Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Umrah Awwal? Na'am...

'Umrah awwal?' Saudi immigration officer's question to me. Terkelu sekejap, nasib baik masih ada saki baki ingatan belajar bahasa arab (Umrah pertama?).
'Na'am (yes),' perghh gedik sekejap rasa, menjawab dalam bahasa arab walau seciput itu. Tekaaan sikit 'ain tu...hohoho. Dah lama berhajat nak buat Umrah. Dah lama brainwash husband. Our turn for Hajj is supposed to be in 2017, with registration done back in 2007. Wanted to do Umrah first for familiarity, so that we would not feel overwhelmed during Haji. Akhirnya sampai juga kami ke Tanah Suci for umrah, 14-23 Nov 2016 via Tabung Haji Travel.
Photos : Masjid Nabawi and its gorgeous umbrellas, Kaabah post tawaf, Sa'ei and Bukit Marwah

We brought my mom in law. Earlier we thought to bring the kids and bibik along. was a wise decision not to do so. Nak uruskan diri sendiri pun agak terkocoh2, nak kisah kan my MIL lagi. I knew MIL will slow us down, I kind of expected we will end up using wheel chair (which we did). With the kids in tow, it would be more challenging.
Umrah went well Alhamdulillah. Nak dijadikan cerita, my mom texted me while we were in Madinah- both of us received Haji 2017 offer letter. Syukur ya Allah.

Photos : Indicative distance walked (iPhone Health app) and Tawaf (Runkeeper app). Sempat lagi tuu merekod...ahahahah.

We stayed in Madinah until 17th, Hotel Anwar Al Madinah Movenpick which was close to Masjid Nabawi. In Mekkah, we stayed in Hotel AlShohada which was almost 1KM away to Masjidil Haram, hence the longer distance recorded from 18th onwards.
We opted for muassasah for our Hajj. Hotel would be even further away from Masjidil Haram. So have to be mentally and physically prepared from now on. 

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