Sunday, 23 September 2012

Makkah Part 2: Le Tour de Makkah

Places to go in Makkah
Similar to the previous trip in Madinah, the tour guide had arranged for a visit to historical sites in the city of Makkah. We gathered in front of the hotel as early as 8:30 am and patiently waited for the bus. Well, this trip took place more than a year ago, I could not recall its particular order. But I will share as much as I could remember.




Saturday, 22 September 2012

Makkah Part 1: THE Moment

"Here I am at Thy service, Allah, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and Thy have no partners. Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty. And Thine Alone is the Sovereignty. Thou have no partners"


This video was recorded by my dear cousin Fatt Sadri while we were reciting talbiah in the bus together. I saw the mountain, the trees, the earth. I can feel they were praying for our journey to Makkah. They witnessed that we had answered Allah's call.


Monday, 17 September 2012

Madinah Part 6: Farewell Madinah and Journey to Makkah



The journey that lasts forever had ended so soon. We were scheduled to leave for Makkah an hour after Juma`at prayer. The blended feeling of joy and sadness made me realize that I could not have two great things at once. Makkah and Madinah.



Friday, 14 September 2012

Madinah Part 5: Where I Left Worldly Affairs Behind


I had never been to any country where people were dashing to the masjid whenever azan is on the air. Their pace and their steps were faster as they were approaching the masjid. Even faster than girls untagging their ugly pictures on facebook. 



Thursday, 13 September 2012

Madinah Part 4: Quba, Qiblatain and Kurma


Other than Mount Uhud, the tour included other significant places to be visited. 

Quba: By the Hand of the Prophet

The Prophet SAW said: “He who purifies himself at his home and comes to Masjid Quba and offers two rakaats therein, will be rewarded the reward of an Umrah.”
Sunan ibn Majah





Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Madinah Part 3: Uhud - The Forgotten Order


"If you saw us prevail, and start to take war spoils, do not come and assist us. And if you saw us vanquished and birds eating from our head, do not come and assist us."


Order by Prophet Muhammad SAW to the Archers

But the order was forgotten by the archers.



Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Madinah Part 2: Raudhah & Tomb of the Prophet


Prologue
When I was in Malaysia prior to my umrah trip, I prayed to Allah every night and day that He will make the impossible possible for me.





Monday, 10 September 2012

Madinah Part 1: Arrival in Madinah Al-Munawwarah



Invitation to the Holy Cities
To be invited to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah is indeed a blessing from Allah SWT. It did not appear to me that I would be stepping my foot on the soil once stepped on by Prophet Muhammad SAW. From thousands or perhaps millions of Muslims all around the world, it was beyond my imagination that I would be that fortunate to be called by Allah to be here in the name of faith.



Saturday, 8 September 2012

Phnom Penh Part 2: Killing Field of Choeung Ek


I came to pay a respect to the victims of the Pol Pot Regime.



Phnom Penh Part 1: Tuol Sleng Museum


"I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my people"
Pol Pot, Leader of Khmer Rouge

Block A. Tuol Sleng Museum.

What Happened?
For five years the Cambodian people had been facing the bloody civil war. On 17 April 1975, Khmer Rouge was victorious over Khmer Republic of General Lol Nol. The Cambodian people honestly thought their suffering had ended. But what they didn't know is that they were about to face the gruesome nightmare for the upcoming years. 



Crossing Border Moc Bai - Bavet


Second Time | Different Thing


This is my second time of crossing border. The first one was early this year, from Thailand (Aranyaprathet) to Cambodia (Poipet). And it was by six hours train journey all the way from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet and another two hours from Poipet to Siem Reap. This time, by six hours bus journey through Vietnam (Moc Bai) and Cambodia (Bavet). 

Saya bab naik bas yang saya tak senang duduk ialah nak buang air. Kalau bas tidak mahu berhenti saya nak buang di mana?



Ho Chi Minh City Part 4: Discover the Rest


I was told not to miss either one of these two while in Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnel and Delta Mekong. I did visit Cu Chi. Later, I noticed that there are more things Ho Chi Minh can offer to us. 

War Remnants Museum

While American soldiers returning from World War II were celebrated as heroes with glory and pride, American soldiers returning from Vietnam were labelled as "baby killers". Why? 



Ho Chi Minh City Part 3: Cu Chi Tunnel



“My Vietnamese name is Mr. Tung. Tunggg! (mimicking the sound of a Chinese drum). So my English name would be Mr. Drum. I was born in Cu Chi. But not in the tunnel.”

Mr Tung, Tour Guide Cu Chi Tunnel



Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Ho Chi Minh City Part 2: Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market | Operating hours: 6:00 am to 19:00 pm


As the oldest surviving market, Ben Thanh Market marked a symbol of attraction in this 300 year old city. Originally known as Les Halles Centrales, this French-built market housed hundreds of stalls and shops selling various goods that you need (or goods you do not need).



Ho Chi Minh City Part 1: Knowing Saigon


About Ho Chi Minh
Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. 


Useful Tips One: How to Get to Ho Chi Minh from the Airport?
The city centre is located about 8 km from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Two ways to get to the city centre:




 

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