How was your Umrah experience
Experience report of my first pilgrimage
The day before I left I was so excited that I could no longer sit, walk or think properly. There was only one thought: Hajj. I couldn't imagine what it would be like at all. When I was with a friend the day before who had already been to Hajj twice, he told me that he was very sad that he could not come to the pilgrimage this year, but I did not (yet) understand why he was so much was sad. Well then I came home and tried to sleep, but I couldn't sleep. I wanted to go to bed early so that I would be fit for the next day. At some point I fell asleep after thinking about it for a long time. When I walked into the airport I still couldn't quite believe what was going to happen. We sat on the plane and said our prayers there. When we arrived in Damascus we had to change trains and then flew to Jidda (a western port city in Saudi Arabia). From there we took the bus to Medina. In between we had to stop to pray the compulsory prayer. We prayed in the open air, in the sun, I mention this because it was one of my best moments on this trip. You felt like in the times of the Prophet (ص) (at least that's how I imagined it), because we didn't have everything with us (e.g. prayer rug or prayer stone, etc.) but we had to be satisfied with what was given there .
Arrival in Medina
When we arrived in Medina in the evening after a long bus ride and saw the Prophet's Mosque and the Janna-tul-Baqi cemetery (there are, among others, Imam Hassan ibn Ali (as), Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (as), Imam Mohammad al- Baqir (a.s.) and Imam Ja'afar as-Sadiq (a.s.) buried), we all said aloud “salawat” (allahumma salli 'ala mohammadin wa ali mohammad). After we had found our accommodation and had put on our “Pakistanis” or “Abayas” (Arabic robes), we went to the Prophet's Mosque and prayed there and recited “Ziyarat”. We stayed there all night until morning prayer. After the early prayer we went to the “al-Baqi '” cemetery and visited part of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (a). One can hardly imagine what it will be like to stand there and read out “Ziyarat”. I can only say of myself that it was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far. To stand there and read “Ziyarat” among all the other believers, with tearful eyes, the rising sun and knowing that you are so close to the pure (as). Just thinking about it makes me cry.
Departure to Mecca
After we said goodbye to the Prophet Mohammad (ص) and the imams of Ahl-ul-Bayt (ع) who were buried there, we drove towards Mecca. Since the aspiration pilgrimage (hajj-ut-tamattu ‘) consists of two acts, namely the pilgrimage ('umrah) and the pilgrimage (hajj), we first had to enter the state of consecration (Ihram), which we then did in the mosque of As-Schadjara (near Medina). From that moment on I felt like a new person because I was consecrated for the first time in my life with the intention of facing Allah, the Most Exalted and Most High. We said a prayer after showering and putting on the prescribed clothing (two robes, an undergarment and an upper garment) and uttering the declaration of readiness (talbiyyah): “Here I am, oh our Allah, here I am, here I am, verily there is no partner of equal value to you, here I am. ”It is also recommended to say the following:“ Here I am, oh our Allah, here I am, truly all thanks are due to you, and the gifts come only from you and yours is the rule and no one is equal to you, here I am. ”(we pronounced this in Arabic, of course). When we arrived in Mecca and put our suitcases in our accommodation, we couldn't wait to get to the place of worship. Now Jihad al-Nafs (the fight with his ego) started, because in the state of consecration (Ihram) a lot of things are forbidden, such as looking in the mirror, perfuming oneself, putting on what is the whole of the back of the foot covered (for men only), cutting fingernails or removing body hair. Of course, these are not all of the forbidden acts in the state of ordination, but only a small part. But why Jihad al-Nafs: First, because of the many forbidden acts, some of which are day-to-day activities, such as showering with perfumed shampoo, which is also forbidden in the state of consecration, which one must be careful not to do, and secondly, it is one A journey that is exclusively dedicated to the memory of Allah the Most High and Most High, on which one must of course also exert oneself and persevere. For example, the heat plays a major role in making you feel uncomfortable, but you always have to keep in mind what it will be like on Judgment Day. The first time I entered the "House of God" and saw the Ka'aba (the black stone), I felt like I was in a dream. You only ever saw something like that on TV or in pictures and then suddenly you stood right in front of it. I find it very difficult to explain this moment. Now we did Tawaf for the first time (circling the Ka'aba seven times). It was very crowded and cramped at the tawaf. We were literally pressed together and of course it got very hot. But Allah (swt) is kind, always in the same place, namely exactly on the opposite side of the entrance of the Ka'aba, a fresh and cool breeze came, which gave us new strength every time. The supplications (dua’a) that we read while circling were also very nice. It was also admirable to see that many older people made it as if they were strong young people, mashallah. After circling, we performed the ritual circling prayer, being sure to read the prayer correctly. Sometimes we only had the chance to offer the prayer after the circling by waiting for one to finish the prayer until we could get there. Then it went on to "hurry" (sa’i) between Safa and Marwa (these are two hills in the immediate vicinity of the house of God). It was also very crowded. It was very nice to read out the supplications and to see people reciting the Quran on the hill. Then it was time to shorten (taqsir), where you cut off only a small part of the hair or some of the toenails / fingernails. With that we were finished with the aspiration pilgrimage ('umrat-ut-tamattu').
The aspiration pilgrimage (hajj-ut-tamattu ‘) begins with the state of consecration from Mecca. We then stayed in Arafat (mountain near Mecca). We arrived in the evening and stayed in a kind of tent. It was very nice because that night some of us spent in prayer and supplication. We got up early to pray. The call to prayer (adhan) could be heard in the tents. We performed early prayer in community. Afterwards the Sheikh read the "Dua’a Sabah" (supplication in the morning). It was really a beautiful moment, because we prayed in the wild with our robes (according to the ordinance in the state of consecration) and looked for stones to prostrate on them. During the day there were many supplications until evening. Then we drove on to Al-Mash’ar-ul-Haram (known as Muzdalifah) and stayed there for the night. We then did the early prayer and then walked (approx. 8 km) to Mina to throw at the rock of Aqaba (there are three rocks that have to be thrown at, this is the largest rock). It was so crowded that you could only take small steps on the way there. When we got to the rock, the devil was playing with one, because the three rocks symbolize the devil (Allah keep us from him). You have to throw seven stones (which must meet certain requirements) at the rocks, but on this day we only had to throw the largest. It was really very difficult in three ways: 1. the devil makes you fear, but these go away with sayings (audhu billah min al-shaitan = God save us from the devil); 2. On this day we wore the Ihram robes and were not allowed to wear shoes (there are a lot of stones on the ground that are pointed); 3. you have to watch out for the flying stones. I don't want to scare anyone here, really nobody has to be. I only advise anyone who has to throw the rocks at the certain number of stones, e.g. eight or nine, because you may not hit, take it in your hand and not in the form of a large bag or in your pocket to have. There are so many stones that are flying around, one thinks that one cannot see which one is his, but nothing like that, Allah (swt) makes it possible for us to see each of our thrown stones, among the hundreds that fly around there. After we finished, an animal was sacrificed (in Mina) (e.g. a camel or a sheep). And the complete cutting or shortening of the hair was also compulsory. The night of the 11th of the pilgrimage month (Dhul Hijja) we had to stay in Mina. There is a mosque in which we prayed and later we read supplications and Ziyarat. On the 11th day we had to throw at the three rocks (in Mina) and the night on the 12th we had to stay in Mina again and on the 12th day it was again compulsory to throw at the three rocks. Then there are five more duties in holy Mecca, namely first circling for pilgrimage (tawaf-ul-hajj), second, the ritual prayer of circling, third, rushing between Safa and Marwa, fourth, circling for women (tawwaf-un- nissa ') and fifth the ritual prayer of circling (because of women). So we were done with the duties of pilgrimage (hajj). Later we climbed the mountain of light (jabbal al-nur, the mountain on which the prophet Mohammad got the revelation).
In this humble experience report of my first pilgrimage, of course, I was not able to capture everything that we experienced in the Hajj, I do not want that either, because I leave that to the person who goes there himself. I can only say one thing and that is to get addicted to the Hajj. At the beginning of the report I said that my friend was very sad that he could not go on the pilgrimage. I can understand him now.
I recommend everyone who wants to go on the pilgrimage to take a scarf and a sweater with them, because it is very hot during the day and very cold at night. Otherwise you get a sore throat very quickly. You should take sturdy shoes with you, on the one hand for throwing at the rocks and on the other hand if you want to climb the mountain of light.
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