The final part of this fantastic journey – thank you again to the person for providing us with this great piece – may Allah accept our Hajj!
This area is also known as the Hateem and was originally part of the Ka’bah. Therefore, praying within it is praying within the Ka’bah. Whilst performing Tawaaf with my wife, I made the intention to help her perform Salah within the Hateem.
Whilst we performed the last circuit of Tawaaf, I held my wife and started walking towards the Hateem. She was clearly excited and continued to ask what we were doing.
We got to the entrance of the Hateem and it was very congested. I constantly asked my wife whether she was okay, and she continued to reassure me that she was. As soon as we entered the Hateem, we were pushed out by the crowd of people trying to enter the Hateem from the opposite side. This continued for some time, and having tried for around half an hour, we were finally in. As I am of Bengali origin, I was smaller than most of the people around me. Therefore, I knew it would be impossible for me to hold back the crowd whilst my wife performed Salah within the Hateem. A tall brother, I believe from Pakistan, was standing next to me. I asked him to help me hold people back so that my wife could perform Salah without being hurt, and by the will of Allah he agreed to help.
After my wife performed Salah, I decided that we would make our way out of the Hateem. But she objected, as she wanted me to perform Salah within the Hateem as well. I kept telling her that she would not be able to hold back the crowd and she kept insisting that she could. By the will of Allah, the brother from Pakistan agreed to help us again, and another brother joined him. This gave me an opportunity to perform Salah within the Hateem as well. Alhamdulillah, we were so grateful to Allah, and naturally, shared the good news with family back home.
The last Salah
Isha prayer on the last day was amazing. The Imam recited verses of the Qur’an in such a beautiful manner. I was in tears throughout the four Rak’at. I had not seen my family for almost three weeks, but despite this, I wanted to remain in Makkah.
I was concerned about being influenced by worldly desires upon returning home, and was worried that I would start missing Salah again. But Alhamdulillah, by the will and mercy of Allah, since returning home, I have performed all obligatory Salah without fail. May Allah invite me back to Makkah and Madinah, and also invite those who have not visited the two blessed cities – Ameen.