, it will carry the thawab of fasting for the whole year. (Sahih Muslim)

It is therefore desirable to make most of this opportunity to gain such an extensive reward from Allah. It recommended to start these fasts from the 2nd of Shawwal and keep fasting up to the 7th of it. However, if, they are kept on other days, it is assumed that the requirement of the above hadith is fulfilled.

It is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The fast of Ramadan is like observing ten months of fasting. Fasting six days of Shawwâl is like observing two months of fasting. This together is like fasting throughout the year.” [Sahîh Ibn Khuzaymah) Scholars have explained the following virtues of fasting Six Days in Shawwâl.

Fasting immediately after observing Ramadan is equivalent of fasting throughout the year.
These fasts of Shawwal are like the sunnah prayers which accompany the obligatory prayers making up for any deficit in obligatory duties in Ramadan,

Ramadan is not only about Fasting but also one’s conduct and behaviour with intentions being a primary consideration for all deeds to be accepted by Allah.

Also fasting right after Ramadan is an indication that Ramadan fasts were accepted. As when Allah accepts the worship he guides his devotees, to engage in further acts of piety.

Getting into the habit of fasting again immediately is a means of giving thanks to Allah for the blessings that have been received. There is no blessing greater than forgiveness for one’s sins, and we know that fast of Ramadan is recompensed with forgiveness of one’s previous sins.

Fasting these days in Shawwâl is one way for us to express our thanks for Allah blessing us in our observance of the Ramadan fast.

Allah knows best.

An Inspiring Ramadan Story…


The month of Ramadan brings amazing stories. We came across this wonderful story of compassion by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and we are compelled to share it with you all.

The story is from the days of Prophet Muhammad’s Ramadan Eid celebration. The day was filled with festivities on the streets of Madina. Everyone was dressed and were enthusiastic about the special day of Ramadan Eid.

The early morning Ramadan Eid prayers were led by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and performed on the outskirts of the Madina city. Everyone greeted each other after the prayers and walked back home. There were children playing, laughing and smiling; like there is no care in the world.

While Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was walking back home, he came across a little boy named Zuhair Bin Saghir, who was sitting on the footpath all by himself. He was crying and looked gloomy. Prophet patted him on the shoulder and asked, “Why are you crying child?” “Please leave me alone” responded the child. The boy didn’t realise that he was talking to Prophet Muhammad. He didn’t even look up. Prophet ran his fingers through the boy’s hair and very lovingly asked again that why was he crying on such auspicious day. The boy finally spoke, “After my father’s death, my mother remarried and my stepfather hates me and wants me to be out of the house. Today is Ramadan Eid, look how everyone is happy. All my friends are wearing new clothes and have delicious things to eat, and here I am, I don’t have clothes except the one I am wearing. I have no place to go and no food to eat.”

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) comforted him and said, “I exactly know how you feel, I lost my parents when I was a little boy.” The boy was taken aback as he came to know that an orphan was comforting him. When he looked up he was astonished to see Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He stood on his feet immediately and paid Him respect.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) smiled and said, “What if I become your new father and my wife your new mother and my daughter your new sister, will that make you happy?” “Oh! Yes! That will be the most ideal thing in the world!” The boy smiled and wiped his tears. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) took him to His house and provided him with new clothes, delicious food on this auspicious day of Ramadan Eid.

Moral: We should always think of others who are less fortunate than us. We should not only inculcate this on Ramadhan Eid but also otherwise. Always take a moment and think of those less fortunate people and follow Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Sunnah.

Preparing to be in HIS presence!

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Every Muslim longs for one thing in their life. To be in Allah’s presence! Oh, many a lives have gone by attempting to feel the power of HIS overwhelming presence by performing the sacred Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. It is said, when you enter into Allah’s presence, you never return the same!

For many Muslims who plan a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca and Medina have to adhere to a set of rituals, customs and Quranic instructions. Each of which is meant to aid the pilgrims in their journey. Only Muslims that are physically, financially sound can afford to make such a journey of self-purification. However, it does not necessarily mean that the pilgrimage was successful unless you go back filled with Allah’s grace.

What then can entitle a Muslim to receive HIS blessing? More than the prayers, more than the fasting, more than the pilgrimage; it is indeed the intention harbored within the heart of an individual. The Niyat is what confirms the authenticity of a prayer and a good deed. As spoken by the Prophet (SAW), “Verily actions are judged according to intentions and every man is granted what he intends.”

While attempting to make the pilgrimage, the faithful must learn Manaasik under the guidance of a Sunni `Aalim and memorise all important Du’aas and Talbiyah.

So, as one desires to dwell in HIS presence, channelize one’s thoughts to delight in HIS name and in HIS ways. Doing so enables a Muslim to cleanse his/her soul. Allah cannot resist residing in a clean heart and soul especially of the one that calls out to HIM. A heart graced with HIS presence will be the reality of a Muslim who watches over his/her intentions and discards the unclean.

Many are the ways to be where Allah often appears, however, there is only a single way to ensure HE stays.


Allah once asked a man, “what do you seek your desires or mine?” To that, he said, “I need only to look for you, that’s where your desires become mine.”



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