بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم
Our bus moved smoothly through a highway flanked by buildings on either side. Humans in ihram clothes walk in separate groups. Some walked towards the Grand Mosque, while others came from that direction in a shaved head. The first group was those who want to carry out the umra while the second was those who have finished it.
In a crowded street I saw through window a row of grocery and stores that resemble Melawai Blok M (a shopping district in Jakarta, Indonesia). My mind recalled to an event of accompanying the pilgrims shopping souvenirs in a market called Tsuq (market) Al-Ja’fariyah. To this place the traders who used to peddle merchandise in Pasar Seng (Zinc Market, an old market in Mecca which had been destroyed due to renovation) moved; otherwise the pilgrims who had ever shopping in the market (Zinc Market) can be nostalgic here.
The products there are actually same as those are sell near the Grand Mosque or the Misfalah Street; pacar and heyna (temporary tatoo made from herbs), eyebrow pencil, gamis (men’s clothes), abaya (women’s clothes), hijab (veil), peci (cap), tasbih (rosario), perfume, kokuriyu powder, and toys. Everything is normal except in the eyes of shopping lovers.