Umrah reflections 2012

Assalamualaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

As you probably figured, I’m back home. I’m thankful to home safe and sound al-Hamdulillah but I feel like I left a part of me behind 😦 Yesterday, I woke up thinking that I’m still in ihram so I reminded myself to be careful just in case I break any rules lol. Nonethless, al-Hamdulillah for the wonderful experience visiting both Holy Mosques.

My favourite place in the world!

We spent approximately 2 days in Madina al-Munawarrah and the rest of the 9-10 days in Makkah al-Mukaramah. The weather reminded me a lot of summer in Australia so al-Hamdulillah, I was able to manage the heat although others were complaining that it was ‘too hot’. Best of all is that there were so many pilgrims during this time of the year so I was fortunate enough to see Muslims of different nationalities and cultures – all converged in one place for a similar purpose. How beautiful is Islam subhan’Allah that it is made up of people of various colours and backgrounds but all it truly matters and differentiates us from each other in His eyes, is taqwa. People come from all walks of life, and the most obvious being the poor as you can see them sprawled on roadside or inside/outside masjids after prayers. At the end of the day, all of us are searching for inner peace and to gain acceptance to His paradise.

Jabbal an-Nur at around midnight

This Umrah, the tour group brought us to climb Jabbal an-Nur to visit Gua Hira’ , the place where Angel Jibrail alayhi salam visited Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam in the cave and ordered him to read ‘Iqra’! Iqra”. The climb took us almost 2 hours to reach the peak and we had to descend at the side of steep mountain to reach the cave. I was overwhelmed when I reached, thinking that visiting the cave made me feel like I’m close to Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam but yet, also so far away from him. What’s left is his Sunnah that we can follow closely if we truly love him.

When I was in the cave, I thought of how this blessed man has sacrificed so much for Islam. He was mocked at for spreading the truth, fought battles where he was injured, stones thrown at him when he was in taif – and we know  that the list is not exhaustive. Now when we hear about a Sunnah that was practiced, there are some who would say, “it’s not that important in Islam – just a sunnah”; “it’s not a sin if we leave it, so why do it?” and I wonder if only they understood the pain he went through to spread Islam, his Sunnah will not be taken lightly. The Sahabas would rush to implement the Sunnah and yet in our times, we just brush it off like the dust on our clothes. (Reminder to myself first!)

I can’t say how blessed I am to be able to visit His house again! This is my fourth time there al-Hamdulillah but I never get tired of this place. It’s just one of the places you can’t say ‘no’ to when invitation comes your way. I would move there in a second if I could! May we be amongst His guests (again)! :))

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