Rest-stop/Hotel on Madeenah Road, Saudi Arabia
Unfortunately most – if not all – the rest stops are…well…filthy (and I’m being nice here). The rest-stops that provide just mere toilets and a wudhu station are far worse. I’ve used one in the past and will never do so again, bi idhnillaah. What makes it so bad is that these facilities have janitors on duty.
The smiles on the faces of the elderly pilgrims who strove and prayed long and hard to make it here, along with the visible anxiousness of the younger folks will cause you to forget about the icky yucky for a moment and you’ll find yourself smiling and making du’aa for them, asking Allaah to accept their worship. It’s amazing how the atmosphere of such a hairy-looking place can make you feel genuinely and spiritually content.