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THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME
The Journey of a lifetime I hope these experiences will inspire some of the Muslims, who are still to perform the Hajj, to complete it. I also hope that this will remind the Hajjis of their time and experiences in Makkah and Madina, creating a zeal for them to return to the Holy lands regularly.

1. INVITATION FROM ALLAH
This probably rings true for most of us. Every year we have an intention to do Hajj and the year quickly passes by and we don't go to Hajj. This year was special. I had an intentio...

2. THE JOURNEY THERE
After we completed Fajr prayer in the Stirling Masjid, we started loading up for the first step of the journey - Edinburgh airport. We had to be at the airport for 7.00am to check ...

3. FROM SCOTLAND TO SAUDI
When we landed in Cairo, we were welcomed by the Cairo night at the death of the sandstorm. I took a deep breath taking in this foreign culture and language. The air was tainted wi...

4. TO THE GATES OF MAKKAH
We had travelled from one side of the world to the other with the sole intention of performing the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah. Every Muslim, who has the means, must perform the...

5. THE KA'BAH
All our baggage was unloaded onto the pavement outside the Hotel. The bus was still unloading as my companions checked their luggage, making sure all their essentials had arrived s...

6. THE UMRAH
Magrib was my first Salah in Makkah in the Al Haram. I found it quite unusual with the second Imam reciting the Takbir behind the Imam in such a beautiful voice. This is not common...

7. EXPEDITION IN MAKKAH
After a light sleep on our first night in Makkah, we were wide awake well before the Fajr Prayers. We were lucky enough to get a hotel very close to Al Haram - I could actually see...

8. ARREST AND MORE REST
After a few days in Makkah, all my room mates and most of the original Hajj group became ill. Some of us got the cold and before long it had spread to the whole group. I bought a s...

9. THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS AND BEYOND.
It was the first day of Hajj (8th Dhul-Hijjah). We got up early that morning, well before Fajr and had a quick shower. We had already made all the preparation for the Hajj before h...

10. THE CITY OF TENT
We walked along the highway, which turns into a bridge that has a steep incline of 45 degrees. I could see the people before me and behind me, which seemed like a scene from the da...

11. THE DAY OF ARAFAT
On the morning of the day of Arafat we were woken by the angelic zikr of a group of pious brothers from Birmingham. These brothers were not the box-standard Muslims you would get w...

12. MISSION POSSIBLE
After our ‘sight seeing’ of Arafat we made our way back towards our tents. The air had cooled quite a bit by the time we got there. Our companions were already waiting at the tents...

13. GETTING STONED
At Fajr time, there was a frantic rush as everyone around us was getting ready for salah. The queues to the toilets and ablution area were huge. Everyone was desperate to wash, per...

14. MISSION BACK TO MINA
Alhamdu-lillah, all the brothers and sisters in our group had completed the stoning safely. Don't under estimate the enormity of the task we had completed. Many people are killed o...

     
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