Saturday, January 20, 2007

Last year when we decided we where going to do hajj and that my youngest brother will be joining us, I had great pleasure in teasing and threating him that I would pull his ihram off, for a whole year he would be the butt (excuse the pun) of every one of my jokes ha ha ha, so you can imagine I couldn't resist running after him at jeddah airport....


the kid new how to tie his ihram, I am happy to say that during the duration of hajj his ihram stayed well in place, so congratulations bro you did it, round of a applause...

we where like cat and dog with each other, continuously annoying one another, he was the only child in the group so he would get really bored and would find ways of amusing himself, usually it would mean getting in my way and making a nuisance of himself, although he did entertain us, the only time he was quite and peaceful was when he was alseep, put the kid anywhere and he would fall asleep, kinda like my father, im th etotal opposite i cant sleep unless i'm comfortable..














I have heard horror stories about jeddah airport, so I was expecting the worse, people say you wait hours upon hours at jeddah airport and that you get moved from one place to the next etc... We got of the plane and walked down some stairs and entered a room where we had to sit until given some cards to fill in our details, that took minutes, then we where moved to the next section, I was sat right at the back and infront of me was a sea of white...

we hadn't sat that long when they started calling people to the desk, they stamped our passports, obviously they have to ask the question of 'where are you originally from' and they wont let it be until you tell them, one guy said to us why did you leave your country and go live in the land of kufr, well the answer to that was obviously political which scared the living day lights out of him so you can imagine how fast he changed the subject looool, serves him right for being nosy...

we where very lucky alhamdullilah because we where told that the day we arroved was the last day they where accepting flights for hajj into jeddah so a day later and we wouldnt have been able to fly!!!

we got our luggage which alhamdullilah was intact and then was taken from us to be put on our mini bus. We walked out of the door to this sight:

massive airport, they took us to a secluded section in the middle of it, each country has its own section, I spotted Libya when we where walking to our section, they had rows of mini green flags plastered all over their section, you coudnt miss it.

we didn't have to wait that long alhamdullilah, just enough time to buy sim cards, pray, eat something and obviously visit the toilets which I didn't want to because of the horror stories that you hear but it was fine, clean, empty and no human samples in sight. The toilet sign is pretty cool:

see through nikabi woman to indicate woman's toilets and a man in a turban style head gear to indicate men's toilets. We had to move to another part of the airport where all the coaches and mini buses where, again our passports where checked and more stickers added to our passports, by the end of our trip our passports where double the size they where because of all the papers they add and staple into them.

we had to hand in our passports before boarding the coach and you don't really see them until the day you depart for home.

our jeddah experience has ended and we where beginning our journey to Mecca.......

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

your brother is very cute, MashaAllah.
I am glad your Jeddah experience was straight forward, I have heard horror stories about it as well but maybe people exadurate!
enjoyed it a lot, cant wait for part 2 :o)

Lebeeya said...

Your brother is sooo cute mashallah. How old is he? Does he look like you? :)

Enjoyed reading this post. Cant wait to hear about the Mecca adventures! and please more pictures of your brother :)

Anonymous said...

Aaaww lil bro looks cut when sleeping mashaAllah. Good to know his ihram stayed intact ;)

Reading these posts about hajj makes me feel like I'm there. Keep them coming homey!

Anonymous said...

I meant cute by the way...not cut.

white african said...

thank you anglo and lebeeya, dont be decieved by his looks, he is a professional at being annoying :)

lebeeya he is 12 and people say he looks like similar to me so he is lucky :)

glad my br looks cut native :D

typing up these posts is keeping my memory of hajj fresh in my mind.

Anonymous said...

awww...MashaAllah! So you've already been the guest of Allah ...May Allah accept your hajj..ameen

white african said...

ameen and thank you creation.

Brave Heart said...

the thing i didnt kike it ur story is thr police officer.alhedullilh he wont be there ih al jana's doors