Upon completing their stay on Makkah, Maryam writes as follows in her journal on her journey to Madinah:
‘Makkah was a beautiful city. There was so much to see, do and explore. Masjid Al Haram was the largest Mosque I had ever seen, and it was always full! Night or day there were always people there doing Tawaf, reciting Qur’an, making prayers. Some people just sat there and stared at the Ka’bah, mesmerised by its presence, by its magnificence.
The surrounding courtyard around the Mosque is full of history. The house where the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him was born) and the Banu Hashim area are located outside of the Safa and Marwa hills. As was the house of Khadija and the house of Arqam and that of Umm Hani (may Allah be pleased with them). The house of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was a little further out.
Also close by was the Jannatul Ma’alla Cemetary with Masjid Jinn, Masjid Shajarah and Masjid Ray’ah all nearby each other.
We visited the sites that were associated to the Hajj and saw the route that the pilgrims take when fulfilling the rites of Hajj. We saw the sea of white tents in Mina, the glorious hills of Arafah, the barren land at Muzdalifa and the huge stone pillars called the Jamarat.
We climbed Jabal Nur and saw where the revelation was first sent to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). We explored Jabal Thawr where the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) hid during the migration.
It was beautiful to know how the story of Ibrahim, Hagar and Isma’il (upon them be peace) resonated in every place that we visited. Safa, Marwa, the well of Zam Zam and the Ka’bah were all an intricate part of that story.
This journey to Makkah will remain with me as a special part of my life. I am grateful to Allah that I have been blessed to have this experience at such a young age. I can not wait to get back and tell all my friends about this wonderful adventure that we have had.
Now it’s onwards to Madinah insha Allah …’
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