Monday, July 18, 2005

Talking to the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم)


Photo: Masjid Qiblatayn where the Prophet (saw) was ordered, mid-prayer, to shift the direction of prayer from Jerusalem to Makkah. © Fareena Alam. Please do not re-use without permission and proper credit.


Until three hours before the flight to Madinah, I was on my computer trying to meet a deadline. My husband did my packing and we flew out the door, rushing to meet the rest of the British group at Heathrow airport. As is evident, I hardly prepared for this journey. I did not get a chance to read the Seerah again, nor engage in increased salawat on the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم).

In retrospect, not being prepared isn't all that bad. I came with no particular expectations and I wasn't comparing my experience with someone else's.

I realise now that in Madinah, I am in the process of finding myself. My relationship with God. My relationship with the best of creation (صلي الله عليه و سلم) with whom most of us don't have nearly the close relationship we should have.

What gave me profound guidance is the one thing my husband advised:

"When you get there, spend as much time as possible confiding in the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم). Talk to him like he's your best friend. Tell him everything...all your hopes, your fears, the things you did, the things you did not do."

I know I am not alone when I say that in my quietest, loneliest moments I have realised that no matter how much other people love you - and many of us are infinitely blessed with loved ones, Alhamdulillah, I know there is no truer friend than Allah and His Messenger (صلي الله عليه و سلم). They know your inner soul. They will not judge your intentions. They will not betray your best interest.

The shuyukh have strongly advised against reading off books here when making dua, but rather to speak from the heart. It's harder than it sounds. Everything sounds cheesy but you get on with it.

- f -

4 Comments:

At Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, Blogger random muslim said...

as-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah,

First off, jazakumullah khayr for creating and updating this blog. May Allah shower his blessings upon you all, and draw all of you closer to him as a result of your duas and dhikr in that blessed place.

Could I humbly request you to put up some more advice from the esteemed shuyukh you are with; advice pertaining to ibadah in Madinah and Makkah in particular, perhaps? Insha'Allah anyone else planning to visit now or in the future would stand much to benefit from such advice. Book recommendations would be awesome too.

As you may guess from the above :) , I'm inshaAllah planning on visiting the Holy Cities soon.. my plans are contingent on being granted a visa though: inshaAllah.

ma'as-salaamah!

 
At Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, Blogger Siddiq said...

Peace,

Alhamdulillah, I am at this moment wishing I there with you. I am in Bolton, UK but thinking of Madinah where I was fortunate to visit twice. Please make dua that may Allah grant all of us the visit to The Beloved of Allah (Peace and Blessings Upon Him) and clean our hearts.

Finally, Please Send my Peace and Blessings upon The Beloved of Allah (Peace and Blessings Upon Him) if you can.

Take Care,
Peace.
br Siddiq

 
At Thursday, 21 July, 2005, Blogger Amina R. Chaudary said...

your thoughts made me cry. i wish that i could have participated in the rihla this year as well, but could not meet financial goals to do so. but reading your post really hit home with me: there are some struggles in my own life now and I believe waht you said is true for any situation, be it in Medinah or not: that Allah is the greatest of friends and it's better to not walk on this earth with any expectations except wanting to please Allah.

 
At Thursday, 21 July, 2005, Blogger Milia said...

Asslamuilikum,

BARAK ALLAHU FEEK for all those who are sharing their experience with us. Subahn'Allah - reading about it brings tears to your eyes and makes your heart long to be there. May Allah accept from you all. Ameen.

Please make dua that the feeling your experince while there - that peace in your heart - remains with you always for it a difficult test coming back. And please please convey my and my family's salam to our beloved Prophet SWS.

If you have a spare moment, please keep me, my family and friends in your duas as well - may Allah save us from the punishment of the grave and Day of Judgement and grant us Jennatul Ferdous (ameen) - when you are in the beloved's Sws mosque and the House of Allah.

What an amazing experince it must be - subahn'Allah. May Allah accept from you all. Ameen.

Was Salaam,
Your sister in Islam,
Milia

 

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