Gone to Hajj, my parents did. Alhamdulillah; after two times visiting The Holy Land, Makkah The Baitul Haram on courtesy of our kind rich cousin-in-laws who sponsored the whole entourage for Umrah, my parents finally has the chance to visit perform pilgrim/Hajj under Tabung Haji. As my brother-in-law, Abang Zam is one of Tabung Haji worker, my parents’ protocol shenanigans are somewhat enlightened.
So, on Friday 22 September 2012, we went to Kelana Jaya where the Tabung Haji complex is located. It is the hub where all the Hajj performers are gathered collectively and then would be whisked via buses from there to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). There were so many families there, sending off their beloved ones and audible holy chants of ‘Labbaikallah’ can be heard. “Labbaikallah” is a chant that usually are said by Hajj performers; loosely meaning that “We are here to greet Your Graciousness”…
The weather was hot but in Saudi Arabia, it was said that the weather was reaching circa 45 Celsius – proved to be even HOTTER than in Malaysia. Really, the execution of Hajj is an Ibadah demanding perseverances both mentally and physically.
Yeah! I know…I look so fat with my rotund cheeks, aite? Hehhee….that’s why I am starting to ignite my active regime. Re-activation!
When the time came for us to say goodbye to Ayah & Mak, suddenly I was so overwhelmed by melancholy. Tried not to cry but the thought of Muzem’s mother died there and Goodness knows the possibility (Nauzubillah! But we have to be practical), my eyes drenched with water. Pecked their cheeks and I was sobbing like crazy. And Kakak’s soothing words & Rifqi frequent questions (“Why Yeye is crying?”) making me sobbing harder. Well, I was a bit embarrassed because there were practically a lot of people there but prior to that, I saw few people cried as well!
The ideas of them leaving and the thought of not having them on the soil of Malaysia for 42 days are not as tormenting as the idea of Goodness-Knows-what-will-happen-there as also embroideries of Muzem’s-mother-sad-episode. Still, what we can do is only to pray so that everything is in good state.
To perform Hajj demands a great deal of energy and Tawakallah (Give in/Submissive to ALLAH SWT). Apart from the strength of inner-selves in the Hajj performers, the family members also have to be strong mentally as well. Pray the best for the loved ones but have to let Destiny carves its own path.
Me with Mak & Ayah. May ALLAH SWT bless them. I hope I can go there too next year. Amin.
On whole, thousand thanks to everyone who prays for my parents. And I hope they will be in good condition of health and may ALLAH SWT granted a “Haji Mabrur” (blessed Hajj) to them. Amin. Below is the chants said by the Hajj pilgrim performers while executing the Hajj Ibadah. Simply beautiful and verbal symbolic to signify the embodiment to God SWT, courtesy of http://www.mysticsaint.info/2006/12/labbaik-allah-humma-labbaik-here-i-am.html website :-
Labbaik Allah humma labbaik – Here I am O Lord!
Labbaik la sharika laka labbaik
Laa sharika lak.
O my Lord, here I am at Your service, here I am.
There is no partner with You,
here I am.
Truly the praise
and the provisions are Yours,
and so is the dominion and sovereignty.
There is no partner with You.
NOTIFICATION UPDATES (I) : I just received news that my friend, Hussain Tahir had lost his father at Madinah/ Medina today. The cause of the demise is yet to be known. Takziah to him, Inalillah; everyone returns to ALLAH SWT. But this really makes me nervous. I pray that Mak & Ayah are in good conditions. Feels so uncomfortable. Ya ALLAH! Please!