Writer experience going to Hajj from Japan.
May we all get the chance to perform Hajj someday, inshaa Allah.
Islam is built on five pillars, and Hajj is one of those.
Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime
by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.
Unlike other pillars, Hajj is the only pillar which must be done once in a lifetime and since it is once
in a lifetime journey, we need to make an extra effort to perform it, and young age is the best time to perform it.
In Muslim-majority countries, people wait years for the chance to perform Hajj.
The Saudi government sets quotas for every country that sends pilgrims to the hajj based on its Muslim population.
Since Islam remains a minority religion in Japan, for Muslims who live in Japan, they do not have to wait years to
perform Hajj from Japan. Muslims in Japan can depart to Mecca soon after they register themselves to travel-
agent that provides Hajj trip. Blessed with chances, don’t they?
For Muslim foreigners who live in Japan, to be qualified for Hajj from Japan, one must have a minimum of 6-month
Japanese resident visa validity from the day of departure. Saudi government also requires pilgrims to submit
Meningitis and seasonal influenza certificates of vaccination. All requirements must be submitted to the licensed
travel agent which we appoint, then appointed travel agent will arrange the Hajj visa.
Picture below shows passport, vaccination record, marriage certificate (for those who have married), and application
form to apply Hajj visa.
Although the meaning of Hajj itself is spiritual, to perform Hajj needs physical manifestations.
All Hajj rites such as Tawaf, Sai, Rummy, etc., require a great deal of strength and endurance.
The constant crush of hundreds of thousands of other pilgrims, each trying to perform the same rites
at the same time in limited spaces and very hot weather, intensifies the demands on physical conditioning
and mental toughness. That’s why young age is the best time to perform it.
So, if you live in non-Muslim-majority country like Japan,you have big chance to perform Hajj in young age!
Don’t think twice to make effort to go Hajj if you are financially capable to do it! Muslims all over the world
envy you, for the do-not-have-to-wait-years opportunity to perform Hajj.
●Post by Eka Widya Lubis●