My Hajj Journal Part 1

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:

  1. Meninggococcal  immunisation (no need influenza, as advised by a Professor) :)
  2. To buy related ‘attire’ or ‘equipments’ for hajj & anticipating heat & dust in Mecca, like ihram attire & mask.
  3. 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!


  1. Iskandar aka DRBubbles October 17, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    Salam Bro Jamal,

    I have been following your blog for quite some time as a silent reader – reading with great interest on your mountain-hiking trips.

    Just want to suggest Travelog Haji by Prof Muhd Kamil Ibrahim for your hajj reading materials, if you don’t have it yet. It is published by PTS.

  2. Jamal Rahman October 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

    Thanks bro. Yup reading that book at the moment. Wife baru abis baca. Now it is my turn.

  3. apandi October 21, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    Alhamdulillah doc, aku doakan moga dipermudahkan. But I have a distinct feeling that those two things – people and heat – will be your test…

    Whatever it is redha and istihfar ajelah.

  4. Jamal Rahman October 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    Semoga Allah berikan aku kekuatan capt. Moga2 Allah uji aku dgn ujian yg aku mampu handle.

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