With Hajj less than a month away, these concise booklets compiled by Shaykh Saleem Dhorat (db), published by Islamic Dawah Academy, will be of great benefit to those preparing for the blessed journey and anyone else who plans on visiting for Umrah and for Ziyārah to Madīnah Munawwarah. They also contain illustrations when necessary, such as for the blessed pillars (Ustuwānah) in al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
Another useful booklet to obtain – by the same author and publisher – is Useful Advice for Travellers to the Haramayn.
The booklets are conveniently small and thin enough to be carried with on the journey for quick reference and review.
Some time ago, Ustadh Murabit Benavidez gifted me a PDF copy of مقاصدالصوم by Sultān al-Ulama Imām `Izz al-Dīn bin `Abd al-Salām (ra). For the benefit of others, I thought of sharing this gift during the month of fasting. Please view below for the download link:
A 563-page Arabic biography of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf Ali al-Thanawi (ra), written by Mawlana Muhammad Rahmatullah Nadwi. Contains an introduction by Mawlana Syed Rabi’ Hasani Nadwi (db) [the nephew of Mawlana Abul Hasan Ali al-Nadwi (ra) and his successor as the rector of the renowned seminary Nadwat al-Ulama].
“During his tow campaigns in Hejaz, Mawlana Yusuf [al-Kandhlawi] noticed that a vast numbers of the pilgrims who gather there annually are well nigh completely unacquainted with the virtues and aadaab of Hajj. They seem to be unaware of the vast blessing of this great form of worship with the result that they do not return home with the feelings, the inspiration, and enthusiasm for righteousness with which they should have returned.
For this reason Mawlana Yusuf insisted on me that a booklet with Ahadith and explanation on Hajj should be compiled to be put before the Ummah so that intending Hajis should set forth for Hajj prepared with the proper enthusiasm for those special spiritual inspirations as are required by them. It is hoped that when the proper condition for Hajj is created within the heart of the Haji, he shall have the desire to carry out the functions of the Deen more diligently.”
The works by Imam Harith al-Muhasibi (ra), the teacher of Shaykh Junaid al-Baghdadi (ra), are considered to be amongst the earliest treatises on Tasawwuf. Imam al-Muhasibi (ra) was born in Basra during 2nd century Hijri. The renowned research & Hadith scholar Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (ra) did the tahqeeq and takhrij of the treatise Risalat al-Mustarshideen which is attached above.