Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|12/22/01 at 07:29:38|
The Road to Makkah!!! :-) That means it's officially time to start getting ready for hajj! Insha Allah my husband and my father and I all are really seriously planning to go this year. Is anyone else going?
People have already started asking me if I'm getting ready. I'm like: What's there to get ready? Then I realized there's a lot of du'a to learn, and as one sister told me, when you're there, you want to know more Qur'an so that you can make longer and better prayers.
Women here make special clothes for Hajj, usually white. I don't think I will, especially not white.
They've already started selling Ihram cloth :) It's a little like thin towel cloth. It's all so exciting!!! :-)
We were watching a video about Hajj, it was just something done by the Saudi Government, showing all they've done to make things easy for the people on hajj, but it was really moving to me. At one point there was a huge boat with thousands of people on it, and they were all saying in unison: Labbayka Allahumma Labbayk... They were all there answering Allah's call...it moved me to tears.
I don't know if everyone feels this way, but this is the way I feel about Hajj. I think that once I do it insha Allah, I'll have this feeling like: OK, now I'm ready to meet Allah, I could die tomorrow and be ready to meet Him. I know should feel like that now and be prepared at any time, but I really do want to become like a newborn baby again. I feel like I'll be all clean, and I'll be really afraid to get myself dirty with sins again.
I have a very hard time expressing how I feel. Am I making sense to anyone?
|12/22/01 at 09:22:32|
|Bismillah and salam,|
I am so happy for you masha'Allah this can be a life changing experience. My parents are going this year insha'Allah too. I talked to my mother, she is worried about finding the right slippers (i think it has to be like the one with the string between toes?) for my father so as it doesn't bother him with all the moving.
|12/22/01 at 12:36:43|
aww sis, i'm soo happy for you, inshaAllah your hajj turns out wonderful :)
my family was going to go this year, but i'm not sure where that stands right now....
but anywho, i wanted to tell you that you did make sense, i gotcha, hehe! and don't worry, inshaAllah your hajj experience will be a life-changer and you *hopefully* won't fall into sins when you return :)But no one's perfect, so it's all good :)
all rightey, inshaAllah when you return, yku do a post about your experience...i will LOVE to read it, i'm looking forward to it :)
and oooh, the sandal part, make sure the sandals are kind of unique, because when we did umrah a while back, my dad's sandals got stolen like five kazillion times because he had kind of like the same pairs as everyone has (those light green ones with the thingy in between the two toes) so choose wisely :D
okee, take care all and happy hajj'ing!!
|12/24/01 at 13:27:42|
|As salamu alaykum |
When I was there my shoes also went walking and they were broken. I don't think that it matters what type you have, since there are so many people there things just get misplaced. A sister gave me a shoe bag so that I could take my shoes with me inside instead of leaving them outside. I would definitely recommend a shoe bag.
I wore white, I think that it was my friends pajamas. I just wanted to wear clothing that was different from my everyday clothing. You know something special and simple.
Make sure that you know how to do the prayer (supplication) for the dead when you go.
Insha'Allah your hajj and that of your families will be accepted.
As salamu alaykum
|12/24/01 at 21:57:16|
Mabrook Mariam May Allah accept your Hajj and bless you and your family with His infinite Mercy and Wisdom (Amin).
My heart was moved just by your description. I can't wait to go myself Inshaallah. I went when I was really young and I still somehow recall the special feeling of being there.
Don't worry bout falling short, you will be all right with plenty of duahs and prayers Inshaallah:):):)
and please do share your experience with us :-)
|12/31/01 at 18:43:21|
|so which hotel you at.|
|12/31/01 at 20:42:20|
I have never seen that picture before, seen all different angles but nothing like that, it looks amazing! subhanAllah :)
I like how you can see the buildings around the Kabaah, it looks like the old-time buildings they had soooooo long ago, especially that little hole part!
and hehe, i think i see the hotel we stayed in ;)
Nice Picture =)
All Rightey, Take Care All!
|12/31/01 at 20:56:45|
I don't know if everyone feels this way, but this is the way I feel about Hajj. I think that once I do it insha Allah, I'll have this feeling like: OK, now I'm ready to meet Allah, I could die tomorrow and be ready to meet Him. [/quote]
Insha Allah- I await breathlessly to hear how you feel once you come back.
Are you a revert? Your name is so American/Irish.
In one post a born muslim brother said that they enjoy reverts conversion stories. As a revert- I enjoy hajj stories the most!
Please make dua for all of us- ( especiall for those of us that want to go to hajj) - that Allah swt makes it soon....
|01/01/02 at 23:02:45|
as salaamu alaykum,
Check out the photo gallery @ http://www.jannah.org/hajj
Pretty cool stuff, mashaAllah :)
|01/02/02 at 03:39:58|
Jannah has done an *awesome* work on the hajj page, mashaAllah (not to mention the rest of the site and crew :))
Is it ok if I save some of the pics as wallpaper from there? I mean I wouldn't be violating any laws or anythign right?
|01/02/02 at 08:04:15|
|Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah|
Jazakum Allah khair for all your du'as :-) it's really moving ma sha Allah.
I'm doing my best to prepare mentally at least. I just finished reading the tips and tricks on jannah's hajj page as well as her umrah diary which touched me very deeply.
My father ma sha Allah is really preparing physically as well :) He's doing 2 km on the treadmill every morning :) He's gonna be more in shape than we are!!
I still have no idea where we'll be staying. There's one hotel called al Shariqah that's a possibility. Our travel agent doesn't really know which one he'll be assigned to (I guess that's how it works). We don't know the exact date we're leaving or what city we're going from. It all depends on the airlines and whether the planes fill up or not!
Kathy, I'm not a revert although I feel that at one point in my life I did revert back to Islam after being... I guess lost or maybe blind is the right way to put it, I feel like I woke up one day and actually decided to be a Muslim for real and not just be called a Muslim. My parents are both reverts (in the real meaning).
Insha Allah I'll make du'a for all of you when I'm there. I honestly love you all for the sake of Allah. You can't imagine how priveledged I feel al hamdu lillah to belong to this group (you all :-) )
|01/02/02 at 18:09:43|
Some of my own few tips:
Prior to going,
Make sure you are physically fit, go for walks with the family to get used to walking.
Once over there...
Make sure, everyone knows the way to the hotel, and has marker or designated points if you lose in touch with your family. An elderly lady from our town lost herself in Macca and it took a couple of hours to find her.
Drink plenty of water, zamzam is great. The good thing about water is that the more you drink the better it will be for your internal body system. Aim to drink at least a minimum of 3-4 litres of water a day.
However, make sure that its not ice cold as this could lead to a sore throat. If your performing hajj rites walking then you need to drink more water.
Eat plenty of fruit, fruit is high in natural sugar and contains water. Another thing is that if you don't like the food, maybe you could skip on it once or twice, carry on doing it and you'll start to lose weight and may fall ill. Therefore, be careful to waht you eat but don't miss food.
(Question to Se7en and Jannah, why should one eat less ? in your last umrah tips point ?)
Are your eyes sensative to the sun ? then purchase some sunglasses, my wife's eyes are very sensative and when we were going to pray it affected her eyes. So much so that I had to hold her along the way.!
Air freshner, it might be that there are several people sharing one room, theres nothing like foot or bodily odur smells hanging in the room.
Please, please, please if you can remember give my salaams to my prophet, peace be upon him.
When people are given the chance to give salaams to the prophet(peace be upon him), don't be surprised if you get jostled and pushed in the excitement. Be strong and above all have sabr and love for all the sisters/brothers out there.
few days b4 hajj....
rest b4 the main days of hajj, you don't want to feel tired b4 these days.
Go through your duas and hajj rites. Is your body clean i.e. nails clipped, and hair that needs clipping, clipped. Dads moustache trimmed or clipped.
On hajj rites...
Do you know if you will doing many of the rites of hajj walking or travelling via a coach ?
If you will be walking, which I strongly advise :) then ask your dad to get a decent back pack(loue Alpine are good) for the family. In the back pack carry the essential stuff, for example, umbrealla, pen knife, torch etc etc. Rather than carry a holdall a backpack is much better.
When you pick up your stones to throw at the shaitaan pick a large number, some of the stones I picked were not stones at all. Once I washed em a bit they crumbled, you also might have to lend a few to people if they miss hit or get lost.
On the day of Arafat, make loads of dua for everyone, including all your brothers and sisters that are suffering under oppression.
Help the weak, elderly and the young.
Above all, enjoy the hajj, the best five days one could have.
If there are any mistakes in the above thread they are mine from the whisperings of shaitan, all good is from Allah.
|01/03/02 at 06:23:57|
Thank you for the tips. Al hamdu lillah I'm starting to get a good idea about what to expect and what to do.
I think the hajj rites will be on foot for the most part. The travel agent told us it's sometimes faster to do it on foot because the roads are so crowded that the bus has to go at walking pace.
To my utter dismay, I realized yesterday that my passport expires this month and that I have to get an extension on it really quickly. You can't imagine how stupid I felt when I saw it. Fortunately, we "know someone" who works in passport services and who should be able to help us insha Allah.
Al hamdu lillah there'll just be me and my father and husband in the room, no strangers. I don't know if the travel agent is trying to scare us or if he's just being frank, but he keeps telling us stories of how the shaytaan keeps coming in between people and causing problems about stupid things like air conditioners and things like that.
Thank you for the idea about the backpack. It'll be very handy to have one insha Allah. I hadn't thought of it at all!
I'm trying to learn my best about all the rites of hajj, and I think I'm starting to understand. I never really read about it because it seemed so complicated and it didn't concern me yet so I skipped it every time I read about the fara'id, but it's actually not all that complicated al hamdu lillah!
I still have a few questions though if you don't mind:
-Do men wear their ihram clothes even to sleep in?
-How do they put on their ihram on the plane? I read in the pilgrim's diary that they put in on in the toilet. Can you do that in an unclean place? Don't you have to say talbiya right afterwards?
-I've heard that women shouldn't wear socks (just like not wearing gloves and niqab). Do you know if that's true?
-Should I be posting these questions in the Road to Makkah thread?
Jazakum Allah khair
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