By Mumtaz Moosa Saley
Last year I wrote about getting physically fit for hajj, using my own advice I decided that even though I've not been accredited, I would begin preparing for when I do receive my invitation, in sha Allah.
When my sister for Hajj in 2019, I had asked her to keep track of the number of steps done for the period. She recorded that on average 22 000 steps were taken almost daily. Now if you work in an office your step count varies from 2000 to 4000, while females are home average 5000 to 9000 steps a day. This alone should tell us that Hajj is more than financial planning and that physical wellbeing is part of the planning as well.
My husband and I decided that we would, thrice a week to set thirty minutes aside to go for a walk. While thirty minutes is a start, I found that I enjoyed the time. My journey has taught me that every couple needs time away, when you are walking and talking you generally have a good heart to heart conversations so make it a no-phone rule, choose a safe and secure outdoor area and just walk and talk. This journey also taught me the importance of being in good physical shape. Trust me for when you are huffing and puffing after 3km you ask yourself if would you manage the 22 000 steps daily!
You don’t realize how out of shape you are until you have to walk for 30 min without stopping.
My advice to those who will be undertaking the Hajj this year, is to start small, work your way up to more steps. Ramadhan may make it difficult due to time constraints, but remember that you are also doing this for the pleasure of Allah, so keep to your times. I love this time as it’s the perfect time to catch up on conversations with my husband and the kids love the exercise as well.
May Allah accept all our efforts and may we all receive the invitation to fulfil the obligation of Hajj, in sha Allah.