Entering The Grand Mosque

ka'ba view
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Half an hour later we gathered at the lobby to proceed the journey into Grand Mosque.  Among the pilgrims are those who want to perform the umra by wheelchair; That’s why we set up a special guide. Alhamdulillah, these special guides are none other than the caring Bahasa Indonesia speaker (because we are Indonesian. There are available guide who could speak English or other language fluently). In sya ‘Allah the pilgrims will be picked up at the hotel, performing umra through special room for wheelchairs, then escorted back to the hotel.

About 50 meters from our hotel’s gate is incredible views which vibrant the soul. A vast building whose walls were covered with gray marble looks so shinny due to the reflection of light. Several white towers add the valor of the place that every moslem yearns for. Welcome to the Grand Mosque of Masjid a-Haram.

To reach the entrance of the mosque, we have to swim accros a sea of people who almost all dressed in ihram clothes. Both elders as well as young one, men and women, walking or wheelchair. This is the noblest mosque with unmatched privileges; a privilege could not be shared by other mosques around the world. The prophet said,

صَلاَةٌ فِى مَسْجِدِى هَذَا أَفْضَلُ مِنْ أَلْفِ صَلاَةٍ فِيمَا سِوَاهُ إِلاَّ الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ وَصَلاَةٌ فِى الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ مِائَةِ أَلْفِ صَلاَةٍ

“Performing prayer in my mosque (The Nabawi Mosque in Medina) is better than 1000 prayers in other mosques except the Grand Mosque (in Mecca). Prayer at the Grand Mosque is better than 100,000 prayers at other mosques. “[1]

Before entering the mosque we read the prayers taught by the Prophet,

بِسْمِ اللهِ وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُوْلِ اللهِ، اَللّٰهُمَّ افْتَحْ لِيْ أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ

(Bismillahi Sholatu wa salam ala rasulillah, Allahumma iftahly abwaaba rahmatika)

“In the name of Allah, may peace and salutation be given to the Messenger of Allah. O God, open the doors of Your mercy for me. ”

We then entered the Grand Mosque (we urge the pilgrims to put footwear into a small bag). The first thing we did was performing the maghrib (dawn) and isya’ (night) prayers by joint it. We did the maghrib three rakaah and isya ‘two rakaah. After that we walked to the mathaf or area to perform thawaf in the ground floor.

As soon as the foot reaches the mathaf, our view is immediately fixed on the beloved Ka’ba. It can not be described how pleasant we were as the big box-shaped building lined with the thick black fabric stood before us. Around it are thousands of Muslims walking to the same direction, counter-clockwise. This is Ka’ba, the holy shrine of moslem. Wherever they are, all will bow and prostrate to this same Ka’ba.

Granny Ema soon prostrated for a long time as the rest of the congregation began to shed tears. It can not be described how happy to be God’s guest in holy land. After the euphoria subsided, Iasked the pilgrims to recite the prayers of seeing the Ka’ba,

اللّٰهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ وَ مِنْكَ السَّلَامُ فَحَيِّنَا رَبَّبَا بَالسَّلَامِ

(Allahumma anta salaam, wa min’ka salaam, fahiyina rabbana bi salaam)

“O Allah, Thou art the Almighty, from thee also welfare, then turn us O our Lord in the welfare.”

[1]  Narated by Ahmad 3/343. Categorized as shaheeh by Syaikh Syu’aib Al Arnauth.

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