Monday, 5 September 2011

Umrah in Ramadhaan 1432 (2011) - Part 1

As you all know, we chose to go by bus for Umrah this Ramadhaan. Well to tell you all it was indeed a bad choice Qadarallaah Masha Allaah! Why ? Because the journey from Qatar to Makkaah took us 28 hours and it was really tiring and frustrating. We had to just be in the bus for 7 hours at the Saudi Border, mind you this border is just 1 hour from Qatar. It was a Friday and we had to just sit and wait till the authorities could do the stamping and checking of the baggage and stuff. If you go in your own vehicle this procedure takes only less  than 15 minutes. The authorities in Saudi are very slow and take their own cool time to do things : ) so while fasting and having a child it was kind of too much, subhanallaah! So we have decided that we would not travel by bus any more : )

Inside the bus, ready to leave

Then after 7 hours of waiting finally passed through the border and after about another 7 hours we reached Riyadh. We broke fast inside the bus.While going you do not see any cities only the desert and a lonely road. In Riyadh they stopped  for Magrib and for dinner. Prayed Magrib and Isha. The places they stop for Prayers and food are not that great. Meaning the toilets are really bad, not clean at all and the places are not maintained. Its so sad but I hope the authorities will look into this and do something about it Insha Allaah! I know its too much to do but it is very necessary. 

Inside the bus putting Abi to sleep!

Then the journey continued and stopped again for Suhoor and Fajr somewhere before the place of Meeqaat. Then at about 10 am we reached the place of Meeqaat near Taif. What did Maimoonah do all this while? Masha Allaah we had a nice group of Filipino revert sisters in the bus and Maimoonah was adored by them as she was very much socialising and did not trouble any of the people in the bus. She was tired and most of the time she was sleeping on my lap. She was thrilled as some sisters called her "Shaikhah Moona" (The Amir's wife of Qatar is called Shaikhah Mozah and everyone loves her too, masha Allaah) Maimoonah knows this and she was thrilled that they called her this way !!!

So at the place of Meeqaat we rented a room and a toilet for one hour. (yet again the room and toilet was not that great but ok to a certain extent) Had a bath and got into Ihraam, then went to the masjid where you say your intention for Umrah. We all did that and got into the bus to go to Makkaah.

Reached Makkah after 2 hours and went to the hotel in Makkah, the hotel the travel agent gave us was very far from the Haram. This was another issue as it is very difficult to get taxis for a reasonable amount to the haram. The walk is about 45 minutes with crowd and about 20 minutes without crowd.

Any way I was unable to enter the Masjid and perform Umrah for about 7 days. So I told Maimoonah I have to wait and if she would like to do Umrah with her Abi. She said ok, but she was too tired and actually made her Abi angry : ), so Abi decided he was going to do it alone and Maimoonah said she will wait in Ihraam till she could perform Umrah with me. Masha Allaah she observed everything of Ihraam for 7 days : )

Hotel Room in Makkah

We had some sleep for few hours and Abi went to the Haram and completed his Umrah, Alhamdulillaah. He came to the hotel with his head shaved and Maimoonah was like , what happened to your hair Abi : )

So for the next 7 days we were in the Hotel, only once we went to the Makkah Hilton, and I was looking for some books, meanwhile Abi took Maimoonah to the Haram for the first time. She said she saw the Ka'bah, she prayed 2 rakah, and also she said the Mutawwahs were tough with the people and the people were fighting!!! Will tell you more about fighting in my next post Insha Allaah!

So at the Book shop in Hilton I had a surprise. I found the books of sis Umm An Nu'man there.

 Maimoonah just loved both of them and so did I. I could not get the other two books of sis Umm An Nu'man Hafsa and Faiza's Dua. I also got the Madeenah Arabic Books for kids there which I needed very badly for this school year, Alhamdulillaah!

Stay tuned to the next post on what we did for few days in the Hotel and my Umrah Insha Allaah!....


UmmSara said...

assalamu alaikum,

Jazakhillahu khair for sharing sis, this is very interesting for us since we have not been in Makkah yet. May Allah reward you for all the hardship you have faced during your journey. I guess traveling was not easy in early times as well, but inshaAllah Allah will reward for all your efforts.
My in-laws went there couple years ago by plane, they had some issues but overall it was a great experience.
Keep posting about your journey sis.
We got sis Umm-An'Numan's "Ahmad has to go Potty" when my kids were toddlers and I believe Ibrahim was potty training at that time. It is a nice book mashaAllah.
How many books do they have for Madina Arabic Reader there? I have the first 5 books in the series I actually studied them myself ( just like school kids :) These 5 books cover the actual 2 volumes of the actual Madina Arabic books by Dr. Abdur Rahim. I could not find the rest of the books online, maybe they sell them somewhere else.

Umm Adam said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Masha Allah, it is very exiting to read about your journey sister, Maimoonah seems so patient, tabarak Allah! May Allah reward you for sabr experiencing hardships. I love the books from Umm an`numan, masha Allah, and so does my kids, they often bring them for me to read and Im sure Maimoonah enjoys them too:)

Umm Suhailah said...


As Salaamu Alaikum!

Wow....Mashaa'Allaah. Very detailed/interesting post- especially for those who have never made Umrah/Hajj or traveled period!
I look forward to reading some more post- overall i'm glad you guys got there safely and experience such an amazing journey Mashaa'Allaah- So what was Maimoonah's review of the travel???
Sis Umm An- Nu'man's books sounds nice Mashaa'Allaah- the potty one sounds like a must have for the little people over here ;)
And thank you for making dua for me & the family :)

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam ya Akhawaat,

I am glad you all are enjoying our experience masha Allaah. I am sure you will love the photographs to come as well Insha Allaah! Its been edited and prepared now : )

Umm Sara, I have been to the haram before by plane 3 times masha Allaah from our country. And it is actually very easy to go from here, but we all the flights were booked. So we took the bus : ) Yes indeed when you see the pictures of the mountains you will know how difficult it would have been for the Messenger of Allaah and the sahabah to travel by camel and walking and the distance is really far from Makkaah to Madeenah, subhanallaah!

Madeenah books they have only 5 even though. He said only 5 are available and that's it. I had no time to ask more because they were closing for salaah. Insha Allaah may be next time I will inquire.

Umm Adam, yes masha Allaah she was very patient but coming back and the walk back from the Haram she did have her mood outs because of tiredness and no sleep and we just cannot blame her. Overall she was indeed very good and Allaah made it easy for us, Alhamdulillaah! Oh yes she loves Ahmed and Hudhayfah and since she can read on her own she is enjoying more masha Allaah! I wish I could have got the other two books of her's as well, Qadarallaah Masha Allaah. They also had many many Good Word Books and my problem was no time to go through each one and carrying to the hotel was an issue : )

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam Umm Suhailah

I am glad you like it. More posts and pics are on the way Umm Suhailah. Maimoonah masha Allaah loved the whole thing, she did not complain about the whole journey, but I know that it was tiring and uncomfortable for her. But going to the Haram and praying there even though it was tough she was ok and she was very mindful about getting lost in that huge crowd, so I did not have to worry too much as she used to just sit and wait where I keep her masha Allaah! Will tell you more in my posts to come Insha Allaah!

Wa iyyaakum, it was indeed a pleasure!

Umm Sayang said...

Assalamualaikum Umm Maimoonah.
Jazakillah for sharing details of your journey to Umrah here. I have never been to Makkah. It's nice to sort of envision things in my mind using your accounts. May Allah reward you for all the difficulty you and your family endured in this journey.

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam Umm Sayang, wa iyyaaki. I am glad this helps you. May Allaah make it possible for you to visit the Haram soon. Aameen

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