Arafah; A Truly Melting Pot Theory

Crowded. Only that word can describe the atmosphere of Mecca before the implementation of wuquf (international gathering of hajj’s pilgrim from around the world). The airports were closed a week before wuquf and all pilgrims who were still in Medina were on their way to Mecca. A large caravan of bus t transports people from…

Sa’i Between two Historical Hills

After finishing the thawaf we headed to a place where the Hill of Shafa and Hill of Marwah is located. Walking through a room full of people who pray or drink zamzam water, the journey continues by through a ramp. Once on the second floor we can see the Ka’ba on the right while on…

The Holy Water of Zamzam

Alhamdulillah we’ve done sunnah prayer behind Maqam Ibrahim; Conveys all intentions to the God of the Universe. As I sat watching the pilgrims; No matter how tycoon they may, with abundant wealth and noble positions, all in earnest in the hope of God’s blessings. The individual hope and salvation of the world and the hereafter…

Prayers Behind Maqam Ibrahim

After finishing the seventh round we left Mathof (the place for thawaf) to proceed to the prayer area near the Masa’ (the place for sa’i). Getting out of the mathof is not an easy task because we’re dealing with an unpredictable human stream. Some walked slowly while others were rather tight. So raise your hand…

Thawaf: Walking Around the Ka’ba

Thousands of people moves into the same direction, against the clockwise direction, The Kaaba is on the left. Mostly wearing ihram clothes while others are casual. The Malays, Pakistanis, Indians, Arabs, Turks, Americans, Latins, Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, and other nations all come together to fulfill God’s call. They all come by driving or walking, some…

Entering The Grand Mosque

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…

The Holy City of Mecca

وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَٰذَا الْبَلَدَ آمِنًا وَاجْنُبْنِي وَبَنِيَّ أَن نَّعْبُدَ الْأَصْنَامَ “Remember Abraham said: “O my Lord! Make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols.” (Surah Ibrahim: 35) وَاللَّهِ إِنَّكِ لَخَيْرُ أَرْضِ اللَّهِ وَأَحَبُّ أَرْضِ اللَّهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَلَوْلَا أَنِّي أُخْرِجْتُ مِنْكِ مَا خَرَجْتُ…

Talbiyah (English Version)

“Labayk Allahumma labayk. Labayka laa syariyka laka labayk. Innal hamda wa ni’mata laka wal mulk. Laa syariyka lak.” Talbiyah echoed in the ceiling of the bus because none of us were silent. Whether we pronounce it in a clear or vague voice, we all glorify the Lord of the Universe through the recitation of talbiyah,…

Zakat Fithri in Mecca

We were walking to the Masjidil Haram that night. Everywhere people walked into the same direction. We then stopped at a small post near Zamzam Tower. There stood a small post looks like a mushroom that many people lined up. Indian, Pakistani, Egyptian, Indonesian etc; All come to pay the zakat fithri. We do not…

I’tikaf in Masjidil Haram

One thing that distinguishes umra in Ramadhan with regular one is a specific rite that can not be found in the other months. Only at this month we have the opportunity to perform the i’tikaf in last 10 days of Ramadhan. I’tikaf means somebody deliberately stay in the Mosque for specific time. He or she…