Tuesday, 7 February 2012

..the stoning..

..Mina was from where we trekked to the Jamrah for the stoning ritual, through the Muasim Tunnel, which is 2.6 kilometers long...from our tent, it was about 800 meters to the entrance...from the exit, it was another kilometer to the Jamrah.... and so, in all we walked 10 kilometers each day to the Jamrah...


..but it was not as daunting as it sounds...the crowd, and the singleminded of purpose made light the trek...







..the plains of Arafat have prepared us for Mina...but to my mind, it was our prayer upon touchdown in Jeddah when we first arrived....that we came as Your guests, Lord...and we did not expect for much...eat whatever is served and rest at whatever places shown to us...

...as for pakmat, for my resilience and patience, I was rewarded with a sitting bowl on the last day...and I thought that all toilets were the squatting type..which was a bit difficult for this old coot, lacking balancing skills somewhat in his old age...on the last day, I entered the last toilet on the right..and there it sat...a beauty of a sitting bowl...gleaming white...ahh...thank you, Lord, for Your little Mercies...

4 comments:

Mieza said...

Assalamualaikum Pakmat,
Yet to experience that... nonetheless always doa' to be there, soon. InsyaAllah.

pakmat said...

...salam mieza...and I'm sure you will..meantime, take care and keep on taking those beauriful pictures..to me, pictures taken with the heart, reveal bits of the owner's soul...and yours are revealing..so, make that trip to makkah..bring along yr d3000...let me see thro your eyes the compassion of the Lord...

Wan Sharif said...

Salam PakMat,
Nice post especially the part on little Mercy.
Would like to have a session with you one fine day to allow you to recount all from start to finish. May be to get pointers from you experiences as well!

Chenon Ishak said...

salam Pakmat,
the little bowl at the very end is actually for the OKU...but alhamdulilla at least you discovered it on the very last day..

is the tunnel that long...how come we didnt feel the distance when we were actually there...klau kat sini nak gi kedai half a km away pun nak drive ...

anyway, you take care Pakmat