Travelogue: Umrah 2015 – Part 10: Rain, Newer part of the mosque, the last day…

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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.

People running towards the building in rain
People running towards the building in rain

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.

Haram with black rain clouds
Haram with black rain clouds

The clouds were there in the evening and the sky changed so many colors within few minutes just before Maghrib.

Sky changing colors as the sun sets
Sky changing colors as the sun sets

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.

Praying area in the King Abdullah Piazza
Praying area in the King Abdullah Piazza
Chandliers in King Abdullah Piazza
Chandliers in King Abdullah Piazza

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.

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