As the sun of 9th Dzulhijjah rises, most pilgrims already set their feet on 'Arafah.
Takbir, Tahlil and Talbiyah.
From noon, until dawn the next day
“Labbaikallaa Humma Labbaik”
O God, here I am answering your call, by nearly three million pilgrims from around the world.
The once in a lifetime journey of faith.
The faithfuls gratefully come to Makkah to discharge their owed duties to HIM.
Haj is ‘Arafah.
Immense spiritual congregation in 'Arafah during this sacred moments.
On the plain, and at hilly slopes of 'Arafah, is where pilgrims standing and supplicating to the ALMIGHTY s.w.t., seeking HIS Forgiveness and Mercy.
Not only to be physically presence in 'Arafah, but mentally too.
Believers are promised during these 'Arafah hours, HIS Forgiveness and Mercy are bestowed.
HIS Presence thus felt weather one is asleep, awake, lying down, resting, sitting, or even walking.
Men, draped in two white unsewn pieces of cloth, an extraordinary symbol of unity and equality.
Men and women formed a massive stream of white.
Getting to 'Arafah is not without difficulties for many.
Hardship aside, having reached 'Arafah is a dream come true, for all pilgrims.
'Arafah, peaceful, is where the connection with GOD takes place.
Dzulhijjah after Dzulhijjah, over and over again.
The beginning, the present, and the future.
All believers, from all corners of the world, come together to 'Arafah, to pray to GOD.
The feeling of wanting to be near to HIM, HE who Observes from above, the whole body shivers...
While in 'Arafah, wise pilgrims spend the day making supplications to ALLAH s.w.t.
Rasulullah s.a.w said,
“The best du‘a is the du‘a on the day of ‘Arafah.”
- Abu Dawud.
It is the ultimate day to ask for forgiveness of every single sin of us.
Rasulullah s.a.w. also said,
“There is no day
in which Allah s.w.t. sets free more souls
from the fire of Hell,
than on the day of ‘Arafah.”
People spent the day in worship and supplication.
Pray for our needs.
Pray for the welfare of all.
Never mind wherever we are now, in Asia, Africa, America, Australia or Europe.
In this sacred moment, the 'Arafah day, HE opens the sky for all our prayers to directly reach HIM.
The day where HIS promise delivered.
Seize the opportunity.
Rasulullah s.a.w. spent his day at 'Arafah until almost sunset.
Unity in prayers itself has created a peaceful atmosphere, at the most peaceful place on earth.
"Labbaikallaa Humma Labbaik”,
reenacted again and again, since fourteen centuries ago.
Answer the call of ALLAH s.w.t. and pray for peace and tranquility.
Pray sincerely, spread humanity.
They set out, chanting that they have come to answer GOD’s call.
The endless sea of 'white' pilgrims, in their endless chants,
Ability to make connection with ALLAH s.w.t. is an individual experience.
No words can explain one's feeling, although everyone is on the sacred ground of 'Arafah is obviously with one intention - HIS acceptance.
Performing Haj is obviously about communication and connection to ALLAH s.w.t.
The spiritual faith.
The inner peace is felt by those whose Haj is accepted.
It is reflected in us, in our doings, in our daily life.