Monday, July 03, 2006
back from umrah!!
V just returned from umrah today alhamdulillah.Our umrah went very smooth and wonderful thanx to Allah subhano ta'ala.We reached Mekkah Mukarramah after a 17 hour drive in bus along with people of various nationalities viz. moroccan,turkish,pakistanis,indians,bahraini arabs....
We reached Mekkah Mukarramah on thursday.We have seen the kaaba twice before but seeing the Kaaba is always an incredible sensation which cannot be described.You can feel it once u reach in front of that marvellous Baitullah (house of allah i.e Kaaba) We did umrah.As usual there was a rush of people but to us it seemed empty coz we had last seen the Huge rush of hajj mashallah.
We met our uncle's family from canada in Haram after 5 years.We all ate roasted chicken,shawarma,chicken burgers,pakistani food......slurp...all HALAL (obviously :) Ah! the delights if living in arab world.And u get chapati,salad,raaita free of cost!!
Ok enough about food..i just can' help it..hehehe...
On thursday night there was a great rush of people as next day was friday and its weekend for saudis.On friday after fajr amma and me did tawaaf and tried to touch the hajre aswad (the black stone) but there was such a rush of people there that we came back.
It so wonderful in mekkah and madinah...people always going towards the two holy masjids...only muslims..b4 entering madina and makkah..a few kilometres before ...there's a board -"MUSLIMS ONLY" and "NON MUSLIMS THIS WAY" !!
The call of athan and the shopkeepers close their shops ..the usually bustling bazaar is empty..every1 just goes towards the masjid..and once the Imam stands for namaz there;s pin drop silence ..the whole crowd is hushed and bowed in front of THE ONE AND ONLY ONE -ALLLAH THE ALMIGHTY!!!!
On friday after isha amma and me again did tawaf and reached upto the hajre aswad and alhamdulillah after a while we were able to touch it.I kissed it 3 times and thanked allah for letting me sinner touch it.
Then we reached Madina Munavvarah on saturday and prayed 2 nafl in Masjid Quba and visited Mount Uhud and prayed for the martyrs (shuhuda) of Battle of Uhud.
Then at last we saw the MOST BEAUTIFUL masjid of the whole world-Masjid Nabvi!! Its absolutely breathtaking!! How i wish some non muslim could just see the namaz in the 2 masjid..sooooo many people without any hungama doing worship peacefully mashallah and prostrating in front of ALLAh subhanota'la.I do hope u all might soon visit the 2 holy places inshallah.
We went to the Rauza in MAsjid Nabvi and said our salam 2 Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho Alayhi Wassalam,Abu BAkr Razi allahu ta'la anhu and Umar Raziallahu ta'ala anhu.We alhamdulillah got a chance to pray 4 nafil in Riyazul Jannah,( to see what it is .see the below post on madina munavvarah).
Altogether it was a nice trip.May allah accept everyone's umrah and duas.And grant us many opportunities to visit soon.
I'll post the pictures soon inshallah, maybe in a day or two.
Any mistake or question?