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Religious Obligation/Tourism in Saudi Arabia

When it comes to travelling people want different things out of it. For most people it’s about cultural interconnection, for some it is about adventure and unwinding, while others have managed to make it a way of life. For me, travel is something I would like to acknowledge and experience every four to six months. In December 2018, I  travelled back and forth to three different countries (Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria) and it was an amazing experience.

Now let’s speak about the elephant in the room. I hear the screams of “what were you doing in Saudi Arabia?”. It’s no doubt that Saudi Arabia is a rich country, however, the House of Saud have continued to govern through repression and lack of fundamental value for human rights. Let’s leave that aside.

Why was I in Saudi Arabia?

I went for Umrah. Umrah is “the non-mandatory lesser pilgrimage made by Muslims to Mecca, which may be performed at any time of the year.” I barely spent a week, but this experience gave me a sense of peace, aided in my attainment of holiness, and obliged me with the word“belief.”

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

My journey wasn’t limited to Umrah. We also visited Jeddah and Medina where the prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) is buried. Right from Ihram (a sacred state) up until Tawaf (round the Kaaba), I knew within me this was going to be a sacred experience.

Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina, Saudi Arabia

Overall, I learnt the true definition of the DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY and I am grateful for this privileged experience.