Thawaf Wada ‘: A Farewell to Mecca

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم The restaurant was quiet and nobody there except us. The pilgrims gradually gathered around the table. Mrs. Yuyun and her two children. Farel and his mother. Granny Ema and Mrs. Erni. Granny Uti and Granny Sri. Mr. Anwar and Mrs. Ani. And Mrs. Ros and Mr. Rudi. Shortly thereafter came the…

Mecca: Al-Ja’fariyah Market

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…

Tan’im: Aisha Mosque

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم The deeper we entered Mecca the more visible Tower Zamzam is. Similar to Big Ben, it towering high with a giant clock at it’s peak. The building containing these hotels continued to emit green light across the city; as if the lighthouse illuminated the sea at night. The closer to Masjid…

Mecca: Al-Haramain Museum

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ Wahyudi and I offered the pilgrims to visit the Museum of Haramain; where historical objects such as wooden stairs that used to enter the Ka’ba or zamzam well complete with it’s ancient bucket. But most of the pilgrims were too tired so we decided to return to hotel. Only family of…

The road to Hira Cave

I recalled the moment of climbing a certain mountain named Jabal Nur (The Mountain of Light) with some pilgrims. Our journey started from the taxi stand in front of Al-Masa’ Hotel where a friendly Arabic elder approved our offer. For ten Saudi Real per person, the Sheikh was willing to take us to the foot…

Ji’ronah Mosque: another historical site

We arrived at Ji’ronah Mosque which was located at an oasis between Mecca and Thaif. Measurably smaller than the Dhul Hulaifah Mosque or Aishah Mosque, the Ji’ronah Mosque is getting smaller due to the long ladies queue in front of women’s toilet. The queue in the male toilet is quite similar, somehow most of them…

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…