Assalammualaikum Bloggers, I’ve been wondering myself to make a quick draft as soon as possible after the journey, but the thing is ahaha suddenly all the dreams become only a plan hihi as usual all the laziness and sleeping beauty syndrome somehow always win the war between spirit of doing everything versus doing nothing. Well after having umroh, all I can say is Makkah and Madinah have just amazed me all at once!!! Subhanallah. There’s nothing more than desert, mountain, rocks everywhere, and super hot weather there, but all the good things, all those holy feelings, the history, Rasulullah, The Baitullah, and everything between it has just charmed me a lot all at once!!! Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah and I can’t wait to come again and again to Baitullah for hajj and umroh, May Allah will gave that chance to me and my family.
Awalnya aku sama suami emang udah niat pengen umroh tahun ini, tapi ketika udah semakin deket dengan bulan rencana kita mau umroh semakin banyak ajah kegalauan dan kegundahan hati yang melanda kita berdua. Jadi kalo dibilang umroh itu adalah jihad hati, jihad fisik dan jihad harta, itu emang bener banget. Tapi Alhamdulillah semakin deket ke niat kita untuk berangkat satu per satu masalah dibantu selesain sama Allah, kita sempet bingung nyari-nyari travel apa yang kira-kira paling sesuai sama kita dari mulai harga, susunan acara, hotel, sampe dengan tanggal cuti tadinya bingung mau AeroHajj, atau Dompet Dhuafa, tapi di akhir-akhir pencarian kita malah ditemuin sama travel NRA. Alhamdulillah banget pas kita mau daftar pas banget Travel nya lagi ulang tahun jadi kita dapet potongan, Alhamdulillah, selain itu kita juga ngedapetin hotel yang seharusnya masuk di paket gold eh malah dapet di kita yang regular, Alhamdulillah. Pas lagi di Mekah pun ada acara Tasyakuran Ultah NRA, kita gak dapet hadiah apa-apa, hehe tapi gapapa karena berangkat umroh itu sendiri adalah hadiah terbesar bagi kita berdua. Pas pulang kita dapet hadiah lagi berupa souvenir dari Ultah NRA berupa Alquran Mushaf dan Tas Buat Mukena. Alhamdulillah.
Everybody who has gone for umroh and hajj will always have the special stories about their trip and so does us. I guess I will summarize it into some big points:
- Praying in Raudhah
Raudhah is a mosque that was built between Nabawi and Rasulullah’s house, this place was said to be Raudhah (Garden’s of The Heaven), and it was nominated as one of a mustajab place to convey prayer bcoz u have to queuing here to have a chance to pray inside it specially for woman bcoz we were limited by the time, as for man they have 24 hours to pray there. My first time was with the travel guide, but my second time was with me alone hihi, I always thought that it would be a regret if I dunno use my time well to go there while in Madinah, so I decided to go there alone and it was so fast I only have to wait for a while there, lucky me alhamdulillah, I also got 2 new friends from Indonesia there. Raudhah was so full of people, some of them stayed like a statue there, some of them were busy writing their name on the separating wall (How weird rite?), and some of them were crying over and over.
- We lose our pocket camera :p
Yeah believe it or not, my husband thought that he had put the pocket camera into his bag while in bus from Madinah to Makkah, but ZONK, we didn’t find any pocket camera on it while we arrived in Makkah, so we told the Muthalib (read semacem ustad yang membimbing di bis travel) that we’ve lost the camera, He told us that he will ask the driver to recheck the bus, but unfortunately becoz the bus had leaved to Madinah, we will get the information about it only when the bus has came to Makkah on the next 2 days. Yeah, I deeply feeling a lil bit angry to my husband since I lose my photo with the birds in Madinah and even worse we couldn’t get any good pictures while in Makkah except using my S4, but suddenly I felt that maybe it lose for a good reason so then I told my husband to let it go and feel super “ikhlas”, if it use to be ours it will be back, but if it wasn’t then we have to let it go. The one who felt so guilty about it is my husband himself, bcoz he realized that he might losing it bcoz he always thought of having the new one, almost everytime he told me about the new catalogs of camera. Somehow it looked like he didn’t felt grateful about the old camera that has helped him a lot. Things ran so fast in the next 2 days, and unexpectedly our muthalib said that our camera was found by the driver, and he would gave it to us as soon as possible he met us, Alhamdulillah wasyukurillah, lucky Us, we still got a chance to have a good documentation while in Makkah. (P.S the driver also take a selfie with our camera so that we will always remember him ahaha)
- Hajar Aswad
I’ve been wondering myself to kiss Hajar Aswad and to see the beautiful of the Heaven’s Stone that was put in the corner of Ka’bah even it is not a must. I guess I have to give it a chance to try at least one. So accompanied by my husband I tried to touch the Hajar Aswad, but unfortunately the competition was so unexpected, people around me were pushing each other, they didn’t even differentiate between man and woman, bcoz competition is a competition and you have to fight for it no matter how tall you are and no matter whether u were a man or a woman. So it’s almost like 10 cm in front of me and suddenly we were pushed by those big guys, and then we should start from the beginning to fight with each others, my feet were trampled by those big guys around me (sampe bengkak T.T), and I was gave up after 30 minutes fighting to touch it. Well people said that Hajar Aswad was kindly different with rukun yamani, murtazam and “Makam Ibrahim” becoz people were queuing in good way, and you may touch it without fighting, while in Hajar Aswad you do have to fight if you want to touch it, and some people also feel syirik about it and using many ways to touch it even using the help by paying those big people. As for me I won’t do it, I’ll try my best, if I were destined to touch it than I would find my own way to touch it, but if I won’t so it might be for a good reason. It is indeed like our life, you think that it is the best things in your life, you think that you can get it easily, you think that u almost there, but unexpectedly things might doesn’t always work the way we think about, we may think that it was the best thing for us, but Allah know the best, while human know nothing u just have to try and push yourself to the limit and Let Allah SWT shows you the best that u can get.
Murtazam is the Door of Ka’bah, it is one of the “Mustajab” place to pray and convey prayer in front of it. As for me and my husband it was one of our favorite view in Masjidil Haram. And I can’t help myself not to cry every time I saw the door, it’s like magical things inside myself told me that I were nothing, and God is everything, and we couldn’t even breath without the help of Allah SWT. Allah gave me everything I want in my life, I always got a good score on my academic histories, I got a chance to enter in one of the best university in Indonesia, I always wanted to work in a Bank ever since I was a child and Allah gave me that opportunity to work in a bank (and I started to regret it, it’s like I didn’t felt grateful about it), I got married in 23, I got a Nice Husband, I got a happy family, I have a healthy body, I got many good people all around me, and just because of some reasons somehow sometimes I didn’t felt grateful about it, how could I? Fabbiayyi ala irrabbikumma tukadziban (so which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?). I started to know myself better, and I started to ground myself to the Zero Position. And this was the best place on earth where u could pray, it was more than a wishing granting factory, it was Baitullah, the home of the One who Create the whole wide world. Hopefully Allah SWT will grant all of me and my husband prayers, aminnn YRA.
- My husband lose his sandals
On the third day in Makkah me and my husband decided to do umroh alone apart of the travel’s itienery. Lucky us there was a nice couple, mbak luthfi and mas radian who also had the same plan with us, so we went together by taxi to take the Miqot in Tan’im Mosque (the nearest place where Siti Aisyah took Miqot for Umroh). After arrived at the mosque we did Dhuha, and Tahiyatul Masjid Pray. Not long after doing those things we got ready to go back to the taxi, but unfortunately my husband lose his sandals, while mas radian his fren didn’t lose his sandal, so then we went back to Masjidil Haram with my Husband who didn’t have sandals. I felt so pity to my husband but he told me that it was okay J. Well, We might met the sandal again in the heaven.
Tawaf activities for some reason means a lot of things to me, I was categorized into a super “ale-ale” person which means I would like to give up even when I wasn’t trying my best and push myself to the limit on doing everything. As for a person like me, I would be easily pushed by other person while doing tawaf. So I learned a lot, and I kept doing Dzikir, I kept focus on the situation around me, and I kept watching whether there’s a wheel chair or not behind me, whether there’s a kid or not around me, until I could drive myself safely into the 7th lap. Well it’s look simple but in fact there were so many things that u have to pay attention during doing tawaf specially a “khusyuk” and safe tawaf without being pushed by others.
- The Beautiful Nabawi
I never wondering myself could be in a such beautiful mosque, I love the details about the mosques, all the calligraphies and not to forget that such beautiful Umbrellas.
- City Tour and All Those Warm Feeling
Every time we had a city tour around Madinah and Makkah, The Muthalib and Ustadz always told the story about those historical places. As for me while listening to the story and looking outside was a very unforgettable moment. That moment I just realized all the things that might we heard in the Islamic History was real, it was happened, it really was, and the proofs was uncontested. It’s like the place itself told us its own histories. And my face would be like duck (mewek pengen nangis) all the time couldn’t stop starring at those beautiful histories. Subhanallah.
So finally, after all the journey that I had for these 9 days, all I could say that I do miss this place, even when I was still there. Those Beautiful Mosques, Those God’s Carving All Around The City, Those Holy Feelings, Those Warm Feelings, Those Happy Feelings will be missed. I simply learned a lot about everything here, it helps me a lot to know myself better, it teaches me how human couldn’t do everything without any help of Allah SWT, it makes my faith stronger, it makes me learn how to socialize with hundred thousands of people, it makes me more focus on doing everything, it enriches my knowledge about Islam, and it motivates me to come again and again to Baitullah.