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Hajj 2024: Essential Tips for Indonesian Pilgrims at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi

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The pilgrims at Nabawi. (Photo: MCH 2024 Kemenag RI)
The pilgrims at Nabawi. (Photo: MCH 2024 Kemenag RI)
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TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – For Indonesian Hajj 2024 pilgrims in Madinah, performing prayers at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi is a spiritual highlight. However, to ensure a smooth and fulfilling experience, it's important to follow some practical tips. 

Arrive Early to Secure Your Spot

Pilgrims are advised to leave their hotels at least one to two hours before the adhan (call to prayer). This is crucial because as prayer time approaches, the mosque's security personnel, known as askar, begin closing many of the entrances. Arriving early helps avoid the rush and ensures you can enter the mosque without difficulty.

Special Considerations for Fridays

On Fridays, the importance of arriving early is even more pronounced. One hour before the adhan, the gates to the mosque are closed and guarded by the askar. Latecomers are often unable to enter, making it essential to plan your visit well in advance to participate in the Jummah prayers.

Prepare for Outdoor Conditions

If you find yourself unable to enter the mosque and need to pray in the courtyard or on the rooftop, be prepared for potentially harsh conditions. The sun can make these areas extremely hot. Bringing a prayer mat or carpet can provide some comfort.

Footwear is Essential

A significant number of pilgrims suffer burns on their feet due to the hot ground surfaces. Always wear sandals or suitable footwear when walking in the courtyard or on the rooftop. This simple precaution can prevent painful burns and blisters.

Avoid Peak Times for Smooth Entry

Many pilgrims arrive just before or during the adhan, leading to crowded conditions and closed entrances, particularly in areas designated for women. Planning to arrive early helps avoid this rush and ensures a more peaceful entry into the mosque.

Consider Waiting to Return

After prayers, it might be beneficial to wait until the crowd disperses before returning to your hotel. This helps avoid the congestion and reduces the risk of injury or health issues due to pushing and shoving in the crowd.

**Stay Hydrated and Protected**

Given the intense heat in Madinah, staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun is crucial. Carry a water bottle, wear a hat, or use an umbrella for shade to stay comfortable while waiting outside.

Real Experiences and Observations

Asep, an Indonesian pilgrim, emphasized the importance of arriving early. "If you want to perform the obligatory prayers at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, you have to arrive well before the adhan to secure a spot inside," Asep said in Madinah on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. He noted that praying in the courtyard can be uncomfortable due to the heat, especially without a carpet.

Hamid, another pilgrim from Makassar, also stressed the need to leave early. "I leave my hotel before the adhan to ensure I’m not late," he said, recounting his routine to avoid missing prayer times.

KH Abdul Mukti, a religious guide from the Madinah Working Area, advised all Indonesian pilgrims to leave at least one to two hours before the adhan. He noted the increasing number of pilgrims in Madinah, which has led to more crowded conditions.

By following these tips, pilgrims can enhance their prayer experience at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi during Hajj 2024 pilgrimage, ensuring they can participate fully and comfortably in this important aspect of their pilgrimage. (*)

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