I must say that Hajj season always fills me with different feelings each year. Sometimes, I am filled with jealousy that I am not there. Sometimes, I am filled with awe at the fact that I was
once twice there. Sometimes, I am filled with complete sadness to think that it may very well be a really long time before I will be there again. This year, I am totally over-joyed that another 2.5 million Muslims are experiencing what I experienced, albeit in their own unique ways. The feeling of jealousy is quite a bit muted…more, I am filled with happiness that I know exactly what they are going through. I guess, for some odd reason, I am in a mood where I enjoy the feeling of connected-ness to other parts of the Muslim world. Hajj Mabruk to them all, and I hope every single one of you reading this will one day experience the most beautiful Hajj possible. It’s the one thing that changes you from deep inside, and there is really no greater beauty in this life.
So, where are they now? What are they doing? The pilgrims of our beautiful Ummah are done with their day at Arafat, their day of pleading for Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and blessings, their day of contemplating that they will all come back here at least one more time, on the Final Day. Some are already at Mina, at the Jamaraat…others are still making their way out of Muzdhalifah. As they prepare for their days of pelting the shaytaan, the rest of us get ready to commemorate the sacrifices of Ibrahim and Isma’il alayhimussSalaam. SubhanAllah walhamdulillah. I hope you all have an absolutely awesome Eid al-‘Adha, where-ever you are, whatever you will be doing, and whoever you are with.
Eid Mubarak, Eid Sa’eed, Happy Eid!
Note: Picture not at all mine, click on it for the source.