No adjective describing this year better than extra ordinary, including this year hajj as well.
Hajj 2020 only allowed 1000 people who live in Saudi Arabia compared to the usual 2,5 millions people from all over the world in the previous years. Today is Arafah day which is the most essential ritual of hajj. Arafah is where the pilgrims sit throughout the day until the sun set before heading to Mina.
Hajj has always been another trip down memory lane since 2012. The greatest trip I have ever been with the one I loved the most. Even after many years, tears are still easily flowing whenever the mind replaying all the memories happened eight years ago.
It was the most flawful trip I have ever had. A trip had never been that messed up since the very start. The chaos started from the pre-departure until the end which became the most devastating loss in my life. But, years after years, I remembered it as my most treasured trip and period of life. It felt surreal that I could survive all those things happened in 2012.
I wrote it once in Life Happens : The Second Big Dream “Hajj, The Greatest Trip”
Since the first ten days of Dzulhijjah are among the best days of the year to make dua, I made so many desperate duas these days. I asked too many things to the smallest detail.
Life after 2012 has never been getting easier but I am beyond grateful because it’s been such a life worth living. Until this very second and hopefully until the end. Amin.