I often have this urge to drive to my lands of the unknown. No, no, no, I wasn't talking about taking roadtrips or the likes, but to actually go to the unknown lands (in my perspective). I have spent the majority of my life living in two cities in Indonesia, one located in the east and the other one in the central, yet my heart still crave more, more, more.
Today I dreamt of Muscat, Oman. The reason to go there is simple, I have only been able to be in-transit (even thought life is actually the ultimate transit) in cities in Middle East (actually, I have only been in two cities for transits; Qatar and Abu Dhabi). I like Middle East because, the name itself is the mix of the two regions I have spent living in Indonesia (Ambon; eastern Indonesia. Jogja; central (middle) Indonesia). The other reason is because little Kirana and Rumaysaa are there. I want so badly to meet these kids, talk to their mother Ibook on how to raise such obedient and cheerful little angels!
I also dreamt of Abu Dhabi. I wanted so badly to pray in Sheikh Zayed Mosque and visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi, I wanted to look with my eyes the Al-Jahili Fort and the Masdar City and last but not least to see all the things in Al Ain Palace and National Museums. Maybe pay a visit to Dubai, too.
The best two things to visit in Middle East for me; must be Mecca and Medina. Do you know that Medina's old name was Yathrib? Before the hijra (the emigration) Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had already been well-known as a trustworthy and reliable man that notable people from Yathrib (300 kilometers north of Mecca) had sought his emigration to their city so that he could serve as the leader and mediator of the disputes. The disputes in Yathrib were caused by two main tribes; the Aws and Khazraj and had turned deadly in the year 610s, there were also numerous Jewish tribes who found it hard to co-living with the local Arabs. After Prophet Muhammad's hijra in 622, Yathrib then got renamed as al-Medina al-Munawwarah meaning The Radiant City and officially known as Medina which means The City. Anyway, like any other muslims, my dream is to perform Hajj and to pray in the Most Holy place on Earth; the Ka'ba. Hopefully, in the near future, I can perform umrah and witness with my own eyes the greatness of Allah and the beauty of Mecca and Medina, and eventually perform Hajj, inshaa Allah, aminn...
I have always been fascinated with the shading umbrellas in the Medina Haram Piazza, those pretty convertible umbrellas in the veranda of Prophet's mosque. Given the fact that I've never been there and to have fall in love with it was the driving reason why I decided to draw them today. Except for the hands, I was just trying to properly draw hands and it was the result of today's practice and calming therapy.