Tahallul: The end of the Ihram ban

After finishing the sa’i we were back to the hotel via Marwah Gate. Reyhan whined because his stomach ached but every time he was invited to the toilet; the small hero just insistent to return to the hotel quickly. “I prefer to do it in the room.” “And where you going to? ” Asked Mr….

Mina: Stoning the Pillars

The bus moves toward a field adjacent to a cliff on its left side. Above the cliff stood the palace of the governor along with a sturdy fence; much like the medieval castle. Across from the palace is an empty area bounded by wire fences; in it appears white tents equipped with air conditioning. Right…

Overnight at Muzdalifah

Satisfied after hanging out at Arafat, we continued the trip to Mosque of Ji’ronah. There is a feeling of sadness when leaving Arafat; due to it status as the place where final verse of Al-Qur’an (Surah Al-Maidah verse 3) revealed. “… On this day I have perfected for you your religion, and have I favored…

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…

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,…