Channel: Mufti Menk
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. My beloved brothers, my sisters.
Today I'd like to speak to you about the experience of the holy lands. The experience in Makkah and Madina. Munawwara, this Ramadan 2022 today being the 17th of April, mashallah, do you know that there are millions of people in Mecca and Medina, we've almost returned to normal after the
virus. And we, yes, there are a few restrictions, but not not too many. Now, in order to travel to the holy lands, you obviously need a visa. They are some of the first world countries,
holders of those passports can apply online for an E visa, it's quite easy. It takes a minute or two. It's a tourist visa, and you are allowed to come for ombre, with that particular visa, not 400. But camera. Yes. And if you have one of the visas of one of the countries, I think it's the US, the UK, and any one of the Schengen countries, if I'm not mistaken, you can check on that. Inshallah, if you have a multiple entry long term visa for one of those countries, and you've used that visa at least once and you're flying on a national airline of Saudi Arabia, you wouldn't be able to get what is known as a visa on arrival. So you've got no visa for Saudi Arabia, but you've got a visa for one
of those countries, you've used it once at least. And it's still valid, it's a multiple entry, and you're flying on a national carrier, you enter the airport, and on arrival, it takes about half an hour to 45 minutes, it costs exactly the same about $120 Somewhere there. And you would then get a 12 month multiple tourist visa. So I'm mentioning this just to show you how easy it is to get in
And obviously, if you don't have any one of those visas, and you have a passport from one of the countries that doesn't have a visa facility, and you'll have to apply through the embassy.
Now when you get here, it's very important that you learn how to do the ombre you learn more about Makkah and Medina before you come. I want to talk about a certain experience connected to the masjid itself. You see, in order to get to make the salaam upon the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, visit his grave. You don't need a pass, you just need to line up and
you know, continue through that line. In about 510 minutes you're walking through in front, the only thing is they don't allow you to stop. So you have to make your Salam quite quickly. Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Allah Omar El Faro, Kavya Lang, and the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to begin with Alhamdulillah and you will proceed in order to make the flow. If you'd like to spend some time in the role, which is open for both male and female, it's a little bit more difficult because they've restricted it and you need a pass. Although some of the days they don't really look at the past because the crowd is just too big. So you need to have some applications on your phone
where you can book a slot, it takes a while it takes an hour or two sometimes more to even to get in. Once you're in they give you about 10 minutes and then you have to leave.
But that's as far as the role that goes which is a piece of paradise, you make your units of prayer you call out to Allah you make dua whatever else you'd like to do a bit of vicar and then you go away.
But if you would like to have a good place to sit for salatu tarawih this is what you need to do you see the time of solitude also you need to make sure that you have entered early for Salah to Lhasa and when you normally they close the gates quite early so if you've gotten early before Salah to Lawson, you would definitely get a place and if you get a good place
you can sit after Salah Plaza all the way to Marieb to Asia and you have a beautiful place and mashallah that's how it works. So people go into the Haram very early because remember you spending your money time effort energy to come in Ramadan, that is the Haram you know you spend you maximize the time but after Salah to acid you could leave and come back an hour before Marguerite otherwise you may be compromising. You know, they they close once the place gets relatively full, and they let you sit outside or sometimes they open the roof. You sit on the roof, and so Subhanallah to get there early is of essence, so an hour before martyrdom and then you you sit you make your DUA yo
Tilawat or Quran or of God you might meet one or two people get to know people is also an act of worship, to get to know people from different countries to talk to them and so on is also an act of worship. And then the Iftar
They have a standard Iftar generally, and you have the Iftar they give you approximately 10 minutes after that to finish off having your yogurt and date and a little bit of bread and water and a bit of perhaps coffee or tea and then Salah to Madrid happens after sala de Madrid many people leave but they leave just for about 45 minutes and they come back 45 minutes an hour and then they come back. Come back for salata, Asia and tarawih, you need to be there well before a LAN because again, it gets full, especially in the weekends, you've got to know the weekends, you know, if you're visiting during a weekend, you must come much earlier because the place definitely gets full. So the same
applies after Salah to taraweeh many people will leave and then people come very early for solid and fragile as well. So you know you cannot just eat up to the last minute. You eat and drink. And then you leave for the masjid in the masjid. You can eat and drink meaning you can drink because there's no food in the masjid. But you can drink and maybe have a few dates up to the last minute yes that's fine but not outside because if you're going to be doing that you're going to miss entering the Haram and then you go into the masjid And subhanAllah you enjoy your time and you make your other cardio Ibadah they have a dawn of Fajr beautiful peace serenity mashallah and after that the you
have the salah of Fajr and thereafter you come back and mashallah, as for Salah over it's not so bad you can even come with the event
because that Salah at the masjid is not so packed. Some people who live far away from the Haram don't come for Salat of Lahore always but they would come for us or Marie mainly Maghrib Isha and a lot of the times Fajr as well. So I thought I'd share that experience with you. It's amazing. It's Salah Tong V max GD ha for bloomin Alfie Salatin, FEMA, Cy il Masjid Al haram.
Salah, a prayer in this Masjid of the Prophet, peace be upon him he says in this Masjid of mine is a greater in reward than 1000 prayers that are offered elsewhere besides the Masjid Al haram and Makoto carnamah. Now, the same applies in Makkah, where there is tawaf happening. There are different rules and regulations there in sha Allah. Perhaps tomorrow, I may speak about Makaton mokara and how it is seeing that I will probably be insha Allah speaking from muckety muck Rama tomorrow may Allah bless everyone and grant us goodness and ease Apollo kolyada was salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.