Umrah Part 1

Alhamdullillah.. We are back from our umrah trip.

It was a short one but I believe a visit to the Holy Kaabah will always be memorable for me. We brought Bella and Tasha along with us. I have to admit, they can be quite handful sometimes but the thought of leaving them behind is… unthinkable! Haha.. 

We flew to Jeddah via Dubai. I was sooo thankful because Frozen was shown on the in-flight tv. That one will keep B quiet during the flight, and I only left with Tasha to deal with. Haha..

I get a lot of questions from mothers out there on how to manage toddlers while in Tanah Haram. I’m not an expert, I’m just a struggling mommy like most of you.. *cheers* and of course with the help from my dear hubby and God’s willing, alhamdullilah..
B is already at the age where she can understand what what we are trying to tell her. So it’s quite easy to bring her around for solat at Masjid Al-Haram.. We can tell her not to run around, where we gonna pray so she know where to find us, or the easiest way to make her sit down and quite… the ipad!!! Hahah.. I know I know you’re giving me that you-give-your-child-ipad look ;) I rather let her play with ipad next to me than losing her.. So pls, if you wanna judge me, go ahead as long as my kid is safe!!
But on the other hand, T is still young. She only 15 months old, really active and her hobby is running around and climbing whatever she can climb and not to mention picking up anything that looks edible on the floor and shove it into her mouth…! That is the challenge!! Hahah.. I got T a harness where I can strap her to myself. She can still run around but only as far as 1 meter away from me. So, during solat, it’s either she’s attached to me or my husband will hold her during solat (and put her down during rukuk and sujud). That’s the only way to survive. Haha..
We decided not to bring stroller for this trip since we are not going around so much and I tend to forget about the stroller easily.. (Almost lost a stroller during our trip to Jordan/BaitulMaqdis before!!) And my girls prefer to run around rather than sitting in the stroller. When they are tired, we just carry them ourselves. No baby carrier ok!! B is about 14kg and T is about 8kg. That will definitely tone up our arms!! Haha.. Many parents put their child on the wheelchair available in Masjidil Haram. I didn’t see many stroller there. I don’t know whether it is allowed to bring it inside or not..
We did our tawaf and saie after subuh when the weather is not so hot and the crowd is not too big. During tawaf, B loves to sit on her daddy’s shoulder and I will carry T. When I came across a crowded area especially in front of Hajar Aswad, I tried to carry T a little bit higher to make sure it’s easy for her to breath, or else she will cry..
Saie is quite fun for B because she  can walk on her own (without people pushing her) and stop to drink zam zam water and walk again.. B loves to just hold the tail of her daddy’s ihram, and Tasha will be carried. B can walk for about 3 trips to-and-fro between Safa and Marwah before she demanded us to carry her.
B and T taking a break drinking zam sam water during Saie..
By the end of the tawaf and saie, my legs were already shaking. It’s like going to the gym!!
In front of Masjidil Haram, there’s a huge road/empty parking space (facing the Royal Palace) where pigeons always come to eat, bird food were provided for them by the general workers. We brought our girls there in the evening just for them to do kids stuff (and that is running around!) So, in between asar and maghrib, they will be chasing the pigeons.. and feeling tired after that!! Speaking about smart parenting ;) Haha..
My husband has a Malaysian friend there who owns a Malay food restaurant. (We will get back to this restaurant story later..) One morning, he brought us to the camel farm (Hurmmmm.. Is it called farm? I’m not sure..) Anyway, he brought us to see this big fat camels who are taken care by the Badwis. Seriously.. These peoples are Badwi!!! They live under the tent in the desert, like Rasulullah SAW time but I saw one of them holding a mobile phone!! Haha.. Not bad for people who actually lives on a desert!!
Having fun with camel, I was just actually playing brave in front of Tasha!! Haha.. Mommy must show good example, right?? ;)
Diancam camel.. hahahah…
I seriously think Tasha is much more brave than me!! Hehe..
Fresh from the camel!!
For the first time, I drank camel’s milk!! Surprisingly, it doesn’t have any funny smell and it taste quite good. One funny-but-real fact about camel’s milk.. You can’t get any milk from the mommy camel until the kid camel drank from the mother first!! Isn’t God great?? MasyaAllah..

Part two coming soon, insyaAllah.. till then..

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Leaving On a Jet Plane

Insyaallah, we will be leaving for Umrah this coming Thursday..

We = Bella + Tasha + daddy + mommy

This is my first time bringing these two girls there. Last time we were there, B was about Tasha’s age and Tasha was about 6 month in my womb. So, my first time handling two toddlers in Tanah Haram. I know it’s not gonna be easy since both of them are very active and I need to keep both of them in my sight all the time. I pray to God to ease things for both me and my husband taking care of our children especially when we are there so we can focus on our ibadah and being parents at the same time.

I’m quite nervous actually..

May Allah ease..

Amin…!

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Welcoming Another Doctor..

Dear BarelySupermommy readers..
I've been away for quite some time… Currently I'm in Dublin with Bella and Tasha attending my brother's graduation. Unfortunately my husband couldn't make it due to some work and he is currently in Riyadh. InsyaAllah we will be back in KL on June 13th..
 
This is my first time flying long haul flight with two children under two (yes, that's a big challenge and I survived on caffeine!!) and without my husband (more coffee please!!) My parents were with us but still some time both Bella and Tasha needed me at the same time! With all the screaming and lack of sleep and jetlagged.. it really tested me BIG time!!! And I miss my husband even more :(
 
Anyway, will get back to my sad story (hehe..) once I'm back coz it really feels funny typing on the ipad and I'm superlousy with the Blogsy app too..
The happy moment is here.. Last Thursday was my brother's graduation!!! We are welcoming another doctor in the family.. A big congratulation to Dr Amirul Arif Mohd Yunos!! Hard work paid off!! Alhamdullilah :)
 
In the picture, (L-R): my dad, my mom holding Tasha), Dr Amirul Arif (must call him Dr lar after all the hard work..!!), me holding sleeping Bella, my sister (Dr Hamizah who is currently 6month pregnant..) and my brother-in-law (Dr Ruzaimi)
 
Congratulations again to Arif.. We are very proud of you!!
 
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BaitulMaqdis : Part II

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!)SONY DSC

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.

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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..

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BaitulMaqdis : Part 1

Hi all!

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…

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Our date!!

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!! :D

XO

Photos credit to CST Production, Kak Akmar of Astro & Miss Wany Idris

Romantika Preview

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..

Enjoy!!

XOXO