I've noticed quite a lot of negativity on the forum recently with members arguing endlessly about trivial matters and proclaiming takfeer on each other..so I thought I'd add a little dose of positivity insha'Allah!
For those of us who have been blessed to visit the House of Allah, I want you ALL (yes, even you fulaan) to post your first experience and the associated feelings and emotions you had when you first laid your eyes on the ka3ba! Granted I understand sometimes it can be difficult to articulate emotions but insha'Allah give it a shot anyway. The more detailed the better. Perhaps your experience might inspire a member so much so that it'll drive them to take action and visit Allah's House...and you may even gain a share of the reward of their pilgrimage?! Allahu A3lam but that sure does sound like a SWEET proposition!
I'll shoot first: I landed in Jeddah on the first of the last 10 nights and I was exhausted to the absolute max. I hadn't slept in almost 2 days and because of flights drama it ended up that we didn't have time for suhoor.
After praying fajr in Jeddah airport we made the seemingly endless coach journey to Makkah reciting the talibya in unision with my fellow pilgrims whilst trying SO hard to stay awake! We arrived in Makkah just as the sun shined with its full glory and splendour almost blinding us poor Londoners who would moan about 25 degree celcius. The temperature read 37 degrees at 7AM in the morning. Ya Lateef!
We quickly freshend up in our hotel and wallahi the excitement and nervousness I felt was almost unbearable. Man I'm tearing up just as I recall these thoughts. I left my hotel room and walked in the blazing heat of the sun, each moment getting closer and closer to the House of Allah and thus increasingly apprehensive. After a good few minutes walk which felt like a few hours I was in the haram, in the courtyard of the Allah's House now doubly blinded by the super-shiny white marble tiles laid out beautifully outside the mosque. The Mosque rose high and almost touched the sky. It was beautiful and a sight inconceivable.
I was now almost there. My heart pounding in my throat and a mixture of nerves and adrenaline which almost rendered my paralysed. I stepped through the main gate after quickly being searched by one of the guards and now the Ka3a was a mere 200 yards away from me. I couldn't quite see it yet but I was closer than I had ever imagined I'd be.
I walked with my gaze lowered through the opulently designed mosque, spordacailly raising my gaze to marvel at my surroundings and the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims fast asleep or reading Qur'an all around me.
And there it was. The Ka3ba. SUBHAANULLAH! Wallahi it was MUCH MUCH bigger than I had ever anticipated. It was HUGE! WOW! I stood there in front of it. Stationary. Motionless. Silenting murmuring a few duas as the dua asked for when you first see the ka3ba is accepted, insha'Allah. I felt as though I had finally arrived. My busy hectic lifestyle back in London seemed transient and even non-existent. As if this was the Holy grail we've all been looking for. At last!
And the rest, as they say, is history...
Oops I didn't meant to write so much! Sorry ikhwaan but please do share your experiences and be as detailed as you like!
May Allah give us all the tawfeeq and rizq to visit his House and perform His pilgrimage! Ameen!