It is now 10.45 p.m. and have just completed a partial packing for our journey home. I have also taken some suitcases to the ground floor. An entire section of the reception area is already taken up with suitcases from the Trinidad pilgrims. There are some British and Turkish pilgrims here a well. I believe that they too are leaving, for I have seen two other areas on the floor with suitcases.  

Later that night, we completed our packing. There was much cooperation among the pilgrims. When we took our suitcases down into the lobby, there were about five or six different groups who had already packed and were scheduled to leave the next day. I got to bed at 11.30 p.m.

Saturday 27th December,2008

We performed our last Fajr in Masjid al-Nabawi.  After breakfast I hurried back to the Masjid.

I wanted to get some shots of the Ar-Rawdah and the inside of the Prophet’s Mosque. Alas! It was not to be. The guards/police  had extended some barricades making access and viewing into the Ar-Rawdah more difficult. Even though I tried to use the zoom lens of the camera to peer inside, I could not get any clear shots. Then, as I was trying to get some pictures of the inside of the Mosque, the police chased me away.  I tried another door. I managed to get a few shots. I hope they will suffice.

At 10.40 a.m. we left Madina. We bade farewell to the Masjid al-Nabawi—the City of Madina, the City of the Prophet.

Speeches were rendered from the foyer of the hotel. Kudos were heaped on our leader Sheriff Mohammed. Durood was rendered. We were leaving the City. We were leaving for home.