This blog is about relevant experiences that i'd like to share with others
Hajj is for a fixed period of time either 5 or 6 days. 5 days for those who hurry or have legitimate reasons eg. the elderly or sick. It is 6 days for those that follow the example of the Prophet peace be upon him who only performed Hajj once in his lifetime and told us to follow his example.
Mina is a part of the holy land. From the pictures or tv it is recognisable as the tent city where you can see tents for kms. We move from Makkah or wherever we are to Mina on the 8th day of the Islamic month of Dhull Hijjah, the month which Hajj falls in. Mina itself comes from the 3 arabic letters ‘meem’, ‘noon’ and ‘yaa’. It stems from the arabic word Manna which means the following:
1. The hope of gaining something; or
2. Wishing to gain something.
This has a direct correlation to what we are here for on Day 8 as part of the Hajj rights! We are here to rest and to focus mentally, spiritually and physically for the next day. We are all here today hoping to gain the reward of day 9 which is Arafah! This day is where we hope to be forgiven for all our previous sins! It’s amazing how the names of the places we are at have direct correlations to what we are doing in relation to Hajj. I will talk more about this hopefully in tomorrow’s post.
In Mina we shorten our prayers but do not join them at pray them each at their appointed times. We will pray a total of 5 prayers here, Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (sunset), Isha (evening) and Fajr (dawn) before we head off to Arafah.
One of the amazing things is that Arafah is not in the holy land. What is the reason for this? I’ll fill you in tomorrow insha Allah.
We left at approx 7am this morning and got here just before 8.30am. A 5-10 minute trip took us a lot longer on the bus due to the traffic.
It’s very interesting to see everyone’s reactions to the tents. They are somewhat mixed and the ones who aren’t phased by it initially will be later when reality hits. Generally this occurs once they settle down and work out the logistics of what is around, unfold their sofa mattress and fall asleep only to wake up 20 mins later with someone stepping on them, or the air con not working or even better needing to go to the toilet! Then it dawns on them they are here for more than just the next 5 minutes. Welcome to Mina where you are now with 4 million of your brothers and sisters!
As they say pictures tell a thousand words. In this case they probably say more!
Bag packed for Mina. Chair for Arafah, sleeping bag and tent for Muzdalifah!
If your able to zoom in on the bridge, the sea of white are pilgrims walking from Makkah to Mina. Amazing sight while we have the comforts of a bus.
Our camp number 30 and you can see how we are in between the mountains. The same people i talked about who were walking through the desert to get here are the ones who sleep in the mountains! The journey of a lifetime this is what it means!
The luxuries of Mina!
A reminder to my brothers and sisters not here at Hajj, to fast the Day of Arafah as it is an expiation for 2 years of sin!