About 20 hours journey. From home to Jeddah. Quite tiring, yet exciting. Couldn’t wait to see the Ka’bah, but I knew the patience would be inevitable. I was prepared for this wait. I sat patient.
As soon as we got into the bus for Makkah – I knew it was unpredictable when the bus would start. I knew it was a test of patience. After about being 20 hours away from home, as a traveler it was not easy to be honest. And at that moment I had a superstar in mind. Isma’eel ! The Superstar who is a co-star in the glorious history of Hajj. I remembered what he replied to his father. And so, at that moment of difficulty, my heart turned to Allah and said, ‘Verily you will find me of the patient ones, O Allah’.
I was prepared early on that the tests would come and Alhamdulillah when it came, I knew how to overcome it biidhnillah. Therefore, it is essential for us to always prepare ourselves for tests in life, so that when they come we do not break.
The preservation of the lives and times of the pious people of the past by Allah is a mercy for us. When things become difficult – their lofty characters inspire us. As Imam Shafi’ee mentioned that the righteous live with their character even after their death.
The bus started in no time Alhamdulillaah. And soon we reached Makkah! As we swirled through the wavy roads of Makkah, passing through the stunning mountains, I wondered.
Makkah is a city which does not bear the most lavish fruits of the earth, neither does it bear the most colourful flowers of the earth. Neither colourful nor juicy. Yet, every time I mention Makkah – it is like remembering home. This belongingness is only due to the fact that Allah chose Makkah over all other cities. Allah honoured Makkah – and it became the best of the lands!
You may not be the most beautiful person, neither the richest. But, if you are a true slave of Allah and seek honour only from Him, know then that none has the ability to debase you. If Allah debases you, none can honour you and if Allah honours you none can debase you.
In this series I shall be taking you through a sequential journey of reflections and lessons with me. We shall be next stepping into the Haram – and the view of Ka’bah after six years with a completely phenomenal new experience! Stay tuned!
Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.