Everyone would know that the Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia performed by Muslims globally during a specific time of the year (in the Islamic month of Zulhijjah to be exact) but not everyone would know what the Umrah is. For the benefit of our non-Muslim readers in particular, the Umrah is the lesser known pilgrimage to Mecca that may be performed at anytime of the year. While it is a religious duty for every able-bodied and financially capable Muslim to perform the Hajj at least once in his or her lifetime, the Umrah is not obligatory but highly encouraged. The Umrah includes some of the rituals of the Hajj but there are fewer of them so it tends to be less demanding. In addition to performing the rituals, Muslims also take the opportunity to visit sites of Islamic historical significance including those in Madinah, the city where the early Muslim community (Ummah in Arabic) developed under the leadership of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Unto Him).
There’s so much more to the Umrah and Hajj but we leave you to search more on the subject should you be inclined. For now, here are some photographs taken by friends of Al-Musafir who were there recently performing the Umrah.
>1.5 billion Muslims, no matter where they are, face towards the Ka’aba located in the centre of the Grand Mosque in Mecca when performing their prayers in a display of unity to worship Allah (one God).
Lots of construction going on now to expand the capacity of the Grand Mosque of Mecca.
Masjid Quba is known to be the first mosque ever built.
Inside Masjid Al-Nabawi (The Prophet’s Mosque) in Madinah.
Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace Be Unto Him) final resting place is underneath the green dome.
Another view from inside Masjid Al-Nabawi.
One of the massive doors of Masjid Al-Nabawi.
Masjid Al-Nabawi as seen from the inside out. Large umbrellas outside retract at night.
One of many minarets at Masjid Al-Nabawi. Outside, huge umbrellas provide shade for worshippers during the day.
Masjid Al-Nabawi at dusk. Notice that the large umbrellas that provide shade during the day are retracted.
LoveOn Cafe is just about the strangest name we’ve come across of any cafe. It is also likely the only Halal cafe in Australia, for now at least. Whilst the coffees in cafes around Australia are perfectly fine to drink but the food almost always is not Halal. Here’s a place where you can actually have coffee and eat the food too. Tasty, generous portions of typical cafe fare (some not so typical like the Banglar Promise – capati & dhal curry) and even better coffee. Reasonably priced too. Can’t ask for more.
By the time we finished our meal, we didn’t get to try the baked goods because we were so full. Fig and dark chocolate muffins, orange and chocolate slices, and mango and passion fruit cupcakes among others. Next time then.
We got a chance to chat with owner and passionate barista Rashed Kabir who told us that his vision was to not only dish out great coffee and food but make it accessible to everyone including Muslims who would normally not be able to enjoy cafe food. Looks like he has succeeded and we thank him for that.
Address: 39 Gladstone Road, Mile End 5031, South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8234 5395
Hours: 7am – 5:00pm daily except Tuesday
Rustic and inviting interior.
Poached eggs and smoked salmon on rye.
Garlic & parsley chips.
Latte would have looked better if I didn’t spill it 🙂