Bloomfield–January 10–Many Muslims made the hajj pilgrimage this year from the Southeast Michigan region, and so the Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center had a party this past Sunday night to celebrate their noble accomplishment.
About 150 people were present at the function which was in mood more spiritual than most of the other functions at the center. The marks of hajj were in fact visible on some of the attendees, many of whom had shaved their heads at the end of the hajj and were still growing back their hair.
Imam Musa explained to TMO that â€œThis year there were less people because of swine flu.â€
BMUC presented small token gifts to about 10 people who recently came back from hajj, and a slide show played through the event, showing familiar faces and familiar places that one might not have seen together before, like Imam Musa on Arafat for example.
The Hojjaj party gave a chance for each of the hojjaj to present a few brief words either of advice, of admiration for having made hajj, or of lessons learned from making the hajj.
One piece of advice was to make the hajj while one is still young because in fact it is a demanding exercise.
Many of the returning hojjaj remarked that they didnâ€™t feel the exhaustion from the trip until after their return to home, because of having been so overwhelmed with fascination during their trip.
â€œDonâ€™t stay away too long from this place,â€ advised one returnee. â€œCome back in a year or two.â€
One man said, â€œIt is very hard to explain the feeling of seeing the Kaaba for the first time–it is something that comes from the heart.â€
One returnee was moved to tears, and said â€œI was amazed what Prophet (s) did for all of us.â€
The Unity Center will have an umra trip early this April.