I love visiting Haji’s and hearing their Hajj stories – the challenges they faced, their reactions at first seeing the Kaaba, the people they met and the moment they find their bliss – that moment in Hajj that you find yourself suddenly feeling utterly free and weightless and without a single care in the world – washed clean of all of your sins with the world and all that this world contains becoming utterly meaningless. I have been looking for that feeling ever since I undertook Hajj in 2005 and pray that I get the chance to go back and find it again. Interestingly I find different people find it at different times in their hajj journey.
I also enjoy drinking the Zamzam water and eating the dates they bring back – especially the special ajwa dates. So last weekend we visited my cousin who tok his parents to Hajj, along with the Zamzam and the ajwa dates, they gifted us with a bottle of scent (hubby), a bag of ajwa dates (mum-in-law) and some chocolate covered dates (which I am keeping for myself).
My neighbours also returned yesterday, I know the lady of the house was praying for many years to be able to go and was super stressed before she left, so I am looking forward to hear about everything she experienced. I made a banner for their children to put up to welcome them home:
I will be visiting later to hear all about her journey to the sacred house insh’Allah.