After all the kursus haji that we have attended, it was the real thing now. Honestly, despite people giving lots of advice, Ustaz and his teachings, we still did not know what to expect. Ihram, Mashair.. etc.. Ya Allah, every night was filled with what ifs.
We held a small kenduri doa selamat a few days before we left for Hajj. It was 2 days after the crane tragedy happened in Makkah. Everybody was shocked with what had happened and figured that this year would be a challenging one. This was our first ever kenduri event at the house. It was a good one as we managed to invite the neighbours around us. Those who did not make it came earlier or later to meet us personally wishing us mabrur for the trip. Alhamdulillah, we were glad that the weather was convenient for all our guests.
Dr Anwar had earlier agreed to lead the Maghrib prayers and Yassin recitation with doa at the end of it. Thank you bro! I really do appreciate it. His recitation of the quran was wonderful. Luckily i managed to get our own PA system for the event. And guess where i bought it? Rawang! Where you can find anything at a cheaper price! haha
Alhamdulillah we had a good crowd with closest family and friends came to pray du'a for me and wifey. I am grateful of the attendance at at times was worried if the food we catered was enough!It was a very busy night as everyone who came had something to tell us. Most of the relatives shared their own experience and gave us handful tips. Thats why this event was different from any other event that we have organized before. We had more close conversations with the guest compared to if it was raya/birthday or gathering.
Alhamdulillah, the night ended well and we were very pleased that everything went as planned. Now the palpitation will be of waiting for the day we were scheduled to depart for Jeddah.