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30 Days in Arabia: My Hajj Experience

When I received confirmation that I was going for Hajj I almost couldn't believe it. I re-read Malcolm X's description of his Hajj experience in the chapter 'Mecca' written in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I felt honoured to embark on the same journey as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and Malcolm X did but I felt somewhat undeserving of this blessing. In my mind, when someone gets the opportunity to perform Hajj it means they've done something truly worthy, but there I was (and I still am) a work in progress. It wasn't until later I realised God wanted me to go for Hajj because He was preparing for me for growth, the future and everything in between. God knew I needed this pilgrimage before I knew it myself. Hajj purifies the soul like nothing else does. And in the words of Lauryn Hill, "How you gonna win when you ain't right within?".

I had set the intention to go with an open heart, be present and detach myself from worldly and frivolous conc…

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