Friday, October 28, 2011

Hajj live blog: Umrah (Oct 28th 2011)

October 28th 2011 - flight to Mecca and Umrah

We said our Jumuah prayers in Masjid-e-Nabwi Medina, put on our ehraam and left for Mecca. It was brilliant, we had no idea but the flight we got was a chartered flight and we were the only ones on board. It felt quite VIP and brought smiles on our faces.

We reached Mecca at about 9 at night or so and again were warned of being stuck for hours in the airport. I guess we were lucky we ended up at local airports and not Hajj terminals. It was like walking out of a lounge. Not a single security check, and no one to stop us. We literally just walked out of the airport - Alhamdulillah.

Next we had heard of being stopped at check points i.e our buses en route to hotel. We were rather lucky there too as not a single check point stopped us and we ended up in record time in our hotel. Our stay is at Fairmont hotel which was amazing! It's the clock tower right opposite the Haram Sharif.  We are lucky to have ended up here as this was not part of our original package.

Over the next few days our challenge became not to over-indulge in the VIPness of the hotel and lose focus from the real purpose. Umrah was in the middle of the night and really easy Alhamdulillah and we were able to come out of ehraam before breakfast the following day.

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