Madinah, Makkah & Jeddah #5

March 13, 2010

20 February 2010

We are back on tour after a few days break!
I didn't know that we could walk to their hotel (the people that were in the same tour group) from our hotel. The streets were a bit scary because there were so many people selling things in your face, follow you around and beggars are everywhere. I wanted to give of course, but I couldn't, cuz once I give, others will come follow me around and beg! I even saw some of them put their little children in the middle of the street for begging! Omg. Things like these make me shed my tears.

I quickened my pace, hoping to reachnthe hotel as fast as possible.
I was so glad to see friends from the tour. Suprisingly, we missed them and they missed us too!We had quite a number of sightseeings to check out, guided by the same ustaz that we had on our first
day of the tour, I still don't know his name by the way, but we call him Ustaz Lame cuz he says the lamest,
and funniest things ever! He rocks!

1st stop : Gua Thur. This is the cave where Prophet Muhammad and his best friend, Abu Bakkar As-Siddiq
stayed in for a few nights, to hide from the bad people while he was on his way to Madinah. Actually we could climb the mountain to check out the cave but it would take us about 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach the cave. We didn't have enough time, as we had many other stops to go to.

2nd stop : Padang Arafah. This is a wajib place for Haj pilgrims. They have to wukuf here and there, there is a hill called Jabel Al Rahmah, where Prophet Adam and wife, Hawa met when they first came to Earth. And Muslims can go up the hill and pray to God. And in that pray, one should pray about finding love for marriage and for the rest of your life. And of course,me who is single and available, I climbed up the hill and prayed to Allah so that I would find the love of my life soon, get married and have children :)
However, I was dissapointed to see people scribbling their signatures on the most important feature of the hill! Oh God. I seriously believe that the attractions in Makkah should have more security or guards standing around so that no one does stupid things like that! The tiang is supposed to be a landmark kind of thing! ahh It makes me mad.
But..what made me even MORE mad are the workers there who kept on pestering me to buy things, or ride on their camels. OMG. THEY FOLLOW YOU EVERYWHERE.
I WAS SO MAD. I said NO NO..but more are coming! They even touched your arms or pull you to their camels! And SubhanAllah, they are number one liars!
Don't believe them if the say riding the camel is only 5 bucks. The moment you turun from the camel, they would charge 10 or more and say things like 'oh the camel jalan jauh'
or like 'you took so many pictures of my camel'. AND..they even took out their polaroid camera to take a picture of you without your consent, and then make you pay for it! ARGH. It makes me so mad. I felt like a papparazi when they are following me around but at least the celebs had to only pose for the camera
and not do anything else or even take out money! I couldn't take it anymore, I walked quickly naik my bus balik! Omg. Crazy! It spoiled my mood at the place.
And u know what...while I was praying in front of the tiang, they even stood in front of you and sell things! I was THAT close to pushing them down the hill!
But hey I couldn't do that or else God wouldn't grant my prayer to find a boyfriend! Astaga.
Before we left, dad agreed to pay one of the guys and asked my sister to ride on the camel. I didn't want to ride because I didn't want my jubah to stink.
And God. There were shit everywhere. Gross.
After all those crazy hustle and bustle of Arafah, we moved on with our sightseeings, but just lalu only, tak turun from the bus. We passed by a few mosques which Prophet Muhammad loved and had a lot of experiences in it. And we even passed Bukit AnNur, where Gua Hirak is located. This is the cave where Prophet Muhammad diturunkan his first wahyu, when he was first elected to be a prophet.

Jabel Al-Rahmah. I love group picture :)

Now lets climb the mountain and pray hardcore!

I was thinking should I touch the camels or not. Hmmps.

The lil sisters on the camel! Pretty right the camel!


The moment you get down the bus, all of these people will follow you!

This is where the Haj pilgrimage camp out on one of the days.

Gua Hirak!


21 February 2010

This was our last day of tour. 
We went to a little town called Hudaibiyah, where  the Hudaibiyah war occured during the Prophet's time.
This is peninggalan batu batu yg pernah Nabi buat dijadikan macam camp. It's called Baitul Ridhwan.


We were also told that Nabi Muhammad pernah buat korban kat bukit ni! cool!

The tour also took us to ladang camel again, just in case if anyone wanted to buy some fresh camel's milk to bring back home! Dad bought a lot..like 20 bottles! ahahaa


OMG. They're hot!! hehe :)



Our last stop for the day was a museum! It was a mini museuym but it had fantastic antiques! Check these out!

The stairs in Kaabah!


The great door of Kaabah!


Awesome colourful Quran!


It shows how Telaga Zam-Zam works!


22 February 2010

Sadly, this was my second last day in Makkah.
But lucky me my period was done, I was cleaned and I managed to go to Masjidil Haram! OMG!
Alhamduilliah, God had granted my wish! :) I was so happy! Tak sabar nak tawaf!
So I managed to tawaf.. I didn't buat Saie semua sebab tak sempat..so buat tawaf pun dah syukur amin! Yang penting, dapat langkah masuk Masjidil Haram and pegang Kaabah!
Omg. I touched Kaabah okay! And it smells so good! Macam flowery perfume!!
Tawaf was fun! Sambil tawaf tawaf tuh, I baca baca doa and also doa for my friends yg they all kirim! Bawak list lagi ha! Takut lupa nak doa untuk sape sape ke.. Alhamdulillah! Dapat jugak tgk Kaabah depan mata..siap pegang lagi!! :)
Amennnnn!






Beautiful Masjidil Harram nightscene :)


23 February 2010

Our last day in Makkah, headed back to Jeddah to get to the airport.
And on the way to airport, we stopped by for lunch at one of the most famous Asian restaurants is Jeddah and prayed at a floating mosque at the Red Sea! It's the Red Sea people! The sea yang Nabi Musa belah laut tu! Awesome kan!



Jeddah is really beautiful and different from Madinah and Makkah. Jeddah is by the beach so it reminds me of California baby! It was really windy that day! Loves it!


The Red Sea!


The floating mosque!


Till we meet again, Middle East! 

With all my love,
Lina Pumpkin
XOXO

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