Wednesday, March 28, 2012

UMRAH 2012: MAKKAH AL MUKARRAMAH

So, as I've promised, here's a continuation of my Umrah experience story that I'd love to share with you.. After spending four days in Madinah, we proceeded with our journey to the Haram Land of Mecca. After about four hours being in the bus, I suddenly felt goosebumps on my arms as we were approaching Mecca. In my mind, "I'm finally here.. I'm finally here" kept playing on and on.

My very first Umrah was done the next day after Subuh prayers, where I did it with my dad. Maria once told me that, "Never forget the feeling the moment you see the Kaaba".. And yes, I'll never forget that moment. Ever. My eyes was glued to it the instant I entered the Masjid Al-Haram. You know how when people feel when they are at a near death experience? Their life suddenly flashes before their eyes, isn't it? Well that's how I felt when I saw the Kaaba. All I did from when I was little, and till now, an adult, somehow flashes very quickly making me tear up thinking of all the sins I've done. *sigh*

Days went by where my family and me continued to perform our Umrah, solaah and visits around Mecca. We went to Jabal Thur, Jabal Ar-Rahmah, and made some time to shop for some souveniers.

I remember this one time, on the last day before we had to leave, me and family performed Jemaah Subuh prayers at Masjid Al-Haram. The Imaam that morning sounded like a young fellow. His recitation was flawless and melodious too. And as we were performing the 2nd rakaah, the Imaam suddenly paused reciting. He was facing difficulty to recite as he was sobbing in total humbleness. It went again like that for about 5 or 6 times, where he tried to catch his breath and continue reciting, but the words of the Quran (which he understood), made him stutter in tears. I was crying profusely while all of this happened you know? Listening to an Imaam, crying while reciting the Quran, during Subuh prayers, in Masjid Al-Haram, in front of the Kaaba, with millions of Makmums praying alongside me--was too much for my tiny heart to handle. All I felt at that moment was that I don't wanna leave Mecca so baddddd!! :'(

It was such a remarkable experience seeing all the people from around the world, together, unite to devote and spend every waking moment to perform ibadahs to our Creator. I was most fascinated by the women who are old, weak, handicapped, with babies and determined. The dire need for us to repent makes every hardship one go at Mecca looks like a speck of dust. I hope that my prayers of being able to visit the Holy Land EVERY YEAR will be fulfilled. Amin. Cause ya Allah, nothing means so much to me than being in your home as much as I can.

Thank you Allah for inviting me this year :')

For more descriptive images, click here
My Madinah Trip story here :)

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frugalistar said...

Masya Allah..just reading about your experience makes me feel the beauty of Islam...

shea said...

frugalistar:
Islam is a beautiful religion :) good for you in feeling what i also felt upon going there :D

thank you for the support, love!

Cherrie Pie Sweety said...

shea, kita pun baru balik dari umrah, kita pergi ujung bulan 2 aritu. Sampai sekarang tak boleh nak lupakan keindahan & rasa kat Mekah & Madinah. Perasaan tu hanya orang yang dah sampai je tau and dapat rasa rasanya ;) Rindu sangat2, bila baca tu memang rasa ya Allah, memang mohon sangat supaya dapat pergi lagi. Amin ;)

Dara Pratiwi said...

hi shea, saya juga baru pulang umroh 3 minggu yang lalu.. Rasanya memang Subhanallah sekali yaa bisa sampai kesana, benar-benar tidak mau pulang ke negara sendiri.. :')

queenofqalbs said...

wow.. i wanna go there too... ;(

Rtp Farra Arisha said...

this is superwonderful story..seriously! would love to be there too someday soon. insha-Allah..:)

Cik IFAH♥ said...

Alhamdulillah because you already arrived there sister..
Pray for me to go there too ! InsyaAllah :)

Rara Nasiha said...

I cried a lil bit reading what u have been thru while Umrah. I hope oneday i get a chance to get there too. :)

Yeude said...

Salaam aleykoum,

Very nice MashAllah.

Merci d'avoir partager une si belle expérience avec tes lecteurs, tu m'as beaucoup émue.

Qu'Allah te permette d'y retourner autant que tu le souhaites, amîn.

Désolée pour le français mais je n'étais pas capable de te le dire en anglais...

Style Blogger said...

wow!

STARSNAPSHOT said...

lucky you *envy
I wish that I could going back there, Amin... nice pictures by the way..

shea said...

cherrie:
alhamdulillah, best kan dpt pergi? yes2, betul ckp u, bila kita smpi sana baru kita tau apa rasa nya sbnrnya...sblm pergi i slalu mcm nervous sbb takutkn bnde yg bukan2 berlaku..tp apa2 pun, ble sampai sana, sume rasa nervous tu trus hilang :D


rara:
awww.. one day insyaAllah yeah, darla! :D

Noor Of My Life said...

Your post is beautiful and you are so lucky I do dua every day that i get to go.

dayah said...

best! labbaikallah humma labbaik ;) precious moment..so next time haji pulak..insyaallah kan

Kasma Mohamad said...

Assalammualaikum Shea,
SubhanAllah Shea, it was so fortunate for you that you already be at the Tanah Haram Mekah...
Pray for me that next year i manage to go there as well...insyaAllah ya... :)

Labella Iman said...

Subanaallah! I felt the EXACT same way they very first time i saw the kaabah! I was 14 years old, and honestly didn't truly understand the importance of umrah itself, but when I saw the kaabah my eyes instantly filled up with tears. During tawafs around the kaabah I was sobbing uncontrollably and I didn't know why! Even my little sister and two little cousins (at the time they were ages 6, 5, and 4) were all crying and they didn't even understand why we were there!

I would give anything to go back and worship, If i knew then what I know now I would change so much!

May Allah reward you for your umrah experience, and may he bless you to be able to go back!! AMeen!!!

xoxo
LabellaIman

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