By Ruhaifa Adil
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
The time for Hajj is here, and fortunate Muslims who have been chosen by Allah to undertake this journey are preparing their best for what can truly be called the biggest event of their life!
Alhamdulillah, Hajj guides available in bookstores and online resources help us pack all that is needed for the stay in Makkah and Madinah and for the Hajj itself. However, only experienced individuals who have performed Hajj (pilgrims or Haajjis) can help you out with amazing hacks that can make your journey a lot easier. Here are ten easy hacks collected from family members and friends that will make your Hajj more comfortable!
1- A spray bottle for ablution
There may be times when you need to redo your wudhu (ablution) but leaving the mosque might not be a possibility as you might not be able to come back in due to the extreme rush. A spray bottle is a great thing to have on you to help you do a quick ablution where you are seated without wetting the area around you.
2- Soap chunk
Buy non-fragranced soap, and cut it up into small cubes. Carry the cubes in a zip lock bag. Every time you go to the washroom, take one cube and leave it there after use. This way you don’t have to handle a messy, wet soap around, and the soap left behind becomes a source of sadaqah (voluntary charity) for you.
3- Compressed towel tablets
These are small tablets that become hand sized towels when made wet (you can use your spray bottle to wet them). Get the non-perfumed kind. These are great for cleaning your hands without having to get in line at the washroom.
4- Alum stone
Alum stone works great as a natural deodorant and does not have any fragrance thus being the perfect companion during your state of ihram. Make sure you use it so that your body odour does not bother other pilgrims
5- Permanent marker to write phone numbers
Take a permanent marker along to write down phone numbers and your group number on your hands in case you get lost, fall ill, or become unconscious.
6- Lots of pockets
Women can have a few pockets stitched into their abaaya to help them keep their hands free during stoning, tawaaf, sayee, and so on. It will also help keep their money and mobile safe. Men can wear belts over their ihram, which have several pockets in them for the same purpose.
7- Shoe bag and book bag
Carry a light string bag to put your shoes in and another bag for your dua books and Quran. These bags can be easily carried on your shoulders and for women can act as a barrier as well from bumping into men during tawaaf.
8- An elastic band or belt
These can be very useful for women when they go to use the toilet. The belt can be tied around the waist and used to tuck in the abaaya so that it does not get dirty or wet from the toilet floor or ablution area. Dirty clothes can compromise your worship so this can be a very useful hack
9- Nails/ hooks
Take nails or hooks that you can hammer right above your mattress in your tent in Mina. These nails can be used to hang your bags or clothes. Take some extra nails along for your neighbour pilgrims as well!
10- Delete social media accounts from your phone
Before leaving for Hajj, make sure your phone is distraction-free. Delete Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, games, and so on so that your time is spent fully focused on your pilgrimage.
Ruhaifa Adil is a mother of four, a practising Muslimah, an avid reader, and a passionate writer. She works primarily as a trainer for mothers and teachers, advocating a multi sensorial, learner-centred approach, which she has learnt through her work as a remedial specialist for children with dyslexia. She is also an author of English textbooks, based on the teachings of the Quran (currently under editing), and creative director of a Tafseer app for kids. Her latest project is Qutor.com, a website that helps connect Quran teachers and students.
© IIPH 2016