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Exclusive:Umrah 09 Pt I – Makkah

Che Kepol and her group had a chance to climb up the hill of light, ‘Jabal Nur’ or widely known as ‘Jabal Hira’. The time taken to climb the hill is about 1 hour. The height from sea level is 621 m, but from the foothill is only around 281 m. On the top of the hill is where the cave of Hira is located. This is the cave, where the Angel Jibril came down to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and send him the first revelation (‘wahyu’) (Q, s. al Alaq/96:1). One of Che Kepol entourage, her younger sister is known to suffer from asthma, however, suprisingly, she could climb Jabal Nur without any difficulties. SubhanaAlah.

kaaba-feb-09-001A neighbour of mine, Che Kepol Che Gayah (of course not her real name) came to Gempamelayu’s HQ (my workstation lar..) with 1001 stories and 1001 pictures that she took while performing her umrah last month. Since it was  a huge file , I have made it into 4 subtopics in relations to the 4 important geographical places that she visited.  This is not the first time Che Kepol went for Umrah, in fact it was her fourth. But this time, together with her husband, she brought with her a pax of 12 members mostly her closed relatives .  The 14 days trip of Umrah and Ziarah are depicted here, to be shared with GM.

Note: to enlarge the pic just double click on the picture. According to Che Kepol, this is her first time, she went for umrah cums a ‘photo journalist’.  It was a daring move, since taking pictures at the Kaaba, Masjidil Haram and its surrounding is prohibited by the Saudi Government law Enforcement. How did she do that? Che Kepol just slipped her son’s Sony Digital camera under her ‘arbaya’ and took the picture from her navel level.  MasyaAllah! Any pro photographer at least need to view the shot from their eyes before they could take a snap.  But Che Kepol, she is something else!!! Dah rezeki kita….bukit-asalnya-hotel-pd-2007

The timing of the umrah, right after the finishing of Haj, is the best time.  Though it is the most expensive but it is rewarding.  The climate is cool and refreshing sort like a mediterranean climate (macamlah dah pergi).  The visitors are also the least during this month because it is not school holiday time.

The picture outside the Masjidil Haram (on my right) depicts a ‘bald’ hill. In year 2006, when Che Kepol came here, there was a hotel on the site. But now it has been demolished to pave for new construction developments.  According to Che Kepol, a day in Makkah, muslim could benefit up to 120 points of good deeds (‘pahala’), i.e., 60 points from performing ‘tawaf’, 40 points from solat at Masjidil Haram, and 20 points just from staring at the Kaabah.   Subhanaallah. Regardless the time or the tempreature, the marble floor of Masjidil Haram and the tawaf area is always cool.

Part I.1 Kaaba Slide Show

Che Kepol and her group had a chance to climb up the hill of light, ‘Jabal Nur’ or widely known as ‘Jabal Hira’.  The time taken to climb the hill is about 1 hour. The height from sea level is 621 m, but from the foothill is only around 281 m.  On the top of the hill is where the cave of Hira is located.  This is the cave, where the Angel Jibril came down to  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and send him the first revelation (‘wahyu’) (Q, s. al Alaq/96:1).  One of Che Kepol entourage, her younger sister is known to suffer from asthma, however, suprisingly, she could climb Jabal Nur without any difficulties. SubhanaAlah.


Some of Che Kepol relatives who managed to maintain their wuduk once they reached the top, had the opportunity to Solat sunat 2 rakaat at the place where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) pray at the cave of Hira.  Che Kepol did not as was busy taking pictures. Che Kepol told the story of the time where Siti Khadija (wife of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) had to walk 3 miles from their house to the foothill and climbed the hill three times a day to send meal to the Prophet while his stay at the cave of Hira.  Climbing the hill at night, was not that difficult, but climbing down was something else. There are no man made stairs all the way, but mostly natural paths of soft rocks formation. Therefore, climbing down was a little bit worrying as at night, the ‘natural stairs’ are difficult to locate.  According to Che Kepol, after a short while, a cat overtook their group descending. Che Kepol and her group followed the cat for direction down hill and they managed reaching the foothill smoothly.  Once they were at the foothill, they exchanged information with other groups, to their suprise every group was led by a cat when descending!

(One of the pictures taken at the uphill accidently captured a mysterious object, but it is not for public reveleation until we find credible verification on the outcome of the picture).

Part I.2 Jabal Nur and surrounding Makkah

Wait for the upcoming sequel of Exclusive: Umrah 09 Part II – Al Ula

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