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.
“…There is no reward for a mabrur haj except Paradise.”