Questions from you guys: What is hajj and how did it make you feel?
It’s a pilgrimage to Mecca and it’s the 5th pillar of Islam. A duty that Muslims should undertake if they are able to at least once in their lives. It’s a spiritual journey one which is special and unique to each individual who gets to perform it. •
Some people usually ask or ponder on “did it change you? Will it change you? I’m not ready to go because I don’t know if I’ll change when I come back? I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with prayers?” And the honest answer is for some people it does and for others it may not and there’s nothing wrong with that you just have to keep trying and not give up. For me there was no such thing as “I’m not ready for it” because alhumdulilah I had the financial means to go and I knew I had to go even though I wasn’t on top of my prayers I didn’t want to let that be a barrier to me not going. So I did what I could and I kept pushing myself to just keep doing my best as much as I can. For years I kept seeing myself on the journey and always felt this feeling like I needed it for a big purpose. It was meant to teach me something. Hajj gave me feelings, lessons, reminders, insight, sabr and so much more that I don’t even know how to articulate because subhan’allah it’s just beautiful. The hardship I went through, the reflections I made, the whole journey was mesmerising. Hajj did change me, it changed me for the better alhumdulilah but I’ve still got heaps to still learn and work on and it will be different for everyone. It allowed me to grow more, it allowed me to learn things about Islam and myself that I didn’t know before. It gave me insight into things that matter in life and the things that don’t. It softened my heart but also made me wiser and gave me strength mentally and spiritually. The memories you take from the journey is honestly something else and words cannot describe what your heart, mind, eyes and ears just feel like when you are there. I got to go with my parents and brother alhumdulilah . Insha’allah I pray that whoever makes the intention to go can go one day and that their hajj is accepted insha’allah. •