Wednesday, December 16, 2009


The hajj package I went with are mixed of majority arabs, some indians (very few) and second majority are Malaysians (50 of us). So we Malaysians were that many, we can fit into one bus.

And I suppose just as there were challenges going with your same people, there are challenges going with others too. Particularly when we don't speak the same language. I like to pick my battles though. Like I would chose not to rebutkan the washing machine. There was only one to be shared with hundreds. Or like my friend she wakes up at 230 just so she can use the machine without having to main chop chop with others. I chose to basuh pkai tangan aje.

Or i would chose to take my shower at 330 in the morning when I was at Mina. So I don't have to hear people knocking at my door, "Yala! yala! Suru'ah! Suru'ah!" shouting for me to come out quickly.

And be polite. And one can always learn the word, i am sorry in arabic and use it when needed. But that does not mean you should let them pijak your head and take your space in the van. :P. That's the only battle I really picked. I really ran for the van I tell you. Tak kasi can punya. Tertinggal van kalu, haru, silap-silap kena jalan kaki balik.

I am glad I am taking the arabic class. Even though it is too little to be able to make a decent conversation. But I did befriend with a few of them. Walaupun cakap macam ayam itik. :P

And everywhere you see muslims from all over the world. I personally think it's a wonderful sight. Regardless some of the things they do may not be comprehensible or according to OUR norm. Silap-silap our norm yang pelik in their eyes. But the fact that they are Muslims who some of them made a lot of sacrifice to make hajj is already an overwhelming feeling by itself. Subhanallah!

I saw some group from China. based on the language they spoke which sound like mandarin. Like the classic china movie. Most of them are old. But mind you, way fitter than, uhuk uhuk, me. We found buses from Russia. And some lorries also from Russia modified into caravan like buses. Subhanallah! We saw so many colours. So many nationalities. All are there to respond to Allah's call.

saudi saudi

And we do share common language. Give salam and say hajj mabrur, insya Allah. I think at least you can get a free du'a also. :D

Reminds one of this ayah, Hajj 22:27
And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj).(27)

saudiAnyway, so I befriended a makcik arab ni. I learned a few arabic words. Fil ful artinya pedas. She learned a few english words. husband artinya zauj. She also learn the word Good very good. And we exchanged du'a here and there. At one time she even made ruqya on me and asked me to do the same to her. We joked. Which is amazing because we spoke like ayam itik. There can always be something funny when you say Cluck cluck cluck and quack quack quack. or mix of all of it. Cluck quack cluck quack. Hahahhaha.

One day, Allah made me chanced on this ayah. And I recited the ayah to her. Al Hujurat 49:13

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa. Verily, Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (13)

While I slowly read it from the quran, she dengan bersahajanya continued the ayah for me. She was so happy to hear the ayah and hugged me. To this I said, "haiya! Dua! Dua!"

Du'a is also a common word among us Muslims.

I want to share two video clips. About some people from Xian preparing to go to hajj.

Really I am humbled to Allah.


abi said...

well written. and let us hope the spirit of the ayah continues forever.

azGROWLen said...

indeed muslims all over for a common goal and niah

(am on three week break doing nothing, that's why rajin baca and comment pulak too)

Anonymous said...

baru ahrini baca all your haj entries. very touching dan menginsafkan. I pray that my time will come, soon.

kak eda

Lollies said...

abi - May the ummah be united aso.

azgrowlen - bring goosebump rasanya. lama betul break tu. hope things are ok over there. You were in our thoughts and prayers. Still are.

kak eda - May it bring benefit to you and to everyone. For my ears first kak eda.

أم الليث said...

that is the one of the purposes of hajj kan..berkenal-kenalan.

imagining your duck and ayam conversation.. *chuckles*

p/s can't help noticing the amount of litter in the first photo!! yikes..

azGROWLen said...

am very touched, jazakumulah kathira, cluck cluck cluck quack quack cluck hew haw

Anonymous said...

the disturbing part is that over here, one can only be a muslim if either a) as arab as you can be, or b) as malay as you can be

shidah said...

that was the same surah that I went through during the our first day in Mina when we had our little ujian on the imam issue. Mainly ayat 11 & 12.

Lollies said...

aliya - oh itu baru sikit. imagine the aurhorities nak kena cuci makkah, mina, arafah and madinah. tonnes of rubbish!

azgeoqlen - and to you too. quack quack

jo - sekarang aku dah lupa apakah maksud jadi as arab ek?

shidah - funny i find the ujian in a different light. good for you though.

Sheherazade said...

I pray that my time will come

Teringt pula mase keje tmpt lame dulu,trying so hard nak communicate dgn pekeja asing.Funny