Thursday, December 25, 2008

My Hajj Journey 1429H/2008

Bismillaah

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

My Hajj Journey 1429H/2008




Alhamdulillaah, all praise is to Allaah, the Al Mighty, the Most Glorious, Most High, Most Powerful who has allowed me to perform my Hajj and gave me a safe return, alhamdulillaah.

Like all other pilgrims, I believed that what I had experienced within those 25 days were beyond words and description. There are too many incidences that happened to me and other pilgrims that had made me reflect deep and hard. SubhanAllaah, what i can say is that, truly, Allaah is indeed Most Loving, He Listens and He, our Lord, truly is the Responder to all requests and prayers...subhanAllaah.

Words cannot describe the feelings I had day-in, day-out being His guests, in His Home, subhanAllaah.

If I can say one thing, is this reminder that Allaah has given us,

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence)” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

And my brothers and sisters, this is one duty that would insha Allaah bring us closer to Him, in a manner that is very special. I knew now, deep in my heart that He wants us to perform the Hajj for reasons that would benefits us. Period. Not for Him, but for us.

So, if we could afford to, perform it quickly as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) has reminded us,

“Hasten to do Hajj – meaning the obligatory Hajj – for none of you knows what will happen to him.” Narrated by Imam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on him), 1/314; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 990.


He is totally right, you agree? ...for none of you knows what will happen to him...

Therefore, let us all start saving bit by bit, making the intention and have all the trust in Allaah to assist us to make the beautiful journey of a lifetime a reality as quickly as possible, ameen.

And if you are like me and you have done the Hajj, let us pray that Allaah would include us then and again, year after year, to be in His Guest list, for that list, my brothers and sisters, is the most honorable guest list of all...

To start sharing (plus i am still not over my jetlag), I decided to adhere to the saying 'A picture is worth a thousand words'. So, here are a few hundred pictures for you (from over 3500 pictures I took), hopefully they all could be worth a million words, Ameen...

Especially for you, Life Storyteller Blog readers...

Enjoy and Be Awed by His Magnificence, His Glory, His Love and His Mercy...

(Kindly move your cursor over the pictures to read the caption or story behind the pictures, insha Allaah)





Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author and creator of Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series http://wwww.LifeOpenSecret.com. She maintains an active blog at http://www.WisdomThruWords.blogspot.com. and social networking platform a Web 2.0 at http://www.LifeStoryteller.ning.com

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Sis Zabrina
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Author of Life is an Open Secret Islamic Motivational Book Series:
Life is an Open Secret- Think about It
Life is an Open Secret- You, Me and We
Hidup Bukan Rahsia http://www.lifeopensecret.com

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Sis Zabrina, also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author of Islamic motivational book series Life is an Open Secret http://www.lifeopensecret.com She maintains an active blog at http://www.wisdomthruwords.blogspot.com
and her personal Social Networking Platform http://www.LifeStoryteller.ning.com

12 comments:

lan said...

salam sis, that sure is a lot of pics u took.. may Allah make it easy for us that has yet to go there to be able to make it there 1 day insyaALlah :)

D said...

thanks for sharing the picts, dear. My children have got thousands of questions for me to answer!!LOL! We've been doing a lot of work on Hajj recently (my way of preparing them + myself for my coming journey, InsyaAllah).

Sis Zabrina said...

Bismillaah

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Brother Ian, Ameen to your prayers. Alhamdulillaah, I got more than I could handle opportunities to snap these pictures. Actually, I had to buy a new memory card just so that I could continue snapping without reservation, alhamdulillaah.

I hope the pictures have inspired you to some extend, ameen and insha Allaah. :)

Salaams
Sis Zabrina

Sis Zabrina said...

Bismillaah

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

My darling D, Knowing your kids, I am not at all surprise! LOL I would to think that aunty Bina has done her part to 'tickle' their curiosity about Hajj enough for one week of non-stop questions! (on the other hand- I am sooo sorry D!)

Insha Allaah, I pray that you would be making that trip soon, ameen.

Hugs and salaams

arnamee said...

SALAM sis~

salam maal hijrah..~
the pics really inspired..=)

Sis Zabrina said...

Bismillaah

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Dearest Sis Arnamee, Kullu 'am wa anti bikhair, insha Allaah :))

I am glad to know that the pictures have inspired you in some ways. So, next step- increase savings for Hajj, insha Allaah!

Hugs
Sis Zabrina

Anonymous said...

Assalamualikum sis ,

MashAllah ,You were able to perform the great pilgrimage.Thanks for sharing it with us.

safia

Anonymous said...

Aslm sis zabrina.

Alhamdulillah...
glad to hear that you are invited by Allah last year!

by the way..which travel agency you take

Nor Hisham bin Mohamed said...

salam,
nice blog and nice book too..

~me~ said...

Assalamualaikum to my dear sis Zabrina and all.
MasyaAllah. Subhanallah. Alhamdulillah. Welcome back dear! And may Allah bestows you with haj mabrur.Ameen.

ibrahim a.k.a sailoRman said...

salam...u got a nice blog..

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