We departed on the 6th of September 2017 from KLIA with Turkish Airlines B777-300ER. my wonderful neighbur Datin Farethah and Dato Azman sent us to the airport and Abe Ghazali Johan and Yan with their 3 handsome sons were there too. It was so very nice of them. I love my neighbours!!!
We made Subuh Solah in Istanbul Airport. There were so many passangers of different nationalities. we onlu have 2 hours transit and the Surau was full . MasyaAllah. But we managed to squeezed in. Flight from Istanbul to Sarajevo was B737-800 and departed at 0715 hours.
It was 0930 hours, 7th August 2017 when we arrived at Sarajevo Airport. We were greeted by the hosts Azmi and Azemina in their VW . We drove for 2 hours approximately to MATUZICI. and all throughout the way, Azemina was talking about her late father and in between times she cried. I know how she misses him.The highway which we took is only 50km long and was built after the Bosnian War. Then we took the state road. The view along the way was so beautiful. Hills and mountains all around and not forgetting the river......from every corner, there are greens. From time to time, we saw the remnants of the war which was left untouched either intentionally as a reminder or because of the tight economy.
We passed DOBOJ, a place that was heavily attacked by the Serbs . It was sickening when come to thinking about it. Many destructions and many lives lost!
We arrived at Ceman's home and were greeted warmly by Azemina's family. We hope with our present could light up their days onwards because Ceman Mohammad, Azemina's father who was an Imam, a well known teacher and preacher and wonderful and loving father passed away last August the 13th 2017. Everyone whom we met, missed him badly. There's always tears in their eyes when his name was mentioned. He must have been a well loved person!
It was a two storey house and the only one that have air conditions installed! The late Ceman understood that Azmi cannot stand the heat in Summer. He did it out of love towards his family. There is always people chatting in the house and sometimes there are laughter roaring. This is because, Azemina's sisters Sahabata and Hana with their family members are always around to keep their mother whom they all called Majka company and happy. This was to avoid their mother to think too much about her lost.
After washing up and had a taste of Bosnian Coffee and Majka's desert, Azmi and Azemina drove us to a town called TESANJ. Azemina's cousin, Rashid who is the secretary to the Islamic Council in Tesanj explained to us about the Islamic Council Role. Then we had some local delicasies in the nearby restaurant owned by the council.
We made Asar in a 500 years old masjid, the Ferhadija Mosque 1563 during Ottoman power by a Bosnian Sandzak bey- Gazi Ferhad Bey. it was under his rule that Tesanj grew rapidly and proporously. He died in 1568 and he was buried in the yard of the mosque. Alhamdulillah.
|The interior of Ferhadija Mosque 1563|
Can be seen from afar!
|Lines and lines of graveyards, most of them are Shahids.|
|The hour tower was built in 17th century and is still working properly.|
|Flowers blooming in Ceman's Garden.|