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Recounting Hajj pt. 5


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SaqibSaab is an average Desi Muslim guy living in Chicago. He enjoys videography and design as side hobbies, and helps out with AlMaghrib Institute in Chicago, Wasat Studios, and other projects here and there. His go-around vehicle is a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 5-speed Wolfburg Edition. Originally born in Michigan, he and his wife reside in Chicagoland with his parents who come from Bangalore, India. He blogs personally at



  1. Arif Kabir

    November 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    I watched Sh. Muhammad’s version of this story, so it made it very interesting to see a different perspective on the same event. One was a leader, another a follower, but both felt the same crushing feeling and then the feeling of relief. Alhamdulillāh that it worked out awesomely for both of you!

    I remember that when our family arrived at the airport but was rejected that night to even get on the airplane to go to Hajj, it was one of the most trying times that we ever went to. However, Alhamdulillāh, Allah (subhānahu wa ta’ālā) answered our duas and we made it the next day in the nick of time.

  2. Amatullah

    November 14, 2010 at 6:39 AM

    SubhanAllah, that was so riveting! may Allah accept your hajj!

  3. irshad ahmad

    November 14, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    excellent; all the picture is fine and best

  4. Sadaf Farooqi

    November 14, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    This experience of your group was indeed a major test….jazak Allahu khair for sharing.
    I totally agree with the advice given by your group leader — sincere dua is indeed a pilgrim’s biggest weapon!

  5. Mansoor Ansari

    November 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    were u the last ones to leave mina?

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  7. Asad Rashid

    November 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    I can so clearly remember that sinking feeling when the Sheikh made the announcement. I also remember clearly the feeling of elation when we heard the call for the bus. There wasn’t a dry eye in the bus going to Arafah. Not one. Every single person was crying. Throughout my short life, I have experienced many moments when Allah has delivered me from despair. But none even approach the magnitude of this one. Jazakallah Khair, Saqib, my brother and fellow Hajji, for taking me back to that blessed time and reminding me of Allah’s infinite mercy.

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  9. Khadija

    June 12, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    Loved this series so much, jazakAllah for sharing, you captured Hajj so well.

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