Published on 14th
Re-published on 23rd July, 2008
My Hajj Story
(previously; All Muslims are Brothers, All
Muslims are Equal)
group of Hajis
From Haj Benny 2002
There is no place on earth that we can meet with Muslims from
diverse origins at once except in Makkah (and it's surroundings) during Hajj time. The
Pilgrims come together with the same intention, same activities and even
the same dress - the
However, did we follow what our Messenger
('s) told us hundreds of
years ago? Something that he ('s) felt
was very important was said before
he died. Did we follow his
('s) message that all Muslims are brothers and all
Muslims are equal? Some of us did, but some didn't.
Hajj is a Test
Hajj is a test indeed.
During Hajj, you don't experience
normal life. You will be tired physically, and for some of us, also mentally. We
have to perform "thawaf" (walk in a circle seven times around the Ka'abah) at least three
you arrive for the first time in Makkah. In Hajj itself, and before you
leave Makkah for
your home journey, you have to perform Jumrah, which is throwing stones to three poles representing
satans in Mina, which recreates what Prophet Ibrahim ('a) (Abraham) did in his time. You have to
perform sa'i at least once (during Hajj), run and walk between Safa and Marwah hills back and forth seven
times. Both hills are separated by about 1 mile in distance which
what Prophet Ibrahim's ('a) wife, Hajar, did when she tried to find water.
Mina and Arafah
Outside those rituals, you have to live a life together with
Muslims from all over the world for at least two weeks or even months (depending on your Hajj
program). For several days, you have to camp with those people in Mina and Arafah.
For some people, it can be a time of never ending complaints because
there may be something which does not match your taste or
standards upon meeting total strangers. Also, there are a lot of activities and
movement during Hajj time; millions of people perform certain activities almost at the same
time. So, you
are tired, quite dusty, possibly meet people who don't really match your taste, traffic
jams which can go for hours, shared facilities (toilets, beds, rooms, water,
etc, especially in Mina and Arafat), all under the burning hot sun and arid
climate, whilst wearing only Ihram clothing. A perfect time to test your
A wise man said, if you want a snapshot of the Muslim world, look at
them during Hajj. You can get everything, it's quite accurate sampling I think.
The largest number of pilgrims represents the largest
Muslim populations in the world.
the Muslims behave from a country usually represents Muslim behaviour and quality
of religion from that country.
Hajjahs Fatima and Zaynab 2007
Bismillah ir Rahman ir
Insh'allah our Haj was accepted. Haj this year was the Haj Akbar
which we were unaware of before we left Australia so the large crowd
expected was even larger than we could have ever envisaged or been
able to imagine in our minds eye let alone actually see so it was
the most awesome sight I have ever seen.
change from Umra to Haj was massive in that time frame as all the
Pilgrims flocked to Makka. The traffic was impossible and it hardly
moved in some instances. It would be better if the Saudis invested
in electric trains for the purpose of the journeys to Mina and
This year the ladies were not permitted by the group leader to get
off the bus in Muzdallifah as the crowd was too large and the
distance to walk was too long. The brothers did the long walk and
were very exhausted.
The first stoning of the Jamrat was safe and easy to perform as the
crowd was still coming down from Muzdallifah so we did ours before
they all arrived there.
The sight of the Pilgrims in these numbers all in white really was
an eerie impression of the Day of Judgement and how it could be
then. Both Fatima and I feel a greater sense of understanding of the
Day of Judgment from this Haj and we thank the Almighty for allowing
us to have this wonderful experience even though it was very tiring.
Mina was a problem with transportation. So many Pilgrims also had to
walk large distances from Mina back to Makka. We have heard the many
Indonesians died in Mina from starvation and exhaustion.
Alhamdulillah we were given ice-cream by another group so we had a
broader experience by getting to know other Pilgrims in Mina.
We found the desert to be very cold at night and the tent wall kept
blowing in as it was only held together by velcro. Unfortunately the
cold was too much for me and I succumbed to a severe chest infection
so I am still unwell and insh'Allah later can tell you all of the
other lovely stories when I am not so tired. Mina is a mysterious
place but it is a shame the Saudis leave it so dirty.
May Allah bless and reward all of the Pilgrims from Haj this year.
Hj Zaynab and Hj Fatima
Hajjah Halima 2008
from text messages).
my Haj group did tawaf between Maqam Ibrahim and the Kaaba.
Ma'sh'Allah, I did not get that close (to the Kaaba) this
Sayyed pointed it out (that part of the wall) when we were
going around (circumambulating) ma'sh Allah. The men (Hajis)
made a chain around the women, so we were able to walk freely.
They were being pushed a lot. There are a lot more Pilgrims
tonight. Sayyed said he would bring us back to touch the wall
of the Kaaba.
group recited Dua Kumail last night. There were hundreds of
Shia on the roof of the Haram. We tried to get to Kaaba last
night and drove by different routes and couldn't get there-
the traffic was impossible.
are making preparation to leave for Arafat tomorrow night. The
plan is we are going to leave after (salat) Isha tomorrow
the grace and mercy of Allah (swt) I am well. Everyone else
has been sick except a couple. I bought honey, dates, fruit
and vegetables (in Makka) and am feeling well.
We are now dressed in our Ihram clothing waiting for the bus
to Arafat insh'Allah.
Arafat morning (before Wuquf) and not all of the Hajis are
here yet, so it is peaceful and toilets aren't too bad so far.
There are lots of mozzies (mosquitoes), so I'm glad I'm taking
malaria pills. I prayed most of the night and wrote names in
I don't have a good signal (on my phone). I'm at Muzdalifa.
It’s a very amazing place and feels like a sacred site. We
collected stones and slept with a sleeping bag.
Mubarak. We are going to Mina after sunrise for the Jamrat,
Korban, and Taqsir insh'Allah.
Our group goes everywhere together but is split into 2
language groups. I float between them depending on what I want
to get out of it. We left Arafat 7 hours ago. I just got
signal (on my phone). We waited for 2 and half hours for the
bus to get here. Apparently we are waiting for a phone call to
say that the korban is completed then we can cut our hair (taqsir).
The Sayed just said we are staying in Mina tonight.
jamaraat finished. Alhamdulillah no problems but very busy.
have just completed my Haj alhamdulillah (Tawaf Haj, Salat,
Sai, Tawaf Nisa) I am totally exhausted and I am on the bus
going back to Aziziya.