I went to hajj in 2017. As most hajji’s will tell you, the pilgrimage is one of the most amazing and memorable experiences a Muslim can accomplish in their lifetime. It’s also quite challenging, and it will push you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The best thing for future hajji’s to do is to prepare well in all these aspects.
Every year we equip many customers with the appropriate clothes, books and accessories for hajj/umrah (find some of them here, we’ve got more in store). During my shifts, I love to give extra tips to our customers that I learnt from my own experience at hajj. You probably won’t find these in your usual books or lectures. Let’s just call them…
Anisa’s Hajj Hacks!
- Don’t enter hajj confused: Make sure you understand each step of hajj (read this book) and don’t rely too much on following your organisers as you may become lost or separated.
- Get used to walking long distances: The walk from your tent in Mina to the jamarat (the stoning wall) is very, very long. Combined with the soaring midday heat, even the fittest of us were tired by the end of it. So start exercising and walking now in preparation.
During the hajj
- Don’t talk too much: Now is not the time to socialise and looking back, I feel I wasted too much time chatting with others. That can wait till after hajj. Instead, bring a book or read the Qur’an.
- You don’t need your phone: Aside from letting your family know that you’re safe, keep technology to a minimum, and cut out social media completely. You can tell them about your adventures when you get back.
- Take electrolyte: This will help you deal dehydration and fluid loss due to the heat and excessive sweating.
- Wear thin cotton socks at all times. The ground gets dirty & dusty.
- Try to avoid the toilets: It’s estimated that there is one toilet for every 200 people and it’s quite literally a hole in the ground. They WILL be dirty. You will inevitably have to use them, but this is what I did to reduce the need to frequent the toilets:
This is an excerpt of a blog I wrote for EMAAN, you can find the rest of it here.