A Muslim woman answers the call to travel

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The Haj pilgrimage is familiar to most Malaysians who would have seen photographs of the millions of Muslims who make their way to Mecca to pay homage. But how does it really feel to actually be one among the millions there?

“I would say it was the most significant journey in my life, the Haj,” said writer Rumaizah Abu Bakar who was just 34 when she went on this journey with her parents.

Given her youth, it was spiritually challenging. But it was also physically challenging. The massive crowds meant that it could take six hours to travel just a few kilometres, and many long waits.


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