"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on..." - Franklin D Roosevelt
(18 - 25 April 2011)
Madinah - Makkah
|(Painting on the hotel wall)|
After solat Zohor, we performed the Ziarah Wida' to bade good-bye to Rasullullah SAW with a promise to come again to this holy land. We started the 5-hour journey to Makkah in our ihram attire. The bus stopped at Bir Ali Mosque for miqat and we performed our solat sunat ihram and niat for our first Umrah. All along the journey we recited the doa and talbiah before we entered the holy city of Makkah.
|(Miqat at Masjid Bir Ali)|
We checked-in Al-Mohdar Diamond Hotel, situated just behind Hilton Makkah, a 10 minute walk to Masjidil-Harram. After a short rest, led by Ustaz Halim, we performed the Tawaf dan Sa'ei and completed our 1st Umrah by midnight.
|(Performing the tawaf at night)|
|(Clean shaven after 1st Umrah)|
Tuesday - 19 April 2011
Makkah - Tannaim
After breakfast we took a taxi to Tannaim for miqat and performed our 2nd Umrah. The rest of the day was spent in the room resting and performed the solats in Masjidil-Haram.
|(Air-conditioned praying area)|
Wednesday - 20 April 2011
Makkah - Tannaim
We went to Tannaim again today to miqat for our 3rd Umrah.
|(One of the historical pillars in Masjidil-Haram)|
Thursday - 21 April 2011
Makkah – Ja’ranah
|(Saying prayers on Jabbal Rahmah at Padang Arafah)|
We started early morning and the bus headed for Ja'ranah, which is 20 km away from Makkah to miqat. On the way we stopped at Jabal Thur, Jabal Nur, Jabal Rahmah at Padang Arafah, Mina and Mudzalifah.
|(The 5-storey Jamrat and tents for Haj season)|
We were amazed by the new developments especially the five storey Jamrah stone throwing (melontar) location.
|(Miqat at Masjid Ja'aranah)|
We completed our 4th Umrah before the Zuhur solat.
Friday - 22 April 2011
Makkah - Tannaim
|(Building under construction on fire)|
Today we took a taxi to Tannaim to miqat for our 5th Umrah. Since Friday was the weekend holiday in Saudi Arabia, Masjidil Haram was packed with worshippers hours before the noon Friday prayers. We elected to remain in Masjidil Haram till the completion of the Friday prayers.
Saturday - 23 April 2011
Makkah – Hudaibiah
|(At the camel farm)|
The whole group headed to Hudaibiah by bus after breakfast. Ustaz Halim narrated the history about the Treaty of Hudaibiah, between Muslims and the enemies. On the way we stopped at a camel farm to drink camel milk and bought a bottle to bring back to the hotel. We did not have the opportunity to meet the Melaka born imam of the Hudaibiah mosque.
|(The ruins of old Masjid Hudaibiah)|
After buying some trinkets, we went back to Makkah to complete our 6th Umrah before the Zuhur solat.
Sunday - 24 April 2011
Makkah – Jeddah
|(Masjid Kisas in Jeddah)|
Today is our last day in Makkah. We took a taxi to Tannaim to miqat for our 7th Umrah. After resting a while in the hotel room we went back to Masjidil-Haram to performed our Tawaf Wida' and recited our doa at the Multazam. We checked out after lunch and departed Makkah for Jeddah around 2.30 pm. We had a short city tour of Jeddah, passing maqam Siti Hawa, Masjid Qisas and Masjid Terapung (Masjid Siti Rahmah) at the Red Sea.
|(Floating Masjid Siti Rahmah by the Red Sea)|
By 5.00 pm we checked-in Jeddah International Airport and had packed dinner at the boarding lounge. The flight from Jeddah to Ammam was a little delayed so we had time to perform the solat jama’ Maghrib and Isyak.
Monday – 25 April 2011
Amman – Kuala Lumpur
The 2-hour flight reached Amman around 10.00 pm. We transited for 4 hours in Amman Airport before we boarded the flight back to Kuala Lumpur. We had some coffee to unsuccessfully help keep us awake while waiting for the flight.
The flight safely reached KLIA 7.30 pm after an hour stoppage in Bangkok. Alhamdulillah…
We are already planning for the next trip…..