My Sacred Journey To Umrah (Part 1)

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                              Stardate: 81812.5 (Dec 18th, 2015)

Hello everyone. Assalamualaikum.

Recently, I had embark on a 10-day trip towards the sacred land in Saudi Arabia to commit my Umrah. Both at Medina and Mecca. I went together with my mum. “Umrah” means to visit Baitullah Al-Haram with a wish to perform Umrah. It can be done anytime but preferably during Ramadhan. Is in contrast to the Haji. But its a rather a small Haji. You can called it a “minor pilgrimage” also. Its not compulsory but highly recommended.

Now that I’m back home in sunny Singapore, I’m happy to share my experience during my 10-day trip there.

Before I begin, I would like to stress out that I’m not here to promote Islam. I’m here to share this interest and what I had experience during my time there. I will delete any negative comments to avoid such confrontation.

Anyway, let’s begin with….

DAY 1: 08-12-2015

We depart from Singapore at around 0100hrs towards Dubai, Saudi Arabia. Our flight is transit, and we go with a travel agency group. We shall stop there for our morning prayers before leaving for Jeedah.

We landed there at around 08oohrs. I’m surprised by how empty and plain the airport vicinity is. The airport itself wasn’t that big. But the surrounding was spacious and seems like deserted. However there’s pockets of constructions taking place. Perhaps they are expanding the airport. Maybe.

After getting out from the airport with all clearance approve, we set on a bus journey towards Medina, which is a 5-hour journey. Along the way we had stop to this place where we can do our afternoon prayers. At the same time, do a bit of shopping from a grocery store located there.

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After an exhausting trip, we finally reach Medina. Alhamdulillah. Its around 18oohrs if I can recall correctly. We check it in our hotel, named the Oberoi Medina. After our rest and dinner, we gathered at the hotel lobby where we will meet this Ustaz (Islamic teacher), who will take us to the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi which is just next to the hotel. There are other hotels which is all located near to the mosque. Easy for everyone as it takes only a few minutes to reach there.

The mosque was established and originally built by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), after his arrival in Medina. Also called the Prophet’s Mosque, and its one of the largest mosques in the world. It is always open, regardless of date or time. The entire paved area around the mosque is also used for prayer. And this is the mosque where there hugs umbrella tents within the paved area. Finally get the chance to see it!

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There will be lots of people praying and paying their respect to the Prophet and his companions at this special place known as Rawdah, and its next to the tomb. The entire mosque is floored with red carpet. But for this spot, it is floored with green carpet just to identify it. Many people will crowd there and do their prayers and supplications as many as they want to. Due to the massive crowd, you really have to find a way if u really want to perform it. The crowd will be bumping and pushing each other.

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I feel really moved as I pay my respect to the Prophet and his companions. I have seen photos and videos of the tomb. But never would I expected to see right infront my eyes on that evening. I thank God for giving me the chance to see it for myself. All my thoughts and prayers goes to the Prophet and his companions.

DAY 2: 09-12-2015

After breakfast, we board on the bus for a good educational trip. First stop, we visit Masjid Quba. Like the Nabawi Mosque, its also one of the oldest mosque in the world. Its the first mosque to be built before the Nabawi.

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According to history, its first stones were positioned by the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him). The mosque was completed by his companions.

We offered two raka’ah there, before leaving. Our next stop was this Kebun Korma (Dates Farm) which is not far away from the mosque. There, its like a small minimart. You will see all kind of dates. From dried ones to wet ones, the sweet ones. There’s even chocolate ones too. I brought those for myself. Hehe..=D

You can never find such dates anywhere else in the world except here. They have been a staple source of food for thousands of years, ever since back to the Prophet’s time.

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Dates is not the only thing there. There’s even mountains of candies and all kinds of chocolates been sell there. The seller will weighed the amount after you had take a handful of them. 1kg is 40 Riyal. You can have more, as much as you want. The cost depends how much sweets you take.

After that, we visit Mount Uhud, where it was the site of the battle between Muslims and Mecca. Known as Battle of Uhud, it was fought in March 19, 625. It occured between a force from the small Muslim community of Medina, led by the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him). Another force led by Abu Sufyan ibn Harb from Mecca. He was a staunch opponent of the Prophet, before accepting Islam.

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Thought outnumbered, the Muslims managed to forced the Meccan lines back. However, many of them were killed and Muhammed himself were badly injured. As a result, they have to withdraw up the slopes of Uhud. The Meccans did not pursue the Muslims further, but marched back to Mecca declaring victory. Among those who were killed were some of the Prophet’s companions.

We were shown the spot where the brave warriors of Islam had died and buried. They will all go to heaven. They have bravely fought well in the name of the Islam, and to protect the name of this religion. I salute by their leadership, courage and bravery for purity the name of Islam.

Once done, we return back to our hotel. From there its just free and easy throughout the entire day. Performing our prayers and do some window shopping =)

DAY 3: 10-12-2015

Nothing much on this day. Just free and easy until 1600hrs, where we told to gather for a briefing. The same Ustaz who bring us to Nabawi Mosque will brief us about tomorrow’s program, where we shall embark for Mecca. We all are looking forward for the day as that’s where we shall commence our Umrah practice.

I will stop here and continue for day 4 on my next entry. Hope you all enjoy the read and like the photos taken.

Stay tuned! =)

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