Arbaeen 1438 (Nov 2016) I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Iraq, Karbala and Najaf, for pilgrimage.
Below are my recommended care package items that i would give someone who is going on the trip.
- Powder washing detergent
- Ziplock bags
- Candy (to hand out to kids)
- Trail mix bag (for yourself)
- Scarf (for men or women)
- Aloe vera gel
Below are maps of the Harams in Najaf and Karbala. They may come in handy when you’re trying to orient yourself amongst the crowd.
There is no real way to prepare yourself for the KUN Ziarat if you have the opportunityINSA for going. it seems like every visit , brings with it different emotions. I had to make a list of the things i am grateful for and the things i wanted to pray for including forgiveness of my sins. When i left home i was scared, not for my safety since i have always been a believer that if it is my time to go, then nothing i do would be able to stop the inevitable. The fear i was feeling had more to do with facing an Imam who knows all my sins and weaknesses as i am today. Its something that i don’t think anyone can truly get over. We simply have to face it, with open hearts and pure intensions of paying our respects in this lifetime, as that in itself is one of the greatest blessings.
When you come home, it’s an emotional ride. On the one hand, you feel energized and ready to show the world how you embody the spirit of Imam Hussain A.S.. On the other, you feel the sorrow that comes with having not been there during that battle. Not having done enough ibaadat. Not believing where you had gone and come from.
It’s a life changing experience that one should make at least once in their lifetimes and, in my opinion, early in their lives rather than later. The way it moves your soul and changes your perspective on life and every day. I hope that in reading this article, you have found the inspiration to make your trip for KUN Ziarat, that you feel emotionally ready and have packed the bare essentials. May your trip be blessed in every way.