This is my daughters first ever blog that she wrote during our trip to Saudi Arabia earlier this year. Im going to publish that as it is to save a memory of our family that we would cherish in the future.
Trip to Saudi Arabia - The Land of Pure
Writer : Iman Akbar
Age: 10 years
Trip to Saudi Arabia - The Land of Pure
Writer : Iman Akbar
Age: 10 years
I woke up at 3:47 while everybody else woke up at 4 o'clock. All of us changed our clothes, put on our sandals and went to the car. Thankfully all of us had packed our bags last night so that we could leave right away we only had to do the last minute pack ups. We are just leaving now and heading straight to Riyadh (Saudi) via Abu Dhabi. My father is taking wonderful pictures of everything. On the way it was kind of boring, but then it got exciting. I am going to take a nap now so I will continue this later. When I woke up a while later my dad stopped at a gas station. There are so many beautiful trees outside of the car. Now, me and my brothers are watching Get Smart. My big brother Sajeel paused the movie. Now we are so bored that we have exactly nothing to do. Some of us are so bored, and impatient that we fell asleep except the driver which is my mom. I will go to sleep again so I will continue this later. Once I woke my dad said we completed half of the way. Now we are crossing the border and entering the Holy land! It will take 6 more hours till we reach. GREAT! We are now in Saudi Arabia. I am wearing a hijab now which makes me so hot. We stopped at a mosque to say Salah. Now we are heading to a place to have lunch. Then to Riyadh. It will take us 4 hours to reach there. Before we started we had lunch. We ate chicken and it was delicious. I forgot to mention my dad is driving at the moment. Now we have started and we won 't stop for 3 hours. I will now take a long nap. Once I woke up we had already entered the city of Riyadh at 6: 30. Tomorrow we will continue our trip to Madinah. We will spend the night at our uncle Khalid Zia's house. We have reached the house and are going to stay there for the night. My family are unpacking their luggage and getting settled. After we got settled we went swimming in the pool, it was very exciting. My big brother and my dad went to the sauna and got all a sweaty. Later, all of us ordered some food and we were waiting for it. When the food arrived we took it to a room and had it there. After we finished we took a bath and then went to sleep.
We got up in the morning and got ready for breakfast. Then we started packing up our luggage and now we will go in the main house to have breakfast. I had cornflakes for breakfast. Now we are putting our things in the car and getting ready to leave. Now we have left and we are heading straight to Meequat. Which means from where we take a bath, put on our ihram and niyyah for Umrah. We are now back on the road. We left our previous destination at 7:15 and millage is 1140. I will take rest now. After I woke we stopped at a gas station to get gas, a Saudi sim card, and some sweets. After we left I saw a car accident. Now my mom is saying Surahs and we have to say it after her. We saw so many types of camels on the way that I became excited. I had a stomach ache so I fell asleep so I would forget about it. When I woke up my dad said we are in Makkah province. We stopped at a bathroom on the way. Earlier we saw some cars which had accidents and had been thrown on a mountain. We had lunch at a restaurant and now we are back in the this car and back on the road. I am having illusions of seeing water all over the road. Now all of us are heading straight to Meqat. It will take 3 or 4 hours to get there. My mom is wearing her abayah now. There are so many trucks for miles and miles. We found a mosque to pray at. We are at the gas station getting oil. Now we have we have reached Taif (Meqat). When we reached we had to take a bath and do wudo. Then we had to do Salah. We are back in the car and heading to Medina (Kiblah). There are lots of beautiful mountains covered with sand here. Now we are finally in Makkah city. We reached our hotel were we will stay. Our hotels name is Safwah Royal Orchids. We put our things and went to my cousin Abdullah’s hotel. They came here for Umrah also. Then we all went together. The smaller children went on wheelchairs. When we reached we took our shoes off and put in our bags. After we entered and took off our shoes we separated into two groups. The elders went in the other group and the smaller children went in wheelchairs with my father and my uncle were in the second group. Then right before us stood the mighty Allah’s house. Before we started doing all the steps we first had to say some special duas. Then we had to go around the Kabbah seven times. After you have done that you have to go seven times from mount Saffah to mount Marwa . Finally you have to cut your hair. For boys you have to trim a little of your hair or shave all your hair. For girls you have to cut off a little bit of your hair by your brother or father or husband. After you have done that your Umrah is complete. When we reached back we changed our clothes and quickly went to bed. If you wanted to know my cousin Abdullah and his older brother Haris and my older brother Sajeel all shaved their hair. My little brother Hassan was too shy to shave all of his hair.
We woke up at 7:30 in the morning. Once again we had to take a bath. Then change our clothes and go down for breakfast in the hotel. After we finished breakfast we went to Abdullah’s hotel again. We are going on a wheelchair again in case we get lost because we are going again to Allah’s house. Once we reached their hotel they we’re not there so we had to wait. Now they have come. So now we will go to our hotel. My mom and dad left us there because it was too hot. We are watching Rio the movie. We called the house keeper so now he has arrived. Now the movie has finished. My big brother put on another movie which is tangled. We are so bored that we have nothing to do. Tangled is now finished. My parents have now come back so now we are going another time to Abdullah’s place again. Once we reached we knocked and they opened the door and we went in. The boys went to the Salah and so did we (the girls). Once we (the girls) reached the hotel the boys were there asleep. I went to my dad, but instead I fell asleep too. When I woke up we played a lot of games. Then we went to back to my hotel had dinner from Al Baik. When we got back we changed our clothes and we went sleep.
We have just woken up. So now we are getting ready for breakfast. I am going to brush now. We have now gone downstairs for breakfast. The food was great. So now we are going to get a cab. Then we will go to historical places. Before we went to the taxi we went back to our room. Then we all went to the taxi. We went to many places. We saw where Prophet Hazard Mohammad was born. I saw lots of camels. We also went for a camel ride. It was scary! Then we went back to the hotel. Now we are going to Abdullah’s building again because he is leaving to Berain then to U.S. Which means we are leaving the hotel again. After saying goodbye we went to the masjid of Nimraa. All of us went there roaming around. Then we started to get hungry. As a result we ate: pizza, pasta, pie, hamburgers, and french-fries. We have gone so many times to Allah’s house. It is an amazing experience! I took a nap after this wonderful experience. After I woke up my big brother Sajeel put on Despicable me and The little mermaid. Then we went to do Tawaf which means to do seven circles around Allah’s house. Me and my little Hassan did it for the first time. After we did that it was night so we went back to the hotel and put some cream on our feet. My little brother Hassan’s feet and my feet were paining so much. So we went to sleep with aching feet. After we went to sleep our parents went to sleep also. So that was the end of this day.
We all woke up as usual and took a bath.So now we are hurrying again to get breakfast. You see we are all leaving today to Taif and we will continue to Jaddah.Well then time for breakfast. Now we have finished breakfast. We will go for Salah now. Our journey began at 11 o’clock and we got back at 1:35. Now we are back and resting before we go. Afterwards we will pack and leave. Then we got in the car and hit the road again. Before we can go in the car we have to go by taxi there. Now we are in the car. We just got on to the mountains. There are red bottomed baboons, they have babies! Now rest time. We are watching Avatar and the sunset in the car. Now we are in Jaddah. We will stay at my mom’s dad’s elder sister’s place. My little brother Hassan has fallen asleep. We will go to see the red sea. Now we are bringing our things to our room. It is an old place but it will do. By the way my mom’s dad’s elder sister’s name is Nano. It is night now so we will go to sleep.
We have now woken up. Well my dad told me to take a shower again. So I did take a shower. Now I feel great and active. It is time for breakfast. I had omelets for breakfast. We will be roaming around in Jaddah. So we went to the mall of the red sea. My dad got us ice cream and chocolate coins. After the mall we went to cornich and city center (old Jaddah) and had Al Baik for lunch. Then we went home and took rest till afternoon. My mom and dad went to sleep. My big brother Sajeel put on Puss in boots and Toy story 1. We went out but then we got a call that we have to meet one of my mom’s cousins . They have a son his name is Zubair and he is 12 years old that means he is two years older than me. Now they have gone. It is night now so that means we have to change our clothes and go to sleep.
I woke up as usual, but this time my dad woke me. We went and changed our clothes and went for breakfast. You see today we are leaving to Madinah so we are packing up everything. Then we are going to put our things in the car. Now we are ready to leave. First we are going to get some water bottles. We saw ghazwa Badr (the first battle between Muslims and The Quraish that are non-Muslims ). We first had lunch then we saw this. Now we have reached the hotel. The hotel’s name is “ Anwar- ul – Madinah Movenpick”. We went to the Masjid of Nabwi 2 times. Now my mom and dad have just gone again. My big brother put on Toy Story 1. The movie has now finished. My mom and dad are now back. It is now night so we are all going to sleep.
We woke up at 7: 30 in the morning. So now we are getting ready for breakfast. My little brother Hassan started annoying me so my dad said to ignore him. My dad is going to shave now after he finishes then we will go for breakfast. Time for breakfast ! After breakfast we went to see 2 waterfalls, masjid ul Quba where we have to perform 2 nafals which is equivalent to 1 Umra, Uhud battlefield and Uhud mountain ( Where Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H was taken to a cave when he was injured during the battle a stone had hit his teeth and Hazrat Ali companied him.) There is still a really strong smell in the cave. Now we are going to say Salah. This stuff was taken place in Quiblateen. After we went to get Khagoor. For lunch we had Al Baik again. My big brother put on Princess and the frog and the Diary of a wimpy kid. Then we went to do Salah. Now I have to take a bath. We went to have dinner. Now we are back at the hotel. It is night now so we will go to sleep.
We woke up as usual and changed our clothes. After we changed our clothes we went down for breakfast. We finished breakfast and went to say Salah. Once we got back my big brother Sajeel put on Toy Story 1 and 2. After that we went to my mom’s cousin’s house. Then we ate food and went for Salah again. Now we are back in the hotel. We will now take rest then go for Salah again. We are back now. Then we took rest then went for Salah again ! I was asking for cream crackers so my dad got me some. Then we went back to our room. It was night so we went to sleep.
Day 10 :
We woke up early in the morning changed our clothes , brushed our teeth and went for breakfast. We have now finished breakfast. All of us went upstairs to pack. My big brother called the bell boy to come and take our stuff. Now we are back in the car. We are heading to the mountains. On the way we saw camels. Now we have reached the mountains. Here the mountain are magnetic. So we are first going to the gravity point. We have reached the gravity point the car started moving by itself. After that I went to sleep . Once I woke my dad got us sweets from a gas station. Then I went to sleep again. When I woke we saw 2 twisters. Now it will take less than 2 hours to reach. Now we have reached. We will be staying at my mom’ s cousin’s place. So we took out our stuff and went to our room changed our clothes and went to sleep.
I woke up in the morning and took a bath and went down for breakfast. Time for breakfast. Now breakfast is over. The food was delicious. After food we went roaming around in Riyadh. We went to a museum but now we are back now. So now we are going to rest. When we woke some of my mom’s other cousins came. Their son’s name was Sameer. Now we have had lunch. We will now take a break. I forgot to mention that they had a talking parrot. We are now back in the car. I will go to sleep now. When I woke up we reached the place we were going to stay at. We stayed my mom’s other cousin’s place. They had a daughter my age. So we played and then went to sleep.
I woke up at 9 : 35 in the morning. Today is the first roza. I wanted to keep my first roza but my mom said when we get home I should keep it. My dad said to go change my clothes and brush my teeth . Then I went down for breakfast. Now I had my breakfast the food was great. We played a lot. After this we took some rest. Then we played musical chairs. After this we did Aftar. I forgot to mention that were we did Aftar was at the place we were going to stay . So the place we were in the morning we went to get our things from there. We got our stuff from there now so we changed our clothes and went to sleep. I forgot to mention that they also had a daughter my age we played a lot.
We woke up early in the morning and left at 11 o’clock. We will be heading to Sharjah. You see today we are going back home today because 13 days are over. Time for rest. It is so tiring for my dad because they were driving the whole time. On the way you can only see loads of deserts. Well time for rest. We have now crossed the border for Dubai. Now we are in U.A.E. It took 4 hours to get home. We have now reached home. We changed our bed sheets and changed our clothes and went to sleep. This was the best experience in my life and I will never forget it.