Al-Ghazali: The Mysteries of the Pilgrimage for Young People (Incl. Teachers Manual & Companion Storybook)

-25This magnificently illustrated 9×11 full color hardback (272 pp) includes not only a complete curriculum as part of its Parent Teacher Manual, but also a delightful companion storybook, “Secrets of the Hajj”, for the very young.

Imam al-Ghazali’s book on the Mysteries of the Pilgrimage (Book 7 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din) sums up the essential inner provisions that must be part of everyone’s life journey, whether on this parallel great pilgrimage or not. While conveying the deeper significance and spirit of the Hajj rites, this work highlights teachings which not only strengthen character but provide the entire family with a firm foundation for spiritual growth.


The Secrets of Hajj for Children – Chapter 7 Arafat

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Table of Contents
A Word from the Publisher 5
Introduction to Imam al-Ghazali’s The Mysteries of the Pilgrimage for Young People by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf 7
Prelude 17

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Chapter One: Last Meetings 21
Chapter Two: Insights from Imam al-Ghazali 27
Chapter Three: The Black Stone and Our Agreement with God u 31
Chapter Four: The Voice Between the Ka‘ba and the Kiswah 37
Chapter Five: Those Who Ask to Be Returned to This World 41
Chapter Six: Some Rules of Conduct 45
Chapter Seven: Practicing Dying 49
Chapter Eight: The Final Teachings at the Last Gathering 55
Chapter Nine: The Departure at Last! 61
Chapter Ten: Entering the State of Ihram Upon Reaching the Station of Miqat 69
Chapter Eleven: Arriving in the Holy Land 73
Chapter Twelve: The Meaning of the Vehicle That Would Carry Them to Mecca 77
Chapter Thirteen: The Entrance into Mecca and the First Sight of the Ka‘ba 81
Chapter Fourteen: Entering the Sacred Sanctuary 85
Chapter Fifteen: The Black Stone and the Kiswah 89
Chapter Sixteen: The Tawaf and the Ka‘ba – Walking Around the Ka‘ba Seven Times 93
Chapter Seventeen: Reaching the Door of the Ka‘ba 97
Chapter Eighteen: The Place of Ibrahim 101
Chapter Nineteen: Running the Course (Sa‘i) Between Mounts Safa and Marwa 105
Chapter Twenty: Setting Out for the Camp at Mina 111
Chapter Twenty-One: The Tent City at Night 115
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Day of Arafat 119
Chapter Twenty-Three: Muzdalifa 125
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Return to the Ka‘ba 131
Chapter Twenty-Five: Visiting Medina, the City of Light 137
Chapter Twenty-Six: Visiting the Prophet s 141
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Other Important Visits 145
Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Return: The Duties of the Heart 149


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Teacher’s Manual p. 155
Each lesson plan includes a chapter summary, core teaching, a Quranic or Hadith reference, questions and discussion topics for both age groups of 7-11 and 12 years through the teens. Supportive activities are provided for each group. For a PDF download, see:

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The Secrets of Hajj for Children p. 211
by Enabah Seda
A special addition for younger children has been included for the first time in our Ghazali Series – an interactive companion story book with a wonderful variety of activities. This story has also been narrated and recorded by Ghazali mother and educator Um Zayd, Senior Education Professional, Germany. For a PDF download, see: https://

Illustrations by Ithar Abusheikha