16.12.07

And so the Hajis to be sailed out..

The pre Eid and Hajj gatherings and biddings good bye are pretty much over with at the moment. In days gone by the leaver's dinner was a much bigger deal, with much more uncertainty, resources and commitment required to succesfully pull of a 5th pillar of Islam. IF we had the same occasion 50 or 100 year a go, the haji-to-be would be more likely to die.

Its nice to here of people in desh being able to afford to go too. A guy, not a rich man by and stretch of the imagination, from my mothers ancestral district called a few weeks back to say he was on his way and ask if their was anything we wanted him to ask Allah for. For those who struggle to afford it, but shed their buckets of honest, halal sweat to make it, it is a justifyable big deal just to get there. Allah accept their Hajj and distinguish it in award from the fakes and haramis that simulate the sacred pilgimage.

I am well up for sleeping bagging my hajj when it happens, but the nambypambyness of the UK hajj infrastructure and sheer logistical nightmare of the whole thing present practical restraints on the individuals wanderlust. Also my feeling that it should be boycotted until the cities are freed from the clutches of that corpulent bunch of losers (whose only contribution to current world civilisation is the chocolate covered date) is never going to catch on or hold much water in the general scheme of things.

The spatial settlement organisation is interesting. Last year a retournee showed me a map of the areas where the different countries established themselves. Looking at it, the Iranians seemed to have negotiated a good position for themselves. South Asia and Africa could do better.

The age and class profile of a countries hajjis tells you a lot about how we are doing. In Malaysia tha Hajji identity of young men is a big factor in their marriage negotiation power. The south east asian contingent is reknowned for its graceful organisation, preparedness and numbers. From your standard Arabian police states, the young professional adults are discouraged from Hajj, lest they figure out what an Ummah is. Some areas of earth tend to send scary people who will beat you out of the way without even realising that its rude. Some places on earth emit the kind of pilgrims who are so ignorant that they use the lull around the kaaba during prayer times to sneak in Tawafs. Bless.

United Muslim Masses, trying to be patient and maximise their value. All announcing their presence to their Creator. Labayk. I'm here.

Theres a lot of related human activity to Hajj.
  • People going are writing down specific individuals duas to remember in situ. Its not intercession by any means, its one of those things we do whilst tying our own water buffalos.
  • One chap is i know is definately mobile blogging. might link to it here if he says i can.
  • Another chap is doing some disease type research and had published a booklet of tips for a healthy Hajjs. iA the epitome of knowledge of ongoing use.
  • Saudi security forces look comical when they make a show of their strength. I hope the admin perfoms well so everyone can go home with a good story.
  • We are begining to research and sharpen our collective behaviours.
  • Muslim Hands can sort you out with a qurbani nearly anywhere in the Ummah.

5 comments:

Shak said...

Good post, but with respect I think you should go on the pilgrimage yourself before you criticise the behaviour of others who do (fakes haramis and those who sneak in tawafs). It's not like what you see on the telly or read in books, and in my opinion the sheer numbers attending are a miracle in itself.

fug said...

hardly a go at hajjis. I dont watch it on telly or read books on it.

numbers must be overwhelming, but thats a different thing from behaviour.

Anonymous said...

Another confusing comment from you fug; the struggle now from the west is not to go for hajj (it could easily take only a couple of months pay for many, especially the young unmarried/commitment light types) as opposed to a six month journey where ppl were expected to die (or be robbed), but to not lose your rag when you're out there. To maintain the spirit and action of ihram and hajj in general when you get caught in a push/doing tawaf or sa'ee that makes getting onto a train in London look like a holiday. Now that's the test of hajj.

fug said...

oi you!!

maybe id cause less grief with the simple obervation that the difficulties in the journeying there aspect are greater now.

*acknowledges sabr aspect must be harder, but reflects that high expectations come with modern transport timetabling*

apart from the test of not losing ones rag and recharging what else did you find out there?

(On not losing ones RAGS: on umrah once i saw a mans ihram being pulled out of the moshpit that became the corner of the the black stone... someone went home embarrassed that night...)

Anonymous said...

a day late on my comment; it's almost eid now in london (well according to the ppl i'm following) but the main lesson is what you're out there for. arafat. today. (if you made it and i thought i wouldn't) where people stand and make dua seeking forgiveness - a special place, a special time in the midst of the hectic nature of hajj. you can easily forget the struggles and sacrifices that you are there to remember, but ulimately, if you paid a little money or a lot, stop whining and start making dua. stand in the afternoon sun as it goes down and remember, repent. and when the sun sets try to figure out where you go from there. subhanallah, that's harder than making dua.