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. :)