Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 7

The Day of Hajj 1443H, finally! I don’t have enough words to describe the previous night, or this morning, or the time till this afternoon. All I can say is, it can only be felt, it can only be experienced once you are in the magical lands of Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat. It’s time for…

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 6

Today is our first day of Hajj, first day at Mina tents. I always wondered what it would feel like to live in tents. Surreal, that’s how. I have lots of memories of this day, but nothing to show of it. I never even thought about clicking any picture. These five days are the most…

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 5

Today, we will start our journey from Makkah to Mina. This is going to be fun and exciting, I hope. May Allah bless us with strength to do our best during these five days of Hajj 1433H. Amen. Shabana Mukhtar

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 4

So, Umrah is done, and we are told to rest. The group organizers want us to save our energies for the strenuous 5 days of Hajj 1443 ahead of us. I think they are right. Besides, I want to prepare for those 5 days. No matter how many times you read the books and notes…

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 3

Day 3: Makkah Outside our hotel. It’s quite far from Al Masjid Al Haram ( ~2.5 kilometers). Just look at the view. I think since it’s related to Makakh, everything looks beautiful. Day 3: Haram Shareef And the view from ground floor. It was just me and sis, my brother had separated from us and…

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 2 Part 2

After getting our luggage and settling in our room, we learn that the group will take us for Umrah post lunch. A wait of 6 hours at least… Who could wait for that long to be in Haram-e-Makkah? We headed out on our own and took a cab to Haram. The cab dropped us about…

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 2

Day 2: Up in the Air Day 2 had begun even before we boarded the flight. Yeah, you guessed it right. The flight was delayed by two and a half hours. The food was yummy, and few people were awake to eat it. I was one of the “chatorey” people who ate dinner. Day 2:…

Hajj 2022 Memories | Day 1

Day 1 Day 1: Nagpur Alhamdulillah! All the praises to the Almighty, the Exalted. Our flight has taken to the sky. The view from the window is always so breathtaking beautiful. ­ And this: Or this     Why is it that a picture taken from the airplane is never the same as the sight…

Umrah Diaries | Funny Anecdotes #2

January 23, 2020 Shakeeb and I were looking for a shared cab to Masjid e Quba to offer two rakats nafl which is said to be equivalent of one maqbool Umrah. One elderly couple seemed to have forgotten their hotel name and recklessly asked every cab to drop them to their hotel. Poor couple! So,…

Umrah Diaries | Funny Anecdotes #1

24th January  2020 In Madina, most of the guests of the hotel remained seated in the lobby through the day and night as that was the only area with internet access – free WiFi. So was I, on this eventful afternoon. A woman walks to me when I was drafting Day 12 post. She handed…

Umrah Diaries | Day 18 | End of Spiritual Journey

30th January 2020 I’m back to work and the spiritual journey has just ended. Even though I reached Nagpur yesterday, the change didn’t hit me until now, as I am sitting at my desk trying to recall whatever it is that I used to do. Coding is something that I have done all my life….

Umrah Diaries | Day 17 | The Day Of Return

29th January 2020 Jeddah Airport It is so hectic, I can’t even. One thing I liked about Jeddah airport is that all the sections for international flights are interconnected with minimal walking distance. We got our boarding passes in 45 minutes, and headed to the immigration counter. Security check happened before that. Immigration was next…

Umrah Diaries | Day 16

28th January 2019 Today is the last day of my first spiritual journey and we are leaving Medina in a few minutes now. Our flight is from Jeddah Airport. When we began this journey, we stayed awake all night. Today is no different. I hope to visit this place again, and soon. Prayers and love…

Umrah Diaries | Day 15

27th January 2020 We offered Fajr at room. It was too late to go to masjid. Today, we have planned to spend some time at Al Masjid Al Nabawi. It is our last day here at Madina. We start tomorrow morning for Jeddah. After Breakfast, we took a cab to Quba. It was funny to…

Umrah Diaries | Day 14

26th January, 2020 We couldn’t go to Quba today. The day started a bit late. Shakeeb and I went shopping. It was quite tiring. Madina is very cold. I just feel like sitting in my bed wrapped in the blanket and just never step out. My infected finger is troubling me as well. The day…

Umrah Diaries | Day 13

25th January, 2020 We toured two nearby markets for a new travel bag and abayas etc. Zilch! We liked one bag but the shopkeeper was too arrogant and he started to shout at us for no reason. I walked out of the shop, vowing to not buy a bag instead. As for abaya and prayer…

Umrah Diaries | Day 12 | Juma Mubarak

24th January 2020 Juma Mubarak! I haven’t been posting daily as I had hoped, thanks to lack of time and internet. However, there are a few things you must bring if you’re planning for Umrah in January 2020 or next couple of months. I will post separately about “things to pack” but please, oh, please,…

Umrah Diaries | Day 11

23rd January, 2020 Sainji isn’t keeping well. We had quite a blast today. Post lunch we spent ten minutes and 220 riyals to buy 10 kilogrammes of Ajwa Khajoor. For those who want to say they got it for less, fret not. Quality matters when it comes to Ajwa and prices are always subjective. Shabana…

Umrah Diaries | Day 10

22th January 2020 Today is Ziyarat day… But I am least excited. I like all the historical places we watch but that wait is just not worth it. The more the number of people going, the more we have to wait and coordinate. And people shamelessly stop got shopping and go missing only to return…

Umrah Diaries | Day 9

21st January 2020 We arrived at 9:15 PM yesterday. We ate, prayed and slept. That’s pretty much the entire routine of every single day. Isn’t it amazing? Life’s become so easy. Being unaware about namaaz timings caused us one Jamaat in Al Masjid Al Nabawi. I got up at 5:31 AM, confident that we missed…