Hajj and Umrah are the ultimate spiritual experiences in a Muslim's life. With these experiences brings CHANGE in our lives. With Allah Subhanahu Wata'Alla's acceptance of a successful Hajj, one can benefit from His blessings in the means of spiritual changes in our day to day lives which have ripple effects of positive changes all around us. Changes in our lives will bring change in society, which will surely lead to positive changes in this world today.
Before setting out on your journey of a lifetime, Hajj, it is strongly recommended to maintain a healthy eating plan combined with a fitness program that will assist in sustaining physical stamina. Hajj can take a toll on anyone. With endless miles to walk, many rituals to perform, lack of consistent resources, one can make the best of Hajj, by maintaining physical fitness.
The Saudi Kingdom has developed resources to facilitate for all the visitors to the Kingdom during Hajj. However, it is best to be aware that, with millions to cater for, facilities such as toilets and wash places may not be up to standards we may anticipate. Food may not be up to the standards. We are advised that during these blessed days, patience is the greatest virtue. One must be prepared mentally for hardships that may occur. These are times when one may reflect upon the early Hajj’s and the hardships that were faced when people walked for months to perform Hajj. Subhanallah.
Hajj and Umrah are spiritual journeys to the Holy cities. Hajj, being one of the five pillars of Islam. As the world today has advanced, today, modern five star accommodations are available in Mecca and Medina.
Once you have reached Mecca and Medina, you are guests at Allah Subhanahu Wata'Alla's great holy cities. Even though you may be accommodated at these five star rated hotels, you will still follow and strive to perform all the rituals required to perform Hajj as everyone else which may be stretch your patience at times.
** Please note that if you wish to go the route of five star hotel accommodations, you must be prepared to face similar ordeals as any other pilgrims facing the task of performing the Hajj.
Again, one must be patient and humble oneself in order to benefit the blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wata'Alla's. Alhamdullilah, Feel the gratitude towards Allah’s endless blessings. What an honor it is to perform the Hajj. Not everyone manages to go once in a lifetime. Let us give great thanks to Allah and perform Hajj with a pure heart. Not to focus only on five star ratings.
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