Moucharaf Nassim, from Pakistan, told Arab News: “I saved for several years to come to make my first pilgrimage with my husband
MINA: The Hajj, one of the largest annual human gatherings on Earth, is also an abundant source of positive human emotions. It acts as a powerful force that encourages people to connect with others, foster open communication, share experiences, embrace acceptance, and seek understanding amid diverse perspectives that can often separate.
The Hajj unites pilgrims from various nations for a few days as they fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam, invoking and praying to God to grant their heartfelt desires.
Pilgrims gather, acquaint themselves with one another, and embark on a journey of discovery. Many have long cherished the dream.
Arab News conducted live interviews with pilgrims in Mina.
Myriam, a young girl from Malaysia, said: “I have arrived to make my first pilgrimage. I finished my Hajj and I am very happy and especially grateful because God gave me the chance to come to Makkah. It was very difficult but I succeeded and I hope that God will bless my Hajj.
“The conditions were very good and we were well taken care of. I also had the opportunity to meet wonderful people from other countries. We shared our meals together, we prayed together. The Hajj allowed me to find new friendships and, through social networks, we’ve decided to stay in touch. I just had some unforgettable moments.”
Moucharaf Nassim, from Pakistan, told Arab News: “I saved for several years to come to make my first pilgrimage with my husband. We prayed, and read the Qur’an. I even met friends I worked with for years. I was surprised by this coincidence.”
A group of Bosnian pilgrims living in Sweden also made the journey.
Selim, the head of their delegation, said: “I am responsible (for the group) and imam of a group of 40 people. They are all happy and grateful. We are really unable to describe how we feel about the city of Makkah, and about Arafat.
“Every step of our pilgrimage was excellent. We return to Sweden grateful and happy and hope that our pilgrimage will be accepted by Allah.”
Source: Arab News
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