Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Calling

By now, the many millions of pilgrims who are already in Mecca would have started their hajj journey. Clad in ihram, they will now head for Arafah; the plains located east of Mecca for Wukuf. Wukuf or the Grand Essembly marks the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The Prophet Muhammad SAW stressed that "Hajj is [the essembly at] ‘Arafah."

I remember very well, a few years ago, I was a part of that massive crowd traveling in orderly manner, heading to the sacred plains of Arafah. Talbiyah "labaik allahuma labaik, labaik la sharika laka labaik, Innal hamda wann’imat laka wal mulk, la sharika lak" was chorused by pilgrims in my bus during the entire 24 km journey between Mecca and Arafah.


View of Arafah plains from Jabal Rahmah (Mount of Mercy); the place where Adam and Eve met after being overthrown from heaven.

Wukuf begins from Zuhur prayers on 9th Zulhijjah until the fajar of 10th Zulhijjah. During the entire day at Arafah, from dawn until sunset, my time was preoccupied with continuous dzikir, doas and tasbih.

The Arafah experience was indescribable. Tears were shed easily when I performed my solats and during the intense moments of seeking forgiveness and mercy from God Almighty. That night when we did solat tahajjud, taubat and tasbih, the desert air was pleasantly cool. As we bowed our heads during our sujuds and rukuks, it felt as if, we might not see tomorrow anymore. Everything felt stationary, providing the solemn assurance of greatness of our Creator.

Vast Arafah plains in the background

Arafah was so sacred. I just wanted to be there forever, submissive to God AlRahman. As evening enveloped, after my solats, I raised my two hands asking from Him and praying for his abundant forgiveness. And, it was in Arafah that I saw the most beautiful sunset on the horizon far ahead. Subahanallah…….

10 comments:

mamasita said...

Thank you for relating your precious experience during your Haj pilgrimage..very enchanting narration.

Selamat Hari Raya Haji to you, ABE and kids.Happy bercuti too!

hazlin said...

Salam Kay,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha to you n your family.


Comel cik nissa tu.

edelweiss said...

*SOB, SOB*

setiap kali dengaq crita org pi mekah nih...i memang syahdu lah kak...insyallah masa i akan sampai.

selamat hari raya haji kak... :)

Madam Tai Tai No More said...

Selamat Hari Raya, Kay and family! Enjoy your Lebanese rice and masakan ayam tomorrow.

kay_leeda said...

Dear Mamasita,

Glad to share this with everyone.

Have a blessed Eid to you and family. Bercuti?? Yess we are heading for Mom's place esok.

kay_leeda said...

Dear Hazlin,

I had wanted to buzz you on TM to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Qurban. But was busy running around preparing for juadah raya today.

You have a good raya celebration okay:)

Nissa comel? Thanks...isshhh kembang cik adik tuh :)

kay_leeda said...

Dear Edelweiss,

InsahAllah your call will be soon. Our prayers are for you.

You have a good raya too. Driving to TM yes? Drive safe yah :)

kay_leeda said...

Hi MadamTTNM,

Selamat Hari Raya to you & family too. MrS back already? It's good to have everyone at home yah.

Lebanese rice dah dikorbankan for my berbuka just now. Everyone enjoyed the special dishes, it felt like Thanksgiving dinner pulak :)

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Thanks for sharing, now I can appreciate more, the beauty of the pilgrimage.

Selamat Hari Raya Haji to u & the family.

Salam,
Tommy

kay_leeda said...

Tommy,

Yes...sharing is caring :) You have a good weekend!!