Diary of a Pilgrim 2 – A Trip

This diary is a translation of the writing of my dear brother and teacher Dr. Muhammad Saad Faris Al-Mahdy
Hajj is a trip, one of the soul and body
Hajj is a trip, one of the soul and body

Hajj is a trip, a trip through belief and history, two things intertwined during Hajj. Hajj is a trip, one of the soul and the body. It is a trip of the intellect and the heart. Hajj is a trip through which you learn, and you feel as well. During this trip, we do not stop at the physical ritual. We, rather, dive deeply into its philosophy. We live in this trip with the most fundamental objective of it. We live with whom we intended to travel to in the first place; that is Allah (swt)

We spend time with the main figures of the trip: Adam, Ibrahim, Hajar, Ismael, and even the Shaitan. We spend time with locations and places, deciphering its symbols—and names: Al-Ka’ba, the Sacred Mosque,  Al-Safa, Al-Marwa, Mina, Arafat, and Al-Mash’ar Al-Haram. We learn meaning through looking deeply into rituals. We go though the state of Ihram, circulating around the Ka’ba, going between the two mountains: Al-Safa and Al-Marwa, throwing stones, shaving out heads, and sacrificing an animal.
We will learn lessons from the stories around Hajj. We associate rituals as they are performed with the laws of this life. We link this trip that summarize the history of humanity with the current status of our Ummah; so we can help it rise. We impersonate the main figures of this sacred trip; so we follow their footsteps, something through which we understand the meaning of our existence.
In summary, we do all that to arrive at the main objective behind Hajj.
If you do not know what you are aiming for, or you are aiming for what you do not know, what would you come back with?
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Diary of a Pilgrim 1 – Introduction

This diary is a translation of the writing of my dear brother and teacher Dr. Muhammad Saad Faris Al-Mahdy

اني ذاهب إلى ربي سيهدين
اني ذاهب إلى ربي سيهدين

You may ask: what is the point of scribing those daily thoughts about Hajj? Well, let me use this episode to answer this question explaining what I would like to accomplish through this diary.

Let this diary be my contribution to the Hajj trip especially of those who did not perform Hajj before. Or, in other words, it is to allow those who did not make Hajj to participate in its meaning, and to prepare their hearts and souls to perform it. This diary depicts what a pilgrim may feel during this unique trip. It is an archive of my emotions and those of people who accompanied me. You can think of it as the outcome of what we acquired during this amazing experience. This diary is my Hajj gift to my beloved preparing them for their future trip. As others bring back prayer rugs and Misbaha, I bring this diary with me instead.

I do not claim all the thoughts in this diary. Rather, I learned some trough reading for geniuses and through previous Hajj experience in the company of people of high caliber. Some thoughts may have come through deep reflections or inspired by the presence in sacred places. Those thoughts may have come to me through the abundant emotions of others who were full of love and affection.

In the end, undoubtedly, I expect this diary to be more than just a diary of a pilgrim. Rather, it is a serious attempt to bring back Hajj as an experience to teach us the deep meaning of Islam. It is a practical study for one of the pillars of Islam, a pillar that is made mandatory on the Muslim community every year, and once in a life time on the individual. When we talk about Hajj, we, in fact, talk about Islam in its entirety exemplified in a trip, a trip that you travel, up, to Allah (swt)

Are you ready?