I have heard stories from those who went there. Interesting stories of religious adventures, self healings and encounters in the Holy Land.. Yup, they have always fascinated me since I was small. You know, like.. ".. I heard the sound of Angel's wings during morning prayer..,".. " I met my late mother or father eye to eye near Ka'aba,"..and "..this very old thin man, with white beard, white jubah with the most serene face you've ever seen sat next to me while praying and in a blink of an eye, he disappeared,"... But that, is not the main purpose to make the journey. Only those who truly understand.. will find what needs to be found in this land full of Barakah..
What is so special about Mecca that pull Muslims all over the world to go there at least once in a lifetime? Well, Hajj is one of the reasons.
Hajj… Allah made it obligatory for every Muslim male and female to perform it once in a lifetime, provided they have the means and are physically able to do so. It is one of the five pillars of Islam. It was prescribed in the sixth year after the Hijrah, the migration of Messenger (peace be upon him) from Mecca to Madinah. A Muslim who denies the obligatory nature of Hajj becomes a disbeliever. A person who has the ability to make Hajj and does not do so will be accountable on the Day of Judgment.
"Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) to the house (Ka`bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses"
[Surah Al `Imran: 180]
God willing, I would like to perform Hajj sooner or later. The truth is, I've been wishing to visit Mecca as soon as I have the chance. Right now, I'm trying to save and make as much money as I can to reach my goal. Wish me luck on that :).
In the meantime, let's enjoy the celebration of Eid ul-Adha with thanks to Him for granting us all another day to take a breath on this beautiful little earth.. Yup. We are all so very little... and our life is shorter than we realized... So why don't we enjoy it and do our duties to Him too? After all, at the end.. we're going back to Him.
Take care, all right?