The day before last, we saw awesome rain in Makkah. Our residence was at around 7 – 8 minute walk, which meant even if we left at the time of Azaan , we reached Haram in time for the prayer. Same went that day, when me and mom left a couple of minutes later than my dad. Dad called us on his way to Haram to tell us that it is drizzling. Me and my mom said, oh what does a little drizzle do, let’s go for prayers.
We went out and and couple of minutes later it was raining. By the time we reached the outer sehen of Haram, if was really pouring down. We prayed in the sehen in rain as it was too slippery to run to the building. Haram looked so majestic in the rain. It was just a whole new experience.
The clouds were there in the evening and the sky changed so many colors within few minutes just before Maghrib.
That day after Isha prayers, we went to see the newly opened segment of the King Abdullah Piazza, which is part of the new construction. It was magnificent. It didn’t even look like part of the mosque. It seemed as if it was a 5 star hotel lobby. There are sitting places, beautiful golden chandeliers and an overall modern look. Despite that, it seems artificial when compared with the old-but-renewed parts of the mosque.
And then it was the last day, last tawaf, last look at Kaaba, last prayer, last glass of Zamzam, and the last look at Haram. It was time to leave.With a heavy heart and tears in our eyes, we left Makkah, with hopes to return again. It took me 20 years to go back, I pray the next time isn’t so far away.