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Why The Titles Alhaji And Alhaja?

Its no more news that MOST of our muslim brothers and sisters always end up calling themselves ALHAJI and ALHAJA after their pilgrimage to mecca,but from my inquiry i gathered that alhaji and alhaja are the names saudi people call those on a pilgrimage to mecca and it means STRANGER,if this is true why do our people always WANT to be called by these names when they RETURN HOME?is it part of our craze for TITLES in our country,just like some people will be mad wid you if you fail to address them with titles like chief,doc,prof etc.Is it a must for people to be called ALHAJI AND ALHAJA{[[/b]b]STRANGER}IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.This thread is by no means MEANT TO RIDICULE ANYBODY OR RELIGION,but for our people to stop the trend.

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People in Nigeria are quite obsessed with titles and official names. That is true, but in this case it may not be the reason why people use these words. Hajj is a lifetime travel to Mecca for a Muslim. People may accumulate wealth for years to be able to make that journey. It is considered to be a very special spiritual achievement and experience. So, once a person manages to complete it, they attach those words to the name and use it as a certain spiritual title. It singles them out and makes them able to provide advice and be in authority among other believers.

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In order that we do not destroy ourselves in ignorance, my Christian (and Muslim) brothers please seek for knowladge so you may not judge in ignorance and incure the wrath of Allah (God). the explanation below was culled from Wikipedia (Please refere) and will educate our Christians brothers including some less informed Muslims alike to do more research before making conclusions on any sensitive issues in future. Salam, Shalom,

Hajji (Persian: حاجی, Arabic: الحجّي‎ al-ḥajjī or الحاج al-ḥājj, Greek: Χατζής, Bulgarian: Хаджия, Bosnian: Hadži, Belarusian: haberythr, Turkish: Hacı, Hausa: Alhaji, pilgrim; Sometimes spelled Hadji or Haji), Alhaji (in Northern Nigeria and surrounding areas), or El-Hajj, is an Honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca,[1] and is often used to refer to an elder, since it can take time to accumulate the wealth to fund the travel. The title is placed before a person's name (For instance John Smith becomes Hajji John Smith). It is derived from the Arabic al-Ḥājj, which is the active participle of the verb ḥajja 'to make the pilgrimage to Mecca'.

The alternative form ḥajjī is derived from the name of the Hajj with the adjectival suffix -ī, and this was the form adopted by non-Arabic languages. In some areas, the title has been handed down the generations, and has become a family name. Such usage can be seen, for example, in the Bosniak surname Hadžiosmanović, which means 'son of Hajji Osman'.

Women who complete the Hajj are referred to as Hajjah or الحاجة al-Ḥājjah.[2], or (in Hausa/Fulani) Hajiya.

The term is also used in the Balkan Christian countries that were once under Ottoman domination (Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, Macedonia and Romania) for a Christian who had traveled to Jerusalem and the Holy Lands.[3]

In Cyprus, where for centuries Christians and Muslims intermixed freely and Jerusalem is conveniently local, the title became so prevalent as to be permanently integrated into some Greek Christian family names, such as Hajiioannou, regardless of any lack of qualification.

Spelled either hajji or haj, it is used as a comprehensive term for Iraqis or Middle Eastern people in general, similar to the term Jerry during World War I and World War II.[4][5]

As you ALL (Muslims & Christians alike) can see from the detailed explanation above the term Haj,Hajj,Hajji,Alhaji el al. is not what people term it to be , the Arabic word for stranger or foreigner is Ghareeb please you can confirm this as well in Wikipedia or encyclopedia. This is an age of information technology and we all have access to internet to make our research and not rely on guess work.

Lets be guided accordingly and READ so we can LEARN, May the Peace and Blessing of Almighty Allah (God ) be with us all.

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Alhaji

`Alhaji` or `Al-Hajj` is a term of respect used to address a Muslim man who has completed one of the Five Pillars of Islam by going on the Hajj, or religious pilgrimage to Mecca. A woman who has completed the pilgrimage is addressed as Alhajia. Category:Arabic words and phrases (Culled from On-Line Encyclopedia) This put a end to this ignorance!!!!

Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhaji

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Sir olabowale, greetings to you, hope osisi is fine its been quite a while she came to disturb

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Sir olabowale, greetings to you, hope osisi is fine its been quite a while

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at best the christians will go to "heaven", and no "PARADISE" for them. it is already forbidden for them and they forbid it for themselves, instead choose heaven.

osisi will "proof" that muslims will go to hell before going to paradise. what she cant proof is that muslims as a nation will be punished in there, where as i will proof to her that chrsitians will be punish, as a nation in hell, and muslims as a nation will watch from Jannah!

you wanna be punish woman? continue in your chrsitian ways!

Hijr and Hajj have the same foundamental origin; spiritual travel.

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@eje, even the several arabic dialect we have doesn't interprete Al haji as stranger, it is just one among their uncountable lies

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FOCUSED123, I could see how short minded you are. So you didn't even realized that Arabic language has different versions. Just like our English language. I don't know FOSUED123 whether you have an idea about how Americans called some things as compare to UK.

Can you tell me the particular Arabic country that call strangers you explained ? And do you have an idea about the Arabic country that call strangers Alhaji ?

In my first post I warned people like you to rather study and just stop making unnecessary noise. Have respect for your fellow human beings and learn to use nice words in all your undertaken.

I will never call you an because you are created and fashioned into a full human being by God and I must respect that. There are different type of Arabic languages FOCUSED123. You need to study. You need to travel and never stay in a narrow area that you are now, to just let people know how smelly your mouth can be.

STUDY OOOOO FUSED123 STUDY.

I don't know whether you even know your name. Well if you don't know your name let me tell you. You are called HUMAN BEING but can you tell me why your father did not just call you human being but decided to give you name ? Class Test for you FOCUSED123.

But if you don't know since I know you don't know why, then people who visited Mecca are given the name Alhaji for a reason.

All thanks is due to God almighty the master of the day of judgment.

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@Abuzola :

You are the greatest on earth. Alhaji means stranger. The Saudi Arabians calls you stranger because that is what you are, but because of your stupidity, you come to Nigeria attaching such rubbish title to your name. Why are you even calling yourself Alhaji, are you an Arab ?

May God deliver all of you from ignorance. If only you know that the people of Arabia don't like black people.

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May Allah peace and blessing be with the person who developed this site which we discuss issues like this on.

Their brothers and sister, Muslims and Christians alike. Why don’t we need to learn but rather just judge from what our minds or any other person have told us ?

Its about time we study other religions not to actually be like them, but to know what they believe so as to serve guard our self. Majority of other religious leaders do quote from the Bible, the Quran and from other books to make a point. Why can’t we be like them when discussing religious issues ? We must not judge blindly on what we know not.

If God want we can all be Christians or Muslims but He did that not. Can you tell me who was created by a different kind of God rather than the Almighty God ? To God all humans are equal but our deeds in this world shall make us greater than one another in the hereafter.

Let us always face the fact and don’t mind to learn from others because the kingdom of God is not belong to any creature but the Lord Almighty, not even our Prophets. Remember that, Jesus, Mohammed, Ibraham, ,Moses were all sent to man by God so that we may be thought to know who God is and how to win the favour of God when the end time comes.

Alhaji or Alhaja or Hajia is not a title but a word in Arabic which means “Stranger”. If you are a male, you are male stranger to the Arabs (Alhaji). If you are a female, you are female stranger to the Arabs (Alhaja or Hajia). Just like the English words HE and SHE

Even if you are not a Muslim but you visit Mecca you will be referred to as Alhaji or Alhaja just to note other Arabs for good services or good treatments when the need arises. Muslims are thought to treat strangers in a special manner so they use this word just to prompt their fellow brothers for a nice and interesting service. You know we may say strangers are people who have no father, mother or a relative in some body land, therefore they must be helped or be assisted in any incase.

But we continue to referred to them as Alhaji or Alhaja in Africa or in some part of the world not for a title but to prompt other Muslims or non Muslims that, the person has visited Mecca before for the fulfillment of God’s command. Therefore note that, Muslims who visit don’t just go to visit, but to fulfill God’s command.

These are the verses (in sequence) that deal with Hajj (Pilgrimage) in the Quran.

[22:27.8] "And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding on various exhausted (means of transportation). They will come from the farthest locations."

[2:125] We have rendered the shrine (the Kaba) a focal point for the people, and a safe sanctuary. You may use Abraham's shrine as a prayer house. We commissioned Abraham and Ismail: "You shall purify My house for those who visit, those who live there, and those who bow and

prostrate."

[2:158] The knolls of Safa and Marwah are among the rites decreed by GOD. Anyone who observes Hajj or `Umrah commits no error by traversing the distance between them. If one volunteers more righteous works, then GOD is Appreciative, Omniscient.

[2:189] They ask you about the phases of the moon! Say, "They provide a timing device for the people, and determine the time of Hajj." It is not righteous to beat around the bush; righteousness is attained by upholding the commandments and by being straightforward. You shall observe GOD, that you may succeed.

[ 2:196] You shall observe the complete rites of Hajj and `Umrah for GOD. If you are prevented, you shall send an offering, and do not resume cutting your hair until your offering has reached its destination. If you are ill, or suffering a head injury (and you must cut your hair), you shall expiate by fasting, or giving to charity, or some other form of worship. During the normal Hajj, if you break the state of Ihram (sanctity) between `Umrah and Hajj, you shall expiate by offering an animal sacrifice. If you cannot afford it, you shall fast three days during Hajj and seven when you return home - this completes ten -provided you do not live at the Sacred Masjid. You shall observe GOD, and know that GOD is strict in enforcing retribution.

[2:197] Hajj shall be observed in the specified months. Whoever sets out to observe Hajj shall refrain from sexual intercourse, misconduct, and arguments throughout Hajj. Whatever good you do, GOD is fully aware thereof. As you prepare your provisions for the journey, the best provision is righteousness. You shall observe Me, O you who possess intelligence.

[2:198] You commit no error by seeking provisions from your Lord (through commerce). When you file from `Arafaat, you shall commemorate GOD at the Sacred Location (of Muzdalifah). You shall commemorate Him for guiding you; before this, you had gone astray.

[ 2:199] You shall file together, with the rest of the people who file, and ask GOD for forgiveness. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[ 2:200-201] Once you complete your rites, you shall continue to commemorate GOD as you commemorate your own parents, or even better. Some people would say, "Our Lord, give us of this world," while having no share in the Hereafter. [2:201] Others would say, "Our Lord, grant us righteousness in this world, and righteousness in the Hereafter, and spare us the retribution of Hell."

[ 2:203] You shall commemorate GOD for a number of days (in Mena); whoever hastens to do this in two days commits no sin, and whoever stays longer commits no sin, so long as righteousness is maintained. You shall observe GOD, and know that before Him you will be gathered.

[ 3:96-97] The most important shrine established for the people is the one in Becca; a blessed beacon for all the people. In it are clear signs: the station of Abraham. Anyone who enters it shall be granted safe passage. The people owe it to GOD that they shall observe Hajj to this shrine, when they can afford it. As for those who disbelieve, GOD does not need anyone.

[5:1] O you who believe, you shall fulfill your covenants. Permitted for you to eat are the livestock, except those specifically prohibited herein. You shall not permit hunting throughout Hajj pilgrimage. GOD decrees whatever He wills.

[ 5:2] O you who believe, do not violate the rites instituted by GOD, nor the Sacred Months, nor the animals to be offered, nor the garlands marking them, nor the people who head for the Sacred Shrine (Ka'ba) seeking blessings from their Lord and approval. Once you complete the pilgrimage, you may hunt. Do not be provoked into aggression by your hatred of people who once prevented you from going to the Sacred Masjid. You shall cooperate in matters of righteousness and piety; do not cooperate in matters that are sinful and evil. You shall observe GOD. GOD is strict in enforcing retribution.

[5:94] O you who believe, GOD will test you with some game within reach of your hands and your arrows (during pilgrimage). GOD thus distinguishes those among you who observe Him in their privacy. Those who transgress after this have incurred a painful retribution.

[5:95] O you who believe, do not kill any game during pilgrimage. Anyone who kills any game on purpose, his fine shall be a number of livestock animals that is equivalent to the game animals he killed. The judgment shall be set by two equitable people among you. They shall make sure that the offerings reach the Ka'ba. Otherwise, he may expiate by feeding poor people, or by an equivalent fast to atone for his offense. GOD has pardoned past offenses. But if anyone returns to such an offense, GOD will avenge it. GOD is Almighty, Avenger.

[5:96] All fish of the sea are made lawful for you to eat. During pilgrimage, this may provide for you during your journey. You shall not hunt throughout the pilgrimage. You shall reverence GOD, before whom you will be summoned.

[9:2] Therefore, roam the earth freely for four months, and know that you cannot escape from GOD, and that GOD humiliates the disbelievers.

[9:36] The count of months, as far as GOD is concerned, is twelve. This has been GOD's law, since the day He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred. This is the perfect religion; you shall not wrong your souls (by fighting) during the Sacred Months. However, you may declare all-out war against the idol worshipers (even during the Sacred Months), when they declare all-out war against you, and know that GOD is on the side of the righteous.

[9:37] Altering the Sacred Months is a sign of excessive disbelief; it augments the straying of those who have disbelieved. They alternate the Sacred Months and the regular months, while preserving the number of months consecrated by GOD. They thus violate what GOD has consecrated. Their evil works are adorned in their eyes. GOD does not guide the disbelieving people.

[ 22:26-27] We appointed Abraham to establish the Shrine: "You shall not idolize any other god beside Me, and purify My shrine for those who visit it, those who live near it, and those who bow and prostrate." And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding on various exhausted (means of transportation). They will come from the farthest locations."

[22:28-29] They may seek commercial benefits, and they shall commemorate GOD's name during the specified days for providing them with livestock. "Eat therefrom and feed the despondent and the poor." They shall complete their obligations, fulfill their vows, and visit the ancient shrine.

[ 22:33] The (livestock) provide you with many benefits for a period, before being donated to the ancient shrine.

[ 22:36] The animal offerings are among the rites decreed by GOD for your own good. You shall mention GOD's name on them while they are standing in line. Once they are offered for sacrifice, you shall eat therefrom and feed the poor and the needy. This is why we subdued them for you, that you may show your appreciation.

[48:27] GOD has fulfilled His messenger's truthful vision: "You will enter the Sacred Masjid, GOD willing, perfectly secure, and you will cut your hair or shorten it (as you fulfill the pilgrimage rituals) there. You will not have any fear. Since He knew what you did not know, He has coupled this with an immediate victory."

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Once upon a time, the christian god died on the cross of calvary

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@focus, you sound like an , how can alhaji means a stranger, even a dumb knows that Al-hajji has to do with pilgrimage, a male stranger in arabic is Ghareeb and a female Ghareeba. So Stop propagating lies

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Al haji o r Al haja is derived from Al HAJJ which equally means a pilgrim/pilgram, likewise Hajji

A male Stranger in arabic means Ghareeb and a female stranger means Ghareeba

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See noise, wow so osisi and david were old customer of Islam, see their animosity, that was two years ago. And me a new born am making my noise and they consider it an insult. God will do justice to this

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I must confess, when i read some of the comments on this forum, i was very sad. There is so much hate, intolerance and misunderstanding about other tribes and religions. There are ways of getting your points across without being abusive and petty. I am a yoruba muslim whose parents have gone on pilgrimage and do not address themselves or allow other people to address them as Alhaji and Alhaja. And i know quite a number of hausa 'alhajis and alhajas', i just think its a really bad trend borne of a mix of ignorance and wanting to show off which are traits that alot of nigerians, whether muslim, igbo, pentecostal, yoruba, catholic or hausa possess. So please, stop generalising.

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Listen up. Crusaders and Mujahadeens,I want a good clean fight, No Mercy.Lets get the yabbing started.

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bloody hell its a simple question why the need for Jihad?

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very true.

That so called gold is no gold sef

na cheap copper wey saudi people wan discard for dorty

Nigerians can be so silly.

You need to go to Murtala airport around hajj,you'll see peoples parents and grandparents living like destitute animals at the airport  waiting to be airlifted to mecca,the whole place will be smelling like no mans business.

The toilets even become the future alhaja's dwelling place with bundles of "property" everywhere.

It's insane and embarrasing

I wonder what the visitors to naija at this time think of us

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Maybe I should clarify my interest in this topic to get an informed Muslim response. My research indicates that the term refers to pilgrims. Why is it restricted to Nigerian pilgrims?

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a friend just told me dat its only in naija dat people are called alhaji and alhaja,and also fix yeye gold on their teeth,hmmmm,na wa.

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let the clown name 5 well known JP's,lol

have you noticed most of these Muslim posters are Yorubas.

Infidel Muslims according to Hausas.

Yorubas are very smart people,how on earth did their ancestors not push Usman dan fodio off his kwashiokor ridden horse?

and puncture the tires of their dirty caravans?

Thanks to God many of these Yoruba Muslims are coming to Christ in astronomical numbers.

Many on this forum

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how many christains go about calling himself/herself JP EMMANUEL OBI or JP DAVID OJO,like the muslims do,as in the case of ALHAJI ALHAJI?the BIG QUESTION IS?WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALHAJI AND ALHAJA?

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YORUBA MUSLIMS,they see them as [b]INFIDELS AND WILL NEVER ALLOW DEM TO LEAD DEM IN prayers[/b]and my people no wan learn,them dey do follow follow like zombies.

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@ Lasun,

Dont be ridiculously ignorant, JP - Justice of the peace!

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You guys had better come up with something better,chritiandom have embrace the practice of Alhaj and Alhaja by calling themselve JP (jerusalem Pilgrim) .I am 100% sure that you guys copiously copied that from Islam.

In any case,those affiliations;Alhah,Alhaja and JP is not a passport to heaven.

Muslims have refused to react all this while because there is no point arguing with fools and morons who will only dogmatically adhere to a very unnecessary and irrelivant issues like Affiliations

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NOISE[/b]if you dont have anything to contribute to the discussion,[b]SHUT YOUR TRAP

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Oh wretched man, blind and slow to learning, Jesus NEVER called his "religion" christianity simply because He came with NO religion. He came with the message of salvation, He came that we may no longer be slaves to sin but that He may show Himself the perfect example unto us.

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I dnt know why a title should be warrant any discussion here.calling some1 alahji or alahja should not b your problem,let's face the religion challenges

You christian really think you are a worshipper of God,let me tell you why the traditionalist do call your religion a strange religion is because,there was not christianity i any book whatsoever even the bible does not confirm a religion called christian,it's only the followers of Jesus that are called by that name.

Jesus does not in any verse of the hly book called his religion christianity and if you have the proof you can post it.Wellyou may get it in one our your newly writting testament,a converted fact to lies book by the jesus of 2000 century

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thanks for the explanation

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Where are the Muslims in the house? Please inform us on this.

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I always thought the name had something to do with hajj as in al'hajji male al'hajja female, now someone says it means stranger.

what is the source of your evidence?

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They are still strangers in naija while they await transport from Nigeria to hell then to jannat

I can prove that they first pass through hell before going to the Islamic paradise.

so no name callings please

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WHAT ABOUT PASTOR, APOSTLES, EVANGELISTS, LADY EVANGELIST, PROPHET, PROPHETESES, REVEREND, BISHOP, CANON, PRIMATE etc

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I no fit force you to be civilized, you have the right to your ignorances. I remain Alhaji Abubakar , hate it or like

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