Bukhari and Muslim ( book of narrations of prophet) states,
"Prophet pbuh said travel is a piece of punishment as it deprives you of food,drink and sleep. So when you complete you needs you should hurry back to your family".
A heavy heart, I had tears in my eyes after saying my respects to the prophet.
I wanted to tell him how much I would miss him... These are the things faithful understand.. The love for some one who is not amongst you.. And have never seen him, never been with him yet every one of us have that special link with him.
The prophet pbuh said "between my house and my mimbar (prayer step) is a piece of paradise.."
I pray there my last prayers for the night.. I walk past his grave I say my respects and in my heart I feel how much I want to stay next to him .. Perhaps the attainment is in following in his foot steps that we should strive to achieve..
Next to the prophet I say my "Salam" to the first and second caliph Abu-bkar and Umar may Allah be pleased with them both.
Rushing back to the hotel we are all packed up.
Clustered onto the back seat we head off... A good 6 hour drive by bus from Past experience..
We spend 3 days in medina, leaving on the third day, Friday 29th of April 2011
Jeddah airport....a change to the pattern this time we leave 3 minutes early.. I suppose leaving is believing...
We have a long journey ahead more than 24 hour travel via buses,planes and friends picking us up
We leave for Jeddah at 10:00
on 29th April 2011 on the way to the airport we stop at another worlds top class toilets at services where one is carefully not to slip on the goo it surrounds.. At 4:00am in jeddah airport .. Time for prayers again..
I get thrown into getting seats for the group.. Allhamdullilah we manage to bag majority of seats near the exit doors on the plane..
How ever three intellectuals of the trip... Me,Jamshed and Irfan are at the last seats..
Tired as we are.. I dose off off, did the others did as well?
9:30am we are at Amman (Jordan) our connecting flight is at 11:50am to heathrow.. From where we will be picked up by friends at Darulisra (our Mosque)
Arrive home at 8:00pm 30th April 2011 UK....
The journey of "Isra wal mairaj" was of hearts set on the journey to the holy lands of Islam, the lands that have been in direct relation to the status of the Muslims in the world, whenever the Muslims have been on the path of Allah they lands have been free... Where ever they have been away from it they have struggled to get into it..
Al-quds is the place that changed my mind, the way we feel and the softening of the hearts occurred, there we only began to understand what occupation felt like. What living under oppression means... how it must have felt to the companions, and what they went through.. was much worse than any one could ever imagine yet there belief freed them.. their love for Islam had Allah's mercy bestowed upon them..
During the past days I have seen my brothers in poverty... In tears... I have shared bread with them I have prayed on the same matts.. i have tried to understand their pain yet at Al-aqsa they have given me
Hope... Hope of freedom... I have heard them pray for others and forget them selves.. I have sat amongst elders of the city who have been gaurding our mosques for our children yet in the face of oppression they resolve remains strong, shame is on us that we have abandoned them. I have Circumbulated the Kába amongst them and prayed next to them in the grand mosques.. I have felt their emotions to be very similar to what I have been through.. Yet they have been different in their colour and race...
What brings us together is belief
In Truth and the right, Islam
Welcomes all. It is not an ancestral religion rather it is not even a religion it is a way of life and I learn from meeting my brothers in faith how much better we can be together....
Will this change the way I look at Palestine... I can say I have been and I have seen what the protectors of our sacred mosque go thorugh the protectors of our holy city and the holy land... We have failed them... yet they
The question .. Was it worth it? Would I do it again? Well!! That is some thing time will tell.. All I can say is Inshallah (Allah willing)