I have been to hajj last year, with the grace of Allah SWT. It is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I was there for one month with my dad. The whole month of January was very special for me. I have learned lot of things from this great journey. Alhamdulillah (All praise belongs to Allah)
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When we reached Jeddah, the feelings were much more intense as we felt that we have finally reached the land of our beloved prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him).We had to wait for more than five hours in Jeddah hajj terminal. I don’t know how many times each of us had to show our documents. It was annoying but we didn’t have any other choice but to go through that lengthy process with patience. I heard that the airport workers were not professionals; instead they were local Saudi university students hired for the booming hajj time. I must say, one thing you need in plenty during hajj and that is patience. So sabr is the keyword for this journey.
"Labbayk Allahumma Labbayik Labbay'ka L-aa Sharika Laka Labbayik. Innal Hamda Wan Ne'mata Laka Wal Mulk Laa Sharika Lak"
This means “Here I am, 0 Allah, here I am. There is none who is Your associate. All praise and blessings belong to You. You are the Sovereign. There is none associated with You.”
This statement has an amazing effect. During the state of ihram wearing white cloths, when you say that again and again loudly with others, it feels like you are finally trying to come closer to Allah. Nothing matters anymore. You have left everything behind and going forward to take a step closer to Allah. This is not just a spiritual experience but also a very intense physical one. It is said that before going to hajj you must complete your unfinished businesses and try to make up with your relatives and friends if you had any grudge against them. It is like preparing for the death. As a result, hajj makes us understand the feeling of saying goodbye finally to loved ones.
To me, it seemed like a giant magnet attracting everyone around to come and visit this holiest place on earth. Though we needed to go to our hotel first, I wished I could go inside it and see the Kaa’ba for the first time. Alhamdulillah I was not the only one having that strong urge, within an hour we (my father and me) found our self inside it for the zuhr prayer.
To be continued…. Insha-Allah