Special thanks to Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd, a client of About Communication Sdn Bhd, knowing that both Retna and I love arts very much, and in conjunction with Lembaga Tabung Haji’s exhibition which is taking place at Islamic Arts Musuem Malaysia (also a place which Retna and I love bringing our kids to), I was given a spot to attend the launch as well as preview of the exhibition (or else the fee is RM8, if I am not mistaken), featuring Minister in the Prime Minster Department, Major General (R) Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.
About the exhibition, which is in collaboration between Lembaga Tabung Haji and Islamis Arts Musuem Malaysia:-
For centuries, Hajj experience overwhelmed Muslims. Muslims around the globe, regardless of their background and race, aim to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam, and to be able to be present in Makkah during specific days to perform particular rituals of Hajj based on those conducted by the Prophet Muhammad SAW. This spiritual experience is a privilege for physically and financially able Muslims. Nevertheless, it never deters Muslims to take the long and arduous journey to reach Makkah for the sake of Hajj. Today, with the establishment of Hajj services and management institution, the preparation has made easy and simple hence alleviated past hardships.
Malaysia has long recognised the importance of facilitating Malaysian pilgrims. The formation of Lembaga Tabung Haji enables Malaysians to gradually save money for the purpose of pilgrimage to Makkah. The service ranges from saving, transportation, accommodation, food as well as guidance, which in turn enriches the sacred undertaking of the Hajj amongst Malaysian pilgrims. As a catalyst Islamic institution with the objective to function as the pillar of economy for the ummah, Lembaga Tabung Haji also encourages Malaysians to take the opportunity to join in the investment industries.
The catalogue and exhibition, Al Hajj: The Malaysian Experience, provides stories of Malaysian pilgrims and Tabung Haji’s presence throughout their pilgrimage. It also brings audiences to the key rituals of Hajj and offers information regarding the world’s biggest pilgrimage on earth. The exhibition, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Tabung Haji, portrays the aspirations and commitment of Tabung Haji as a vital institution of al Hajj in Malaysia. It also unfolds the devotion and determination of Malaysian pilgrims to take steps towards Makkah al Mukarramah.
One thing for sure, I will be back again with our sons and daughter to let them learn about Hajj, aka Haji.