Makkah locals welcome blessings of the spiritual season

MAKKAH: The Hajj journey represents the fulfillment of the fifth pillar of Islam and is an opportunity for personal transformation that promotes patience, resilience, endurance, solidarity and cooperation.

These virtues can have a positive impact on a person’s life long after the pilgrimage has ended.

A pilgrimage can strengthen family ties, as many perform the Hajj with relatives, creating shared memories. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

Many pilgrims sell valuable possessions such as land and houses before arriving in Saudi Arabia in order to perform this obligatory worship, which Muslims must perform if they are able to do so.

Abeer Al-Jasser, a Syrian pilgrim from Deir Ezzor, said she had waited for many years to be able to perform Hajj. She stressed her determination to perform all Hajj rituals diligently in the hope of emerging with renewed strength and a new outlook on life.

A pilgrimage can strengthen family ties, as many perform the Hajj with relatives, creating shared memories. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

She described the pilgrimage as an extraordinary spiritual opportunity that increases closeness to God, strengthens faith and brings peace and tranquility. “Performing the rituals is seen as an opportunity to purify oneself of sins and offers psychological relief and freedom from burdens from the past.”

“Seeing Muslims dressed in white, symbolizing equality and unity, brings comfort and peace. Experiencing this deep sense of brotherhood, where people from all over the world are united for one goal, is a deeply moving experience,” said Al-Jasser.

It is a deeply moving experience to witness this deep sense of brotherhood where people from all over the world come together for a common goal.

Abeer Al-JasserSyrian Hajj pilgrim

She added that Hajj has numerous positive health, family and community impacts and that it promotes self-assessment and goal setting, thus supporting personal development and decision-making.

A pilgrimage can strengthen family ties, as many perform the Hajj with relatives, creating shared memories. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

“The pilgrimage also teaches the spirit of cooperation, helping others, respecting and appreciating others, promoting humility and preventing selfishness,” she added.

After completing the ritual, pilgrims can experience deep inner peace and contentment – feelings that can last long after returning home, she said.

A pilgrimage can strengthen family ties, as many perform the Hajj with relatives, creating shared memories. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

For many, Hajj is not only a religious duty but also a psychological journey that restores balance and increases well-being. Psychological counselor Abdulrahman Al-Zahrani spoke to Arab News about the positive psychological effects of Hajj, describing it as a guide for Muslims to re-evaluate their relationship with God, their community and their families.

The pilgrimage offers a historic opportunity for “spiritual healing and cleansing of conscience,” he said.

A pilgrimage can strengthen family ties, as many perform the Hajj with relatives, creating shared memories. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

Although pilgrims may be physically exhausted from the journey, the hajj offers a kind of “psychological cleansing that temporarily frees them from worldly worries,” Al-Zahrani added.

“The challenges of travelling and performing rituals in potentially difficult conditions teach patience and resilience, which have a positive impact on daily life. In addition, the values ​​of cooperation and solidarity learned during Hajj are of great importance,” he said.

“This journey can also help heal emotional and psychological wounds, as sacred sites and religious rituals provide comfort and healing.” (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

Religious rituals such as standing in Arafat Square offer pilgrims the opportunity for deep reflection, which may lead to a fundamental change in their mindset and perspective on life,” said Al-Zahrani.

“Witnessing and appreciating the hardships of others can deepen pilgrims’ gratitude for what they have, and participating in Hajj with a diverse group of Muslims promotes mutual understanding and cultural tolerance and builds bridges of respect and brotherhood.

“This journey can also help heal emotional and psychological wounds, as sacred sites and religious rituals provide comfort and healing.” (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

“This journey can also help heal emotional and psychological wounds, as sacred sites and religious rituals provide comfort and healing.”

Psychologist Ahmed Al-Zamel told Arab News that many pilgrims returned from Hajj with the firm intention of improving their behavior and aligning their lives more closely with religious and ethical teachings.

“The experience of standing in sacred places and reflecting on life and death instills deep humility and reverence for God and strengthens individual spirituality,” he said.

The Hajj pilgrimage can also strengthen family ties as many pilgrims perform Hajj with relatives, thus creating shared memories and strengthening family ties,” he added.

“After completing the pilgrimage, pilgrims often experience inner peace, learn forgiveness and compassion, and improve their personal and social relationships.”

Mutawwif Nader Osama described the Hajj as an inspiring spiritual journey. “Upon their return, pilgrims often have a positive impact on their communities, inspiring others with the positive changes they have made in their lives and encouraging them to improve their behavior and actions,” he said.

Driven by the values ​​instilled in them during the pilgrimage, many pilgrims devote themselves to charitable work and help others, he added.

“Their experiences of equality and unity among people of different races and nationalities during the pilgrimage encourage them to appreciate and celebrate the human values ​​that Islam consistently promotes,” Osama added.

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