Hi my beautiful friends,
I am so excited to write this post and share my Umrah experience with y’all. For all of my non-Muslim readers, Umrah is a pilgrimage that we make to Mecca and it’s like a mini version of Hajj, made at anytime during the year. If you want to learn more about what Umrah is, and what the pilgrimage is in depth, you can read all about it here:https://www.thoughtco.com/umrah-2004449
It was my first Umrah and my experience was beyond amazing, not only was it humbling but I learned so much about the religion of Islam, about the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)’s family, and so much history too. I gained a lot of spiritual strength, and a lot of insight into the importance of worship and the grace that it should be performed with.
Our journey started in Medina, where the Prophet (PBUH)’s Mosque, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi is located. We spent 2 days in Medina, & then in Mecca we visited Mina (where the people who perform Hajj stay for 3 days), saw Ghar e Hera (Jabl – e – Noor), & the Mount Arafat. Along with these sites we visited various sites where several wars took place that held a prominence in Islam, and even saw the first Mosque of Islam, the first Mosque where the importance of Friday prayer was revealed, and more. You can see all these sites on my Instagram highlights under "travel"
Medina was absolutely beautiful, so serene and to step on the same land that the Prophet (PBUH) stepped on was an honor in itself. After 2 days in Medina we headed to Mecca
Mecca is of great significance in Islam because this is where the Prophet (PBUH) was born, where the Holy Quran was revealed, & where the Kaaba is, or the House of Allah SWT. Mecca is the holiest site in Islam, therefore Muslims are to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime if permissible to perform Hajj. Umrah is basically a mini Hajj, so that’s what I performed. Also, only Muslims are allowed in Mecca, and all Muslims around the world direct their daily prayer towards the Kaaba, no matter where they are in the world. So imagine, being in front of the Kaaba, where we spend 5 times a day everyday in our lives praying towards, so actually praying in front of the Kaaba is a feeling unlike any other.
We spent 5 days in Mecca, and I had the blessing of performing Umrah on my Islamic birthday so it was a little more special for me! Being in a place where there’s no rich or poor, no difference between you and the stranger next to you, it was the most amazing feeling. Not only that, but to look at the Kaaba and know all of your prayers are coming true, everything you’re wishing for is coming true, it was something I can’t even put into words. It truly shows that in the eyes of God you are not different from anyone else in the world, no matter what.
My experience was absolutely amazing, I was able to perform my Umrah with a lot of ease and I am so grateful for that. I cant express the feeling you get when you see the Kaaba for the first time, my jaw literally dropped. It’s the most beautiful place on earth by far, and I can’t wait to go back again one day iA. I am beyond thankful and blessed that Allah SWT called me to His home, and I pray that all of you who are yearning to visit the Kaaba and go to Mecca are able to one day iA iA and that Allah SWT calls you to His home too, thank you all for reading! If you want to see highlights of my trip, I have snapped a lot of my trip on my Instagram under my "travel" highlights on my profile so you can go have a look there!
Stay tuned for the second leg of my trip, Dubai coming up next!