Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,
I came back only 2 days ago but I feel like I left a big chunk of me behind. Is it selfish of me to say that I wish I’m back in Makkah & Madina when I just returned whilst there were 1,500 others in my country whose visas were not approved? …Doesnt make sense? 😦 Hmm..
I miss being surrounded by people who are constantly doing dhikr, reading Qur’an or just doing a good deed. No evil talk. No idling. No backbiting. Only in constant remembrance of Him. I miss being there. Period.
My heart used to ache at the thought of wanting to be in Masjidil Haram and Nabawi badly. And now that I’m back, it’s starting to hurt once more.. ya Allah! Invite me to Your house once more.. I yearn to be there again. I want to be around mukmins so that I can be one of them. =,(
A sister asked me this question today: Do you feel different after Umrah?
I can’t tell if I have changed even slightly. Allah knows best but time will tell if my umrah is mabrur. You can tell that umrah is mabrur if a person comes home better than he was before performing umrah and he consistently does good deeds and avoid munkar till he dies. May He accept our umrah and good deeds.. Allahu Mustaan.
We took an 8hr flight to Riyadh, an hour transit and then 2hrs flight to Jeddah. Upon reaching, the coach was waiting for us and we spent 5hrs to reach Madina. We reached just in time for Fajr at Masjid Quba’ (Pic).
I didn’t take any pics of Masjid Nabawi since women are not allowed to enter with handphones/cameras. Also, we were there for just a day so time was a factor. Subhan Allaah, Masjid Nabawi is so gorgeous btw!!
We left for Makkah the next morning and were there for 3 days. There were some problems with our visa. Initially we were granted almost a week in Makkah & Madina but Saudi only gave us 3 days in Makkah & Madina. Our ustadh managed to plead to the Saudi embassy to extend our visa and al-hamdulillah we were granted an extra day in Makkah. Pic: Anyway, that’s the view of Masjidil Haram from our room 🙂 Al-hamdulillah..
Pic: Managed a quick snap after doing tawaf!
Pics: Masjidil Haram at night before maghrib prayers
My dad mentioned something interesting. He said that despite hundreds of pigeons at Masjidil Haram, he has never seen birds perched on Ka’abah. Neither did he see bird droppings on it. That’s just his observation..
Pic: Sa’i – safar to marwar.
Pic: My mom found it difficult to spot me in Bin Dawood where 70-80% women inside then were in all black w niqaab. LOL.
We did our tawaf wida’ on the 4th day at 4am since our flight to Jordan was at 10am. I was already tearing a little at the thought of leaving Makkah but when the first athan for Fajr started, I broke down. I just couldnt hold back my tears anymore when reality suddenly hit me that I won’t be there until Allah wills it that I come back =,( Al-hamdulillah, at least I was given the opportunity to visit both places that I’ve come to love.
Pic: It took about 2hrs to reach Jordan from Jeddah
Our Jordanian tour guide greeted us at the airport and brought us to a gift shop where we bought souvenirs and later placed our big luggages there since we were travelling light to Palestine. Pic: Found this intriguing.. Christians believe that Jesus A.S was baptised in Jordanian river thus this water is sold for baptism.
More pics of Jordan Valley.
Down the Jordan Valley headed straight for Israeli customs.
Part 2: In Palestine 🙂