The Journey of Forgiveness
I feel as if I came here with an empty spiritual wallet and returning with an unbelievable amount of spiritual richness
By Rabail Altaf and
For those on the annual Hajj the journey can be one of great discovery and self-fulfillment.
Two Muslim kids share their experience of Hajj, Rabail Altaf, 10 grade student and younger brother Fahad Altaf, 7 grade student with their parents join a local group from Orlando, with Caravan of Lights.
It is a journey more than anything else about forgiveness and helping you to focus on your own spiritual well-being.
Any body can change no matter who you are.
A Very Personal Thing
For me going on Hajj was very personal thing. Most people I have spoken to say one thing when they return. It is indescribable.
I think going on Hajj should help you become a better person. You can’t judge people’s intentions, but one should try to take as much from the Hajj experience as possible.
The sighting of the Kabah was overwhelming. I was awestruck by its magnificence, its beauty cannot be described in any other way except by pure experience of its presence.
I felt incredibly insignificant standing before the house of my Almighty creator. As I did my Tawaaf (circulation) around the Kabah, I couldn’t help but glance up overwhelmed by the thought that at this very moment thousands of angels were doing Tawaaf around the superior abode of Allah. After we performed our tawaaf we cooled ourselves down by drinking zamzam water in which I felt all my fatigue and thrist diminish. After we went to perform saee,once again I became emotional recalling the plight of Hazrat Hajarrah thinking how frantic she must have been looking for water. Finally, to end the rituals of Umra, we cut off a lock of hair, my dad and younger brother cut their hair.
Over the next days, the mass of pilgrims will move outside Mecca to sites in the desert. The thunderous, melodious chants of the talbiyah echoed from every direction, never had I felt such a strong sense of belonging.
The centerpiece of hajj is a day-long vigil on Mount Arafat, the open ground was full of an incredible hum of people. It was the day where tears fell and hearts overflowed with thankfulness to Allah, with a strong belief in His mercy that all our sins will be forgiven. The day of Arafat is the day I ‘ll never forget.
In Muzdalifah as far as the eye could see, all I could see was millions of people spread out on the floor, under the clear black sky. It truly is an enriching experience, it gave me the international experience of the ummah. There are people here from every corner of the world, of all diverse colours, cultures and classes. However here every one is sleeping on the floor. This spiritual equality of the races the rich and poor is the main foundation ofHajj, wearing an Ihraam further reinforces this feeling of equality.
After spending the night in Muzdalifah we returned to Mina to stone the devils,It was chaolic! I had to make sure that I was not struck by a stone and at same time make sure that I don’t accidentally harm anyone,either.
After Mina we returned to Makkah to perform Tawaaf-e-Ziyarat, returned to Mina pelt the devils again for two days and then returned to Makkah,We performed the last Hajj rite, the farewell Tawaaf and left Makkah for Medina.
Medina is home to the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). It is a structure of inexplicable beauty. When I visited the historical sight of Medina, I could not stop tears from streaming down my face, to walk in a place so steeped in Islamic History is inspiring and humbling.
I feel as if I came here with an empty spiritual wallet and returning with an unbelievable amount of richness (spiritual).