All about Eve

Jabal Rahmah orĀ “Mount of mercy” in Arafat, about 20km from Makkah, is believed to be the place where the first man created by God, Prophet Adam, met again his spouse, Hawa (or the Westerners refer as Eve) after hundreds years being separated after they were expelled from Heaven and sent to earth as a punishment of eating the forbidden fruit. Adam is believed to have landed in some place which is now India, and Hawa in the Arabian peninsula. Well, at least that’s what I’ve been told, though this wikipedia says (under Islamic tradition) they were sent to Safa and Marwah mountain peaks, respectively. Nevermind that, but for their reunion, everyone seems to agree that it was in Arafat. In Jabal Rahmah to be precise, and maybe that’s why there’s been that white monument on top of the peak as long as I can remember, and millions of people are visiting this peak every year. Plus, they traditionally believe that this is a sacred place where someone’s prayers – specifically with intention to meet a soulmate – will be granted. Or for their marriage to be forever blessed and strong, well, things like that.

Imagine that this rocky hill was the place where Adam and Hawa met after having missed each other so much, most probably continued with kissing and making love on the very mountain afterwards. Heh. I didn’t have time or interest to climb up the hill as others did, though. It’s rather high and rocky and my legs weren’t very strong for this purpose I might finally fell down before I can meet my soulmate LOL.

And the story about Hawa in Saudi Arabia didn’t end in Arafat only. In another trip session, we went to Jeddah, the port city located near the Red Sea. This is where Hawa is believed to have been resting in peace, somewhere in the middle of the city. Jeddah itself is said to be named after her (Jeddah is Arabic word for grandmother). Hawa’s grave is a quite a huge fenced area and it’s one of the proofs that earliest human being used to be really, really huge. It’s just incredible anyway, to have a look at the resting place of the second human being ever existed on earth. No, make it the FIRST woman ever existed :)

Hawa’s grave square entrance.

Hi grandmother, you rock! Yeah.

To take a step further

I’m thinking of going back to school to do postgraduate studies. Hehe. Not funny. Well yeah it might be the last thing I would consider doing after those longest 4 years in UIA. But before I knew it, it’s now almost the time I have to consider this last thing. It’s so much a pain in the arse to think that I’ll be able to get a decent job here in my hometown. I don’t wanna live the rest of my life doing nothing like an idiot. This is almost pathetic. Though I don’t like classes, at least it’s fun to meet people. And I will learn something more. So I’ve been looking at graduate studies programmes sites of UKM, and USM, and maybe UTHM too. And good news, Mama seems to be very supportive when I told her my so-called intention to further studies.

In the meantime, Mama wants me to be a replacement teacher (again, yuck) in her school for 2 months since a teacher is going to have maternity leave soon. Last year I was teaching Postcrossing to the kids when I was supposed to teach Islamic History. And now when I have to teach Civic studies, what do I end up teaching them? ToyVoyagers maybe.

A note from Medinah

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We arrived in this city of Prophet Muhammad last Thursday. It’s cold here. I sent sms to Reema, my ex-classmate in UIA telling her that I am here in her hometown :) though I was guessing she might still be in KL. But it turns out she’s in Oman now for job, and wishes me to enjoy Medinah. And yes I do. It’s stil crowded here, though the variety of people ain’t as lot as in Makkah. Only significant major pilgrim groups like the Turkish, Iranian, Indonesian and Pakistani. We’re going home this weekend (and we’re still busy shopping..)

I love my life

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It’s worth alot more than I used to think. Today, here in Makkah, I have made a big decision that I want to let go all the things that stop me from having a happy life and good future. I know God is always with me. And there are many people who love me.