Alhamdulillah (thank you to Allah) the Powerful, most Gracious and most Merciful – that had given me (and more chances to my beloved mum) a chance to perform Umrah (the visit – in arabic is ‘I’timaar’) in the Holy City of Mecca / Makkah in Saudi Arabia, which distance is around 6981km from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
The trip started back in 1st April 2013 and we were safely back in Malaysia on the 13th according to schedule. It was a wonderful, educational, and all around … (words just couldn’t describe the joyful feeling that I had) experience – especially given the opportunity to set my foot on the Holy Land, and seeing the muslim Qibla / Kiblah / Qiblat which is the Sacred House of Kaaba up close and personal (I wanted to say with my two own eyes, but the eyes are not mine – just borrowed items by Allah) :)
My post is all about the experience, some tips and advices for those who are going there. If you are searching for Dua’s (doa / invocation) or religious guidance on how to perform Umrah – then these sites below will probably be more useful and specific to your needs. Please bare in mind that I am not responsible for the content. If you are unsure, consult those who knows.
> HOW TO PERFORM UMRAH <
> STEP BY STEP UMRAH GUIDE <
> A GREAT SLIDE STEP BY STEP TO HOLY UMRAH GUIDE (I think this is good) <
What I will cover is in terms of physical (and maybe some mental) preparation, tips, and guidance when you are there (be in the city of Madinah or Mecca itself), what are the things you should and should not bring along, the do and don’t – to hope that you will have a comforting, safe and pleasant journey so that you can concentrate more on doing ibada (or worship) instead of thinking (or even complaining!) about this and that.
For those who are going there, I hope that my post will provide you with supplementary tips and advice – and for those who have plans (or even those who don’t!) may have a better insight and preparation before you are invited by Allah to His Holy Land. Where “The best is to share, not to keep!” – I neato4u hope that this post will be of benefit, at least to a few out there :)
Enough with the lengthy introduction – let’s move on to our first part of this Part 1 of “I have no idea how many” (God knows!) first chapter – “PREPARATION” where we will cover these topics below :
- THE MENTAL PREPARATION BEFORE PERFORMING UMRAH
- LEARN THEORY, AND DO A MOCK PRACTICAL
- THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING (AND NOT).
My writing will be a bit different than the rest of Umrah / Hajj guide out there, so come on in and have a read!
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