No matter how many times you may choose to visit it, a trip to Mecca is always awe-inspiring. And with so many options about how to spend your free days, beginning your morning the right way is important.
So, here is our guide to some of the ways you can maximise your mornings in Mecca.
Answering the call to prayer in a Mecca is a once in a lifetime experience, but jetlag and confusion can take its toll if you have recently travelled. Try to make sure that you are confident about the local prayer times and are able to correctly identify a route to your nearby mosque.
Enjoy a balanced breakfast
There is an embarrassment of restaurants and eateries available in the streets winding through Mecca. And while it may be tempting to start your day with a hot drink – it’s often worth avoiding beverages like coffee when you’re going to be undertaking a physically demanding part of your pilgrimage. A little bit of planning will quickly help you find a restaurant that fits your group’s needs and help set you up for the rest of your day. This will let you try some local fare in restaurants such as Al Shorfa, Albaik, or Al Rehab. Or if you’re feeling a little homesick, any number of the chains such as McDonalds or Burger King can be visited which is great for younger pilgrims or the fussier eaters amongst you.
Try your best to Exercise
A large part of your Hajj and Umrah prep is being as fit as you can be to undertake your pilgrimage. Taking the time to run or walk throughout the city is a great way to keep up your levels of fitness and acclimatise to new conditions. It’s especially helpful to try to do this early in the morning or at sundown at the end of the day. You can use this time to meditate on your experience and relieve any stresses accumulated throughout the day, focusing your mind on the challenges ahead.
Plan and Reflect
With so many pilgrims bustling through the streets, it’s important to ensure that all members of your group know the schedule for the day and what is required of them. Try to take the time to check that all the members of your group know where your accommodation is, the schedule for the day, and their emergency contacts. Also try to take the time to check that every member of your group is physically well and encourage anyone to speak up if they are finding their pilgrimage a challenge. If that it is the case, find out what the members of your group can do to help them.