My Sacred Journey To Umrah (Part 3)

Posted: December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                        Stardate: 81225.5 (Dec 25th, 2015)

DAY 7: 14-12-2015

This day takes us to Masjid Taneem. Also known as Masjid Aisyah, named after one of Prophet Muhammed’s (Peace be upon him) wife. It was said that during the time where the Prophet was performing his Haji, Siti Aisyah was on her menstrual period. And therefore unable to perform the Umrah, where together with the Prophet’s companions. She told the Prophet, who then told her brother to take her to the nearest point outside the Haram area. He took her to Taneem where she started her Ihram again before coming back to perform the Umrah. The reason why the mosque was also named after her as she had put her Ihram from this place once.

Because of the huge crowd gathered and lacked of space for our bus to park, we can only pass by while admiring the beauty of the mosque from inside the bus.

Once done, we return back to our hotel. Its only a short trip. We were given about 15 mins to rest before heading out to commence for our 3rd phrase of our Umrah practice.

Its all free and easy after that =)

DAY 8: 15-12-2015

We visit Masjid Hudaibiyah. Named after its land Hudaibiyah, it carries a significant phrase in the history of Islam. This occurs when Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) and his followers were been denied entry from Makkans for their journey into Mecca for their Umrah.

It was said the Hudaibiyah encounter not only gave Muslims courage to go ahead with the mission, but it also tested their courage and faith in Islam. Its a turning point for this history.

We then return back to our hotel and to commence our 4th and last phrase of our Umrah practice. And at the end of it all, we managed to head up to the 3rd platform that surrounds the Kaaba. From there, you can have a stunning and majestic view of the Kaaba.

Finally! I was hoping if we get the chance to go up. The circular platform was designed for wheelchair bound people. However, there are those who prefer to circle around the platform. To have lesser crowd   than the crowd at the main ground. But its always recommended to be on the ground floor where you can get close to the Kaaba, whenever possible. And also, you can get the feel of it during the tawaf.

Indeed, a majestic view from above. Masya Allah! A moment not to be miss!

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We soon called it a day and its free and easy throughout the day =)

DAY 9: 16-12-2015

This day is an exciting day for us as we will be visiting Jabal al-Nour hill. It carries a tremendous significant part in Islam history, and one of the most popular tourist attraction in Mecca. This is where Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) scale up the hill and had spend a great deal time in the Hira cave located there, meditating. It is also believed this is where he received his first revelation from the Angel Jibreel by God.

Why I say exciting was that we were given a chance to climb up the hill and to locate the cave. This, I cannot miss! Cause before this I was hoping if we were given a chance to go up there. And this is it! I ain’t gonna wait!

This is a once in a lifetime expedition. Hiking up there takes me about almost an hour. I took a short break in-between to catch the breathtaking view. The surrounding was majestic!

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Back then all these were just plain desert. With the mountains and hill still exist up to now. Just imagine, our Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) travel miles and miles from his home, and all the way to climb up to his hill. And stay in the cave. Meditating. Seeking peace.

Its an extremely strenuous climb. But I finally made it to the top and locate the Hira cave.

However, there’s a crowd gather at the entrance of the cave. As expected there will be. They will make their prayers, but have to go one at a time due to the small space, as what I had observed.

Because of that, I can only pray for our Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) from a distance. My thoughts and prayers goes to the Prophet. I may not be able to make prayer through the cave. But I’m still glad that I can get to see it and near enough for me to see it. I’m thankful for it despite the strenuous hike. This is what the Prophet had gone through.

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Tiring, but indeed a wonderful experience. Worth it! As long you are fit and capable, just go for it. At the same time, you are exercising. Really makes a good workout. And while you are reaching to the top, stop for a while and enjoy the breathtaking 360 view.

Soon after that we return back to our hotel where we had our lunch. Its free and easy after that.

DAY 10: 17-12-2015

The day where we shall leave the sacred land and to head back to Singapore. There’s no program during the day. Until 0300hrs, where we shall commence one last tawaf. That only. No need to perform the Sa’i. And no need to don the Ihram. We are allowed to wear any form of full clothing.

This tawaf is to make a farewell tawaf of the house before we leave. As said by the Prophet: 

“None of you should depart until he makes as his last act Tawaf of the House.” [112]

A sad moment for some of us, especially first timers. Like my mum, especially her. She feel like she doesn’t want to leave this place. She never felt this peacefulness in her. The calmness, ever since we landed at this sacred land. Away from stress, away from the tension, the pressure…

I couldn’t agreed with her more. The feeling is so tranquillity. Free from disturbance. The reason for being here, is not only to commit Umrah. But to clear our mind from all the stress and pressure. To relax the mind, and to just focus on this commitment.

But nevertheless, there will always be the say where we shall come back again. You can go multiple times. Some of them in my group had go more than once.

However, is always best to go for Haji if you are able to commit it, your intention is there and had enough cash. Then you can go for Umrah again whenever you want to as part of your travel.

So when the time hits 0300hrs, we proceed to perform our last circumambulation around the Kaaba. One last look at the most sacred Muslim site in the world. There will be the day where we shall come back to this sacred land and to commit as what our religion has taught us. Insya Allah.

We had our breakfast before boarding the bus that will take us to Jeedah  airport. Like how we had came here, we will stop at Dubai, before transit to Singapore.

Insya Allah me and my family will come back here again. It has been a wonderful experience for me. I had learn so many things. The Prophets, their mission, what they had been through.

Before this, I had little knowledge about it. Till where we had visited so many places. I began to understand more about the history of Islam, and hopefully I be able to study and understand more. There’s a lot of it. Not just this.

I never felt this close to learn more about it. To grasp it so I can share my experience to my loved ones and friends back home. I’m thankful of what I had learn and gain from this experience. Alhamdulillah…

And lastly, I want to thank so much to the staff of Shahidah Travel Pte Ltd, as well all the Ustaz who worked under this company for taking care and guiding us from the start to the end. Its been great knowing you all and Insya Allah we will meet again in the future. Really really appreciate!

And within the group itself, its been nice knowing you all and we have becoming good friends. Insya Allah we will meet again in the future. Do take care! =)

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