I’m back! Sorry to keep you waiting..
So, after the Dead Sea visit, our tour bus brought us to Prophet Musa A.S mosque and shrine, which is situated nearby. It’s a small an old mosque on top of a hill, in a middle of a desert. This is the picture of the inside of the mosque but outside of the pray area.
We performed jama’ solat for Maghrib and Isya’ there..
This is the praying area for women..
And this is the maqam of Prophet Musa A.S. inside the mosque. This tomb is almost 15 feet long, MasyaAllah.. He must be really really tall..
The next day, we visited Al-Aqsa mosque for the first time!! But we didn’t go straight to the mosque. Our tour guide brought us around Jerusalem town.
This picture was taken from the Mount of Olives. Can you see the grayish-almost-black dome behind us, that is the Al-Aqsa Mosque dome. The Dome of Rock Mosque’s dome is gold in colour, is actually behind Bella. (Sorry!)
And this is a donkey
And finally we are here! That is the Dome of Rock Mosque.
Both Dome of Rock Mosque and Al-Aqsa Mosque is situated in the same compound, called Al-Aqsa. They are about less that a kilometer in distance, and they share the same compound.
This is the inner view of the golden dome of Dome of Rock. It’s under construction. Just imagine the beauty of the calligraphy of these ayat. MasyaAllah.. And the golden dome (as seen from outside) was built exactly above the hanging rock where Prophet Muhammad S.A.W travelled from earth during Isra’ Mikraj.
This is a picture of inside the mosque, it’s almost like a hexagon in shape to my eyes. And the ladies will pray inside this mosque for Friday prayer while the men will pray in Al-Aqsa, sharing the same imam from Al-Aqsa mosque. At other times, both men and women can pray in this mosque at any time.
This is a small corner in the mosque (I don’t know what it’s called) where you can put your hands inside the hole in the window to touch the hanging rock that Rasullullah S.A.W stepped on his way to Isra’ Mikraj.
In that small hole, you can touch the part of the hanging rock..
This area is build right underneath the hanging rock in the middle of the mosque. It’s a very small area where you can sit and pray, maybe for about 30 people at a time. Do you see the rock behind me that serves a the roof of the underground area? That is part of the hanging rock. MasyaAllah.My husband is standing right in the middle of pray area underneath the rock. I put up a picture without flash so you can imagine the real environment there.
Outside the Dome of Rock mosque, there’s a place where according to local people, that is the place where Prophet Khaidir A.S always performed his prayers as shown in the photo above. Wallahualam..
Abu Dharr RA reported that he asked the Prophet SAW, “O Messenger of Allah, which Masjid was built first on earth”? The Prophet SAW replied, “The Sacred Masjid of Makkah”. Abu Dharr RA again asked, “Which was next”? The Prophet SAW said, “Masjid Al-Aqsa”. Abu Dharr RA further asked, “How long was the period between the building of the two Masjids”? The Prophet SAW said, “Forty years”. Apart from these, offer your prayer anywhere when it is time to pray, although excellence is in praying in these Masjids”. (Bukhari)
Another hadith on Al-Aqsa Mosque..
Abu Hurairah RA relates that the Prophet SAW said, “You should not undertake a special journey to visit any place other than the following three Masjids with the expectations of getting greater reward: the Sacred Masjid of Makkah (Ka’bah), this Masjid of mine (the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah), and Masjid Al-Aqsa (of Jerusalem)”. (Muslim, Bukhari, Abu Dawud)
Anas Ibn Malik RA relates that the Prophet SAW said, ” The prayer of a person in his house is a single prayer; his prayer in the Masjid of his people has the reward of 27 prayers; his prayer in the Masjid in which the Friday prayer is observed has the reward of 500; his prayer in Masjid Al-Aqsa has a reward of 5,000 prayers; his prayer in my Masjid (the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah) has a reward of 50,000 prayers, and the prayer in the Sacred Masjid (Ka’bah) has the reward of 100,000 prayers”. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
Do you know Al-Aqsa Mosque was our first kiblat for 17 months before Allah ordered Prophet Muhammad SAW to turn his kiblat to Kaabah while he was performing solat at Qiblateen Mosque in Madinah.
Now let see the Al-Aqsa mosque..
Can you see the grey blackish dome behind us? That is the Al-Aqsa mosque, we were standing at the Dome of Rock compound still. You just have to go down a few more steps and you are already at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Here’s the main entrance of the mosque..
This is the wudhu’ area exactly in front of the mosque..
And again here’s the compound facing Dome of Rock Mosque. Can you see the golden dome?
That is Bella and Tasha playing with the Palestinian girls at the compound of Al-Aqsa while waiting for Maghrib prayer.
Here’s the inside of the mosque..
Alhamdulillah we managed to performed solat in Al-Aqsa every time we got the chance to, even for Subuh. We just dragged Bella and Tasha along with us. Bella with daddy and Tasha stayed with me. I just put Tasha on the floor while performing my prayers. And to my surprise, she didn’t cry!! Of course I make sure I changed her diapers and feed her before solat! Haha.. She just golek-golek on the floor next to the pillars.
Glad I get to share some of the mosques’ pictures with all of you. I hope with these picture, at least you can imagine how it’s look like inside both mosques. I have a few more pictures from our trip. InsyaAllah there will be Part III coming soon..
We’ve arrived safely from our Jerusalem trip yesterday. Both my girls are sleeping, my husband is already in JB for an event and here I am, blogging while doing my laundry! Haha..
Over all, it was an amazing trip. I heard a lot of stories about Muslim people and Muslim tourists not allowed to go into Al-Aqsa mosque by the Israeli but alhamdullilah, our group was well taken care of by our agent there.
To be honest, I didn’t really paying attention to the tourist guide when he was explaining to us the history of Jerusalem in the bus because I was dozing off!! Haha.. Then my husband woke me up and paksa me to listen so I can write it in this blog! Haha.. Sorry people, I was sooo sleepy. Anyway, this is the part that I heard from him.. BaitulMaqdis is also known as Al-Quds or Palestinian-land-occupied-by-Israel. It is claimed by the Israeli from the Palestinians as their land after 1967 after Six-Day War. (That’s quite a short duration for a war, isn’t it?) After thousands of years Islam has been there, the Israeli took the land from Muslims and made it theirs (I think the British who conquered the area at that time gave it to the Jews as Jews has no country, if I’m not mistaken.. Trust me I’m bad at History!!). The Israeli has closed down more than 600 mosques in BaitulMaqdis and converted it to churches, police stations, shops and many more. It saddens me seeing the Israeli army stationed at all the Al-Aqsa entrances. They control who can come in into the mosque. Only Palestinians and tourist Muslims who lives in BaitulMaqdis can go to Al-Aqsa but not other Palestinians who lives outside of BaitulMaqdis. Imagine your rights to pray in the third holy mosque is controlled by the Israeli. Is that fair?
We flew from KLIA to Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan. In Amman, we were brought to see the Seven Sleepers Cave, which also known as Ashabul Kahfi.
The entrance of the cave is really as described in the Quran in Surah Al-Kahfi, verse 17:
“And you would have seen the sun, when it rose, inclining away to the right from their cave, and when it set, passing away from them to the left, while they lay in the open space in the midst of the cave. Such are among the signs of God. He whom God guides is (rightly) guided; but he whom God leaves to stray, for him you will never find a protector, a guide (to lead him to the right way)”
This sentence, according to my tour guide is referring to the olive tree that covers the entrance from direct sunlight. There’s also another place in Turkey that people claimed as Ashabul Kahfi but this one in Amman suits the ayat the most.
Here’s the inside of it. These is a picture of three tombs and archeologist actually found human bones and a dog’s bone inside this cave. Wallahualam..
After that, we went to Prophet Shuib A.S mosque and shrine, which was also in Amman..The tomb is probably about 12 foot long. I can’t imagine seeing someone with that height.. MasyaAllah.
Then we proceed to Jerusalem, no pictures were allowed to be taken at the border check point between Jordan and Jerusalem. It’s controlled by the Israel. It took us almost two hours just to pass the immigration check point. They even open all our bags for security reasons.
Anyway, after that, our tour bus dropped us at the Dead Sea at Israeli side. I totally forgot the name of the place but it looks like this..
Across the sea, on the other side is Jordan. That’s Jordan Valley. Yes, they are that close to each other.
No I didn’t go for swim there.. (OK I can’t swim.. haha..) Never in my life I would imagine I will go to the sea in abaya.. and my husband in jubah! Hahah.. but who cares, right! Managed to dip our legs into the sea.. jadilah.. Bella and Tasha also had a quick dip there.. Apparently Dead Sea water is super salty. It contains 32 types of minerals (that is a lot as compared to normal sea but please don’t ask me how many types of minerals in normal sea.. I dont know! :D) It is supposed to be good for your skin, and according to them, the mud is even better. These people the applied the mud on their body like body mask!!
OK, I gotta go. Tasha is awake. Back to mommy mode. Will continue my story later…
Dont forget our date!!
Tonight, April 9, 2013 at 9pm on Astro Mustika HD 132 & Astro Ria 104.
The chaotically romantic!! Haha..
P/s: I don’t think we will be watching this show.. Haha.. Malu!!
Photos credit to CST Production, Kak Akmar of Astro & Miss Wany Idris
Here’s our Romantika preview as seen in Astro.
Don’t forget, this coming Tuesday, April 9 on Astro Mustika HD (132) and Astro Ria (104) at 9pm.
Huurmmm.. malu sebenarnyer y’all tgk ni.. Haha.. tapi, urmm.. takpe lar..
After Bali, we were in PD for a short while because my husband had to attend an event there. And again, this time he brought along his little entourage!! Hehe.. Mommy, Bella and Tasha and my parents. We stayed in a resort by the beach and our room in exactly above the sea water. Bella and Tasha doesn’t seem too excited about that somehow.. Haha.. Mommy yang over
There’s a small pet farm at the resort, which is good for children. Since in KL she only sees chicken as nuggets, I think it’s a good idea for her to get to know how a real chicken looks like!
That’s Bella impressed by the chicken. Babatok, her grandfather is in-charge of chasing the chicken since that seems to be his forte. Hehe..
Another Bella’s favorite toy-stuffed animal, now in real life!
She likes rabbit the most.. she kept chasing the rabbit round and round the pet farm..
and kept feeding them with long beans..
Owh.. and here is Tasha. Since she’s not yet running around chasing the animals.. Here’s her picture on the bed..
The next morning, daddy woke us up early in the morning to bring us on a boat ride. On our way to the jetty, we saw this…
Peacock’s butt!! Haha.. yup, we’ve seen the front too often.. now we change view
Here’s us on the boat with my mom and my youngest brother..
And Bella got to know another new sea creature..
So, in this trip, we have covered rabbit, chicken, turtle, peacock and crab!! Haha.. Good for Bella!!
We are back!
More tired than ever!! Haha.. Travelling with two kids under 2 is no joke. But we had fun.. family kind of fun!
Our flight was at 0905H, that means we have to be at the airport at least 2 hours before the take off. To wake the girls up and get them ready in the morning is not easy as both of them decided to sleep at 0200H the night before. Haha.. even the mommy also had a tough time waking up! All luggages are already checked in by my husband’s PR, Miss Wany. But we are still late! Hehe.. The airport personnel even announced our name looking for us. Maaluuuuu jer! But we made it!!
Smile!!! (tp sebenarnya mengah!! Hehe..)
Tasha slept half way through the journey..
And Bella.. here she is..
We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Yeah, I know it’s hot.. kesian Tasha. Don’t worry, it was just for few seconds! The weather is really really hot there!
Our Kid Suite is awesome! Bella had a fun time staying in her little bunk bed!
They even have PlayStation with Guitar Hero in that room for the kids!! So thoughtful! Unfortunately we didn’t have the chance to try it. No time, or when we have the time, the baby is sleeping!
Anyway, we went to many places in Bali, from the beaches to the volcano area, to the shopping place, and a few beautiful sites by the sea..
That’s our dinner by the sea at Jimbaran.
This beautiful place is called Tanah Lot. It’s a must-go place if you come to Bali. No wonder all my friends who went to Bali have this picture in their FB album. Now I wanna put mine too!! Heheh.. Memang cantik.. MasyaAllah!
Kintamani is the name of this area where the volcano is located. I didn’t manage to snap the pictures of the mountain because I was busy breastfeeding Tasha.. tapi depan restaurant sempat
That’s Bella fooling around with daddy’s goggle..
That’s B with her daddy doing their TV interview by the pool in their matchy-matchy Adidas jumpsuit…
OK, back to Romantika story!!
Disclaimer: I am definitely not made for TV!!
First, obviously the camera will add extra 10pounds!! Thanks but I have more than enough pounds on my body!!
Secondly, I dunno which camera to look at! Hahah.. It is so confusing with 3 cameras around you. You’ll see my wandering eyes!! And HD camera makes everything super clear and by that I mean double chin and a little flabby areas here and there!!
Thirdly, it’s really hard to express feelings to each other while the cameras are staring at you!! Hahaha.. I feel awkward. And I look silly! I dunno how the Kardashians can live with cameras in their house!
Watch this unromantically happy couple on Astro Ria 104 and Astro Mustika HD 134
.. Tuesday April 9 at 9pm!
We are leaving to Bali tomorrow morning to shoot for our Romantika episode in Astro Ria.
We will try to be as romantic as possible on the show with our children around Hahaha..
While we are away, I leave you with Tasha’s sleep smile photo..
Yesterday, I followed my husband to a press conference for “Jejak Tanah Suci BaitulMaqdis with.. urmm.. him”
This is your chance to go there. We are gonna go to Palestine to visit many Islamic historical places like the tomb of Nabi Musa, Nabi Shuib, Nabi Ibrahim, the mosque that was build by Nabi Daud, fort that was build by Nabi Sulaiman, many historical islamic museums and the most important thing.. Masjid Al-Aqsa!!
I really really wanna see the footprint of our Prophet Muhammad SAW before he went for Isra’ Mi’raj. Yes, Isra’ Mikraj started from Al-Aqsa!!
MasyaAllah.. do you know Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the three holy mosques in Islam?!
#1) Masjidil Haram
#2) Masjid Nabawi
#3) Masjid Al-Aqsa
Another interesting story.. there’s a hanging stone in Al-Aqsa and it’s called Qubbatul Sakhrah. Correct me if I’m wrong but according to history, that huge rock wanna follow our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW during Isra’ Mikraj but to no avail. So, the huge rock is left hanging. Subhanallah! According to the tour agent guy, the Jews built pillars so people will not see that the rock is hanging. (Biasa lar the Jews kan, always full of agenda!! Huh..)
Owh.. and not forgetting the Dead Sea!! You know you can’t drown when you’re swimming there, right? SubhanAllah! I’ve read somewhere that the sea mineral content made it impossible to drown at the Dead Sea.. you’ll be floating!! Suitable for people like me.. (who can’t swim!) Here’s my chance to float effortlessly!!
This trip is from April 29, 2013 to May 8, 2013 and only available for 32 + 4 persons..
Wonder who is the “+ 4″ is??
Mr Astronaut, Sophea Isabella, Sophea Natasha and mommy!!
Yes, we are gonna bring our two daughters. Bella and Tasha is going to see Al-Aqsa!!
Honestly speaking, I’m really looking forward to this trip. Alhamdullilah I’ve been to Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi. And here’s my chance to go to Al-Aqsa. I know its gonna be hectic because Tasha will only be about 3 month old and Bella is so active running around. The challenge for me is to maintain my milk production because when mommy is stress up or tired and combined with lack of sleep and possibly not drinking enough water and knowing the weather in Middle East country.. Wish me all the best!
The ‘damage’.. it’s RM7230 for adult and RM6730 for a child.
Grab your opportunity mommies. Seats are super limited!
If you’re interested, you call Miss Wany Idris @ 017-305 2663
or you can contact GOTZ Travel and Tour Sdn Bhd at 03-7727 0585
And that’s Bella giving her daddy her talk-to-the-hand face during the press conference yesterday..
Much love, X
Tomorrow we are going on a cruise!! Yay!! From Penang to Phuket than Krabi.. together with B’s daddy’s fans and supporters!! Time to get up, close and personal!
The cruise passengers are gonna go to Penang by flight from KL, but we are gonna drive up to Penang! Roadtrip.. hooray!!! Having our own transportation in Penang means we can go detour makan2 in Penang for a while before boarding.. We are sooo looking forward to see the beauty of Phuket and Krabi. Heard the beach there is heavenly!!
The activities arranged on board are fun and entertaining. There will be prizes sponsored by Empire Gallery Furniture (expect a big prize since it’s a furniture shop!!) for these categories…
1) Winner for fanatic fans of Dr SMS2) Winner for sporting fans of Dr SMS3) Winner of trendy and fashionable reporter4) Best attire during trip/ dinnerand TOP MEDIA keep updating our programme through twitter with hashtag #CruiseWithAngkasawan