Going Umroh as a couple means we have to separate each other when the prayer’s time was calling, me in the women side, and husband in the men side. 5 times in a day, 3-5 times in the different places and rows, and 3-5 times with different people by your side. And how come I couldn’t get many friends there. I met many friends, some came from the same travel with me, and some others come from different travel, different cities, and even different countries.
Sometimes u can’t even guess what kind of people will be in your left or right side. I used to have some selfie with all of them, but unfortunately I didn’t always bring my phone with me, especially in Nabawi, bcoz we’re not allowed to bring cell phone due to some good reasons. Actually me and my husband decided not to activate our phone every time we had a trip except when in hotel using the Wifi only to give information for our family.
In Nabawi, I met a woman which also a banker, she came with her husband for the first time for umrah, been married fot 7 years and still dunno have any children. I met couple of friends, 3 friends from Makassar, 1 friend from Jakarta, and 1 friend from Pekanbaru, their umroh trip was fully sponsored as a gift by their office. Lucky Them! I met a tough mom with her two lil kiddos. She was a very adorable mom, every time I saw her, she neva stop teaching her two lil kiddos how to read Al Quran in a good way, and how to memorize it J. I also met an old woman, she has daughters which haven’t got married, she’s been hajj for 5 times, and umroh for 7 times on the same travel (NRA). She kept smiling and told me not to give up on whatever the situation is. She told me to read shalawat, and that everyone in this whole wide world has their own problem, never stop doing efforts, and never stop praying.
In Raudhah, I met a humble woman, which also a banker, she went umroh for the second time, been married for 5 years and still dunno have any children. I also met a woman who has been married for 4 years, felt miscarriage in her 2nd years of marriage, and still dunno have any children. I also met a grandma which never stop crying every time she saw raudhah. She told me that she couldn’t kept her excitement of having those beautiful experiences in Raudhah.
In Makkah, I met an ald woman, she’s been hajj for 5 times, and umroh for 4 times, she told me that this place will always be missed by everyone who have came here. So, always believe that whenever you had a will to go back and back again to Baitullah, insyaAllah there will be a way to go there. she has kissed Hajar Aswad for 7 times, how amazing rite? She also told me that I was so lucky to have came for umroh in a very young age.
I also met an old woman from Palestine, she told me a lot about Palestine, Masjidil Aqso and her family who still live in Gaza. Some of her family in Gaza were dying of the war. At another prayer time, I met some Turkish people who never stop starring on my “mukena” and “hijab”, they told me that it was beautiful. At my second day in Makkah, I met a woman from Thailand. She can speak Malay but couldn’t speak Thai. She told me that she lived in the Border of Malaysia and Thailand, which were dominated by Moslems. In front of Murtazam, I met a Turkish old woman, who was very kind and humble to me, at the end of the prayer time she was whispering me something in an Arabic words which I dunno the meaning, the only thing that I got was Al-Islam.
After doing my third umroh, I met an Algerian girl who lives in Lion, France. She couldn’t speak English, but she knew what I mean, her name is Almadila, so every time I asked her a question, she asked her mom to answer me in English, she was so pretty just like her mom.
On my last day in Makkah in Fairmont Hotel Lobby, I met Noon. At first I thought that her name is Brenda, bcoz after showing my Name Tag she said Brenda ahaha but I was wrong actually, so she thought that my name is Brenda becoz above my name it was written “Beranda”. Ahaha so I explained again that my name is Ruri not Brenda and she told that her name is Noon. Noon came from Morocco, she came for umroh with her husband leaved her two lil kiddos with her mom. She told me that her two lil kiddos were still wearing diapers so it will be super hard to take them along for Umroh. Noon said that in Morocco, they can do umroh individually without using travel, and it was very easy. Her first time umroh is the best experience that she had, and after that she always miss Baitullah and want to come again and again to Makkah. And she was totally true I couldn’t agree more. She have worked in Emirates but then she stopped working and being a house wife after having two children from her marriage. I also asked her about the beautiful pashmina which always used for the stewardess on the airplane, she gave me the tutorials but I still dunno understand how to wear it ahahah (I just like say ya ya ya all the time ahahaha). She was a nice friend, she told a lot about Morocco, and amazingly she told me that a Morocco could speak 3-5 languages. The main language is Arabic, and the second language could be chosen by each people, it could be Spanish, France, or English, amazing rite all those languages are totally different specially Arabic but they could understand it, so cool rite (Standing Applause). She been travelling to Asia for a week to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Phuket, I told her to come to Indonesia to see another paradise in Asia.
On our travel (NRA), We met Ustadz Subki, Ustadz Hasan, Ustadz Subhan, Ustad Rusdi, and Ustadz Arifin Panogoro.
We also met a lot of people,one of them is a humble fren who has a face that really look like Dian Pelangi, she was so beautiful and such an ideal woman to married as a wife banget deh keibuan. I also met a nice and super humble couple, Mbak Ayu Dyah Andari and Mas Muliandy. Mbak Ayu herself was a Palembangnese too, she was a famous designer, and her husband was an oil and gas expert well both of them were totally inspiring couple (dah kita mah apah atuh), and you know what that her husband even won the first prize “ A Car that could be returned with 7 Umrah Packages”, and even worse Mbak Ayu herself also won an umroh prize, how lucky they are rite. At the same time we also met another humble couple of a doctor Mbak Luthfi and an oil and gas engineer Mas Rahdian, they were a great parents too, they had 3 children, two of them were twins, but unfortunately one of the twin have passed away and leaving a neva ending sadness for both of them. I also met some “Emak-Emak Hebring” who neva stop talking about their family and children, and ended up by an idea to make an engagement mission to their children ahahaha I guess I’ll do the same on my future life hehehe. I also met beautiful twinnies, and their older sister who has a look-alike face, it did make me want to have twin babies hihihi. On the same bus, me and my husband also met a branch manager of a syariah bank in Makassar with her wife, they were so kind and super humble. Well we do met a lot of people there, and I couldn’t even recall them one by one on this posting, but I am so happy. I simply learned a lot from those people, and I am very grateful about it. Alhamdulillah.