Dhul Hijjah has already begun. Many pilgrims have made or are in the process of making their journey to the holiest cities in the World. Makkah & Madina. It brings back all the amazing and emotional memories of when I made my journey in 2011. Oh what a journey it was!
I will share with you my short snippets of some of the memories I have. There are too many to mention, but I’ll give you a few.
The hustle and bustle of Makkah & serenity of Madina:
*The surreal feeling of actually worshipping in masjid al haram. The spiritual call to prayer melts your heart like never before.
*Watching millions of people from different nations all in the same place for one purpose. To worship the almighty.
*Walking to the masjid in the dark to perform umrah
*Being close to your family, helping and protecting each other
*Tawaf was my favourite acts of worship
*Patiently waiting to drink water from the zam zam taps and having a cleaner walk through the crowds to pour me a glass.
*Masjid Nabawi is a breathtaking sight. Watching the skyline change from blue to pink to purple to navy to black as you spend time worshipping.
*Making sujood on the cold floor at fajr time.
*Night time shopping and shawarma and burger places.
*The emotional and physical hardships of the pilgrimage all worth it in the end inshAllah.
I could go on and I’ll never forget.
May Allah (swt) make the hajj easy on all pilgrims, accept their hajj and ours. ameen