This is my second year in a row going to Hajj with Falcon Travel.
All thanks is due to Allah sw, the journey would not have been the same were it not for the Will of Allah sw and the wonderful, hard-working, committed, and enthusiastic staff at Falcon Travel. They were those brothers (and a couple sisters) who were up all night, while we slept; they were the brothers in the bright yellow or red shirts who were everywhere you looked, who were always ready to do whatever they could to ensure that our stay was as comfortable as possible. They were the friendly, smiling faces who greeted us in the awesome place I used to call 'home', not long ago, the Hajj Building, and in our tents in Mina. They were all the wonderful staff who worked so hard behind-the-scenes, before, during and after our Hajj journey. It is they who made the journey the difference between a good Hajj Journey, and an outstanding Hajj Journey. Again, it's all from Allah sw, but the prophet pbuh taught us to give thanks and show appreciation to those who have done good, and so I sincerely ask Allah sw to bless and reward those who have done even the tiniest thing, but especially those who spent much of their time working to make this a successful journey for us. May Allah sw bless each and every one of you and your families - and you all know who you are.
Thanks sincerely to the wonderful Falcon staff who, once again, made my journey to Hajj that much more, From the time I initially signed up months and months ago, until I got back home to London, the devoted, hard-working (and now people whom I call my family) Falcon Staff were with us every step of the way. From the beginning of our journey at Pearson airport in Toronto, to Istanbul, Medina, Mecca, Mina, Arafah, Muzdalifa and as we took off from Mecca to head to the Hujjaj airport in Jeddah, everything was taken care of for us. That made our journey, that much easier, alhamduillah, by the Will of Allah sw.
And, let's not forget the trips to the hospitals - where alhamduillah, the falcon staff were with us as well. As we stood in the ER for hours on end, and the next day for several hours more - brothers Sinan and Mohammed Younes stayed by my side, helping in any way they could. It's normally a challenging situation to be in a hospital with an ill patient, but when you are in a foreign country and don't know the system, it's a whole new ballgame - but again, alhamdulillah -the wonderful brothers from Falcon helped me through that and before we knew it, we were on our merry way.
While I call them the falcon staff, they really are just our brothers and sisters in Islam, who were working hard to fulfill their responsibilities, all the while, insha'Allah seeking the pleasure of Allah sw. Mash'Allah, what an amazing opportunity they all have to not only help people fulfill their obligations and perform the 5th pillar, but to do it for a living.
Everyone has their own unique Hajj experience. Mine have been two wonderful years, filled with many highlights, and numerous unforgettable moments. Alhamduillah, the last two years - I can proudly say that Hajj was amazing, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
JazahumAllahu khairan to all that contributed to that wonderful journey we all took together. I cannot begin to describe how special it was to have spent those wonderful, memorable days with you and my dear brothers and sisters in our Falcon group, for the sake of Allah sw.
I truly hope Allah sw blesses me with many more opportunities, and blesses those who have not gone yet with the opportunity also. May Allah sw accept from all of this years' hujjaj, and may we all be re-united in this life, and insha'Allah in Jannah al-firdous....ameeeen!