Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Umrah (Cerita Umrah - Part 1)

"Labbaik Allaahumma labbaiik. Labbaika laa syariika laka labbaiik. Innalhamda wanni'mata lakawalmulk. Laa syariikalak."




"Aku datang memenuhi panggilan-Mu, Ya Allah! aku datang memenuhi panggilan-Mu. Aku datang memenuhi panggilan-Mu, (Tuhan) yang tidak ada sekutu bagi-Mu, aku datang memenuhi panggilan-Mu. Sesungguhnya segala pujian, nikmat dan kekuasaan adalah kepunyaan-Mu. Tidak ada sekutu bagi-Mu."



Hm.. tiap kali mendengar kalimat ini rasanya gimanaaa gitu.  Hari Minggu lalu baru saja ikut pengajian walimatu shaffar seorang teman yang mau pergi haji. Jadi ingat kenangan waktu umrah bareng suami. Kangen sekali. Kapan ya bisa memenuhi panggilan haji. Huhuhu.... Amiiin... di dalam hati.

Jadi terpikir buat catatan perjalanan itu. Yah, gapapa deh udah lama juga. Ingin sekali mengingat kenangan ini just exactly the same seperti yang saya ingat. Moga-moga ngasih semangat ngumpulin duit buat haji. amiiin... 

Berhubung waktu memulai blog ini saya pengen ngelancarin tulisan saya dalam bahasa Inggris, saya switch lagi bahasanya ya. Saya udah lama euy ga nulis panjang dalam bahasa Inggris. Hehehe... Bismillaaah....

My Hubby and I went for Umrah in 2010. It's been a while now but I can't help writing about it. I want to keep the whole picture of the fascinating journey in my head. You know some memories are so precious and you just don't want to let it fade away. I want to feel the exact feeling when I recall the memory someday. 

My parents insisted us (My Hubby and I) to go Umrah. We were newlywed, young and didn't have much money, but still my parents insisted. They've gone for the Hajj on 2005 and they hoped the journey would be a good start to start a family. While in my part, I thought that was not necessary because we need to save money for housing, etc.

Well, long story short, we finally decided to go.

My Hubby and I arrived at Soekarno Hatta International Airport. We join the Umrah travel group there.


Waiting for the immigration thingy at Soekarno Hatta Airport



It was hectic in the airport during the departure. Many members of our groups are elderly and they had problems with Immigration Cards. They didn't know how to fill them and the buses arrived late so we didn't have enough time to fill them. When our airline was ready for boarding and the operator summoned us to board, we were still queueing somewhere. 

After a six-hours flight we finally arrived at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia around 10.00 pm (if I'm not mistaken). We were all wearing umrah travel nametags around our necks. There was a new regulation. Our passports were taken by the Saudi Arabia Immigration, and from then, the nametags were our identity card so we were told not to loose them.

They said the Saudi Government was worried because Visa for Umrah lasts for 30 days. But many people chose to wait for the Hajj season or worst, stay and starting a job. The government was anxious because of the increasing number of illegal residents.

We were told that Jeddah was one of the places for miqat, a place where you start your Umrah or Hajj. When we begin the Umrah, we start it with Ihram. You have to change your clothes first to do this. For women, they have to wear hijab that cover their awrah,  clothes that cover your whole body except face and your palm.

For men, they have to wear two pieces of a long detached fabrics. One to use as the top, and the other to use as the bottom. And men are not allowed to wear underpants too. 

Then we set our Niah and off to Masjidil Haram in Mecca by bus. We were all too exhausted and fell asleep along the way. 

Finally we were arrived at our hotel, Eimann Inn, around midnight. The hotel was great. It is only about 200 meters away from Masjidil Haram! We didn't have much time because we have to catch third state in Umrah: The Tawwaf. It was about 1.30 am, we were all sleepy, jet lag and exhausted.

Off to Masjidil Haram, we went. 

The mosque was absolutely beautiful!!! Even when I was sleepy. The walls, the lights, were glowing! I came inside and there it was: silence.

The odd - but beautiful - feeling. Sometimes I can feel this feeling when I recall the memory. This sudden silence hits my mind. Like I am in nowhere. People passing by, many in their white clothes. Utter their prayers in silence, in tears. Some whisper, but some utter them so fast. Some are upturn, some bow and covering their faces.  

And there it was, in the heart of the mosque, had been standing for centuries : The Kaaba. I felt numb at first. I wasn't sure about what I feel. I wonder how such a black box summoned people all over the world to come to visit it. 

We set our Isha Prayer and prepare for the Tawwaf. The head of our group, H. Dede, led the way to the Kaaba. 

"Labbaik Allaahumma labbaiik... Labbaika laa syariika laka labbaiik... Innalhamda wanni'mata.. lakawalmulk... laa syariikalaka."


Right then, I think I knew what I felt. I was overwhelmed with the feeling. The same feeling that has been a reason for people around the world to keep coming to see the Kaaba, I think. 
It's love.
Then I just wept like a child.

After Tawwaf we were moving on to the fourth state: Sha'iSha'i is to walk and to run slowly back and forth between the hill of Shafa and the hill of Marwah. Since Masjidil Haram continue to be broaden, these hills became a part of the mosque. It's a pretty long walk actually. 

There was one old lady who loved to be by my side holding my hand along the sha'i. I called her Amih or Mom in Sundanese. Amih is bigger than me so walking with her grip on my hand along the way is pretty exhausting. Especially when we're going uphill or downhill  Hehehe.... 

After Sha'i, there's a last state of umrah called tahalul. Tahalul means to cut, at least three strands, of your hair. For men it is better to make it bald. Then the Umrah was complete.

We went back to our hotel after Shubuh to have some breakfast and get some rest. The food was great. Around 10.30am my Hubby and I walked around the Mosque and took some pictures. We need to catch Dzuhur prayer and it was just nice to find a good spot  for i'tiqaf.

After Sha'i


The Kaaba

Again the Kaaba. Please mind the quality of the picture,
it was taken with a handphone camera :)

Many people took some rest and walk around the mosque


A little briefing before the second Umrah


The street along the way to Masjidil Haram was pretty windy. I looked very chubby but I love this picture :D

Took a pose in front of Masjidil Haram. There are so many birds here

The Hotel, Eiman Inn

This is the first part of my journey. More stories to share but I will share it in the next part.


7 comments:

  1. My deepest dream, taking photo of the cosmic moving of people in Kabah. Still praying for the lucky day of being there, Aammmiiiinnnnn.

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    1. wow it's gonna be great mba. i love your pictures :). you have great still life pictures. amiiin... :)

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  2. Subhanallah :')
    How I wish to be there too..

    Oh, illegal residents? :-O
    Baru tau..

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    1. amiiin... moga2 kita semua bisa ke sana suatu hari ya :)

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  3. It is good news for Muslims of all over the world that many air lines are offering Cheap Umrah Packages from any part of the world about umrah 2013.

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  4. nice photos of Macca, umrah makbola (acceptable)
    Macca looks much different now after the last broaden ,and they still work to make it much bigger .

    general information:
    meaning of tahlul is getting done of something and in our case umrah by cutting and in haji is different there is minor and grand tahlul one by cutting and the other by finishing the cinder throwing

    Tahlul word is used in Arabic not only to refer to umrah and haji but also general speaking

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