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Chasing the Hereafter

Less than two years ago, I was able to perform Hajj, and, al hamdullilah, it was a great blessing to be chosen out of the millions of Muslims to journey to the house of Allah. The opportunity to have my sins forgiven and to experience a true journey of the heart- subhanAllah- it was just too important let the experience slip by. So I kept a journal of my Hajj.

I believe it is the most helpful item I’ve brought back from Hajj. Looking back at my entries, I realize how much the journey to the House of Allah (SWT) was an opportunity to clear my mind. Life is so much more peaceful and reflective without all the gadgets, cell phones, emails, internet, TV, and mp3s. Al hamdulilah, with just my pen and journal in hand, I was able to get away, renew my faith and return to Allah (SWT).

In one of my entries, as we drove out of Mina, passed by Muzdalifa and the sign for Arafah, I wrote: SubhanAllah, it felt like only yesterday when we arrived in Makkah but it will feel like tomorrow when we leave this Holy City. SubhanAllah, I already miss the time I spent in Mina, my humbling experience in Arafah, and sleeping outdoors in Muzdalifah. SubhanAllah, Hajj is really a purification of the soul and you realize this when the dunya is no longer as big of a priority. At Hajj, you leave all those worldly worries behind and turn to increase your worship of Allah (SWT). Dad put it best, “Back home, people are chasing the world, but at Hajj, people are chasing the Hereafter.”

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  • The Greatest Journey

    Traveling to the house,
    The greatest journey,
    Illuminating visages,
    Brotherhood and unity,

    Covered in their garments,
    A sense of purity,
    Moving smoothly along,
    In close proximity.

    Bodies assembled to worship,
    Moving about peacefully,
    Moving in sync,
    Full of activity

    The House of Allah,
    And amazing beauty!
    An honor to be there,
    Oh, what a sight to see!

    A physical challenge,
    A strange burst of energy,
    Traveling in order,
    In constant uniformity,

    The voice of a child,
    Reciting so beautifully,
    With the Qur’an in his hands,
    Looking so seriously,

    The recitation of Al-Sodais,
    Heard so very clearly,
    Echoing through Makkah,
    Reverberating through the city,

    In Holy Zamzam water,
    Bathing jubilantly,
    Cleansing their very souls,
    Letting their sins go free.

    Praising Allah,
    Praising constantly,
    Here I am, Oh Lord,
    Praising communally.

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  • Freezing in Muzdalifa

    If there was one moment that stood out from Hajj, it was the night I spent freezing in the valley of Muzdalifa. We obviously weren’t prepared, but my family and I didn’t know what to expect. We were told to only bring a few blankets. Our bus reached Muzdalifa and I looked out the window to see hundreds of people lying on the bare floor. It took our bus several minutes to weave through the valley and reach our campsite, and once we got off, I was shocked. This is where we would be spending the night? All I saw was dirt with some grass on it!

    My family started walking through the sleeping pilgrims to reach the bottom of a large hill. We laid our blankets and I pulled a rock closer to me as a pillow. I looked around for miles and all I could see were pilgrims. Some had sleeping bags, normal blankets, and pillows (which I envied), but others only had themselves and huddled together. I knew sleeping under the stars was going to take on a whole different meaning. There was absolutely nothing between me and the sky.


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