Makkah or Bakkah… 

One early, beautiful morning in Madinah Munawwarah, we departed for Makkah Mukarramah. I cannot recall correctly as to what time we left but we reached Makkah around Asr time. I can remember the heat, and the thirst we experienced! SubhanAllah, looking back now, Allah Ta’ala only helped us through it all. We left for Masjidul Haram  before Maghrib Salaah. We walked towards the Haram and we just entered the floor and the Adhaan echoed through the blessed Masjid! As we entered, people came forward and offered as dates as well as Kahwa (Arabian Coffee). The feeling of brotherhood was amazing, Alhamdulillah. The iftaar was something else…

After performing our Maghrib Salaah, we proceeded to make Tawaaf. As it was Ramadhaan and with the massive crowds, we made Tawaaf on the second floor.

We made tawaaf and we just completed our final round when the Adhaan for Esha Salaah began. What were we surviving on? Zam-Zam. The blessed, most purest of waters…

I remember while making Tawaaf, my cousin told me to look as the Ka’bah came into view… and let me tell you, to describe the feeling, to put into words the emotions I felt at that moment, I cannot do justice to it… it was… brilliant. The noor was so evident subhanAllah.

We performed our Esha Salaah as well as our Taraweeh Salaah and thereafter proceeded for Sa’ee between Safa and Marwa. You can feel the Mercy of Allah around you… You can feel the spirit of Islam… everyone dressed in Ihram, making Sa’ee for one purpose, for One Great Being – Allah Ta’ala.

There is an Arabic saying that says whoever is unable to be present at the Ka’bah, then he should turn his attention to Allah because (Allah says in the Qur’an) He is closer to you than your jugular vein. 

In Ramadhaan, as females it is very difficult to actually make Tawaaf without unnecessary touching from Non Mahrams, so it is preferable to rather not make Tawaaf for us.

Makkah is beautiful. Its so lively…

I remember everytime I would pass the Ka’bah and say there is the Ka’bah in its Glory.. it’s a sight that you cannot explain the feelings that penetrate your heart.

One day in Ramadhaan, we went to the roof to perform Taraweeh as there was no place anywhere else… and subhanAllah, it was very hot… it made me ponder that how our beloved Sahabi Hadhrat Bilal bin Rabah رضي الله عنه would be dragged in the blessed streets of Makkah and despite the heat, he remained steadfast and said Allah is One… 

I can remember so clearly everytime we would complete our Tawaaf, we would walk to the Zam Zam cans and quench ourselves… just imagine, looking at the Ka’bah while drinking the most blessed water on Earth…

On my last day in Makkah Shareef, I went to one worker and I spoke to her. She was from Indonesia. I remember trying to converse with her with the little Arabic that I knew trying to tell her that you are so fortunate.

May Allah reward all the workers of the Haramain Shareefain for all their hard work and cleaning of Allah’s House… Aameen


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