Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hajj live blog: ziyarah in Medina (Oct 25th 2011)

Oct 26th: ziyarah – really fun.

Our group, Afta Tours, had arranged for "Ziyarah" in Medina which is essentially a tour of the historical religious sites in the city. Afta Tours management was really kind to have allowed our friends and their dad to join us in our Ziyarah as their own group's Ziyarah was slightly different from their expectations. We were really impressed by how jovial our group leaders were, the sheikh emphasized on just the right things and told us what was essential to know without over-doing any thinga and the team was really well-managed. 

Uhud spot - The first spot we were taken to was the site of Battle of Uhud. We were told the story and the lesson to be learnt was how important it is to follow your leader and to follow what The Holy Prophet (May peace be upon him prescribed). The battle was lost by Muslims because they failed to follow the instructions of the leader.

Uhud mountain where The Prophet had asked the 40 or 50 of his men to guard

Another view of the Battle of Uhud spot

Masjid ul qiblatain - is the mosque where the announcement for Qibla changing from Jerusalem to Mecca happened. This is why it is called Qiblatain (i.e plural). This place was packed and there were women praying in the direction of Jerusalem, even though it is strictly forbidden to do that and the security women in the mosque were trying hard to keep things orderly. 

Quba Mosque - is the oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were placed by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he migrated from the city of Mecca to Medina. Prophet (pbuh) spent more than 20 nights in this mosque. According to Islamic tradition, offering two rakaʿāt of nafl prayers in the Quba Mosque is equal to performing one Umrah.

Tips for ziyarah
Especially if travelling in hot weather, remember to drink plenty of water throughout your trip. Finally, during Hajj season especially the sites of ziyarah are packed and since when entering the mosques, you will be separated from the men who are travelling with you, make sure you recognize the faces of the women in your group and stick out for each other.

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