I’m just one, among a sea of so many. Hundreds, thousands of people. All these lovers of Allah swt. I felt so small. Miniscule. As compared to the sanctity of the Kaabah, the sanctity of Masjidil Haram. To the greatness of Allah. What do I have to be proud of? Truly Allah does not look at our exterior. But our hearts. And we’re none to evaluate other people’s exterior because we don’t know their ranks with Allah. When you come to His House, you’re coming to Allah. You’re running to Allah. And so all these while I prayed facing the Kaabah and right then it was just in front of me. I would echo the sentiments of others who have experienced it in that it’s surreal beyond words. (You must come here! InsyaAllah!)
Labbaik Allahhumma Labbaik – we repeat this as we were en route from Medina to Mecca. One of the ustaz mentioned how we were all, with our sins and flaws, undeserving to be there at such a Holy place. Allahu. Yet, Allah swt has invited us and that should make us humble. That we should walk with humility, out of gratefulness to Him for granting us the opportunity to be there.
To relate it back to our daily prayers, may we always remember this. That you’re coming before your Lord so be aware of your stand before Him. Humble yourself. Allah is The Greatest.
Looking at so many people doing the tawaf at a single time, to doing the sa’i, masyaAllah. It was a really beautiful sight to see so many of the Muslim ummah, from all over the world, from all walks of life, coming to answer His call. I was brought to think, ya Rasulullah, peace and blessings be upon you always for all the work you and all the prophets had undertaken to spread the beautiful Deen. We’re not where we are without their work. 13 years in Mecca and 10 years in Medina of relentless and sincere da’wah, together with his noble family and companions, carried forward to the righteous men and women up till now where we are blessed with the greatest blessing that is Islam. How do we show our gratitude? How do we carry on this work of da’wah? What I can think of is by following closely to the sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ , learn the seerah and about him, his ahlul bayt, his companions and the righteous people and strive to follow them in ways that we can. Make it a point to always send selawat upon him every day. As for continuing the work of da’wah, our mission is to be a good ambassador of Islam. What more with trying times like now. Perhaps we can start with ourselves first, our akhlak, the way we treat others and so on.
Another thing I learn is that having the financial means does not necessarily guarantee that we get to go here and that those who lack it don’t get to. To Mecca and Medina, it’s an invitation really, not any random holiday. People who are poor get to go here too. How? Allah knows best. He can make the means easy for those whom He wills. Some people may be wealthier but they may not have the will to go here as yet. Some people may want to come but their health condition does not allow them to even if they could afford it. So the lesson is, yes, prior planning is important considering the rising costs of umrah as the years pass. But more importantly I believe is the du’a and the intention for his Tawfiq. Because when He calls there’s nothing that can stop you from answering His call. He can make easy even when it seems impossible. Let’s make du’a that He invites us all to His House to perform the umrah/hajj and to visit Rasulullah ﷺ in Medina again and again and that He makes it easy for us. Amin!
In sum, humility, gratitude, turning to and having faith in Allah swt 🎀❤