I went on Hajj in 2007 and every year around the time of Yawm al-Arafah I have a real visceral feeling and a deep yearning to return, all the memories of my trip resurface. This year, I decided to channel to give those feelings an outlet and composed a series of Haikus. I may not win any awards for poetry but I thought I would share them with you.
As I stand hands raised // my Lord forgive me my sins // show me Your Mercy
On Mount Arafah // they gather and raise their hands // and beseech their Lord!
The pilgrimage ends // washed of sins, new lives begin // the hard work now starts!
The Devil is stoned // Ihram removed, head shaved // the pilgrims rejoice!
Can we please our Lord // in our normal daily life? // rise to the challenge!