Browsing Archive: October, 2012

I will have to leave you for a while

Posted by Rogeema Kenny on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Hajj 

Yesterday was my birthday.It was the most special birthday I have ever had. The chance to show gratitude to Allah for everything I have been granted with, right at His house, the holy ka'bah, was surreal. Gratitude for good friends, close family, tests that make me stronger, challenges that make me grow, opportunities that make my life better.

We invited a few friends over for afternoon tea and it was great to have a part of my Itheko running family to share a section of the day with me as wel...

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When is the best time to tawaaf?

Posted by Rogeema Kenny on Sunday, October 14, 2012, In : Hajj 

Tawaaf is the circumambulation of the ka'bah 7 times in anti-clockwise direction. It is an act of worship that cannot be done anywhere else but there, at Allah's house, the Beit'ullah, the ka'bah. 

When is the best time to Tawaaf? 

Many people advised us to go late at night, or after Esha. It's cooler then, and you don't get the heat of the sun. So, of course, we tried that.

The sheikh also leads group tawaafs every evening at 11pm. We decided immediately that we would not partake in the group ...

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A Tale of 2 Jumu'ahs

Posted by Rogeema Kenny on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : Hajj 

Most of the time I don't know what day it is, which is wonderful. I've never experienced this in my life before. When I happen to check in on Twitter and see people complaining about their horrible Monday, I realise... "Oh, it's Monday". However, one day of the week when I definitely DO know what day it is, is Friday...the great day of Youmul Jumu'ah. So far, we have had the opportunity to experience one jumu'ah in each of the 2 holy mosques, only one in Madinah and so far, one in Makkah.

I h...

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Arriving in Makkah - the Umrah

Posted by Rogeema Kenny on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, In : Hajj 

It has been quite a long time since I've last spoken about our journey, and once again I apologise for this.


We left my beloved Madinah last Wednesday, 3rd October for the city of Allah's house, the Holy Ka'bah. When one enters the city of Makkah for the purposes of Hajj or Umrah, it is required to enter with an umrah, and to cross the meeqat (border) in ihraam.

The requirements of the umrah is as follows:
  • To enter into ihraam
  • The niyyah
  • Tawaaf
  • Sa'ee
  • Khalq (cutting the hair after completion of the...

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Delay in posts

Posted by Rogeema Kenny on Sunday, October 7, 2012, In : Hajj 

This is just a quick note to apologise for not posting anything in close to a week.

We are in Makkah Al- Mukarramah now and I have LOADS to tell.
But Makkah is also very tiring, so most of my free time is spent either resting or sleeping.
However, I am very excited to report on the events of the past week, so a post will follow soon.

I thank you for your patience, and for all your prayers for us.

Chat soon...


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Badr

Posted by Rogeema Kenny on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : Hajj 

Today we went to Badr, the site of the Battle of Badr, the first battle in Islam.

We were warned beforehand that it's a trip of more than 200km from Madina, and that there is no guarantee that we would get into Badr. There are many checkpoints along the way, and if there is a police presence in Badr then they would not allow us near the site of the battle.

We set off and sheikh pointed out some historical places along the way. We took the road to Badr.

The first site we stopped at was the Well...

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