Wow, today is 9th day of Zulhijjah. Are you fasting today? Well, I am. I have cold actually and sore throat too. But I don't want to break my fast because I want to finish what I have started so breaking it would make me feel like 'chicken' :D.
My Mom texted me asking how I was and I said it's okay. Can't wait for Maghrib and I just want to drink a big jar of water. Hahaha...
Today I want to continue my story about the Umrah.
The next day, two days after the first umrah, we were gathered early in the morning, at about 3 a.m. The lead of the group, H. Dede would take us to see the cave of Hira in The Hill of Nur (Jabal Nur).
The Cave of Hira is where the first revelation, Al-Alaq (96, 1-5), revealed to the Prophet, Muhammad. Here I found the English translation version from Wikipedia
96:1 Read in the name of your Lord, Who created-
96:2 Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood ['alaq علق]:
96:3 Read! And thy Lord is Most honourable,-
96:4 He Who taught (the use of) the pen,-
96:5 Taught man that which he knew not.
It was still dark when we were arrived. And literally, we had no idea what we were going to through. I mean, we didn't know that it was a crazy rocky hill climbing because we can't hardly see anything. We were only told that we're going to set our shubuh prayer at the top of the hill and we were so excited.
It was a very long walk. We, women, just couldn't stop asking H. Dede, "Are we there yet?" and he only smiled and replied, "It's nearby. We only take two turns more, to the left and to the right."
"Stop whining," He said. "Siti Khadija used to climb up and down this hill every day to send Muhammad some food."
It silenced us for a while.
But we are women, so we kept asking the same question although we knew the answer would be the same. Hahaha...
I googled it and found that the hill is 2.500 feet high and there are more than 1165 rock steps to climb the top! Well, no wonder many of our elderly friends couldn't make it.
Finally, we were arrived at the top of the hill. The view was great! We can see the glowing Masjidil Haram from up here! It was too bad that i didn't bring my tripod so many of the pictures are too shaky and blurred.
|The view from the top of the hill|
|Look, there are many hills like this in Mecca|
We finally arrived at the cave. It was a little cave, only fit for one man in a praying position. The cave directly face the Kaaba in Masjidil Haram.
|The Cave is a narrow space, only fit for one man to pray |
but it directly faces the Kaaba in Masjidil Haram
|Took some poses :)|
|The steps to the top.|
|Many goats on the hill|
After some poses were taken with our cameras, we finally went down the hill. It was not as hard as we climbed up before but my feet were swollen and stiffed.
The next day, the fifth day in Mecca, we did our third Umrah. It was the last Umrah before we set out to Medina to see the Mosque of Nabawi. In between the tight schedule we made it to see the Hill of Rahmah (Jabal Rahmah). The hill where Adam and Eve finally found each other after they were outcasted and separated from heaven for hundreds of years.
|In front of the monument on the top of Jabal Rahmah|
|Care to ride a camel?|
|This is two women of our groups riding a camel :D|
|Pose pose pose :P|
|We stopped somewhere to pray.|
|Amih and Abah, the couple who always be seen together. |
Amih held my hand during two sha'i in umrah.
But in the third sha'i she held my hubby's hand because I was exhausted.
The next day was our last day in Mecca. We were going to leave for Medina to see the Nabawi Mosque. We were informed if we want to buy Quran to be kept as a wakaf in Masjidil Haram. Wakaf is the dedication of properties by a Muslim through a will or otherwise for purposes recognised by Islamic law as pious, religious or charitable. Once this is done, the ownership is transferred to Allah.
My Hubby and I searched for the quran and place them in one of the rack in Masjidil Haram. That day we did Tawwaf Wada', the last tawwaf. It is pretty hard to say goodbye to the Kaaba :(.
We said our last prayer: to see the Kaaba again someday. Amiiin...
To be continued.