The hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Ibrahim , brings together Muslims of all races, languages, continents and color for one of life's most moving spiritual experiences.

For 14 centuries and counting, countless millions of Muslim men and women from the four corners of the earth, have made the pilgrimage to Makkah, the birthplace of Islam. In carrying out this obligation, they fulfill one of the five "pillars" of Islam, or central religious duties of the believer. We as Muslims trace the recorded origins of the divinely prescribed pilgrimage to the Prophet Ibrahim .

In the chapter entitled "The Pilgrimage," the Qur'an speaks of the divine command to perform the hajj and prophesies the permanence of this institution:

ďAnd when We assigned for Ibrahim the place of the House, saying "Do not associate Anything with Me, and purify My House for those who go around it and for those who stand and bow and prostrate themselves in worship. And proclaim the Pilgrimage among humankind: They will come to you on foot and on every camel made lean By traveling deep, distant ravines.

By the time the Prophet Muhammad received the divine call, however, pagan practices had come to muddy some of the original observances of the hajj. The Prophet, as ordained by God, continued the hajj after restoring its rituals to their original purity.

Furthermore, Muhammad himself instructed the believers in the rituals of the hajj. He did this in two ways: by his own practice, or by approving the practices of his Companions. This added some complexity to the rituals, but also provided increased flexibility in carrying them out, much to the benefit of pilgrims ever since. It is lawful, for instance, to have some variation in the order in which the several rites are carried out, because the Prophet himself is recorded as having approved such actions. Thus, the rites of the hajj are elaborate, numerous and varied; aspects of some of them are highlighted below.

The hajj to Makkah is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation upon male and female adults whose health and means permit it, or, in the words of the Qur'an, upon "those who can make their way there." It is not an obligation on children, though some children do accompany their parents on this journey.

Hajj Guide Audio an offering of alazaan a mobile application (for Symbian CLDC1.1, MIDP 2.0, Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and up, Palm and Blackberry; iPhone and Android are scheduled for release next month) incredibly, contains an array of features and study tools that are utterly astonishing. It certainly does not intend to replace the learned guide/scholar who may be leading the group you may be travelling with. It not only provides an easy access to information at every step of the way which is vital and important but also acts as a reminder of our duty towards our creator.

With Hajj Guide Audio you can now learn how to perform Umrah with all its intricate details and finally get to learn the details of performing Hajj now on Java-enabled phones, Windows Mobile OS, Pocket PCs, Blackberry and Palm devices and Symbian OS (Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson etc).

Key Features of HajjGuide Audio

HajjGuide Audio
Complete guide for Hajj and Umra
All the deeds to perform (from one’s house till coming back)
40 Duas from Quran (40 Rabbanas)
The way to enter the city of Madina
The way to offer salaam
40 duroods & salaam
High quality Audio, Handy to listen, & remember

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WAP portal: This software can also be downloaded directly to your mobile using our WAP portal. Please direct your mobile to http://alazaan.com/wapus/

FAQs: Please read our FAQ (frequently asked questions) first before contacting us with installation issues

Installation Guide: Click here to learn how to install Hajj Guide Audio on your mobile phones

Supported Mobiles: Clickhere to find out if your mobile supports Prayer Times

Please Note:
1) All or some of the features may not work on all mobile phones.
2)Audio may not work on some Palm and BlackBerry mobile phones.

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* A Java-enabled Mobile Phone that supports:
   - MIDP 2.0
   - JAR (Java Archive) files of size 75 KB+
   - 50 KB of Free RAM (i.e. Phone memory,       not Storage)

* An Unzipping program (such as http://www.WinZip.com)

* A USB cable or Bluetooth adapter to connect your Phone to your Computer
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Display that you will love:
Mobile Phone pose a lot of limitations and hence it is very important to design it right, for this very reason our engineers have worked hard in developing a self-customizable display that you can use to changes and flexes to cater for different mobile screens. You no longer have to deal with dull and boring static displays.

Speed you will appreciate:
Believe it, bringing clear audio to appreciate is a time consuming job; and for a mobile phone it's even more challenging. In spite of these issues we bring to you an application that does not compromise over speed, memory consumption or user interface. InshAllah you'll find it enjoy using it.

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