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My Hajj Journal Part 6

One more day to go…..suddenly feeling not ready. Especially thinking about the kids…..what happens if they fall sick? Will my maid cook proper food for them. My parents are nearby but don’t think they’ll be in my house for the whole day.

I have to learn to believe that Allah is the one who is looking after the kids. It was never me or my wife. It will not be anyone else. Its ALlah the Almighty.

I don’t really care about what to wear. I can wear anything as long as its clean. Already learnt how to wear ihram. Studying in detail how to perform tawaf & saei…..and memorising simple doa. According to Dato’ Sano…..the best doa should come from the heart. Not by reading from the books. Those are meant as guidelines.

Also looking at maps around haram. Still not sure where is Hotel Mawaddah, the hotel we are supposed to stay. I’ll stay in room 402 with Prof Faris, Br Wan Hilmi & Dr Hanafi. Dato’ Sano said the hotel is near to the previous location for Sofitel (or Royal Makkah before it was demolished). If that’s the location, maybe it will very near to Safa.

IIUM jamaah will be together with brothers & sisters from African Non Arabic muassasah :D

My Hajj Journal Part 5

Yesterday we attended the last serie of hajj talk for IIUM Hajj programme 1429 H. Again, it was a useful talk especially the talk by Prof Sano. As usual withy his smiling face & soft voice, he related to use the story of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) & his family in obeying Allah’s command….starting when Ibrahim (pbuh) at an old age had a son, Ismail (pbuh). He loves Ismail so much so that Allah strated to test him. He had to leave Ismail with his wife, Hajar (pbuh) in an empty dessert, no known as Mecca, with no source for life whatsoever. The sacrifice of heart & physical was so great from all of them. The run from Safa & Marwa is now made compulsary for all those who want to perform hajj. When Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) completed his dakwa in Jurusalem, 15-17 years later, he was ordered to return to his family. Can you imagine how happy a father will be when he see his child, his only child after 15-17 years of separation? But again Allah (SWT) tested him……he was ordered to slaughter Ismail! All the act from Arafah to Muzdalifah to Mina…..the throwing of stones to the shaitan….are all now the compulsary acts in hajj.

Dato’ Sano completed his talk by saying that, all of us now go for hajj with our very own ‘Ismail’. We want to sacrifice….or remove many bad things that we have…..along the way we will be tested. Our heart will be tested…..our physical will be tested…our emotion will be tested. Tests coming from people around us, occasionally people who are very dear to us….or even people who we never met before. Tests from the environment, from anywhere.

At the end of the session, we were given our e-ticket, medical supply, passport with visa & bank draft. We are ready to for hajj…..

O Allah, grant us the strengths to endure your test. Please forgive our sins. Maintain us in iman. Please accept our hajj.

My Hajj Journal Part 4

Alhamdulillah, attended the 2nd hajj course conducted by IIUM Mosque last Satudray. In the morning Dr Zaini showed us pictures from the last year hajj. It was indeed extremely helpful. So many advises & tips given. I remembered two important things……”waiting & waiting & waiting”…..and ” patient….patient & patient”.

The next session was a briefing by Dato’  Dr Sano Khotoub, the person in-charge for IIUM Hajj 1429H, who is also the Deputy Rector. Altogether 65 people will join the hajj this time round. 53 will depart on 13th Nov & the remaining on 29th Nov.  We will go straight to Mecca to avoid the crowded Medina that time. We will be staying in one of the Mawaddah Hotel, according to Dr Sano, about 200m from Masjidil Haram.

He explained about the importance of sabar & teamwork. Doing things in jamaah. One thing whic he stressed is doing everything right. The best hajj is not ifrad or tamattu’ or qiran… is a hajj which was perfectlt performed & that achieved the objective. A hajj that transform a person….. to a better muslim.

So many things learnt…..may Allah SAW grants me the streangth to endure this pilgrimage.

And today me & wife bought few necessary things for hajj. So many things available at Mydin. Bought some medicines too. Even though there will be 6 medical doctors in the group, but there will be no official medical team. Members are advised to bring their own medicines. All doctors will help as much as possible using whatever available.