Part 1, Our Umrah:  Opening friendship opportunities

Part 1, Our Umrah:
Opening friendship opportunities

Recently, a group of 46 people went for Umrah (minor pilgrimage to Islam’s Holy Land). Unlike the Haj (major pilgrimage) which is held annually during the Haj period of the Islamic calendar, Umrah can be performed at any time of the year.

Umrah can only be performed in Makkah (Mecca) but pilgrims would not miss the opportunity to visit Madinah (Medina) as well either during their Umrah (minor pilgrimage) or Haj (major pilgrimage) undertaking.

The group went for our Umrah with TM Fouzy Travel and Tours Singapore from 28 February to 12 March.

A memory photo taken against the backdrop of Masjid Sayyid al-Shuhada near Mount Uhud in Madinah. The mosque was built in honour of Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib, Prophet Muhammad’s uncle, who was martyred, together with 70 other warriors,  in the Battle of Uhud that took place in this area in 3 Hijrah (or in the year 624).

The journey to the centre of the Islam was exceptional in many ways with spiritual gains as well as friendship gains. The people in the group took the journey not knowing other individual members or family members but returned with deepened friendship.

The following photos shows all the members in the group. The photos were taken in our hotels, in the mosques and during our visits to places of interest and Islamic history in and around Madinah and Makkah.

From right, Kadir, the blog writer; Khalid and Nuddeen, our guide and officer from TM Fouzy Travel and Tours Singapore.

Zayd, the youngest Umrah participant: A happy and cheerful 4-year old who is the son of pilgrims Juliarti and Zailani.

From left, Asmali and A. Rahman.

Sarimah and her husband, Zaidi; and Hairani and her mother, Siti Sawiyam.

Hairani enjoying the panoramic view of the surrounding from atop Jabal Nur (Mountain of Light).

Ms Hairani Osman, who joined the Umrah group with her mother, Mdm Siti Sawiyam, found the  members in the friendly and enthusiastic. “Alhamdulillah, the whole Umrah experience was an eye opener for me. I’m blessed with having a happy, close-knit group of people who are friendly and helpful. We do make friends easily during the Umrah as the Holy Land is overwhelmingly crowded with pilgrims from all over the world.

First of all, my mother and I were fortunate to have Irwan as our mahram. Together with his wife, Sabariah, they always ensured that both of us are comfortable during our entire spiritual journey.

The trip up Jabal Nur to see the Hira Cave where our prophet, Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, received his first Revelation, was definitely unforgettable. The encouragement and tips given by the younger friends in the group were definitely helpful.

The whole trip is something I will always remember. I cherish the friendship gained during this Umrah trip.” – Hairani Bte Osman

Irwan and his wife, Sabariah; and Nadiah and her husband, Fadhli. The mosque seen in the first photo is Masjid Quba, the first mosque built – now rebuilt and enlarged – by Prophet Muhammad on his way to Madinah during his Hijrah (migration from Makkah to Madinah).

Aizuddin and his wife, Nurlyana at the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid Nabawi).

Zumrah, Mariyah and Sabariah.

Zahara, Hamidah and Azman in ihram in a coach on the way to Makkah for our Umrah.

Rahman, Rohayah, Rohani and Ibrahim in the huge compound of Masjid Nabawi where huge “umbrellas” automatically open in the afternoon to provide shade to the pilgrims who perform their solat (prayers) there when the mosque is full.

Suhaidah, Shahril, Suzana and Kamesa in the compound of Masjid Nabawi.

Bahron, Norrizah, Jaiton, Katmeaton and Ishak at our hotel lobby, Hotel Taibah in Madinah.

Suyati, Kassim, Zayd (boy), Juliarti and Zailani at Masjid Nabawi.

Selamat, Saadiah, Zaiton, Sariah, Yati and Abdul Samad at Changi Airport before leaving for Madinah on 28 February 2018.

Khairon and her husband, Kadir, at the entrance of a date plantation office in Madinah where the group visited to see date trees at close range.

The visit to Islam’s Holy Land brings Muslims from different lands and cultures closer to one another, strengthening universal brotherhood of Islam. The pilgrim becomes more aware that all human beings, rich or poor, rulers or followers, are equal before God. He makes new friends from the others parts of one’s own country as well as from other countries.

Though we have returned home, the members in the group are keeping contact in strengthening our friendship via the WhatsApp platform.

“Part 2, Our Umrah: The pleasantness of Masjid Nabawi” will be featured soon.

Shaik Kadir
21 March 2018

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1 Response to Part 1, Our Umrah:  Opening friendship opportunities

  1. Ain says:

    Umrah mabrur to all participants. InsyaAllah. Salaam.

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