“Psssssss” a wind blow heard as soon as the door opened. With a friendly smile, Musa allowed us to enter the mosque.
Alhamdulillah we arrived at Dzul Hulaifah which is the place of the miqot (a certain place to wear the ihram) of Medina inhabitant as well as foreigners who depart to Mecca through it. This place is located in a wadi or valley named Dzul Hulaifah while its mosque is called Miqot Mosque. Somehow most people know it as Bir Ali or Ali’s Lake.
The Prophet said in a hadith narrated from Ibn Abbas,
َّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَقَّتَ ِلأَهْلِ الْمَدِينَةِ ذَا الْحُلَيْفَةِ، وَ لأَهْلِ الشَّامِ الْجُحْفَةَ، وَ ِلأَهْلِ نَجْدٍ قَرْنَ الْمَنَازِلِ، وَ ِلأَهْلِ الْيَمَنِ يَلَمْلَمَ، وَقَالَ: هُنَّ لَهُنَّ وَلِمَنْ أَتَى عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ غَيْرِِهِنَّ مِمَّنْ أَرَادَ الْحَجَّ وَالْعُمْرَةَ، وَمَنْ كَانَ دُوْنَ ذَلِكَ فَمِنْ حَيْثُ أَنْشَأَ، حَتَّى أَهْلُ مَكَّةَ مِنْ مَكَّةَ.
“Verily the Prophet peace be upon him has determined Dzul Hulaifah as the miqat for the people of Medina, Juhfah for the people of Syam, Qarn al-manazil for the people of Najd, and Yalamlam for the people of Yemen. He continued, “Those (miqot) are for the residents of these cities and the non-residents of those cities that pass through it, who want to perform Hajj and umra. And for those who are closer to those cities, he begins ihram from his place, as the people of Mecca start ihram from Mecca. ”
As soon as we set foot on gray paving blocks, a call to pray heard from a white tower, “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar.” Apparently the ashar time had arrived. Luckily we have joined the dzuhur and ashar prayers in Nabawi Mosque. We too have already wearing ihram clothing which consists of two white towel-like strands for men. As for women, there is no specific cloth or color; the important thing is that the cloth cover all parts of the body except the face and wrist.
Although we no longer need to perform the ashar prayer but it does not mean our arrival have no purpose. On the contrary, the muhrim (people who have already wear the ihram) are encouraged to perform two rakaah of sunnah prayer due to the status of the place as a blessed valley. The Prophet said,
أَتَانِيْ الَّليْلَةَ آتٍ مِنْ رَبِّيْ فَقَالَ : صَلِّ فَىْ هَذَا الْوَادِىْ الْمُبَارَكِ وَقُلْ عُمْرَةً فِىْ حَجَّةٍ
“Last night the messenger of Allah came and said: “Pray in this blessed Wadi (valley) and say: “Umrotan fi hajjatin.”
In order to avoid scattering the group within the incrediblu crowded parking lot crowded, i divided the group into two. The men and i leave first while Wahyudi and the ladies followed.
To reach the mosque yard, we have to swim through the sea of people who either want to enter the mosque or want to get out. Passing through a gate decorated with arched cubes, we walked through a corridor to the left of which lined up both snack and ihram cloths. Breads were lined up in a basket while porters were busy transporting mineral water boxes into the bus. The ihram cloths are hung on the roof of the shop next to white or green ihram belt.
Once we arrived at the courtyard that was decorated with small gardens and a fountain; we heard an old man chanting shalawat (prayer) using loudspeaker. Shortly afterwards came a long line of Libyans walked galantly as soldiers. Both men and women are tall, white, and have green or blue eyeballs.
When the Libyans passed we continued the journey. Some of our group members need to go to the toilet first. When all the members have gathered, we enter into the mosque whose interior is like a palace garden. Everywhere lies a small garden decorated with shady green trees. If you do not see the soft and fragrant red carpet beneath, you may forget that this is a mosque.
What a lovely place the site that located 12 km from Nabawi Mosque. Firstly built by Umar bin Abdul Aziz in 87 H / 706 AD, this mosque has been through several renovations. Consisting of two corridors bordered by long terraces full of trees; it white columns joined by arches as if reminiscent of the Alhambra Palace in Spain. Although it has many doors but that does not mean we can walk carelessly here because there is a possibility of stray.
When all the men had gathered we were return to the bus. If previously we met brothers in faith from Libya, this time we met the Dutch entourage. They took pictures with joy as a small red and white flag blowed by the wind.
Happiness clearly showned from their faces, as if to say, “Islam thrives in the Netherland.”
There is something unique about these Muslim meneers (gentlements). Almost all of the men, both young and old, displayed Moroccan characteristics; Brownish skin and black hair. In contrast, the majority of women are so Eurasian; Blue eyes, white skin that turns red with sunburn, and blond hair that pokes out from behind the veil. I suspect they were native Europeans who converted to Islam.
Soon we arrived back on the bus. Apparently Wahyudi and the women have not back yet. There only Musa stood behind the wheel. Our Sudani driver asked, “Tamam? Complete? ”
“Just the men.” I replied.
Musa smiled before continue reading surah Al-Kahfi.
 Narated by Al-Bukhari from Ibnu Umar.