My Amazing Journey – Hajj 2009 – Part 1

985111_house_of_allahAssalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Well what can I say? When people say that Hajj is the journey of a lifetime they’re certainly not exaggerating.  Subhanallah (Allah is Pure) it was an amazing experience and one which I will never forget insha-Allah (God willing).

What I aim to do is to give you my full report with pictures in 2 parts insha-Allah.  I will write a brief summary in this post and the full details with pictures (and possibly video!) in the next post.

So what was Hajj about  – for me?  Alhumdulillah (all Praise is for Allah) I would say that one of the best things about spending times in Mecca and Medina, the two most holiest places in Islam, was that it was intensely spiritual.  Any Muslim knows that our Amaal (good deeds) are more acceptable in the eyes of Allah and bring greater peace to our hearts when there is spirituality in them.  A classic example I can give from my own life is the difference in my Salaah – when I am at work it is rushed and pretty frenetic, however, when in the masjid, I can slow down and concentrate on each posture and on the words of the Qur’an that I am reciting and thereby get more out of my Salaah.

So it follows that the Salaah, Zikr (remembrance of Allah) and recitation of the Holy Qur’an done in the Haram Sharif in Mecca and Medina carries an even greater spiritual benefit not to mention the extra reward.  And it is this spirituality, so lacking in our day-to-day lives, which brings us closer to Allah our Creator.

A lot of the time, I was just content to sit in the Haram Sharif in Mecca and just look at the Ka’aba – the House of Allah built by Ibrahim and Ismail (PBUT), because even looking at the Ka’aba is classed as Ibaadah (worship) for a Muslim and one can earn great reward by just that simple act.  And as I sat there, looking at the House of Allah, it was clear to me how temporal this world really is and how all the things we have which we think make us what we are, are in fact a deception of this world.  Maybe a bit extreme you may think, but this thought was driven home more and more, especially when doing Tawaaf (circumambulation) of the Ka’aba – that act itself, walking around Allah’s House, praising and glorifying Him, asking for my needs in this life, asking for my needs for the life Hereafter (Akhirah) and begging His forgiveness, confirmed the fact that this world and all it contains is just like window dressing, whereas the reality was that my whole existence is as a bonsdman of Allah and that I should spend as much of it as possible in seeking Him and looking to gain His pleasure.

Of course, I would like to think that the whole journey of Hajj and things like doing Tawaaf are the purest forms of doing just that, but as we know Islam teaches the middle way, and that is why if a person led his or her life in accordance with the Sunnah (methodology) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) then he or she can seek and find Allah wherever they are.

And the people! Subhanallah I have never seen so many people in one place in my life – I was gobsmacked! As you will have seen from pictures and from the ones we put up later insha-Allah, at Hajj time the place gets absolutely packed to the rafters and then some!  I can remember walking to Arafaat from Mina and when I looked forward there was nothing but a sea of people as far as the eye can see and the same spectacle when I looked behind me.  Truly, you can sense Allah’s special mercies descending on those days and once again, the reality of life in this world as everybody is dressed in the same garb of two white sheets (Ihraam) signifying our equality in the eyes of Allah and also serving as a reminder that when we go from this world, we will be wrapped in nothing but two white sheets.

Throughout my journey I was blessed in that I had the companionship of some amazing people.  Not only did we have some scholarly celebrities in our group but also some hidden gems – I won’t mention names because not everyone is a brazen show-off like me but you know who you are and I have nothing but the most deepest Duas (prayers) for all your help throughout Hajj – may Allah accept it.

So that about wraps up Part 1.  Insha-Allah Part 2 is on its way very soon, just as soon as I get those pictures uploaded and some more details of my amazing journey.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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One Response to “My Amazing Journey – Hajj 2009 – Part 1”

  1. What an amazing post sid may Allah give us all the opportunity to perform our Hajj very soon. Aameen

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