Perfecting the Journey: Legal & Spiritual Dimensions of Hajj, Umrah, and Visiting Madinah

Perfecting the Journey: Legal & Spiritual Dimensions of Hajj, Umrah, and Visiting Madinah

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Hajj and Umrah involve visiting the Kabah and performing an associated set of rituals. Both Hajj and Umrah are highly regarded acts of worship. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated, “Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and a previous Umrah. And the reward for an accepted Hajj is none other than Paradise” (Bukhari and Muslim).

Umrah is a sunnah act and can be performed at almost any time during the year. Hajj, on the other hand, is mandatory once during the lifetime of an adult who can afford it and must be performed from the 8th through the 13th of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah (collectively referred to as the Days of Hajj).

This book is a focused, comprehensive guide to the outer and inner dimensions of a journey to the two sacred cities. Whether you're making Hajj this year, or have intention to make Hajj in the future insha'Allah, it's definitely a book you'll want to read.

It covers:

  • General considerations while preparing for the journey
  • Ihram and entering Makkah
  • Day-by-day practices of Hajj from 8-12 Dhul Hijjah
  • Farewell practices
  • Potential violations during Hajj and Umrah
  • Returning home
  • Visiting Madinah and the Messenger ﷺ

It also includes five appendices covering specialized topics in depth.

About the Author

Dr. Husain Abdul Sattar studied at the  University of Chicago as an undergraduate where he studied Biology, Arabic and Islamic Civilization. It was during this period that he began his study of sacred knowledge, studying Arabic grammar (nahw), Hanafi jurisprudence (fiqh) and principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh) under ‘ulama (scholars) in Chicago. In 1994, Shaykh Husain also began training in Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf).

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Shaykh Husain enrolled in the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Along with his medical studies, he continued his studies of sacred knowledge. In his final year, he took leave from medical school to focus on his religious studies, traveling to Syria and then Pakistan, where he studied a traditional curriculum for a number of years under some of their greatest scholars. Throughout his years of study, Shaykh Husain also continued his training in Islamic Spirituality (tasawwuf) and was formally authorized to teach tasawwuf in July 2001.

Shaykh Husain is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago’s Prizker School of Medicine and is a practicing Surgical Pathologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is most widely known for his contributions to medical education. His textbook Fundamentals of Pathology is one of the most popular medical textbooks and his website ( is utilized by the most medical students across the world.