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Monday, October 16, 2006
About a week ago, a bus -carrying students from the Islamic University of Madinah- blew a tire and crashed killing some of the passengers and injuring many others.

Every year, the Islamic University provides free trips for selected students to travel to Makkah during the blessed month of Ramadhan, to perform `Umrah and stay in Makkah for a day or two. These opportunities are great for the students since most of us can't afford lodging in Makkah during these peak seasonal times.

Hotels that normally charge under 100 Saudi Riyals for a decent room -with its own bathroom and maybe a little fridge- costs upwards of 300 Saudi Riyals per night. They go all the way up to 700 Saudi Riyals during Ramadhan's Last Ten Days. When a trip is arranged by the Islamic University, students are provided with buses -either chartered or owned- by the University and lodging in Makkah's Darul-Hadeeth school. Darul-Hadeeth is a secondary school that is administered by the Islamic University of Madinah. There are two Daurl-Hadeeth schools, one in Madinah and one in Makkah. Normally students are assigned four to a room, each with his own bed.

All in all, the trip is pretty nice, due to the financial burden that the Islamic University is able to handle due to its many resources. But not everybody gets to go on the trip. Students sign up on a list at their respective faulties which they study in. If you have gone before,then you might not be able to go. Mostly, the newer students are picked to go, I believe I was able to go in my second year in the University, wal-hamdu lillaah.

About a week ago, the bus left Madinah with the students on their way to Makkah. Along the way, the bus caught a flat tire, and possibly tumbled. From what I have heard from several students, there were some fatalities. Until now, it seems that the news hasn't been spread officially, but I've heard of a student from Switzerland and another from Bosnia having passed away in the crash. Also, it seems about ten or more were injured or wounded.

Any news learned in the future will be updated on this same page insha Allah.

For those of you who'd like ot know about how such tragedies happen, check out this article on Driving in Saudi Arabia
posted by Abu Miftah at 9:22 PM | Permalink |


  • At October 23, 2006 7:14 PM, Anonymous Lauren

    I just wanted to say jazakallah khair for your post and article on driving in the Kingdom. My husband was on the bus that overturned on its way from Madinah to Mekkah, but alhumdulilAh, he was saved from both death and injury, and Allah is the Most Merciful. A reminder for us all that our life could end at any moment.
    Anyway, again jazakallah khair for the beneficial news and information you post up. Eid Mubarak to you and your family.

  • At October 28, 2006 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Dear Br Asalamualaykum
    May Allah give them Jannah and help their families in these hard times.

    Dear br I have a question. I applied to Medina a Few months ago. I am not sure how long they take to respond. But my father would like me to finish my on going B.A here first. So is it possible if one is excepted to delay their admissions. Also how long do they take to respond.

    Thank you so much Abu Miftah
    Abrar Ali

  • At January 02, 2007 6:04 PM, Blogger Um 'Abdullaah

    Assalaamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh... Jazakallaahu Khairan for the information you have posted. May Allaah SWT reward them with Jannah, and put their families at peace and ease.
    I hope and pray that all is well in health and Imaan for all the students of knowledge studying at Madinah University.
    Just a quick question, if its not a problem...How far is the University from The Prophets Mosque itself?

    Barakallahu feekum

  • At March 26, 2007 7:54 PM, Blogger Abu Miftah

    I meant to respond to all of your comments since so long ago but I got busied and the internet connection isn't so good so I am unable to efficiently respond at n apt time... so my apologies for that.

    As for the sister Lauren, al-Hamdu lillaah Allah preserved your husband for you and our brother for us. It saddens me to see that such a traumatic experience should befall fellow colleagues and brothers, but that is how life is sometimes... all we can do is count our blessings and thank Allah for the good times we see.

    As for the second te brother Akbar Ali, the University is like any other University, after taking your application it will wait till the next School Year to accept you. Once you are accepted, you CAN delay your arrival for a few month, but not TOO long... May Allah ake your affairs easy.

    As for Umm `Abdullaah, the University is about 5-7 miles from the University directly, but through the streets and what not, it'll take about 10-12 minutes t reach.

  • At January 13, 2008 4:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    is it hard to get accepted in al madinah