One of our pilgrim’s from Hajj 2017 was kind enough to write about their Hajj experience. It’s a great read, so sit back and enjoy the journey and details – from praying in Madinah, to seeing the Kabah.
Look out for part 2 inshaAllah.
Right up to the moment I landed in Madinah, I did not know what to expect. Before I travelled, family and friends told me about their experiences. Having heard what they had to say, I was excited, but nothing could have prepared me for a life changing experience – Alhamdulillah. By the will of Allah, I was able to do more than I envisaged.
The graves of the Prophet (pbuh) and his two companions
We visited Madinah first, such a peaceful and tranquil place, Subhan Allah. The Prophet’s (pbuh) mosque was awe-inspiring, such a beautiful and grand building. Almost eight months later, I can still hear the Mu’adhin calling out the Adhan, and not a day goes by without me yearning to be there again.
During the initial days in Madinah, I set myself the task of visiting the graves of the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr and Umar. I did not know where they were located, so I did what I thought was the best course of action. I saw a large crowd of people, all walking towards a particular direction, and thought they must be making their way towards the graves of the Prophet (pbuh) and his two companions. I joined the crowd and walked patiently with them for around ten minutes. Unfortunately, I was disappointed, as the people I was following were making their way out of the mosque having prayed Asr.
I made my way back into the mosque and started searching for someone who spoke English. Having searched for some time, an Egyptian brother came to my aide. We introduced ourselves to each other. I explained that I wanted to extend my greetings to the Prophet (pbuh) and his two companions. The brother asked me to follow him. We walked past another crowd of people, the brother pointed at them and said that they were making their way to the grave of the Prophet (pbuh). “Shall we follow them?” I asked, “No” replied the brother, “come with me”. At that point, I was somewhat hesitant, as I did not understand why he was leading me away from the place I wanted to visit. But I decided to continue following him.
Having followed the brother for some time, he asked me to wait with him next to a security guard. At that point, I became increasingly hesitant, and did not understand what was happened. Some time later, the security guard moved away, and at that point, the brother said, “come” and led me to a particular part of the mosque, “sit” said the brother, but I hesitated and did not do as he said. Almost instantly, I group of people rushed in and sat at the exact spot the brother asked me to sit on. “Sit here” said the brother pointing at the next row, and I sat down immediately.
“You are sitting in the second row of the mosque and the Imam will lead the prayer from here” said the brother pointing at the row in front of me. “Now, look behind you, here is the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr and Umar”. I looked behind me and saw a barrier separating the prayer space and the crowd of people extending their greetings to the Prophet (pbuh). “Maghrib is an hour and a half away,” said the brother, “therefore, you can continue to extend your greetings to the Prophet (pbuh) and his two companions for that long without anyone asking you to move”. Subhan Allah, I am so grateful that Allah sent the brother to help me. Without wasting any time, I began to extend my greetings to the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr and Umar. Whilst doing so, I was very emotional, with tears running down my cheeks, I thanked Allah for such a great blessing. After praying Maghrib, I hugged the brother and thanked him for helping me achieve my objective.