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…

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…

Umra in The Ramadhan

Alhamdulillah praise be to Allah who gave us the opportunity to do the Ramadhan umra. Indeed this one is different then other umra. Umra is kind of worship that need good physical condition, especialy in the Ramadhan which moslems are forbid from eating and drinking. For those who do it after breaking fast then there…

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…

Makkah di Malam Hari

Ibadah umroh  identik dengan thowaf, shalat di masjid Al-Haram, mengaji, atau i’tikaf. Namun apakah semua yang ada di Makkah selalu berkaitan dengan ibadah? Tidak juga. Biasanya seusai tarawih atau thowaf di malam hari, perut kembali lapar. Maka tak ada salahnya bila menyusuri jalan pulang sambil melirik ke kiri dan kanan, mau makan apa? Shwarma, chicken brus, nasi…