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Your Hajj Suitcase

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What to Carry in your Hajj Journey
Your Hajj Suitcase

 

We are here to help you pack for the most important journey in your life.

 {Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah, those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures.} (Aal `Imran 3: 97)

When planning your Hajj, there is a lot to consider. First, you have to decide what to pack so that you will be prepared for anything but, at the same time, you need to keep it to a minimum so that you will not be overloaded with unnecessary things.

Second, you must determine what are the most essential items; like documentation and medication. You should avoid taking things that are going to slow you down. After all, the Hajj journey is all about leaving the trappings of this world behind. The last thing you want to do is carry around unnecessary items with you on the most important journey of your life. 

 

Small Travel Pouch

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This should be a small yet sturdy fabric pouch that you can wear firmly around your waist. It is best to keep it under your ihramsince theft is unfortunately rampant during the Hajj journey. Keep your most important documents here, including:

1. Airplane ticket

2. A photocopy of your passport and visa, since your passport will be handed in to the ’Unified Agents Office’ on arrival

3. Shahadah certificate (if you are a revert to Islam from a non-Muslim country, you may be asked to provide proof of Shahadah. This can be obtained from your local Imam); 

4. Your hotel address (written in English and Arabic)

5. Medication

6. Cash

7. Glasses, hearing aids, contact lenses

 

Your Suitcase

For the five days of Hajj, and traveling between Mina, Muzdalifa, `Arafat, back to Mina and Makkah, you will require a small to medium lightweight suitcase that is easy to carry. A backpack is ideal. Anything larger is going to be awkward for you to carry around. 

Hajj is to forget about your physical appearance, so extra clothing is unnecessary.
However, before packing, let's look at what you will be wearing for the five days of Hajj. Ihram is easy for a woman. You will need to set aside one full set of clothing that will be your ihram. Keep this on the side.

Into your suitcase will go:

- A second full set of clothing (underwear, pants, `abaya (loose fitting dress), hijab, socks, and so on). The emphasis on Hajj is to forget about your physical appearance, so extra clothing is unnecessary.

- A light-weight sweater or a shawl that can double as a blanket for the cool nights in Muzdalifa;

- A small hand towel;

- An extra pair of slippers/sandals;

- Unscented lotion or Vaseline;

- Unscented sunscreen;

- A small umbrella: a light-colored one will reflect rather than absorb light;

- Small flashlight;

- Toilet paper;

- Tooth-brush, miswak and tooth-paste (although you can only use the latter after you come out of ihram);

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- Snacks, such as energy bars, dried fruit and nuts;

- Refillable water bottles;

- A spray bottle is indispensable for making wudu’ when getting to the taps is difficult in the crowd;

- Hajj manual, a small copy of the Qur’an and books with du`aa’,and so on.

- Check with your travel agent if they will be providing meals and blankets, otherwise you may need to take a sleeping bag/blankets and disposable plates;

- An old sheet; which many sisters have found useful as a cover as well as for dividing a tent and creating a barrier from men should the need arise;

- Essential medication and a small first-aid kit containing Band-Aids, painkillers, and so on;

Toiletries such as deodorant for when you come out of ihram.

Piety and obedience to the rites of Hajj should be provisions for a pilgrims soul.
Carry-on Faith

{And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best of provisions is righteousness ‘Fearing Allah’. So fear Me, O ye that are wise!} (Al-Baqarah 2:197)

Other items to ‘pack’ include your intention. Why are you going for Hajj in the first place? The answer to that question should be to please Almighty Allah and fulfill His rights upon you.

Another vital item to add is provision. Not earthly provisions like you packed in your suitcase, but rather provisions for your soul, which include piety, obedience to the rites of Hajj and consciousness of the fleeting nature of this world and sound belief in the Hereafter.

Now that your bags are packed and sitting beside the door, all you have to do is remember to be cautious during the Hajj journey for the sake of your own safety and the safety of other Hajj travelers. Remember not to waste a minute of your time during this monumental trip as it will be over before you know it.

References
Taken with slight editorial modifications from: Sisters- magazine.com
Sumayyah Meehan reverted to Islam almost 16 years ago. She is a Waynesburg College graduate with a BA in Criminal Justice. Sumayyah is currently working on two Islamic book projects. She is a regular contributor to Al Jumuah Magazine and The Muslim Observer Newspaper. Sumayyah resides in Kuwait with her husband and four children.

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