Among the rights
that Allah has places upon His servants is Hajj. This pilgrimage is one
of the five pillars of Islam and its obligation comprises a dynamically
complex mixture of rituals, encampments, journeys and other rights that
provide the pilgrim with an experience that deserves every ounce of
struggle is demands.
This DVD contains a lecture detailing the rites of Hajj and explaining
the practical means of fulfilling them. The lecture was delivered by
Imam Tahir Anwar at the South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose,
California, during the summer of 2006, and the video and photos are from
the Hajj in December 2006. It includes the prerequisites, visiting
Makkah and Madinah, and is a very useful and step-by-step guide to
performing Hajj. It includes a slide presentation and video footage from
Makkah, Madinah, and the days of Hajj: Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah,
Jamaraat, and much more. The DVD also includes a demonstration of how to
wear the Ihram, which duas to say at various stages, and items to bring
with you during this once-in-a-lifetime journey. A 3D tour the Kaaba
provides a visual reference for important landmarks.
Exclusive footage from Mina,
Muzdalifah, Mount Uhud , Masjid Qiblatain, and more.
About the DVD
A group of young American Muslims planned to perform Hajj in December
2006/1427H. They began their preparations one year in advance and held
monthly meetings at their homes in order to be well prepared. They
attended Imam Tahir Anwar’s annual Hajj training workshop at the South
Bay Islamic Association in San Jose, California. Shafath Syed, a member
of this group thought it would be beneficial for many others to have
access to this workshop and information.
The workshop in this DVD was conducted in July 2006 specifically for
this group. Imam Tahir Anwar traveled with the group of American Muslims
and Shafath Syed videotaped and photographed the entire experience
specifically for this DVD so that we could share this experience with
the world and be in your prayers.
1. Hajj Preparation
5. Performing Hajj
8. 3D Tour of the Kaaba
Project Concept: Imam Tahir Anwar and Shafath Syed Presenter and Religious Director: Imam Tahir Anwar Video Production & Editing: Shafath Syed using Apple Final Cut
Studio and the Adobe Creative Suite on an Apple MacBook Pro Photos: Shafath Syed, Hisham & Safaa Ibrahim Cover design: Susanah Ishak, MQube www.mqu.be 3D animation: Kasim Azhar “La illaha illalahu” by Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh from the album:
Ahmad Yaa Habibi. Used with the permission of Nur al-Habib
Productions, UK. www.nuralhabib.com
Imam Tahir Anwar was
born in London, England. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California in
1983. While going to school, where he performed outstandingly, he completed the
initial studies of the Qur'an and the Arabic language under his father, who is
also a scholar of the Islamic sciences.
In 1991, he traveled to Gujrat, India where he enrolled in a traditional Islamic
University named Darul Uloom Falah-e-Darain (The House of Knowledge which is of
benefit in both worlds). This institution is located in his native town of
For the next seven years he engaged himself in an intensive educational
curriculum that comprised of the memorization of the Holy Qur'an, the perfection
of the art of reciting the verses of the Holy Qur'an, the comprehensive study of
the Arabic language including syntax, etymology, and literature, the study of
Prophetic Traditions, the study of the translation, exegesis and elucidation of
the Holy Qur'an, and the study of Islamic Jurisprudence.
In recognition of his academic achievements at this institution, he was given
the title of 'Aalim: a title given to a person who successfully completes the
abovementioned studies at an accredited institution.
After graduating with a B.A. in Islamic Theology in 1999, Imam Tahir Anwar has
been serving as the Imam and Director of Religious Services at the South Bay
Islamic Association located in San Jose, California. He is also the head of the
Islamic Studies Department, and an Islamic Studies teacher at Granada Islamic
School in Santa Clara, California. He has also taught Hanafi fiqh at the
world-renowned Zaytuna Institute.
He currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife and two sons.