First of all Ramadan Mubarak !
I always end up missing Gergion but it’s ok, there’s always next year…. or is there?
My husband and I flew to Makkah last week to make Umrah. Alhamdu lillah I hope all Muslims on this earth are able to make Umrah or Hajj once in their lifetime. We landed in Jeddah and drove to Makkah.
By the way, I highly suggest that you take a taxi, careem or Uber to Makkah because if you rent a car you will be stuck at the checkpoint as they don’t allow rentals in Makkah. We took Careem, it was fast, friendly and efficient.
Once we got into Makkah, we checked into our hotel room. We stayed in Al Kiswah Towers, it doesn’t have direct access to the Masjid Al Haram but they do provide loads of busses that can take you any time of the day. The hotel was really nice inside and the service was great. We had a view of the city of Makkah.
The hotels right by the masjid are very expensive but the again you have foot access to the masjid. Our cost was about 700 riyals.
We decided to make Umrah after Asr. Luckily we were Inside most of the time because me, fasting, and heat don’t do well together.
As soon as I entered the masjid, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. The view was beyond spectacular. It is actually indescribable.
It’s amazing how so many people from different countries can come together in peace under one roof. This is the Ummah that we all strive for.
We walked around the Kabba 7 times and then back and forth from Staffa and Marwa 7 times.
By the end of the day, my calves and feet were killing me. Thai goes to show that I am very unfit.
We went back to the hotel after Maghreb and had amazing Indian takeout that was plentiful for only 50 riyals.
The next day, which was Thursday, we slept in, rested, and went to the masjid around asr to pray and then did some shopping at the clock tower mall.
We broke our fast at the masjid and I was crazy as to say that I wanted to go back to the mall and get Starbucks. There were SOOOO many people on the grounds that that time, shoulder to shoulder. We finally got to Starbucks and thank God that I did because that coffee was soo good it helped me stay up all night so that we could catch our plane the next morning.
It was an unforgettable experience but there is one thing that bothered me a bit. People would bring their small children, even babies and make Umrah. Ma Shaa allah they will be rewarded for that but for me, I could never do that, it was hard enough to even walk through the crowds of people and I could see those children having to suffer holding on tightly so they wouldn’t get lost. I would wait until my kids are at least double digits to make Umrah with them. That’s just me and my opinion. Everyone is different.
I would like to know your Umrah story, comment below and share your experience.
This is Makkah many years ago…
Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.