Category Archives: Madinah

Umrah: (Part 5) – Mīqat, The Point Where It All Starts

Miqat is an Arabic word which literally means, ‘a stated place’.  This is the place where Muslims setting out to perform Umrah or Haj stop over to assume the state of Ihram.  Coming in from Madinah, our miqat was at … Continue reading

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Umrah: (Part 4) – Masjid al-Nabawi

Sweat trickled as we walked hurriedly towards Masjid al Nabawi, or the Prophet’s Mosque, for the Jummah prayers.  It was noon and the sun shone brightly upon the City of the Prophet, sallalahu ‘alaihi wassalam.  Some sisters have advised me … Continue reading

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Umrah: (Part 3) – The Mosques of Quba and Qiblatain

Masjid al Quba On Monday, September 23, 622, prophet Mohammed, sallalahu ‘alaihi wassalam, arrived at a town in Madinah named Quba.  He stayed with Khulthum bin Al-hadm, a hospitable chief of the tribe of ‘Amr bin ‘Awf.  Here he spent … Continue reading

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Umrah: (Part 2) – Madīnah al-Munawwarah

Silently uttering a prayer as the plane started to take off, I was excited beyond words.  I looked out of the oval-shaped window and saw the sun setting in the pink horizon, far across the desert dunes of Sharjah.  ‘This … Continue reading

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