First Arabian Nights
It was a cold, sunny day, when my plane first landed on King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah.
Then our journey continued to what they called "The City of Light"
The City of Light
... or Medina Al-Munawwara, was 6 hours far from Jeddah and placed between mountains, on a higher altitude than Jeddah.
For 6 hours, there was only darkness and mounts of stones on the road. . . Till Medina shined in the middle of the darkness; I see how it got its name.
It was 10 PM; the wind of Medina hugged me; it was a different way of welcoming. It was 10 PM; people were still wandering.
So I asked where do people go; "To the great mosque," one said.
The Holy Mosque
The Holy Mosque of Nabawi stood around 500 meters from the place I slept in. . . It was never left alone. It would not ever feel lonely. . . Even in the middle of the night.
It was 2 AM; people still did not stop coming. It was 3 AM; the seats in the holy mosque were half-booked; sellers fulfilled the street - convincing people, especially Indonesian, to buy their things It was 4 AM; you could barely find a comfortable seat; people were busy doing Salah or reading Quran.
"Syahrini, 15 real, halal!" "Assalamualaikum, Syahrini! Lihat!" The crowd of sellers was unforgettable; they were convincing in mixed Indonesian-Arabian language and being so nice. (Plus they did not mind giving you a discount if you could speak in Arabian).
But by the time the first Adzan was announced, the crowds died.
The transition from night to morning in Medina was like no other: After Salah, the crowds continued. Selling, yelling, convincing, then running chaotically as the police came to clear the streets. I was shivering; the wind chilled me to the bone, forced me not to believe that I was stepping in a country known for its hot weather.
In the daylight, it was crystal clear that Holy Mosque of Nabawi had the perfect colors. . Outside, it was white with blue lines, golden doors - being gorgeous with the blue sky background. . Inside, it was green and broken white, with a touch of golden - bonus a roof that could be opened on its own.
Never an architecture of a mosque could excite me like Nabawi did.
Still amazed with The Holy Mosque, I took some walk.
Mosque of pigeons
Quba mosque dressed in broken white and stood up several kilometers from the heart of Medina. . They said if you did a Salah there, you would be given the reward equal to the reward of doing one time Umrah. . There were lots of pigeons there, making it even more gorgeous.
The sightseeing went further to around Jabal Uhud or The Mount of Uhud. . . Here lied the warriors of Medina who died in battle long time ago. The site of the graves was gated and you could send prayers from outside.
My last step in Medina was on this mosque in a warm red color; so earthy.
Bir Ali Mosque was a mosque stood in the borderline of Medina. It was commonly used as Miqat place for those who came from Medina and going to Mecca to do Umrah or Hajj. (Miqat is the start of Umrah or Hajj; when you need to wear Ihram clothes and do other things required for Umrah or Hajj)
"Medina is a city like no other"
That, I can assure you.
The people were so kind and easy going; the natives acted humorously, the tourists shared seats in the mosque. . The weather was very friendly; you could feel the wind kissing your skin when sunlight touched you from above. .
Medina is where The Prophet Mohammad rests his body for eternity. . Medina is the ground of tears and the home of prayers sent especially for The Prophet. . Here you would believe that a love to a man you never met could spread, pass through generations -- through the borders of earth and heaven.
"Medina is like a book of Moslem history with a detailed, heart-warming stories and an outstanding design."
- Annisa Dina
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