Monday, February 16, 2009

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Experience during Hajj Pilgrimage 2008 (14)

The Pigeons

Around Masjidil Haram, at the flat yard near the row of stores there were a lot of pigeons. It seemed that those pigeons had become the pet of people in Makkah. Every morning, there were some men fed the pigeons. The seeds were spread on the yard and the pigeons gathered to enjoy their meal.

The pigeons looked a little bit fatter then those I usually saw in Indonesia. They also seemed healthy. The people in Makkah didn’t afraid of being infected by Avian Virus. The weather there was extremely hot and dry so Avian virus can not live there in Makkah.

I spent some minutes to observe those beautiful creatures every time I passed by the yard. They seemed so tame but when I tried to get closer to them, they would fly away.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Experience during Hajj Pilgrimage 2008 (13)

Slaughtering Place, Jabal Nur and Jabal Rahmah

Our first destination was a place where the goats and camels were slaughtered, and the meat would be given to the needy people.

Here we saw so many camels and goats from pilgrims were slaughtered. The people who butchered were professional; they could do their job very fast. It took only a few minutes from bringing the camels in, executing and cutting them into pieces of meat. I didn’t have the heart to see the process, so I let my husband took the photos.

Next, we went to Jabal Nur. On the top of Jabal Nur there’s Hira cave (Gua Hira) where the prophet Muhammad SAW received the first revelation from God, which was Al-Quran surah Al Alaq 1-5. Unfortunately, we couldn’t climb the Jabal Nur to see Hira cave, because it was too risky.

Jabal Nur

The most interesting place we visited that day was Jabal Rahmah. It located on Arafah field. It was the place where prophet Adam AS and Siti Hawa, his wife, were re-united after separated for a long time.

Jabal Rahmah

Stone for jewelries in Jabal Rahmah

In this place, there were many people sold stone for jewelries in various color. They were cheap and beautiful.

Dea and Computer Games

My second daughter, Dea, is very fond of games. Since she knew that she could download computer games from internet, she became a game addict. She always plays computer games on her leisure time.

One day I saw her played games enthusiastically. She said that she downloaded mac games and iphone games, and she really enjoyed those fun games.

Well, I don't mind she plays games as long as she still does her homework, study her lesson,and get good score on her examination at school. Playing games is a kind of refreshment for her, and I believe it also stimulates her brain to be more creative.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Experience during Hajj Pilgrimage 2008 (12)

Masjidil Haram and Ka’bah

I felt my heart beat rapidly, when finally we arrived to Masjidil Haram. “Oh my God, I can’t believe what has happened. Finally I’m here, standing in front of the greatest mosque in the world. The mosque surrounds the Ka’bah, which is the most sacred spot in the earth. I just can wait to see Ka’bah with my own eyes!” That’s what I thought.

Masjidil Haram today covers an area of 356,800 square meters including the outdoor and the indoor praying spaces. It can accommodate up to 1.2 million worshippers during the hajj period.

When we entered the mosque, I tried to calm my heart down, but it was highly affected by an emotion, a very strong emotion that was hard to describe. The climax was when I saw the Ka’bah, I cried. I just can’t hold my tears from falling. I felt I was so close to God.

So, this is it. The most sacred spot on the earth is a black-draped square shrine called Ka’bah, which stands in the central courtyard of the vast Al- Haram mosque. The whole building is constructed out of the layers of gray blue stone from the hills surrounding Mekkah. The four walls are covered with a curtain ( Kiswah ) which is usually black brocade with Shahadat outlined in the weave of the fabric. About two-thirds of the way up runs a gold embroidered band covered with Qur’an text.

My husband and I after performing Umrah

Ka’bah symbolizes unity in worshipping one God. Ka’bah is the Qibla or the direction that Muslims turn to in their prayer. And it is the goal of every devout Muslims to make a pilgrimage to Ka’bah at least once in a lifetime.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Experience during Hajj Pilgrimage 2008 (11)

Mekkah and Syaukiah/ Ka’kiyah

Mekkah is located in Sirat Mountains of central Saudi Arabia and 45 miles inland from the Red Sea port of Jeddah.

Compared with Madinah, the weather in Mekkah is much hotter. The distance between these two holy cities is about 447 km which takes about eight hours by bus.

A high building in Mekkah

View at Saukiyah/ Ka'kiyah

Our maktab or hotel in Mekkah was located on Syaukiah/ Ka’kiyah. We were not so lucky because the hotel was far from Masjidil Haram. The distance from Masjidil Haram was eight km. We needed bus to get there, while other pilgrims could go on foot.

Maktab and Mosque in Syaukiyah