Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Mawla (protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.)
Quran (Surah Tawba, Verse 51)
|Getting ready to leave|
I began this blog two years ago. Two years ago I thought I would be going to Makkah, but I was still in England waiting, waiting for my visa. Life carried on, my husband was working in Makkah and we were expecting our second child. I was living between my parents' home and in laws, I was socialising with friends and family, but nothing felt the same without my husband and that feeling of still not reaching our destination. My first child Ammarah is now 2 and half years old, Hibah [we named her Hibah - because of the gift we were given by Allah] is now 6 months. We were so close to giving up our move altogether because of the complications in the visa process - but Allah swt really is the turner of hearts and here we all are today together living in Makkah, alhamdulillah :)
|Sunset from the air plane|
Over these 2 years of waiting I have learned amazing life lessons/reminders that will probably stay with me forever inshaAllah - I wanted to share with you all.
1. Never ever underestimate the power of dua/prayer - even those casual prayers you make when you feel so content - as I was 4 years ago when making tawaaf around the Ka'bah. I actually forgot that I made this dua but I remember uttering 'Oh Allah, [I loved doing tawaaf] I could really do this for the rest of my life!' At the time, I didn't realise I was making a dua - I was simply connecting and conversing with my Lord, as I looked up in awe at the amazing house of Allah and the pretty birds flying around it. Little did I know, my dua was accepted - along the 2 years of waiting, this dua kept giving me hope :)
2. Everything is in Allah's power - when He wants it to be, it will be, because he knows when the time is right for us! The time couldn't have been any more perfect mashaAllah. I travelled alone on a very empty Saudia Airline flight. At Heathrow, I barely had to stand in any queues for security. One of the staff members was so impressed that I was travelling alone with 2 children - At Jeddah airport, a Bengali man came to help as he could clearly see I was struggling with my hand luggage [I didn't have my buggy at this point], he helped me skip all the queues and we made it out with all my luggage with a few minutes to spare before we spotted my husband. I could literally feel Allah helping me throughout this!
3. There's a lesson in every test that Allah tests us with - we just have to contemplate on it! The gist of each test and struggle we go through in life is Allah's way of helping us to reconnect with him. The importance of maintaining our good character and total reliance on Allah swt is reflected in the art of being patient - it is ultimately how we deal with ourselves and others while we are struggling. Afterall, when we have that strong faith in Allah and expect Allah's help then why worry right? Of course in reality, this is difficult at times - therefore constant reminders, good company and a good relationship with Allah are the way forward.
|A view from my kitchen window, Batha Quraysh, Makkah|
I can hear the Dhuhr Adhan from my kitchen window from the local masjid - Masjid ar-Rahma which I'm yet to visit iA! MashaAllah this place draws you towards prayer - it really is a blessed city! :)
Stay tuned for the next post - on Umrah with kids!