Sunday, 27 December 2009

Performing The Haj Is Not A Goal But A Means

Alhamdulillahi rabbila'lamin. My wife and I arrived home from Madinah safely at 4.00 am on the 24th of December 2009,  after performing the Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam, since 13th of November 2009.

Sadly our arrival was not without bereavement as I have lost my beloved sister on the 21 December 2009. She passed away due to an ailment that has kept her bedriddened for more than two months. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. May Allah forgive her and bless her as a solehah muslimah. Ameen.

I don't mean this note to be a show-off but I really want to say something to others who haven't perform ed this obligatory act. I learned a lot from performing the Haj and I guess sharing the lessons learned from it is mandatory for me (of course with your consent to listen).

Firstly, perform your Haj when you are young. I know many of you disagree with this notion.  Some may say "Where and how can I earn that huge sum of money to perform it?" or  "Our kids are still very young and  they are still very dependent on us" or "It's still too early to go now since I'm young and always exposed to committing sins" or worse still "Belum dapat seru".

Well,  if you are among the people who have these reasons then you may skip reading this article.

You need to be strong physically and mentally. I was 53 when I performed the 2009 Haj but felt like I was 65 while performing it. Trust me!The Haj is truly a test for your stamina and emotion. You'll have to do a lot of walking to the mosque and back to the hotel everyday for 40 days or so. Even if you are a billionaire, you are still compelled to walk some distance to places like the Jamrah for three days, Safa to Marwa for seven times, and of course circumbulating the Kaaba for seven times, too. That's just for the Haj but if you wish to perform the umrah, then you may need more energy, motivation  and stronger iman.

You may have problem controlling your emotion or thinking before, during and after performing the Haj. There may be about two or three million people out there performing something similar to yours. If you are not used to large crowd of people then you have to adapt to that kind of situation effectively.  Resist all  negative emotions or perceptions. You may easily be annoyed by other pilgrims and thus, patience is the only keyword that you have to cling to.

Out there in your ihram, you may look like the rest of the people. So don't bother taking along your status or titles  such Dr, Dato', Tan Sri, Professor and so forth. Just leave them home because nobody really care who you are except that you are their brother or sister in Islam. Don't get disheartened when people call you Haji or Hajah when you expect them to call you Tan Sri or Prof'. Anyway, if you crave for any titles, Haji or Hajah is the most appropriate title that you should deserve during the Haj.

Secondly, always remember that performing the Haj is not a goal  but a means. It doesn't end there because it is a means to uplift your iman and ibadah to greater heights. So performing it correctly and  sincerely (although once in your life) for the sake of Allah is sufficient to create a new you who will be beneficial to all Muslims or non-muslims the world over and ever. And that's when you achieve your true goal - a Mabrur Haj.

“…There is no reward for a mabrur haj except Paradise.” 
- (Al-Bukhari)