Hajj Experience

Name Narratives
Malcolm-x, USA, 1964 "Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colours and races here in this ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colours.... I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colours together, irrespective of their colour";
Azad Hussein, London, 2003

“Seeing the Kabah for the first time was just overwhelming. Regretted, why didn’t I go there earlier, at a young age, when I was stronger physically? My advice to anyone is that do not delay your hajj. There is no such thing called perfect timing. Simply, it is not possible to resolve all problems of your life and then go.” 

Katrina Islam, Liverpool, 1997

“Unexplainable unless you experienced it by yourself. Distinctions of nationality disappear there, and everyone  arrives at the court of Allah in a state of oneness as humble petitioner. ” 

Safina Begum, Birmingham, 2001

“It was just overwhelming. I would say - the greatest trip on earth. I left my young family behind. I thought I would remember them all the time during hajj which may impede my concentration. Alhamdulillah, my husband and I were very fine.  It was a very good decision to go without any further delay.” 

Abu Muhammad Philips, Scotland, 2006

“I have travelled the world. But visiting the Ka’ba was a totally different experience, simply incomparable. Since going to hajj, I have been to Makkah number of times to perform ‘umrah hajj.” 

A Ali, Manchester, 2007

This is a journey of a lifetime. Seeing hajj on the television is one thing and directly experiencing the largest gatherings on the earth, is beyond human comprehension. At the end of the hajj when the time came to return home, people became more emotional. I saw tears in people’s eyes. It was really hard to depart from Makkah. ”  

M Ahmed, London, 2014

“Very physically and psychologically demanding. You need a high level of patience and physical strength to do Hajj properly. It is advisable that one should start taking preparation for hajj is well before going to Hajj. I have attended a number of hajj seminars which really helped me during hajj. Also, be mindful of the crowd. Never push through, people gets emotional there. They don’t realise what they do there.”