Worth-it Travel with Fam

AsSalam Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

So last month, I traveled to the East with my parents for a 3-week vacation. It was a wonderful experience although we were trapped in a typhoon during the tour in the last week. Basically I’m blogging these to share ideas in case you want to go for a vacation and explore new places.

First week: Philippines

According to our dear friend Wikipedia, “The Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.” (See more here in Wikipedia)

I stayed in Manila, which is the capital city of the country. Phlippines by the way is a non-Islamic country. Christianity or Roman Catholic is the most practiced religion there. People practicing Islam are less than 10% and they are living mainly in the southern part of the country. This explains why it was so rare to see hijabis around me. Nevertheless, it didn’t make me feel awkward at all. It made me feel protected even. My heart is jumping for joy whenever I see people wearing hijabs around me. My family, who are not Muslims by the way, are so supportive of me wearing my hijab and regarding food preferences Alhamdulillah.

Searching for halal foods was a challenge but there are halal restaurants nearby and some supermarkets in the mall are selling halal chicken or beef. I preferred to eat at home because the dishes cooked by my mother is the best. I spent almost everyday eating seafoods.

There are no prayer rooms in the mall so I used the breastfeeding stations/rooms for praying. It’s a perfect spot because they are making sure each cubicles are clean, the space is big enough for me to do my prayers and most of the time it’s quiet because all babies are feeding. Haha. I just had to talk nicely to the person in charge to allow me. I tried using fitting rooms before but some are a little bit small and doesn’t give me enough space to do Rukoo.

Second week: Singapore

It’s not my first time to go to Singapore, I think 3rd or 4th, and I will keep on coming back there if I have the chance. In Shaa Allah. Singapore is a very small country but it has so many nice places to visit. On top of that, I always love to be in Singapore because there are many Muslims, hijabis everywhere! Masjids and halal restaurants are easy to find. The malls have food section that offers halal foods and best thing is they are separating the utensils used for halal and non-halal foods. Alhamdulillah!

Cutlery is STRICTLY for HALAL food consumption ONLY.  I am so happy!

This photo was taken in  Changi Airport. This airport always amazes me because it is so beautiful, clean, organized and always have new things to look forward to.

Ma Shaa Allah!

Most of the time, I was staying at my brother’s home. I was making the most of my time playing with my so adorable nieces. We went for a weekend staycation in a hotel though near the airport. In case you will be coming here, Capri by Fraser hotel residences is a good place to stay for a weekend private bonding with your family. This hotel is near the airport but a little bit far from the famous tourist spots. Within the area is a mall which has halal foods and outlet shops for brands like Nike, Clarks and so on.

Third Week: Back to Philippines for a tour

The last week of my vacation was spent back in Philippines but out of the city. We travelled by land for 8 hours going to the North. It was almost ruined because of the typhoon but Alhamdulillah we were able to visit some places and the beach!

Notice the clouds, they are about to cry! Haha. I’m out of the sandbox! Yey! Unfortunately this photo doesn’t give justice to the real beauty of the beach. SubhanAllah!

They have this sand dunes experience but I was so scared to do it. (My 62-year old aunt did!) I just jumped in this truck to have this photo taken. Lol

A week ago, I came back here in the sandbox and I was welcomed with a 42 deg C temperature! Let me go back to the beeeeaaaccchh!! Lol.

Alhamdulillah for the safe travels and fun adventures with the family.

I am looking forward to another travel and top of my list now are Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Jordan. In shaa Allah ❤️

 

 

My Ramadan-Eid Update

AsSalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuh!

Yey! I finally got time to lay my hands on my laptop and write something here in my blog after being M-I-A for quite sometime. Well, I intended not to write anything during Ramadan as I mentioned in my previous post and I got so busy fixing things after the Eid. Unfortunately, couple of days ago, I was having high grade fever due to viral illness, I think. I’m self-diagnosing here. HAHA. Well, because I didn’t have any significant clinical symptoms to worry of except that I think my body didn’t tolerate the 45-50 degrees Celcius temperature nowadays here in Saudi. It is way too hot to go outside during daytime! And when we opt to go out at night, there is humidity that makes us sweaty and sticky! Yikes! But don’t worry, I am feeling better now,  Alhamdulillah.

By the way, Eid Mubarak everyone!

I hope that everybody achieved their Ramadan goals and enjoyed Eid Al-Fitr celebrations!

May Allah accept our good deeds, forgive our transgressions and answer our prayers. Amin Ya Rabb!

May Allah make us reach and experience more Ramadan ahead. Amin Ya Rabb!

Late last year, my husband and I moved to a new apartment and we chose to live near a masjid because we love hearing the Adhan and the prayers. The masjid is a 3-minute walk from our building. So during the Ramadan this year, it was so easy for us to go for Taraweeh and Tahajjud. Alhamdulillah.

There is a hadith regarding women’s praying at home than going in the masjid that goes:

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “A woman’s prayer in her room is better than her prayer in her courtyard, and her prayer in her cabinet is better than her prayer in her room.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, 570; al-Tirmidhi, 1173. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1/136). 

But why did I go to the masjid for Taraweeh and Tahajjud? Definitely not to show off people that I am praying, instead because I felt it is more beneficial for me. I searched and read different fatwas about it and here are some I came across with.

There is nothing wrong with a woman praying Taraweeh or other prayers in the mosque, with the congregation of men, especially if that will be more effective in encouraging her to offer a lengthy prayer, and will help her to do that regularly, even if offering prayers – both obligatory and supererogatory – at home is better for her – in principle – than her offering prayers in the mosque. 

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: 

What is the Islamic ruling on a woman praying Taraweeh in the mosque? 

He replied: The basic principle with regard to a woman’s prayer is that her home is preferable and better for her, but if she thinks that there is an interest to be served by praying in the mosque, so long as she covers herself properly, because that is more motivating for her, or because she can benefit from listening to lessons, then there is nothing wrong with that, praise be to Allah. It is also good because of what it involves of great benefits and encouraging people to do righteous deeds.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: 

It is better for her to pray Taraweeh at home, but if praying in the mosque is more motivating for her and helps her to focus better, and if she prays at home she fears that she may neglect her prayer, then in this case the mosque may be better. 

I had a permission from my husband as well to pray in the masjid. There was no issue regarding the mixing of men and women because the masjid has totally separate areas  and entrances for both. In fact, I was so happy during those times because I found a new friend, an old woman, who admires the reverts a lot and taught me of some things regarding prayer which I didn’t know from before. And Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

So during the last few days of Ramadan, we went to Makkah for Umrah and visited Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah. Alhamdulillah, Allah facilitated our travel. As expected, it was so crowded but Alhamdulillah it is indeed a great opportunity to be able to come back there. Our travel went smoothly except for the journey in the plane from Jeddah to Madinah where we experienced air turbulence, (just like the last time we travelled that we ended up in the airport’s clinic, Fasting + Air Turbulence + Motion Sickness). I was holding the vomit bag in my hand the whole time! It reminded me of the roller coaster ride I had when I was a kid which ended my love for rollercoasters. I hope this will not end my love for airplanes HAHA.

We stayed for 3 days in Makkah. We were there when the news about the foiled terrorist attack happened. I didn’t hear any blast because the hotel we stayed is away from the area but I noticed a lot of police cars and fire fighters’ siren more than the usual. It got me scared a little bit but my faith to my Creator Allah is greater. I know that He will not let any harm happen especially in the Al Masjid Al Haram.

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May Allah facilitate for every Muslim to come here and do Umrah and Hajj. Amin Ya Rabb!

We headed to Madinah one day before the Eid and stayed there for 4 days. Ahhh. the peace and tranquility of the city of Madinah, at last away from the noisy and busy life.  Hearing the Adhan and prayers from there give me a feeling of calmness. How I wish I can live there. The beauty of the Masjid An-Nabawi is really making me feel so delighted, overwhelming happiness it is.

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During the Eid, the people are already praying in the street and the lobby of the hotel where we stayed. The masjid was packed with worshippers. Children are all dressed up and they all looked adorable! As a revert, I only have my husband as my Muslim family so I was so happy when we celebrated it in Madinah. We celebrated with the Muslim Umma. Alhamdulillah!

Forgive me for my flight of ideas and so unorganized post. I really don’t have enough time to sit because I’m still busy taking care of the things left at home when we went for vacation and I am still trying to have enough rest and recuperate from my illness for I will be traveling again next week, somewhere in the far east and my much loved place  In Shaa Allah. 

 

 

 

 

 

A glimpse

Today I was clearing up my phone’s photo albums to save up some memory and I came across with these precious photos. It was indeed a blessing that Allah عز و جل facilitated for me an opportunity to visit the Holy Masjid of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Please don’t think that I am showing off for posting this, instead, I just want to share the experience I had and I am asking Allah to bring all the Muslims in the Holy City of Makkah and Madina. Ya Rabb!

I will not tell much details about our trip but if you want to ask some things, it will be my pleasure to answer you if I can. In shaa Allah.

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The beautiful view from my hotel room.

My husband and I went here last year during the holy month of Ramadan. Personally, I would like to live here. The surrounding is so serene and it keeps my heart at peace. SubhanAllah!

Luckily, there was an exhibit going on there last year when we went. I don’t have any idea if it is still open nowadays but I hope it is because it is so beneficial.

They had an exhibit of the 99 Names of Allah, The life of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ and the Holy Qur’an.

We were able to see the old hand-written Qur’ans with pure gold used as ink, written in deer skin and in different sizes! Here are some of the snaps.

I’m sorry my photos don’t give justice to the beauty of the Qur’an. They are so magnificent when  you will see it for real. Ma shaa Allah!