Hajj (Part 2)

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::: Day 2: (7th Dhul-hijja, 24/11/09) 

 -> To Mina

We spent the previous night in Jeddah. In the afternoon, as we left the 5* star hotel in Jeddah, we bid this transient life farewell, kissed luxury goodbye and welcomed the eternal life as we headed to the camp in Mina. In the bus, the Talbiyah chanting continues. It’s just mesmerizing to the eyes and pleasing to the ears to see and hear everyone chant in unity praising the Lord. Everyone was busy preparing in his own way for the journey ahead.

Remember: Hajj is like a miniature performance of a bigger event yet to come, it’s a replica of Judgment day. As we head to our camp in Mina with our Ihram (dressed in the simplest of wear) we remind ourselves of the day we say good-bye to our luxurious life, carried to our graves, in very simple wear, heading to a camp of deceased others. Each to his own grave! It was alarmingly scary to live your death while you’re wide awake!

We arrived Mina at night. We were allocated tents, grabbed our bags, knew where our beds were, had dinner and slept!  

The camp was beautiful, spacious, well-organized, clean and neat (the Manager of our Hajj group is a FEMALE! – hence the outstanding service ;)). Everyone in our group was outstanding, they were all very cooperative, supportive and understanding!

Mina is a reminder of our graves, remember we’re still in our Ihram (simple wear), sleeping in groups, mattreses distributed like graves in a graveyard. We are allocated limited space, with all our belongings far far away (at home)! Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: “your grave could be a meadow of heaven or a hole of hell fire”. I kept reminding myself: “Today, my money got me to this meadow (in comparison to other Mina camps), tomorrow only my deeds will decide where I end up”!

 

::: Day 3: (8th Dhul-hijja, 25/11/09)

A day in Mina

If you ask anyone about sleep-time patterns in Hajj, they’ll say “we barely slept”. It is exactly that. When we’re there, we only sleep when it is necessary! You think there isn’t time? Wrong. In fact there is so much time, you’re actually tempted to sleep because you spend a portion of the night in prayers. We don’t sleep because time there is a huge investment, it is our only investment and how we spend it counts. We want to maximize our time in Dua’a, Quran, prayers and also listening to lectures and advices by our Sheikh. At times I would sit in isolation, sometimes savoring every moment. Sometimes contemplating. Sometimes thinking of life, and how indulged are we in life!

Clouds started forming, a cold breeze brushed our bodies, it was obvious rain was on its way! We were listening to a lecture when we heard loud noises of what seemed like rain, we started cheering and saying “Subhan Allah”, some were ready to get up and stand before Allah, for Du’a during rain is thought to be mustajab (accepted), well… until the luscious smell of popcorn filled the place, YES it wasn’t rain, it was a popcorn machine! We rolled on the floor laughing 😀

It wasn’t long after this incident that it actually started raining hard with flooding in some parts of the country. Our tents started leaking; it was chaotic in a very nice way! Now we all stood up, in isolation, our faces facing our palms and immersed in our prayers! Our thoughts and prayers went to those with no camps sleeping on the streets with their children. It was such a sad scene, but thought-provoking, you start appreciating every tiny blessing you have over those poor people. What are we without the blessings of Allah? What are we?

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Part (3) is next: experiencing Arafa. Prophet Mohammed says “Hajj is Arafa”

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14 Comments

  1. February 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    So beautiful, m’A…wow!

    • Shahrazad said,

      February 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you Sara. It’s been a while! I still read through your AMAZING blog 🙂

  2. Nadia said,

    February 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful post Shahrazad. You should never have stopped writing. I’m so touched by your descriptions! Waiting for Part 3! Don’t be long or I might have to start nagging you again and harrassing you with texts at midnight 🙂

  3. Stimulus said,

    February 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    It’s interesting how time is really valued in Hajj. I thought people usually said they weren’t able to sleep because it’s not comfortable, noisy, lights around, not at home etc. But never heard it as “because every minute possible was used for Du’a/prayers!!” And to be ABLE to sleep, but refuse to do so for Allah, is just superb!

    And certainly, we’ve got to appreciate our blessings more… Thanks Shahrazad 🙂

  4. Stimulus said,

    February 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Awaiting 3arafa 😉

  5. Shahrazad said,

    February 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you 🙂

    Nadia: Nag, nag nag..never lose hope 😉 You know my engine stopped working for some time, it needs a push until it can run smoothly again.

    Stimulus: Coming soon 🙂 Btw, I have some problem replying to your posts, the first time it took 7 or more attempts until it got posted, other times it won’t post at all 😦

  6. Stimulus said,

    February 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Oh dear are you serious?! Dammit I have a tech problem then.. will try to figure it out, thanks for pointing out!

  7. Rayyan said,

    February 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Very well described.. Mashalla.. waiting for part 3 or I wont open your blog for a month if you’re late again! 😉

  8. FAITH said,

    March 24, 2010 at 9:01 am

    You have been tagged!

    PS: miss you girl 🙂

    • Shahrazad said,

      April 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks Faith… I’ve been off blogging for sometime, will check it and hopefully reply soon Inshallah 🙂

  9. Hamed Alazri said,

    March 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

    “Today, my money got me to this meadow (in comparison to other Mina camps), tomorrow only my deeds will decide where I end up”

    ” Our thoughts and prayers went to those with no camps sleeping on the streets with their children.”

    Deep thoughts.. Things that we should be thinking of all the time..

  10. ADESI said,

    April 3, 2010 at 8:04 am

    you have reawakened a faith!

    • Shahrazad said,

      April 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      I have? I’m glad I did.. your comment touched me, I have revisited blogging after so long because of this particular comment!


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