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January 22, 2006



I'm reading "One Thousand Roads to Mecca" a collection of a millenia of Hajj accounts & what struck me about the hadith you quoted is how true it is for every age & generation.

May your hajj be accepted & may it be a source of inspiration & baraka for you, ameen!

Umm Zaid

Salaam 'Alaikum

Some people forget to stone the devil inside them.////



I laughed out loud when I read this:

'Underestimate Turkish pensioners at your own peril.'

A useful thing to remember, especially if you are dimensionally-challenged, or come fom South East Asia.

I felt sad when reading about the rich people in SUVs though. I thought one of the points of Hajj is the equality between the haves and the have-nots.

May Allah grant your a mabrur hajj, inshaAllah!


Assalamoalaykum Brother,

Some Ulema have explained that when a person comes back from Hajj, he should not tell anyone about the hardships he saw or difficulties he encountered while there. If someone asks, he should just say 'Alhumdulillah' and say everything went okay.

The reason for this is that there are many many other people who have not been on hajj yet, so just giving a list of all the negative things might put them off and give them a negative feeling and this might affect them.

So it is better to only tell about good things and give encouragement to go for hajj.



good to know that things haven't changed since I was last there...oh '81-'82. At all.

Tarique Sani

My wife who is not a muslim like me is in total denial of what yo have written - I? Oh! I am a believer ;)

Osama Saeed

Thabet, just wanted to say I really appreciated this post, jazakallahu khairan.


assalamu 'alaykum

Many thanks for your kind words, Osama. God bless you.

Anonymous (further up): Thank you for concern and advice. Although I am somewhat flattered with the suggestion that my powers of persuasion are so great that I could influence another Muslim into abandoning a core obligation like Hajj (not that it what I intended by this post; they were random reflections on my Hajj experiences.) God bless and protect you.


I liked the post.

Some of your reflections resonate oh so much with the collective reflections of everyone else who went on hajj -- an experience that can only be fathomed in terms of its intensity, an intensity in regards to emotions, thoughts, and experiences that span the entire spectrum; don't you think? :-)

jazakallah khairan :-)

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