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Eid Mubarak !!

May your Eid be blessed with lots of love, joy, laughter, gatherings with loved ones

and may Allah return all the hajjis safely home and accept their pilgrimage.


(had an issue with the internet today, hence the delayed post)


a piece of my HAJJ scrapbook


I went for Hajj with my parents, three brothers, sister in law and her mother in 2006 and it was one of the most surreal experiences of my life! My husband had previously performed his pilgrimage and stayed home to look after my son.

Here is a list I found that I had prepared and sent to friends and family who were traveling with us on the pilgrimage.  It’s a very raw list and I hope it comes in handy for whoever is heading on this blessed journey!

The best thing I did was document my journey! I had my little camera with me and I took pictures to make sure that I don’t forget the experiences I had.  I made a scrapbook and every now and then I go through and am soo glad I have it to take me down that blessed memory lane! …


Things you will need:

*   4 or more abayas (bring old ones along with you ) abayas should preferably be the jalabiya kind so that you are kept covered. The key is not to have a abaya that flaps open.

*    4 or more big width shailas. I have made 34inch width ones theyre great coz they will cover you upper body chest etc..

*     3 or more head socks. So even if shaila moves or slips your hair is always covered. You can get head socks that are long on the neck which are excellent the shorter ones when you look down reveal the nape of your neck.  These long ones can even be worn on their own they’re great

*    pashmina shawls- apparently it gets cold

*   on that not pack thermal vests and long johns if you’re the kind that feels the cold.

*    Lots and lots of underwear to save you washing

*   Washing up powder

*   Bring a bunch of iron hangers they’re handy for hanging clothes and even drying clothes in the bathroom

*    Leggings/sirwaals for under jalabiyas incase you fall and expose a bit of leg

*     Eid clothes, jewelry whatever you wanna wear. Keep in mind its going to be eid and apparently it gets festive

*    Pack snacks: biscuits, crackers ,nuts, dates whatever u might fancy.. the hamla provide everything but snacky stuff its etc to bring along with you

*    Wet wipes (but cannot be used when in state of ihram )

*    Comfort spray to freshen sheets quilt etc

*    Masks to wear when you’re in crowded places especially jamaraat and it gets packed with people.. its goin to get dirty and its goin to get smelly. Expect the worst

*     Non perfumed soap ( you can buy QV wash from pharmacies)

*     Non perfumed shampoo which the hamla sells

*    Non perfumed deodrant

*    Take a couple of lose jalabiyas

*     A couple of loose nighties to wear you can get really nice ones for 25dhs in the coop nothing fancy just to use.  (alia go to Bukawara)

*     Lots of dua books ,Islamic magazines, quran, walkman to listen to religious tapes etc.

*     Non perfumed sunscreen

*     Travel pillow keep in mind we will spend a considerable amount of time in transport

*     Pills to control cycle

*     Meds: vitamins, aspirin, arnica etc…

*    Make sure you msg all friends and family to ask for their forgiveness if you have ever wronged anyone with intention or without knowing.

*     Safety pins

*    Prayer mats

*     Prayer sheets

*     Journal to write your day to day activities

*     Back pack to pack whatever you might need to just be with you so you have your hands free

*     Sneakers

*     Socks

*    plastic slipper/flip flops for wudu

*     plastic cup

*     mobile and charger

*     camera

*     jumper

*     travel blanket

*     travel soap non perfumed

*    prayers beads

*     duffle bag to pack things in if stay in a tent which we probably will

*     pack a lot a lot a lot of patience, tolerance and faith

There are two times when you will be in ihram.  One is when we land we will go straight to do Umra . Once we have done umra and cut our hair then we have finished the first ihram and can use regular soap whatever. 2nd ihram is when we go to Arafat/mina we will be in ihram for 2 days max. 3. We can bathe as much as we want but don’t wash your hair (coz technically your hair mustn’t fall) when we have finished tawaf al ifada then we have finished our 2nd ihram

When we are in ihram we must bite/cut our nails or brush our hair incase of hair fall, we mustn’t kill insects and be careful not to kill ants.  (Naturally whatever falls or dies without intention Allah knows best)

You can do your haj in whatever you feel comfortable in so keep in mind if you’re better in joggers,jeans,jalabiya whatever pack what you are comfortable in .. the key is comfort!

On the day of arafaat you mustn’t talk, giggle, gossip… this is a very special day spend it in remembrance and this is the time to just sit and do dua.


What is the Hajj?


The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which every adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their life if they can afford it and are physically able.


What is the Hajj?

The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which every adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their life if they can afford it and are physically able.


The Hajj step by step:
To carry out the pilgrimage rituals a pilgrim needs to be in a state of Ihram – a special state of ritual purity.

A pilgrim does this by making a statement of intention to perform the Hajj, wearing special white clothes (which are also called Ihram), and obeying certain regulations.
During the Hajj, in their state of “ihraam” (cleansed and made the intention)  pilgrims are forbidden to:

  • Engage in marital relations
  • Shave or cut their nails
  • Use cologne or scented oils
  • Kill or hunt anything
  • Fight or argue
  • Women must not cover their faces, even if they would do so in their home country
  • Men may not wear clothes with stitching.

Once in Mecca pilgrims enter the Great Mosque and walk seven times round the Kaaba (a cube-like building in the centre of the mosque) in an anti-clockwise direction. This is known as Tawaf. Pilgrims also run seven times along a passageway in the Great Mosque, commemorating a search for water by Hajar, wife of the Prophet Abraham.


Pilgrims travel to Mina on 8 Dhul Hijjah (a date in the Islamic calendar) and remain there until dawn the next morning.


Pilgrims then travel to the valley of Arafat and stand in the open praising Allah and meditating.

At the end of the day, pilgrims travel to Muzdalifa where they spend the night. Pilgrims gather up stones to use the next day.


In the morning, pilgrims return to Mina and throw seven stones at pillars called Jamaraat. These represent the devil. The pillars stand at three spots where Satan is believed to have tempted the Prophet Abraham.

Pilgrims sacrifice an animal (usually a sheep or goat). This commemorates the incident related in the Old Testament when the Prophet Abraham was about to sacrifice his son and God accepted a sheep instead. Nowadays many pilgrims pay someone to slaughter the animal on their behalf.

Pilgrims shave their heads or cut some hair from it and return to the Great Mosque at Mecca for a further Tawaf, walking around the Kaaba. They then return to Mina, where they spend the night.

DAYS 4 & 5

Pilgrims spend time in Mina, continuation of the ritual of stoning the pillars.

If a pilgrim has been unable to return to Mecca to walk around the Kaaba, he or she does so on the fourth or fifth day.

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