Award Winner | Photo of the Day | March 31, 2012
This shot was taken at Kuala Lumpur International Airport [KLIA] after their return from Haj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. For a Muslim Hajj is one of the essential pillars of Islam for those that can afford it. It is a demonstration of submission to Allah. This photograph represents calmness in their heart, in their activities, as they have successfully completed one of the hardest task of their life along with 3 million people. To know its origin, and its responsibilities, one can read the verses from Quran in Chapter 22, Hajj, verses 26-29.
26. And [mention, O Muhammad], when We designated for Abraham the site of the House, [saying], “Do not associate anything with Me (Allah) and purify My House(Ka’bah) for those who perform tawaf and those who stand [in prayer] and those who bow and prostrate.
27. And proclaim to the people the hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass –
28. That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.
29. Then let them end their untidiness and fulfill their vows and perform tawaf around the ancient House.
Photographer: Ahmad Jaa (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Ahmad Jaa, is an ordinary person who enjoys photography. He is not a pro and his works never been published or exhibited anywhere before. He shoots what he likes and what interest him. He loves chocolates. Just that only recently, sometime early this year he started to enjoy more and thus shooting more and more. The joy and fun in photography to his is the most important thing. Without the fun factor, photography will not be a fun thing and a happy hobby. With fun, one will be happy and enjoying them and this will keep them moving forward. He will keep on improving, experimenting and shooting and hopefully will be a better photographer.