“Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem”
-in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful-
Salmas point of view:
We only spent 3 nights in medina when we arrived in the holy lands but we would return after eid again inshallah which is after we spend 8 nights in makkah,for another few days… Don’t ask me why, but that’s how our package was booked….
I didn’t complain because that meant me coming back to the harmonious city of my beloved nabi(S.A.W)…
Whilst in medinah shareef, aqeel took me past jannatul baqi…I obviously didn’t go inside and waited outside whilst aqeel went in to visit the qabrs(graves) of many fortunate, blessed and saintly people of our ummah….
Imam malik(R.A) is reported to have said that approximately 10 000 companions of nabi(S.A.W) are buried here…amongst whom were most of his wives,his son ibrahim and many close sahaba the likes of hazrat uthman(R.A)..
I recall learning about makkah and medinah shareef in madressah, but to me it was then just history which we had to memorise…I hated memorising dates and names of people and cities..it didn’t have any real meaning to my life until this specific trip of mine…
I am now older and Aqeel reminded me of the many stories we had learnt regarding our beloved nabi(S.A.W)’s life in these beautifully blessed cities..now I regret not listening more carefully to the history lessons in madressah..
All of this was now made to come alive and I was so excited that I could understand when certain landmarks were spoken of…
Unfortunately women were only allowed at certain times to be present near the grave of nabi(S.A.W) for salami…
The first day I couldn’t make it in time and therefore had to send my salaam from quite a distance…which aqeel later explained was counted nevertheless and rewarded equally..
The second day, shukr with the help of Allah I made it right close, but the shoving and pushing and shouting really got to me…
We were right near our nabi(S.A.W), yet our behaviour is so disgusting..why to fulfill a sunnah to we need to be violent and aggressive? This totally defeats the purpose..
I patiently waited for my turn and Allah still made it possible for me to offer 2 rakaahs of salaah of the white carpet..
Nabi(S.A.W) is reported to have said to the effect that what is between m mimbar and home is a portion from the gardens of jannah…
I didn’t care who was waiting…I didn’t care who would get angry, I didn’t know if I’ll ever get this opportunity again in my life of being so close to my nabi and so I took my time and made dua for almost everything I could think of….
Finally when I was done I moved aside, allowing others the opportunity, only to be sworn at by some very angry foreigners.. shukr I had no idea what they were saying….
I rushed out to where I’d left my shoes only to be left terribly disappointed..
This post is yesterdays post…inshallah todays post will be published sometime later today….