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    Posted October 18, 2011 by
    Flint, Michigan
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    Going on Hajj?

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    Preparing For My First Hajj




    My name is Mona Haydar and I am a poet from Flint, Michigan. I travel around the country sharing my poetry at universities, festivals, cultural shows and the like. I do youth workshops on creative writing, spirituality, and growing up Muslim in America (to name a few of the topics we have tackled.)  :)


    I will be performing Hajj for the first time this year. Hajj is a deeply personal journey that is spiritually awakening and reviving. The ultimately successful Hajj is the one from which the hajji(the performer of Hajj) returns home with a new attitude towards life, reaffirming their dedication to God and the path of all His beloved prophets. The hajji comes back sinless, with the intention to remain as close to this childlike innocence as they possibly can for the remainder of their life. I am young relative to the majority of people who go on Hajj but I feel blessed to be going so early in my life. It feels like the beginning of the rest of my life.


    Millions embark on Hajj each year and billions have performed this profound pilgrimage in memory of Abraham and in fullfillment of their obligation to God as Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. I hear great stories of Hajj and am excited, nervous and thrilled at the prospect of being invited by God this year to complete and fulfill this part of my faith!

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