Going for Hajj even gets more easier, Maa shaa Allaah!

Visiting the Ka’bah for the purpose of ‘Ibaadah is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is the only conditional pillar in Islam, aside the condition of health and maturity. The pilgrims must be financially capable – this is not a condition in the other pillars. It is mandatory, once in a lifetime religious duty that a Muslim must perform.

Q 4 v 135

Q 22 v 26-30

Hajj being the largest ( annual) gathering in the world, one would be amazed at the type of management that must be put in place to coordinate such a gigantic gathering. It is no doubt, the Hajj management officials have been doing a great job for annual improvement which happens virtually every year. This year, another applaudable advancement has painted the atmosphere of the Holy city.

A Saudi engineer has invented an air-conditioned umbrella which uses solar energy or batteries to assist Hajj pilgrims avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion as temperatures soar over 40°C in the holy sites.

‘Makkah Umbrella’ is lightweight (610 gram only), easy to use, has a two-speed fan, and is easily connected to any water bottle installed in the canopy with a hand pump to push the water to the sprinklers.

This invention has come at a right time of the rise of Islam. It is noted that there is a huge increase in the Muslim population and many more Muslims would want to go for Hajj this year coming from different regions of the world. Many would be coming from very temperate regions, hence the need for this invention. Many, especially non-Muslim are not aware that people from all over the world go for Hajj. It is so unbelievable that every single nation is represented annually in Makkah, especially in recent time. Just name it! Here is what Malcom X ( May Allaah forgive him) got to say:

“There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white. America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought patterns previously held.” That was his first Hajj.

For the very many Muslims ( Reverts especially) who will be visiting the Holy cities for the first time purposefully for worship deserves to enjoy it. From USA, Canada, Russia, Greenland Kazakhstan, Iceland and the rest of other cold regions are doing Hajj. These are cold regions hence the invention of Muhammad Hamid Sayegh is very helpful.

Describing his invention, Mohammed Hamid Sayegh, a resident of Makkah, said during the official launch of his invention in Jeddah: “The demand for umbrellas has soared over the past years due the high heat and most of the foreign pilgrims from Europe, Asia and other parts of the world prefer to use umbrellas during their Hajj journey.”


The umbrella, he said, is able to work long hours by spraying water through the pumps. It is characterised by high capacities and is economic in water consumption making it an ideal choice for pilgrims, especially during this year and years which will witness unprecedented rise in temperature.

Raed Matar, marketing and sales manager of “Makkah Umbrella” was happy with the arrival of this umbrella this year which was made in China in order to create an appropriate atmosphere in the holy sites, the Saudi Gazette reported.

He also noted that this unique umbrella will not only be used by pilgrims but also others in this hot weather.

Sayegh has already registered his invention at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

Visit the YouTube channel for the conditioning umbrella :

Ajisafe Ashim @ knowislam.com.ng


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