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.
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.
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
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.
21 March 2018