Tell Me a Secret: Peace & Luxury

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Peace & Luxury

I have been away for a while, and that's only because I wasn't in Jordan, I was in Saudi Arabia.

And typically you would again guess that I was in a terrorist's training camp but I am deeply sorry to disappoint you again, as I explained before my visit to Syria last year was for fun, while this visit to KSA was for an entirely different mission: Omrah.

Omrah is, for those who don't know, a small form of Hajj (pilgrimage) and it can be done at any given time of the year, while hajj should be done in specific time of the year, and also omrah is kind of a brief of hajj, the rituals are less and it takes about couple of hours to finish it, while hajj takes days. Omrah and hajj must take place in Mecca, nevertheless, a lot of people that go to KSA for omrah or hajj go first to Almadeena, another city which has another very holy mosque that we call the prophet's mosque, where prophet Mohammed peace be upon him is buried now along with two of the most important (if not THE two most important) people in Islam after the prophet pbuh and those are Abu bakr and Omar.

And just for a little history lesson Islam started in Mecca but people of Mecca didn't support it and hurt the prophet pbuh and all those that followed him, so he had to move to Almadeena where he was received very warmly and his call for the new religion was widely accepted, and he lived in it for a long time and a lot of the major events in Islam happened in it. Later as Islam spread and people knew what it is about and started to convert to it secretly and got stronger and more people joined it, he went back to Mecca and was this time received in a better way, and people of Mecca joined him and embraced Islam. And till this very day you find that people of Almadeena are very kind and friendly, while People of Mecca are more tough.

The two mosques, both the prophet mosque in Almadeena and the Ka'ba in Mecca are considered the most holy, the third very holy mosque in Islam is Alaqsa mosque in Alquds (Juralism) in Palestine.

My trip was planned to be 11 days, three to be spent in Almadeena, 5 to be spent in Mecca and two days will be lost on the way to them, between them and back home. Since the trip was organized by my university and the only program they had was to go by bus, I had no other options and had to take it. It's about 24 hours in bus to reach Almadeena and then other 6 hours to reach Mecca after that (after spending three days in Madeena as I said), which makes your way back to Jordan a long thirty something hours in bus (straight from Mecca to Amman), which wasn't really that tiring being with students of my age and friends that one enjoys their company.

So!

The first city we went through when we entered KSA was Tabuk, and one of the people of Tabuk knows one of the people in our bus, so he invited us, all the 47 people of us + the driver to dinner at his house, that was such an Iraqi kind of behavior. The lovely way they welcomed us in their house and the taste of the food I have to say, in our first stop and experience in that country attempted us all to raise our hopes about spending a pleasant time there, and how right were we about that!

I loved the mosque in Almadeena more than the one in Mecca although it's where you make the omrah, Almadeena mosque gives you, as huge as it is, the feeling of peace and serenity and a lot of spirituality, and you can relate to it very quickly and love it, truly every moment in it is a quality time. Mecca mosque creates the feeling of the mightiness and glory of God; it's a feeling of holiness and greatness of God. You can't not think how great it is to see people of all kinds, all ages, all races, black, white, yellow, Chinese, American, Indians, Arabs...You name it, all kind of people, speaking all kind of languages, all of them gathering in one place, wearing the same simple peaces of cloth, traveled from all around the world and left their countries, spent a lot of money to go to that place and worship God and seek his forgiveness, clean their souls and get closer to him. It's such a beautiful feeling, a beautiful feeling of brotherhood.

It was a great spiritual training course, where one refreshes his faith and remembers that we once were dust and will be again, to remember to do the good deeds in his life that will be the only things that matter after he dies.


Still!!!


One can't help noticing the luxury in everything in that country, the fancy cars that you might not find in any other place including the countries that make these cars, the dazzling beauty of the insanely expensive Swiss watches, the blinding brightness of gold and diamonds that cover the walls and every inch other than the ground and ceiling in the jewel shops... And the list goes on, and due to the changes in international prices of oil the prices of gas also changed recently in KSA, they were reduced to the half!!!

It's a rich country that is also rich with its spirituality, that's the impression a visitor leaves with. And in spite of all the huge critics I have for the royal family, and their terrible, terrible politics that follow the white house, and that they allowed the American army to build military bases in it, and the corruption that you hear about all the time in that family, in spite of all that, you can't not be thankful for them for what they made of that desert their country sits on, a beautifully built country, the best of the technology of the world can be found in it, they have the money to get it so why not!

They already have mobile phone networks with 3G capability which I am sure most of Americans for example haven't even heard of yet, a fast internet connection on your mobile phone enables you not only to browse the net and access your email, but also to make video calls and watch your favorite show live if you can't make it to your house in the right time to watch it, upload and download to the net in high speed, GPS, etc. The sector of communications in the middle east generally is very advanced (a bit old compared to Japan, very very advanced compared to USA) but what I saw in KSA was better than the one we have in Jordan this far.

People are nice and friendly generally, aloooooooooooooooooooooot of foreigners and specially Indians and Pakistanis, so after a short visit you end up speaking Arabic and English
h with an Indian accent cause you have to learn to communicate with all Pakistanis and Indians that sell all kind of things around the mosques in Mecca and Almadeena.

It's brutally hot, it must have been over 50 Celsius degrees in Mecca, and it as over 38 (about 100 Fahrenheit) during the night in Almadeena. But the whole country is air conditioned; cars, shops, malls, mosques and even public schools have air conditioning units, not that it's not expected in such a rich country but still you have to see how surprised was the Saudi guy
that told me the part about schools, for seeing me surprised about it!! haha:) I mean that is a lot of air conditioning units! Every room in every public school! How “cool” is that? ;)

I did a small research about the Madeena mosque, and was sick in the last days of Mecca so I couldn't make one about it, and here are the results of my brief research about the mosque in Madeena:


*Area of the Mosque itself: 165 000 square meter.

*Area of the land surrounding it: 235 00squarete meters, the 45 000 square meters surrouding the mosque directly are covered with white marble that reflects heat so people can walk on it with barefoot, and when needed stand on it to pray, while the rest is covered witcoloreded marble. And these lands are lighted by 151 small lighting towers.

*Number of wooden gates of the mosque: 142 big wooden gates, distributed on all sides.

*The mosque has 27 sliding domes. The

y slide Automatically under control of computers when the weather is suitable to provide betteaerationon and sun lightEachch of 18m diameter that covers about 324 square meters of the mosque's ground and each of the domes weighs about 80 tons.


*In the peak time, part of the roof, which is about 67000 square meters can be opened for about 90 000 people to pray in it.

*The mosque, all of it, has the capacity to contain about 1 000 000 person praying at the same time in the peak times.

*There are two areas inside the mosques that don't have a ceiling, and that are covered with huge automatic umbrellas, 6 of them in each of the two areas, they also are connected to computers to fold them when weatheallowses, using motors that are so silent that you can't possibly hear them even if you are right under the umbrella. These areas are important also to give you sensece of time, because the mosque is so huge and lighted all the time day and night from the inside, and people spend long times inside it, so it's very easy to lose sense of time. Although there are a lot of giant watches hanging from the ceiling everywhere to tell the time and the exact time of the five prayers for that day, still nothing can replace the delightful light of sun, although you wouldn't exactly call it delightful at noon times haha:)

*The mosque store houses have 7669 rugs, each of 3*5 meters. About 7200 of them can be on the ground of the mosque at the same time in addition to 2560 smaller ones, and when they are they get cleaned twice a day, all of them, and they are carried and relocated usinvehicleses that work on batteries and not gas so they don't pollute the environment of the mosque.


*The mosque have a basement. Part of it is used as parking lots that can have up to 4500 cars in them. And the rest of the basement includes other facilities that I will mention some of them later.


*The mosque iequippeded witnumerousus security cameras, but for the purpose of TV transmission (since the sunset prayer ibroadcasteded live everyday on Saudi TV everyday from this mosque) there are 20 full size TV cameras (like the big Beta cameras you see in shooting sets), fixed on the walls around the mosque, that can cover enough angles to do the transmission, all of the cameras are connected to motors to move them to different directions from the control room.

*Inside the mosque, there are 7000 water containers spread everywhere, all filled with zamzam water, which is a holy water comes from a spring that is in Mecca. Water is brought from Mecca (about 400 kms away) and cooled using a special cooling unit, and then pumped into the 7000 mobile containers using 560 water intakes by the mosque staff.

*On each of the containers there are two holders, one for clean disposable cups and the other for the used ones. The mosque consumes 300 000 of these cups everyday. All distributed by hand and then all removed when used by hand too by the mosque staff. In Fridays that number is doubled to be 600 000 cups. In each of the Hajj days, that number becomes 900 000 cups everyday, and it increases even more during the month of Ramadan (which will start in about a week btw) to be about 1 200 000 cups every single day.

*The mosque includes all kind of facilities that you would expect, including a proper library that I couldn't even count the sections of it. But drew my attention that one of the section ispecializeded in disinfecting books and inscriptions. How cool is that? haha! To make sure that all books and specially the old most valuable ones are clean and healthy all the time:P

*You know that when Muslims want to pray they have to wash their face, arms and feet in a certain way, that's called " Wodoo' " in Arabic. So the facilities of the mosque include 5600 wodoo'2 units that consist of a place to sit on and a place to rest your foot on and faucet it, that are under ground in the area surrounding the mosque and are followed with 1890 WC units. Each one of these WC units also includes a shower. Everything so clean to the point that makes you wonder how can they do it.

*The mosque building have been improved many times since it was built during the time of the Prophet (pbuh) and the last extension was made during the time of late king Fahd. Now the mosque has 9 high minarets each of 104 meters in height and a tenths shorter one.

*Now you might wonder about the climate control system, and I have just the answer for that!

*The mosque has a UPS unit, that is slightly bigger than the one connected to your computer :P it consists of 8 big generators. And it lies seven kilometers to the west of the mosque, in a compound of 70 000 square meters that has in addition to the uninterruptible power supply, the air conditioning center.
The air conditioning system consists of 5 cooling machines, the compressors of each is of 3400 tons/hour (that is a lot, seriously a lot). And a sixth machine is standing by for emergencies.
These machines gives you cold water, that is pumped using 7 pumps each of good 450 hp towards the basement of the mosque in well isolated pipes, where natural air is put in contact with them to cool its temperature before it's sent to inside the mosque through the base of almost every column inside the mosque. The last extension alone has about 2104 of these huge columns, which serve not only as weight holders but also as holders for the incredible voice system (don’t even get me to start talking about the voice system!), the lights, each one has a shelf that goes around it and carries Qurans in different languages, it flows the cold air inside the mosque, and the base of each column is a square of about 1.5*1.5 meters and a height of about 0.5 meters, so you can lean your back on them when you sit on the ground.

That extension also includes 68 very big chandeliers, 110 smaller ones in addition to 20450 lighting units.

Only God knows how many people are working around the day, to make the mosque so clean all the time in spite of the unbelievabble numbers of people that enter it everyday.

That is about it! :)

I hope you liked it! :))

coming soon a post of picture! :)))


The holy mosque in Mecca, all the white and black dots covering the ground inside and outside it are people!! I believe the usual number is about 3 million people, and you can see the Ka'ba at the upper right quarter of the picture.



The holy mosque in Al-Madina, you can't see inside it from here but all the dots outside it are also people, which means that the inside is completely full too.


* Both pictures are posters that I bought, but are too large to be scanned using an A4 scanner So i took a picture of the posters using my phone camera, that you will be hearing from soon;)


47 Comments:

Blogger doha said...

very happy u did omrah..its a nice thing,walla

and its interestin to bring that subject out,organised and clear.

and i like that

9/16/2006 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Nadia said...

Nice to have you back Khalid! I am happy for your omrah. Please give my hellos to your beloved mother from me. Take care!

Peace
Nadia

9/16/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy to hear about the Medina mosque. Must be truly amazing in person. Glad to hear your report since unlikely I will ever get there.

Warm Regards,
BabaClay

9/16/2006 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Welcome back, Khalid. A wonderful report. Thank you!

It has recently been reported that the U.S. just experienced the second hottest summer on record. The hottest was in the 1930s. For about three weeks here it was desert-like conditions, day and night. Yuck. I am happy I was not around for the hottest one on record!

I hope you and your family enjoy the upcoming month of Ramadan.

Mimi in Missouri

9/16/2006 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

while this visit to KSA was for an entirely different mission:


Yeah sure, that's what they all say, right before they strap themselves into a VBED and drive off into the sunset towards paradise

9/16/2006 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Doha!!

how nice to see you here!
I am glad you liked it:)

Nadia:)

Thank you thank you!
i will make sure your hellos will reach her!

BabaClay:)

thanks for your comment!
Have some hope! maybe oneday you will come visit me and then go see it! who knows?:))

Mimi:)

Oh Mimi I am so glad you missed that hot day too!
aren't you gonna tell us were were you though?!

Mad Tom:)

very funny Tom, thanks for stopping by:)

9/17/2006 06:11:00 AM  
Blogger SKiZM said...

Thanks for the fascinating description of your adventures. You painted a pretty clear picture of your experience. I am glad you included some pictures.

9/17/2006 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh....Khalid, and with all that excitement, did you even think of your promise to send a postcard?:((
...and will I REALLY be hearing about/from that phone?
Believe it when I hear it:P
SEB
(Congrats on the fabulous wonderful trip:)

9/17/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

Hello Khalid,

I sent you an email, but you must be very busy, anyway. I just thought I would bring to your attention again:

In your 2005 Archives, the heading called "So".

You really need to go in there and take off that garbage that some creep left on your blog.

It's just that some people may be looking through your information to get interesting articles and insights, like I have...and then they will come across that vile junk. It really is apalling.

I know you like your delete button. So please...DELETE!

9/18/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Hi Khalid ... just passing through. Nice entry!

9/19/2006 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Khalid...
it is really amazing how do u describe things, u took me just right to Madina and Mecca!
and u added extra info. as well:-)and next time wanna go to Spain please:-)


i am getting so much excited to know more about ur nice personality..
Omra mubaraka
hope u will include us with ur prayers next time..
have a smiley shinney time:-)

HAPPY NAD

9/19/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Hi Khalid,

I just have to ask, you know me. is this part really true:

The first city we went through when we entered KSA was Tabuk, and one of the people of Tabuk knows one of the people in our bus, so he invited us, all the 47 people of us + the driver to dinner at his house

I mean I gust cant get over it. They just happen to have dinner for 47 ready... the bus driver agreed to stop at a random house because one guy said his cosine lives there...the tour insurance company was ok with that..they guy just happen to live near the bus route.. I mean I just don't get it. You weren't afraid that the bus stopped someplace off the regular itinerary.

This part of the story has been eating at me from the day I read it and I just can't get it straight in my head. I know ME culture is different from western, but this seem so strange to me. Could you help me understand.

9/20/2006 04:26:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments guys:))

Rhiannon, my dear, I am sure i didnt get any email from you, otherwise i would have replied for sure, could you please email me again? to khalidjarrar@gmail.com thanks:)


Happy Nad!

so nice to see you around, guys Happy Nad just openned a blog and joined the blog sphere, when she posts somethign i will give you a link.

MadTom:)

the guy in our bus called the hosts by phone, and they invited him and everyone with him, and they sent someoen with a car to lead us to their house, it wasnt completely on our way, but we were tired and didnt mind a dinner and a stop to rest at all! :)
It's not strange at all madtom, in KSA even every house has a room, seperated from the rest of the house and prepared to recieve a lot of guests at any moment. The society is just used to this, and thus there are lots of resturant that are willing to provide you with what you need in minimum time. our dinner was ten huge plates plates of flavoured rice (my God i gotta knwo what their spices are), on top of each of them five grilled chickens, in addition to uncountable ammounts of yougurt, salads and pepsi. so even if it was 70 people dinner would still have been enough to feed them. Poople are generous, and being generous to a guest specially is something particulary important to people in the ME.
when we left thier house, they were sad and tried their best to make us spend the night at their place too, all of us. and when we thanked them and didnt agree to, they lead us with their car to show us one of the important sites in the city close to them, before they lead us again to the way we should take to go to Madeena.

We do that too! :) if you ever visited us tom in our place in jordan, i promise you to have a pleasent time too:)

9/20/2006 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

oh and,

Skizm and Sebohan:

good to see you guys! thanks for your comments:)))
and i dont think i will ever be a good friend and remember to send that post card!

so sorry! :D

9/20/2006 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger The Spiral Staircase said...

Hi Khalid,

I just recently discovered your blog. Great stuff and information. Also, Nadia's blog is very good. I just went in to look around, and when I can find the time, I will be sure to circulate Nadia's articles to other blogs that need some serious head-shaking.

9/21/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger M & K said...

Nice blog Khalid. :p

Wa mabrook 3ashan al3umra!

9/21/2006 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Two first timers here! welcome guys:D hope to see you her always:)

The spiral starcase:

I am glad you liked Nadia's blog:))
When i talked the Nadia is opening a new blgo i was refering to HAPPy NAD that commented as ano., though:))

m & k:

shokran shokran, 3o2balkom!:))

9/21/2006 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Rhiannon, my Dear i sent you an email after i got your email (which is the second one you send) and then obviously you didnt get it and you sent me a third one, and i replied to that third one too, are you getting my emails?:)

9/21/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

Yes, Khalid, I got them! Thank you!

9/21/2006 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No postcards EVER??!?!?!?!
:((
:((
:((

...how about at least an email?
:P

9/21/2006 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

good:) i thought the mail guy lost them!;))

Sebohan, i found some really nice post cards! :D :D
I need your address again though, the one i have isnt very readable!
email it pelase:)

9/21/2006 08:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well what should we do as we go forward

Chavez Says U.S. Empire Will Soon Fall, Calls Bush 'Devil'

9/22/2006 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the major networks have 3G in America. You can watch live tv and everything if you have a phone that supports it. The problem is alot of Americans could care less about it.

9/23/2006 02:06:00 AM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

I saw Chavez on CNN. They showed him so many times. Now I really know what he looks like.

I think he's a great man for saying clearly what Bush is. Bush has lied so many times and done it with such pathetic childishness, I don't know who could find fault with what Chavez said. (well, yeah, I could, but anyway...)

Bush doesn't even attend the funerals of his slain soldiers. He could at least send a thank you note to the families for sacrificing their sons and daughters putting more money in his pocket - and into the pockets of his Zionist Elite buddies (who swarm around him, making sure he does their bidding.)

The Christian Right must be in an uproar.

Chavez may be just right about the USA "Empire". My take is this:

Israel has cost the US TAXPAYER 3 TIMES THE COST OF THE APOLLO MISSIONS. OVER 100 BILLION DOLLARS. That’s not even including the cost of the wars ( and not including this "monstrocity of a war" in Iraq) the US has fought for Israel.

The Americans should stand more to attention.

1. The flooding in the Southern states

2. Roads across the country falling apart

3. Their slipping edge of research and development

All these could have been intact and the USA could have stayed the world’s superpower for many more decades.

Since the Americans have allowed their corrupt government to support a belligerent nation – Israel - with all their money…they have guaranteed a hard fall for their children and grand children.

Maybe there is something very true in what Chavez is saying.

9/23/2006 03:40:00 AM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

Naom Chomsky must be pleased:

U.N. speech boosts sales of Chomsky book

NEW YORK — The U.N. address by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has had an unexpected impact — on the best seller lists of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

At the start of his talk last Wednesday, during which he referred to President Bush as "the devil," Chavez held up Noam Chomsky's book, "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance," and recommended it to everyone in the General Assembly, as well as to the American people.

"The people of the United States should read this ... instead of the watching Superman movies," Chavez later told reporters.

As of Thursday afternoon, "Hegemony or Survival," originally published in 2003, had jumped into the top 10 of Amazon, where it was ranked 20,664 the day before, and Barnes & Noble.com, from a previous ranking of 748.

Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, has ordered an additional paperback printing of 25,000 copies.

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Now my dad wants to get a copy. Watch, some of my uncles will be buying copies. Got to admit that now I'm really interested in the book. I didn't even know the book existed. My dad and I will have to share.

9/24/2006 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger SKiZM said...

Since you mentioned tax dollars, let's compare where the money goes, and where it could go.
http://socialistworker.org/OtherImages/WarPeaceSpending.gif
And Chavez is correct, we should ignore the Weapons of Mass Distraction keeping Americans Idle! I appreciate your input, Madtom. It speaks volumes.

9/26/2006 04:37:00 AM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

Well I had to laugh when I was watching CNN a couple of nights ago. I cannot remember the guy's name and he has appeared on CNN many times before. I'm sure it will come to me one day. Anyway, this guy finished his speech by saying that Israel is not the only one to receive money from the USA (well, duh, of course not) and in fact the USA gives more money to Muslims countries.

Well nothing like taking a lie and streeeetching into a truth. I believe that it was PME who stated very proudly that the Israelis "artfully" demolished the Lebanese infrastructure and that it was done for FREE for the Lebanese, and by the way, she continued, whose money helped pay for this?

Well gee, let's see: While Israel did spend billions, "artfully" demolishing homes, businesses, roads, etc, etc, that money actually did come from the USA. Can't imagine why she was thinking it was Israeli money.

I'm sure the Lebanese will send their thank-you notes to Israel and the USA for the new "artful" renovations of Lebanon. My what money can buy!

So far, since the middle of August, several children have been crippled and injured from cluster bombs left by Israel. About 12 children, so far that I know, have been killed.

More "thank you notes" for all that money spent on cluster bombs for the kids.

Thank you Condoleeza, we are really enjoying our new "birth pangs" as you call it.

Thank you on the behalf of Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan,Sudan, and Palestine...

The Arab world is richly blessed by your "DONATIONS".

9/27/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

CNN has been making me laugh quite a bit lately. Well actually, I laugh all the time when I watch CNN. Well if I'm not crying, then I'm laughing.

A couple days ago, Chris Wallace was interviewing Clinton. The next day, CNN is showing Clinton's outburst around the clock. It was hilarious. I know what they are up to. They need to smash Clinton to make Bush look good. Chavez must have done a lot of damage! LOTS OF SOUP FOR CHAVEZ and he never needs to wait in line!

It's a bit impossible to make Bush look good. It just can't be done. Unless one is looking at Bush through rose-colored Christian Right sunglasses.

9/28/2006 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

Hello, SKiZM, wherever you may be.

Thanks for all that data about the cost of war. It was interesting to see how all that money could go to funding education, healthcare and housing, which the USA is in desperate need of.

Let me also add that the war is costing greatly when you consider the increase of fatherless families in North America. We need those men here with their families, not in Iraq, aiding and abetting the murder of thousands Iraqi fathers on a yearly basis.

Fatherless children here, and fatherless children there. Not a healthy situation for the children as this can only have serious repercussions in years to come if not currently.

Let me also add that in the USA, 400,000 children go missing from orphanages every year. I know that is mind-boggling, but it is true. The speculation is they are murdered, raped or sold into slavery.

Funds being used for the war could be used to save the world's greatest resource of all: Children.

9/28/2006 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Hi Khalid,
3omrah makhbola inshalla
Nice post really. I wish I can go some day to Macca & al-Madeena.
Ind3eet le ?

9/29/2006 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

shokran shokran ya tara! so sorry ma d3etlich bas lil sinna d3et:P:P:P

9/29/2006 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger Konfused Kid said...

Dear Khalid,

Alef mabrooks for your Umra, and inshalla haji one day.
A second alef mabrooks for the holy month of Ramadhan.

You know I really wish I can go there, the impact must be quite emotional and soothing...

dunno if u know me or not but i'm a fellow iraqi blogger, i currently reside in Jordan too.

Peace, out.

9/29/2006 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Dear confused kid:)

Of coruse i know you! :)
I am a friend of Anarki:))

if you could, please talk to him to take my phone number so we can arrange a way to meet:)

or email me if Anarki left (did he?)

thanks for your comment:))

alla ybarik beek o yitqabbal minnak o yiktiblak 3omrah inshala:D

have a nice day bro:)

9/29/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is pretty notable

Former President Bill Clinton Defends Handling of Usama bin Laden in Combative FNC Interview

9/29/2006 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hi Khaled

Great to see you posting again.

Glad to see you made it to al makkah and al madinah.

One of my favourite memories of Damascus is of reading Ibn Batutah's account of the haj from Damascus in about 1350 melad. If people have enjoyed your travelogue they will enjoy Ibn Batutah.

I got to Cairo this summer and managed to make a day for myself to walk through the Islamic city. The walk from Al Ahzar mosque to Bab Sueila is marvellous.

You start to appreciate what the grandeur Cairo must have been in the middle ages when you see the walls and the thickness of the gate.

Glad you are back online

ps the big problem with 3G cameraphones is figuring out what to do if someone calls you when you are in the loo.

9/30/2006 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Look ya shereer,when I'll go to 3omra or Hij inshalla, I'll pray for you as I love all Iraqis :P

10/01/2006 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

hahaha very funny:D i like being shirreer and tease you madri lesh!

10/02/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

:))

10/05/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger تمر حنه said...

Khalid Jarrar
Long time, ha?
I realy am happy for you that you went to Umra, takabal Allah, and okbal Al Haj Al Akbar.
Ramadan Kareem ya Bro ...
Wish to see ya soon
Sis, Tamr

10/11/2006 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

2eh da 2eh da!
kha6wa 3azeeza ana mish misadda2 mafsi!
tamr 7inna 3indana!
ya mar7aba ya mar7aba!
:D

thanks for the visit, and 3o2bal 3andik inshalla:))

10/12/2006 06:35:00 AM  
Blogger AnonyMouse said...

As-salaamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

Masha'Allah, tabaarakAllah!!! A bunch of people from my city went to 'Umrah recently too... I wish I was one of them! But insha'Allah, one day... sooner rather than later, hopefully!
My parents used to live in Saudi (I was born in Madinah Munawwarah, actually!), and they miss it sooo much... one day insha’Allah we want to go back… :)

Anyway, take care insha’Allah, and keep blogging! I miss your regular posts… they’re so few and far between now!

(BTW, 'tis me, your little sister Zainab from Canada... if you still remember me from an email sent ages ago... :) I, too, have joined the blogosphere! :D)

Was-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu!

10/12/2006 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Great writing, Khalid... I love your blog.

10/21/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

khalid your writing has changed my opinion on alot of things for the better..keep up the good work.
Christina

11/17/2006 10:46:00 PM  
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