Last year, I got the blessed opportunity to visit Medina during my first-ever Umrah journey. I have been sharing important information related to Hajj and Umrah traveling as a writer. However, visiting these places myself, relishing the excitement, and basking in the spiritual ecstasy of this holy place is another experience altogether. I have already shared interesting details about my first time arriving in Makkah for Umrah which intending pilgrims can read here. In this article, I’ll share my experience of visiting Medina which will be interesting to read.
Arriving in Medina
We headed to Medina on the 25th of November and it was a four-hour journey. I was sitting with my aunt (father’s sister) and she told me to look for the Minarets and the tomb of Masjid-e-Nabawi S.A.W as we approached the hotel. At last, we could see the minarets and the tomb, and every pilgrim on the bus started reciting the durood in a loud voice while getting emotional. We headed to Hotel Arjawan-al-Medina which is close to the mosque and freshen up.
There is one thing I would share that might help readers. If you arrive early, often the hotel management offers a large room for eight people instead of giving separate rooms for four to five people. Families with more than five people can live in large rooms that look stunning but only have one bath. Hence, each person would have to wait longer with the number of people increasing in a single room. So, consider your choice keeping this factor in mind.
Visiting the Prophet’s Mosque
The first time we arrived at Masjid-e-Nabawi S.A.W, it was emotional to witness the beauty of the whole mosque. It is indeed a spiritually uplifting experience in which every pilgrim rejoices till he comes again. We headed straight to pay a visit to the gravesite of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H and his holy companions. Hundreds of people were gathered inside the hall and people were paying their respects and reciting the durood in a loud voice. I also passed through their gravesites and said salaam on my behalf and other people who requested me to pay their salaam to the Holy Prophet P.B.U.H.
It was an emotional experience visiting the gravesite. I saw one person getting out of the hall backways while bowing his head and moving his hands like slaves used to do to pay respect to the king. After getting out of the hall, I saw a nearly six-foot and 5-inch-tall person with a long black beard crying like a baby. This sums up the incredibly emotional experience that uplifts the thirsty souls of pilgrims. The tears represent the happiness of the soul. The more the soul will be happy visiting such a holy place, the more tears will fall out. This is the water that a Muslim’s soul is drenched in, that wipes out his sins and gets Him close to Allah and His Prophet P.B.U.H.
The only sad part of the whole trip for me was that I couldn’t visit Riyad-al-Jannah. My mobile didn’t have storage for installing the Nusuk application so my brother used his application to make my profile. The problem was that instead of giving me his phone, he shared the screenshot and deleted the application. When I showed the screenshot to the guards, they rejected and they did the same to several other people showing screenshots. Nothing could be done as we had to leave in the morning. So, I just sat inside the mosque and read the Quran for three hours which gave me some relief. I shared this experience so the readers can prepare as per the latest rules, for visiting Riyad-al-Jannah.
Visiting Holy Sites in Medina
We booked a bus tour to the holy sites in Medina and it was another soul uplifting experience. Visiting the site of Uhud where the second war of Islam took place was emotional. Witnessing the gravesites of the martyrs of Uhud especially Hazrat Hamza R.A. reminds us of their great sacrifices for the rise of Islam. Hazrat Hamza R.A was the uncle of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. The Prophet P.B.U.H. got emotional on His uncle’s martyrdom. The mountain where the arrow-men stood and the Uhud mountain itself which opened for the Holy Prophet P.B.U.H give Muslims a perspective.
We visited and prayed in Quba & Qiblatein Mosques which are important sites in Islamic history. Quba is the first mosque of Islam while Qiblatain is the mosque where the the direction of prayer changed from Bait-al-Maqdas to Ka’abah.
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