Madinah day 1 01022017

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Masjid Nabawin has more neo-Arab kind of architecture, but at the same time keeping the Islamic elemens in every details. We went there early for Subuh prayers as the day’s itinerary was still vague. 



We started our journey at 0745 


The lightings were serene. We were given some briefing on what to do upon reaching Raudhah and performed solat tahiyyatul masjid. I would say, there’s a system to enter rhaudhah. From 0700 till 0000. 30 minutes wait each, 2 doors. Very much similar to rides/shows in theme parks. Just to make sure enough space and time for people to perform solah. Few solat we will perform

1. Solat sunat mutlaq

2. Solat taubat

3. Solat dhuha

4. Solat hajat

After that it was a free and easy session. We had early lunch, and after zuhur, we had a stroll on the streets of Madinah, and most of their goods are similar to each other, ie abaya, fake jewelleries, dates…we took more pictures and bought ice cream. 😅



Maghrib and isya was performed at the mosque. It is way cooler and drier than Mecca. My skin is dry. And the cracks on my soles are getting worse. 

We had the controversial dinner in Al baik after recommended by a friend. Controversial because initially we wanted to consume camel meat but when mom said its  not worth it to travel all the way, we couldnt find the resto despite the ustaz spelt it out to us. No one seem to know the place. Anyway. After al baik, three galabaya and a bit of pokestop spinning 🙈, we ended our day. 

Wida 31012017

Posted: January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Its a sad day today… we are leaving Mecca. It is part of the ritual to say a proper goodbye by performing tawaf wida. 

We are not allowed to take pictures after tawaf wida so after subuh, we took loads of photos on the rooftop as well as at the kaabah. 


We did some last minute shopping before the tawaf (Tahina and more fig jam). After tawaf, we had our final meal in Mecca and waited for the bus. The bus departed at 1430 towards Madinah (421 km away) with an ETA of 2100. 

Midway, we made a stop for Asr prayers and early dinner at 1620. It is said that we wont be provided dinner in Madinah. 


We continued our journey at 1740 and entered Madinah at 2015. We arrived at Hotel Mawaddah al Waha at 2045. 

We had a stroll towards Masjid Nabawi after jamak isya/maghrib prayers while buying shawarma for dinner. The night view of Masjid Nabawi was awesome. 


Headed back, had dinner or supper for that matter, and then ended our day. 

30012017 Ziarah Hudaibiyah

Posted: January 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Our itinerary changed from 0800 to 1400. So in the morning, we did subuh prayer, tawaf sunat, dhuha, breakfast, rest, and zuhur. After zuhur we had lunch. And prepared for the Hudaibiyah trip which was SR25 per pax. 

The bus arrived at 1445 and we reached 15 minutes later to the Exhibitions pf the two holy mosques. For a non-enthusiast like me especially on history, it was an easy 20 minutes. Lol. We departed from the museum at 1540. 

Masjid Hudaibiyah is 5-7 minutes away but we past in to see camel farms from afar on the roadside. It was recited that after 6 years, rasulullah wanted to do umrah to mecca but was refused entry. hudaibiyah treaty was then signed. But on 8 hijrah, as the treaty was broken, war erupted and mecca was reclaimed by muslims. 

We left at 1640 and reached by 1700 at the Masjidil Haram’s tunnel. We managed to buy ourselves some local pizza which was actually nice but a but pricy. SR20 for a small beef/chicken pizza. 


We went and changed to our praying attire and left for maghrib and isya. Our day ended after the dinner buffet. 

29012017 Umrah Tanaim

Posted: January 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,


We got on the bus at 0750 after subuh prayer and breakfast. Started off the journey with Doa Safar and Yaasin 1-9. Taniim mosque is 6 km (20 minutes bus ride) from Mecca. 


Miqat Tanaim. This time a bit easier as we did tawaf in the inner circle. Alhamdulillah we finished by 1100. 


Saie was also bearable. Only my left foot hurt this time. And we performed our Zuhur in the mosque. We went back yo the hotel to have lunch and after that hunted for a barber. 


For 10 Saudi Riyal, we were bold enough to be bald. Lol. For the first time i shaved my head clean. “May all the strands of fallen hair be the light during Kiamat”


After lunch we rested with Asr in between. So that we have the energy for Maghrib and Isya prayers. 

We strolled in Al safwa mall. We ended the day with ice cream, mango, vanilla chocolate and strawberry 😍

28012017 Mecca and Manasik

Posted: January 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Manasik (the first time i hear about it) is according to an Arab person, Mina, Arafah and Mudzalifah grouped together. Need to check this. 

We started our day again with the usual 0400 to prepare for Subuh, breakfast and group together at the hotel lobby by 0700. We went to the bus at 0800 heading towards Munasik. 

These are some interesting facts

1. Jabal Tsur: where Prophet Muhammad reside before Hijrah to Madinah in a cave where the spiders and two doves dwell. 


2. There were also LRT between Mina Muzdalifah and Arafah

3. Jabel Rahmah: where Adam and Hawa were sent to Earth. Also denotes a place of love. 


4.Mina. Where pilgrims threw stone at the 3 Jamrahs


5. Masjid Ja’aranah

Miqat to Umrah number 2. We changed to our ihram here. 


And so began our second Umrah. We reached the hotel by 12 and we planned for Zuhr in Masjidil Haram. After prayers and a lengthy discussion, we decided to perform tawaf at the upper circle. It was way arduous than performing it in the centre. The walk was long and even for me it was tiring, let alone an elderly. Furthermore, we missed lunch. 

I had to make a pitstop in between the tawaf. The toilet was situated very far from the tawaf place. And it was like a full round of saie and an extra round of tawaf to search for my family. Alhamdulillah tawaf and saie was completed with Asr in between. 

My legs were sore. After tahallul, we headed back to the hotel and decided to perform maghrib and isya at the hotel. We bought shawarma and simit sarayi near the hotel. We ended the night with our dinner buffet. 

27012017 Mecca Day 3

Posted: January 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers

Another full day today (despite being free and easy by the agent). I really cant imagine how Rasulullah did it. Praying 5 times a day in Masjidil Haram despite it being situated just 5 minutes from our hotel, is a tiring task. 

Woke up at 0400 for tahajjud and subuh. We decided to tawaf sunat after subuh before proceeding with dhuha. Breakfast, and then preparing for Friday prayers. 

The mosque was full and we had to pray at the incomplete extension of the massive building. After lunch, not much rest, proceed to Asr. An hour later maghrib and isya. In between i was so sleepy and restless that i decided not to have dinner just to catch up on sleep. 

Onlookers,

1. Hilton Tower is less than 5 minutes walk to Masjidil Haram. Staying here means 5 times a day prayer in masjidil haram is easily possible. 

2. Small water bottle is a plus to quench your thirst with zamzam during tawaf and saie

3. The most difficult “dont’s” during ihram, is with regards to pulling off hair. 

4. Tawaf was quite easy accept for the pushing crowd. Insyaallah

5. Small prayer mat, in case you have to pray on the marble tiles.