Sunday, January 30, 2011

Have You Tabung Haji-ed Yet?

My sister, Aien and I were in the car not too long ago, when she suddenly asked, "Have you guys registered for hajj yet?" And when we said no, she went on and on on how important it is to register now before the queue gets even longer, etc.

She even told us how her friend Riena actually saved up even when she was still in secondary school for this very purpose. Everybody was making fun of Kak Riena then, but who's laughing now, when Kak Riena recently came back from Mecca, happy that she's performed one of her duties as a Muslim even before she reaches 30?

What my sister said really knocked us hard on the head. We've been too busy saving up for other things, we forgot how important it is to also save for hajj. Mind you, the waiting list is not short. It can take more than 20 years for your turn to arrive!

Bearing this in mind, we quickly went to the nearest Tabung Haji branch in Shah Alam to register ourselves for hajj recently.


In order to register for hajj, one needs to open an account with Tabung Haji with a minimum amount of RM1300. We were asked to fill up a few forms, and after handing over the required amount of cash, we were each given a hajj book with our names written on it.


As expected, our turn isn't going to be anywhere near soon. In fact, our turn will only arrive in year 2037! We were doing calculations in our head, and we realized that we would only be able to perform our hajj only when we reach.. oh my, 52!

That's us all wrinkled and old! Realizing how long the queue is, we felt asthough it was our responsibility to avoid the same thing from happening to Aydein. Hence, we brought Aydein's birth certificate and registered Aydein for hajj on the same day as well.


In 26 years, Aydein would be 27 years. By that time, insyaallah, he would be old enough to come together with us for hajj! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your son together with you when you perform your hajj? :)


With that said, I urge all of my friends, married or not, to set aside some of your money and save up for the fifth pillar of Islam. You want to perform your ibadah while you're still able to do it. Not when you're too old and too weak to do anything. :)

19 comments:

amirah said...

Guess what, i already had my tabung haji account since i was little, tp tak penah la register nama untuk pegi haji. But then, when i registered somewhere around 2009, hambik kau taun 2029. Terkejut badak time tu.haihhh..Harap2 Allah jemput pegi menunaikan rukun islam yg ke 5 sebelum tu lagi la..=))

hushuss said...

Uhhh Thara...I kena hidupkan balik Tabung Haji I yang lama terkubur..masa bujang ligat buat saving dlm tabung haji. Then I korek habis when I was busy preparing for my wedding in 2005, lepas tu tak buat saving dah...

Recently I dengar one of my neighbours cerita pasal pergi umrah. Rasa mcm nak nangis sbb best sgt...hihihi. Determine ni...nak buat saving for umrah first, then Insyallah utk haji.

Let us together save up dan Insyallah ada rezeki kita untuk ke sana ya, Thara!

mommaholicSURI said...

My abah had registered me and all my siblings to Tabung Haji immediately after we were born. My dad's salary xdela banyak mana tapi he was still transfer to all his kids account rm30 per month until all of us dah dapat kerja, he stop. Then, it's up to us to continue our saving. Masa i darjah satu, tergezut tgk abah i tunjuk dekat i yg dalam my account dah ada rm6K, masa tu rm 6K macam rasa ada rm6 million tau!! Terharu sangat dengan abah i.

So, we all mmg nak apply benda yg sama to Oman (which is still not yet!! teruknya kami =().. Your entry is kind of reminder. Thanks Thara!! :)

And daftar for Haji, oh yes! i ngan Armi pun nak register jugakla, register Oman terus jugakkan.. since mmg dah lama ada account. Cuma nak kene start saving balik.. i dah lama x buat.. uhuk uhuk..

RieNa said...

Tiqah, thanx for this entry. mmg k riena pun sama mcm ayun, akan membebel pjg bila masih ada org tak daftar lg, apatah lg yg takde akaun langsung.benda lain kita boleh spent a lots,tp bab rukun Islam, kita amik mudah.

thanx again. so, happy saving k!;)

RuZaNNa said...

Thanks for the reminder babe.. this month i banyak kali ulang alik tabung haji.. setiap kali i was there, mesti teringin nak daftar haji.. tp tak buat2 gak.. i guess tomorrow kena buatlah since federal cuti kan..
Oh boleh daftarkan utk our children gak ke? i didn't know that.. kena bawak surat beranak aje eh? any other additional document?

MOMMY NADIA said...

good reminder dear..
mcm Nuurill,my parents dah register for us adik beradik since we were young..
tp lepas keje ni,I tak continue saving tabung haji..terok2!!

I shud go for register too n plus for Adam ;)

hidayah said...

salam thara..
i'm 1 of ur silent reader all this while.. tertarik wif ur ntry bout haji..
but pernah tak u terfikir yg u blh insuranskan duit tu untuk tujuan haji @ umrah? it's like we double up the money untuk tujuan yg mulia la.. dont worry coz this plan is under BSN. it's really a good plan as it offers xtra benefits for u such as, if anything happen to you (which is mintak dijauhkan), then some1 will do baddal (upah) haji for u. u also can get khairat kematian RM2000. there are lots more benefits yg kita akan dpt.
I already registered with my husband.. for further details, u may email me n i'll explain to u. semoga niat kita to perform haji akan terlaksana.. amin..

RuZaNNa said...

Yeay dah register for all of us.. sape register tahun ni mmg dijadualkan pergi on 2037.. hohooh.. but if nak pergi ealier boleh.. tp kena bayar almost double! gulp!!!

Thara said...

amirah :
wow, alhamdulillah hang dah pon register for haji. cheq ni ha yang terlambat sket terbukak hati utk daftar for haji :P kira nanti tak dapek la pegi bersama kan? takpelah, janji tanggungjawab setiap daripada kita terlunas kan :) amin.

ps : bedebar tunggu jemputan dariNya. :)

Thara said...

huspa :
tu la babe. i rasa dulu pon my parents mcm ada bukak kan. bila all of u ckp ni, baru i teringat mcm i ada je dulu akaun tabung haji tu. nak kene ask my parents later. i ni pon satu ; bole pulak terlupa nak check dgn my parents before registering. hmm. takpelah, dah terbuat baru kan, nak buat mcm mana :P

i see! it's memang such an amazing feeling performing umrah di tanah suci. i penah buat umrah sblm ni, and really, it's really amazing. i tak renti-renti menangis dkt sana, especially masa nak balik ke Malaysia. rasa rindu, sebak, semua pon ada. tapi tu lah, org kata cabaran masa haji lagi hebat compared to umrah! apa-apa pon, harap2 i dapatlah lagi peluang untuk menjadik tetamu Allah di sana sekali lagi satu hari nanti :)

betol huspa, let's all save together for umrah & haji from now! :)

Thara said...

nuurill :
betol babe, i think all parents should not take this thing lightly. dah menjadik tanggungjawab kita untuk mulakan benda yang baik untuk anak-anak kita, kan? it's great that ur dad already saved for all of you. mudah-mudahan bertambah mudah lah bagi all of u untuk mengerjakan haji nanti! :)

true that! bila u daftar haji utk u and armi nanti, make sure kalau bole, registerkan lah utk oman sekali. jadik dia tak payah lah tunggu sampai tua kerepot mcm kita baru dapat pi kan :) i pon baru je nak start saving2 utk haji ni babe. jom saving sama-sama! :D moga-moga niat & ibadah kita diterima olehNya :)

Thara said...

k riena :
hehe, sebenarnya, tiqah yg kene terima kasih pada kak riena sbb bukakkan mata tiqah utk start saving for haji pulak ni. i also have ayun to thank for the same thing. kalau tak, ntah bila la baru nak sedar-sedar buat saving for haji ni. :)

eh, dah balik berzaman dah. entri bergambar masa buat haji tak update2 pon? :P

Thara said...

anne :
great to know that u at least had the niat to register for haji! i sampai org kene tegur, baru nak terhegeh-hegeh nak bukak :P and ive also read ur latest comment. congratulations! nanti bole lah kita pi buat haji sama-sama kan insyaallah :) wow i didn't know about the double up thing kalau nak pegi earlier. all i know is that kalau jumlah saving kita dah cukup, kita boleh buat rayuan to go earlier. amount kene up jugak ke babe? really?

btw for those of you yang nak daftarkan ur kids for hajj jugak, a birth certificate is all that they need. so jgn lupa bawak salinan asal surat beranak ur baby ok! :)

Thara said...

nadia :
tu la, i pon lupa nak check dgn my parents of whether or not they have opened an account for me or not. pandai betol lah i ni. :P but yes, we should all start saving for this fifth pillar of Islam. it's super important! and betol, kalau boleh, daftarlah utk Adam skali. jadik dia tapayah lah tunggu lama2 sampai tua kerepot baru dapat pegi mcm kita ni kan :P besides, kan best kalau ada anak kita dgn kita masa kita buat haji nanti :)

happy saving again, babe! :)

Thara said...

hidayah :
hi, hidayah! first of all, thanks for breaking the silence! :) about the insurance, actually ada orang penah approach i about this, tapi under Prudential. we were interested and had a talk with that person, tapi masalahnya, kalau nak amik insurance ni, every month is a fixed commitment. my husband and i feel that kalau ada fixed amount mcm gitu, susah sikit lah sebab we have other commitments kan. mcm mana dgn BSN? kene ada fixed amount each month jugak ke mcm mana? another thing is, my husband is a diabetic. BSN bole insured-kan a diabetic person jugak ke? those are some of the reasons why kitorang agak ralat lah nak amik insurance ni sebenarnya. :)

hidayah said...

salam..
actually this plan is under PruBSN.. name die PruBSN Ummah n it's a takaful plan.. for this plan u can save as low as RM 100 per month. plan ni ade yg 10, 15 n 20thn.. u bleh amek selama 20thn coz lagi lame simpan lg bnyk dividennye n bnyk benefits..

bout the diabetic case, ur husband da msk peringkat brape? da pernah ade rekod dgn hospital x? if belom, then i'll ajar u how to cover it.

susah jugak nk terangkan mcm ni ye. u may kol me at 013-9857973 for details. can I have ur email add so that i can send the leaflet.

i'm here to help..

Thara said...

hidayah :
oooh so the plan that u're recommending ni is the same one that I was approached for la ye. under Prudential kan? :)

actually, my husband dah 2 kali masuk hospital for his diabetic case ni. sbb itu agent yang consult us tu ckp the chances of my husband getting covered tu mmg quite low, sbb ye lah. dia diabetic kan. dah la penah kene admitted pulak tu. 2 KALI! :P we had a long chat with each other, and also with the agent, and we decided not to take it lah -- for now. mana lah tau kot insyaallah next time keadaan & budget mengizinkan, kitorang boleh je apply again for savings/investment ye tak. as for now, kitorang decide to save up sendirik2 dulu :)

oh, i rasa i dah tgk dah kot sume leaflet tu masa agent tu dtg consult dgn kitorang. tapi mane tau kan kot i've missed out anything :) so here u go, i can be reached at tharasofian@yahoo.com :)

Nadine said...

Your turn in 2037, Thara?! OH My, kalau I daftar skang umur brape la I dpt tunaikan haji...rugi rugi tak regist awal.

I thot if dh ade account Tabung Haji tu automatic diaorg daftarkan. Tak rupanya eh. Silly me! :P Kena pegi regist cpt2la mcm ni..huhu. Kalau for kids nak daftarkan kena buka account with the same amount jugak ke eh?

p.s: u dh pernah pegi umrah eh, bestnya, bestnya! I hope I dpt jugak pegi masa muda2 ni. teringin sgt sgt..

Sharinginfoz said...

tabung haji dah ada tapi tak register lagi, thanks for reminding