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Day 17
Diary of A Haji:21 Days for the Holy Land

May 23, 1994 (12th Zul-Hijjah):
[At] around 2:30 p.m. we went for Rummy again. On the way I saw an old man get hit by a bus.

The driver looked at him for a couple of seconds and then kept going. The man was in pain, but he was still standing.

This time the crowd was smaller. I walked through stinky, smelly places, the worst area was the covered area leading to the Jamraat.

At Jamrat ul Oola, I was able to reach the wall this time and threw the seven pebbles at the pillar with the slogan of Allahu Akbar.

The other two Jamrats were crowded and I had to throw the pebbles from a distance. I don't think all of my pebbles hit the towers, but they were in the right direction and that is the best one can do without getting hurt.

Our drivers and other workers had really worked hard for us, despite the lack of standards.

I felt relaxed and happy that Hajj was almost over. Only Tawaf ul Wuda was left which we would do on Thursday before leaving Saudi Arabia on Friday morning (this is the farewell Tawaf performed by the pilgrim just before leaving Mecca for his next destination).

At night, Ismael Farooque took us to his restaurant for [a] farewell dinner. We sat on the carpets laid in rectangular blocks in the open air. Barbecued spicy chicken, Kurrahi ghosht, Lassi (Alsi cola) and Nan [a type of bread] were served. It was good and relaxing.

Spiritually I was so relaxed and happy, but my body was not in good shape. My nose and throat had become worse.

Diary of a Haji: Before Leaving for Hajj...Day 1...Day 2...Day 3
...Day 4...Day 5...Day 6....Day 7-9...Day 10...Day 11....Day 12...Day 13
...Day 14....Day 15...Day 16...Day 17....Day 18-19...Day 20...Day 21

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abdul hamid ahmad, kuala lumpur MALAYSIA - wrote on 3/31/2010 10:55:49 PM
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Comment: I have performed my HAJI in 2009 (1430) . This is my first time .The wether is fine BUT on the day we are going to Arafah rain start to fall and Mekkah and Jeddah flood. Luckly Arafah are not effected. Every thing went well altough I and my wife have to walk average 5 km per day . My age is 59 at that time and my wife 53, She celebrate her 53rd birthday in Mekkah . Think of going again in two or years later.Thank

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