Most memorable moments of my life
By: Faritha Mehaboob
First person account of travel to Mecca for performing Umrah for the first time. This article was written by Faritha Mehaboob for The Desert Times dated 27 Nov 1997.
August 10 is the most unforgettable day in my life. Million thanks to Allah for giving me the chance to perform Umrah. Also thanks to Allah for giving me such a wonderful husband.
Mehaboob and I started from our house on 9 August afternoon. We offered our Asar and Kaser prayer in a mosque near our travel agency. Our bus was quite comfortable. We are very satisfied with our bus. During the journey we started studying some Islamic books about Umrah. I had many doubts about Umrah, and Mehaboob cleared all my doubts and informed me lot of things about Mecca and Medina. He has visited Mecca about 8 times. He has even performed Hajj.
Within half an hour after we started, I don’t know what Mehaboob felt in his mind – and what attracted him, he said: “I am very lucky to have wife like you. I thank Allah to have you Faritha”. For few seconds I felt like crying. I controlled myself and felt very happy. This is one of my heartiest desires to hear such words from Mehaboob. I am truly grateful to Allah.
Al Masjid Al Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Al Masjid Al Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Then around 8:30 p.m. the bus stopped in front of a small hotel for Isha prayers and dinner. There, we met one family from Hyderabad. In five minutes we felt as if we have meet since long time ago. We both become thickest friends. They are three people – husband, wife and wife’s mother. They offered us dinner. We all had very nice time together. We purchased some food items and again the journey started. After a non-stop long travel, our bus reached the place called Taif at 3 a.m. I am new to do all the formalities and prayers – our new family friends guided me.
Thanks to Allah that we met such great persons and became friends. From ladies side we finished our prayers and waited near our bus. After few minutes Mehaboob also joined us and again our journey resumed towards Mecca.
At sharp 4:30 a.m. we reached Mecca. Our bus stopped opposite to the Holy Mecca Mosque. Our lodge was just opposite to the Grand Mosque. Hurriedly we settled our bags in our room, as it was time for Fajr prayer. First time when I saw the holy Kabah, the Fajr Azaan started. And it was the most unforgettable scene of my life – seeing the holy Kabah with Allah-o-Akbar sound echoing all around. I could not able to control my tears.
My heart was filled with such feelings that I can’t express it in words. All my tiredness of the travel and body pain was all gone. Mehaboob is holding my hand and we carefully reading the ayats. In front of the Kabah we our Morning Prayers and immediately afterwards started our Umrah. I have found the atmosphere unexpectedly very peaceful, clean and neat. The whole day of Thursday and half day of Friday we spent performing Tawaaf and lot of prayers. May Allah bless all of us – all the time!
I enjoyed the Zam Zam water, during Saaee, walking from Safa to Marwa – also I don’t feel like any tiredness or hungry because it was my pregnancy time. I prayed a lot in front of the holy Kabah for the welfare of my family members, relatives and friends etc. I read Quran. I did separate Tawaaf on behalf of my father and mother. Mehaboob did for his parents. At the Tawaaf, I found the complete unity of Muslims from around the world. May Allah bless us all...!
Actually I don’t feel like coming back to Riyadh. But we have to return – no other way! On 11 August 1997, Friday, after we finished our Jummah Namaz (Friday prayers) we returned to Riyadh. I felt all my co-passengers in the bus were all family members. By the grace of God we reached home safely after performing my first umrah. These two days will remain my most memorable moments of my life.
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