Assalamu'alaikum ! Peace be upon you!
This introduction will give you a background of the poetry collection that you are viewing on this
page. To understand this collection better, Ninie invites you to read the paper she wrote, that she
has attached on this page.
From March 29 through April 13, 1998, Ninie and her parents traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform
their Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage, in the cities of Makkah (Mecca) and Madinah. Hajj is the fifth
pillar of Islam, which every Muslim is required to do once in their life time, provided that he or
she has the means to do so.
Since this pilgrimage, Ninie started writing Hajj poetry upon her reflections and experiences
about this important religious journey, utilizing also her imagination and sensory.
On Tuesday, February 16, 1999, Ninie gave a talk on her Hajj experience, before a group of US
Department of Education employees, at the APAED (Asian Pacific Americans at the Education
Department) Forum, during a lunch time seminar.
Then, from December 14 through December 29, 2000, Ninie traveled again to Makkah, Saudi
Arabia, with a group of Muslims from Washington, DC, to perform Umrah during the last two
weeks of Ramadan 1420 Hijjriyah. Umrah is a lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that a Muslim can do,
but not required. It can be done throughout the year, except at the prescribed time of Hajj
in the month of Dzulhijjah, the 12th month in Islamic calendar.
Renewed spiritually, Ninie continued writing her Hajj poetry project, adding one poem after
another. To date, she has composed twenty one poems on this project, and is still struggling
to complete her Hajj poetry collection. She aims to achieve a certain number, before she plans
to publish them in a book of poetry, Insha Allah, on God willing. However, Ninie is pleased to
publish her Hajj poems in her website at the moment, while continuing this project.
Ninie humbly presents this Hajj poetry collection for both Muslims and non-Muslims. For Muslims
who have not made their Hajj, may it become an inspiration and encouragement to perform their
Hajj as soon as they are able to do; and for Muslims who have done theirs, may it be a source of
joy, nostalgia and reflections. For non-Muslims, it is sincerely aimed as a "cultural bridge" to
introduce one aspect of Islam.
Ninie dedicates this poetry collection
to her honorable and courageous parents:
Hajji Syarikin Bin Agin
Hajjah Soprah Binti Haji Abdul Madjid,
who, together, dreamed, dared draughts and hurricanes,
in the education of their six children:
Ninie, Yoyo, Petu, Esu, Iwan and Wawan;
as well as to her own:
Mohamed, Ibrahim and Umar.
All goodness and beauty that maybe found in these poems belong only to GOD, The Most Kind,
Most Merciful; any mistakes and shortcomings are Ninie's weaknesses and responsibility alone.
"SEE YOU IN THE HOLY LAND! THE HAJJ IN POETRY"
On The Way To Mina
Fajar In Makkah
The Well Of Zamzam
All Creatures Are Doing The Tawaf To Praise Allah
I Am Your Guest, Ya, Allah!
In The Heat Of Arafah
Sunset In Arafah
Like A Dream
Here, I Am, Visiting You Again
Farewell To Baitullah
For The Memory Of Zamzam, Will You Marry Me?