Alhamdulillah, I am going for hajj this year. I am going with IIUM, which is very different than hajj programme organised by Tabung Haji. How do I feel? I am feeling like I am not ready for hajj. Being a workaholics type of person, my schedule is always full. And being the type that always plan for things, the news I received 2 days back that I have to depart 2 weeks earlier than mentioned earlier by IIUM Management was indeed really shocked me! “What! Depart on 13th! I thought end of November or early December!!”, I screamed! But few friends told me that I was lucky because I got the chance to stay longer in Mecca. Then I realised, man can only propose, and God dispose.
Because of the change, I had to postpone one workshop & to send letter requesting exemption from few workshops. I also had turned down few invitation to deliver talk at international conferences. Well, many people told me, Allah tests His servant even before going for hajj.
What shall I do now? First thing first. Just wait for the official letter from management. Than I’ll do the rest. That include:
- Meninggococcal immunisation (no need influenza, as advised by a Professor)
- To buy related ‘attire’ or ‘equipments’ for hajj & anticipating heat & dust in Mecca, like ihram attire & mask.
- To learn how to perform hajj….because as now, I know nothing about it…..
To all my friends, please pray so that Allah gives me strength to endure all the challenges. What I dislike most is crowded place….and I am going to the most crowded place on earth! Second, I don’t like heat…..and I am goin to the hot place! O- Allah, give me the strength!