30 MORE | Umrah – Day 1 – Madinah, Saudi Arabia – Friday May 27 2011


Earlier tonight, after praying Maghrib in the Darul Khair Masjid in Flemingdon Park neighbourhood in North York, I spent about 20 minutes searching the western skies for the new moon.

My search took me to Don Mills Road, across from the Ontario Science Centre.

With highrise towers no longer blocking the view, and only the tree tops fencing in the parking lot, I had fully expected to see the new moon.

SubhanAllah, nope. Not tonight. Marshmallow clouds hazed the horizon.

I emailed my report of a Negative Moonsighting to Br. Khalid Shaukat over at Moonsighting.com.

All the while, I was recalling how for the past three years, I intended to properly blog about my Umrah, the minor pilgrimage, to Makkah, and Zirayah, visit to Madinah, back in 2011.

So that’s what the above video is about along with an archive of tweets which follow these words.

Each day, for the following nine days leading to Eid-al-Adha 2014, beginning tonight, you will see a story of a video plus a collection of tweets related to it… InshAllah.

My Umrah was technically, and correctly, only a few hours in length in the City of Makkah.

However, if you the dear reader of this blog, will forgive me, the titles of this and following nine blog posts will include the word Umrah.

Bismillah. Let us begin our Journey . . . Together . . .

Emirates EK 0242 YYZ  DXB twitpic-com-52iv7x

786 labaikhAllahumalabaikh Ana MuSafir-al-Umrah twitpic-com-52j9xm

Seat 55D EK 0242 twitpic-com-52jnyv

I lost my window seat when checking-in Was so these three well-behaved kids could be together Cool - twitpic-com-52jsmk

Being Muslim en-route to Holy Land, only way to join MileHighClub is if I sexually-harass myself - twitpic-com-52rws0

WheelsDown DXB --- twitpic-com-52sfd5

Emirates EK 0242 - This Airbus has double deck disembarking - First class above with Economy below - twitpic-com-52so1u

During the flight, Emirates kept displaying The Qiblah -direction towards Makkah- as it changed - twitpic-com-52tgpw

This is a Qiblah sticker stuck on the ceiling of the mihrab inside larger of 2 DXB Prayer Rooms - twitpic-com-52ti2n

Here's the larger of the two Prayer Rooms in DXB Terminal 3 -Did Dhuhr+Asr here right after landing - twitpic-com-52tj93

When you see bedouins competing in construction of tall buildings - Sahih Muslim - twitpic-com-52tqvo

Giant World Map of Country-Code Top-Level-Domains ccTLD spotted in DXB Terminal 3 - twitpic-com-52uw2u

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