The Hajj Journey

Our Tabung Haji Travel’s Hajj Group KT85 left Kompleks Haji Kelana Jaya,  around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 10 buses around the evening of 29 October 2011, with Police escort, heading for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). As our vacation spot was Makkah, all male hajj pilgrims ended up already wearing their ihram apparel. The aircraft took off at about three:fifteen a.m. and we landed in Jeddah about 7 hours later. We then traveled to Makkah by bus and finally reached our Dar Al-Eiman Royal Lodge positioned in Al-Safwa Towers just in advance of five:00 p.m. For Muslims, undertaking the hajj may be the fifth and the previous pillar of Islam.

We done the umrah on that very same night, led by mutawif or spiritual guides. Several compulsory rituals must be done. First of all, we need to utter our intention in our coronary heart to conduct the umrah; this we had finished previously while in the aircraft, although it had been traveling previously mentioned Qarnul Manazil, Saudi Arabia, about 2 hrs right before the landing.

The next ritual was to complete the tawaf umrah. We entered the Masjidil Haram, the holy mosque, through King Abdul Aziz Gate or Gate No 1. On seeing the Kaabah, I claimed to myself: “Thank you Allah for allowing for me to be your guest”. Just before executing the tawaf, the hajj pilgrims should recite the intention just ahead of Hajar al-Aswad or maybe the Black Stone for the wall of Kaabah. We then walked close to the Kaabah in anti-clockwise course seven moments, passing by Makam Ibrahim and Hijir Ismail.

Undertaking the sa’ie umrah at Safar and Marwah was the third ritual. At Safar, with our deal with facing Kaabah, we recited our intention to perform the sa’ie umrah and began to walk toward Marwah, about 420 metres absent, and back again. We did this 7 moments hence we should always stop at Marwah. At Marwah, we concluded our fourth plus the very last ritual of umrah by cutting our hair (referred to as tahallul); reciting our intention to component from putting on the ihram. Adult males had been necessary to chop at least a few strands in their hair, about two.5 cm in size, though it’ll be for a longer period for ladies. It is incredibly significant that every one the rituals must be done in sequence.

For several times that were left right before we executed the hajj appropriate, we wearing normal way. We expended enough time upgrading our religious pursuits, a great deal so executing the prayers, 5 situations per working day, studying the al-Quran and also reciting the various doa on the Masjidil Haram. It was manufactured identified that a prayer done at this mosque is 100,000 instances improved than any where else. We took just about every chance to drink the zam zam water right after each prayer.

On 5 November (nine Zulhijjah), clad in ihram apparel again, our group left for Arafah. Enough time was about 12:50 a.m. We uttered our intention to conduct the hajj whilst while in the bus and in addition recited talbiah through the journey. We must be existing physically, or named wukuf, at Arafah as this is the very first ritual activity for hajj. Our Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, had once said: “Hajj is Arafah”. In terms of timing, every one of the hajj pilgrims need to be at Arafah, even for your 2nd, from zohor (afternoon) of 9 Zulhijjah till subuh (dawn) of ten Zulhijjah. At about 12:05 p.m., we started off our wukuf by using a sermon, adopted by zohor congregation prayer.

At Arafah, my wife Dr Rokiah and myself lifted our palms high and prayed to Allah for the well- getting and betterment of ourselves and our daughters, Dr. Sarah and Syazana; family members users and mates. It had been in the course of this time that tears jogging down from our eyes. At Arafah, our minds weren’t pondering everything else but just asking for the forgiveness from Allah. Following isyak (evening) prayer, we still left for Muzdalifah. Listed here, we gathered adequate stones for melontar or ‘stoning-the-devil’ ritual activity at Jamarah in Mina.

We reached Mina at about 4:00 a.m. on 10 Zulhijjah (six November 2011). Pilgrims have been necessary for being in Mina from ten to thirteen Zulhijjah by advantage of melontar activities.