THE GUEST OF ALLAH: DUFURAHMAN CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

She must have been a very special person in His eyes………..I mean my mother, for I am enroute to perform Hajj on her behalf, and I can tell from step one that this is going to be a very special trip.

I am told that I along with the six million people in Mecca are his guests or Dufur Rahman. Yet I can feel from the very moment when I step out of my house that I am an honored guest where my host has called in everything possible for my comfort.

I am on my way to Atlanta and at the airport one the senior officials of the German airlines comes to greet me and says my name and asks if I am going for Hajj with the women’s group. I am stunned at this personal greeting compared to the sullen faces we usually see when boarding the plane.

On the plane to Frankfurt Allah Subhanawataala truly folds the distances because it passes quickly. On the plane a man in front of me is watching an Indian movie which seems enticing since I have not watched one in almost twenty years I am tempted and then Sheikh Magroubi’s voice comes through “keep the focus” I avert my gaze and close my eyes to remind myself of the Dhikr and where I am going.

On checking onto the Flight to Jeddah from Frankfurt the Clerk at the airline counter informs me “you have been upgraded to first class”. I am speechless for a second but then like a typical Pakistani kid I ask her if my friend who is also traveling on this airline could also be upgraded. She checks her name and shakes her head “No “ she says with a no nonsense tone and moves on to the next passenger.

On the first class flight, I try not to revel in the luxury keeping in mind where I am going and why.

I look back at the seats they are filled with men in white ihraam and women in white clothes. The Imam comes on the PA system and states that soon he will be announcing the meeqat and help us do the Niyyah for the Hajj e Tammatua.

An Imam on the PA system on a German airline???????  If this was an American airline, by now we would have had an air force escort and perhaps the imam would have been in handcuffs.

I smile at the power of Allah Subhanawataala, He gives to whom he wishes and takes away from whom He wishes. My conclusion is that American Muslims have a long ways to go before they can please Allah. Perhaps they need to cut down their luxurious way of living, give more to the poor and needy and cut out the A from the arrogance…but who am I to say I am one of them, and cleansing of the heart and body begins with ones own self.

The plane resounds with labaik Allah humma labaik as it coasts over the meeqat answering to the call of Ibrahim AS from centuries ago. The desert sands shimmer with anticipation of the footsteps of the Hajjis who come laden with worries and cares to lay them down at the steps of the House of Allah……..

And He my host has just rolled out the red carpet.  I feel sheepish and humble at accepting His gracious hospitality, and wonder how to reciprocate?

12 thoughts on “THE GUEST OF ALLAH: DUFURAHMAN CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

  1. Assala mu alaykum sister. I came across your blog while searching for some related words and couldn’t resist from reading your posts. I was also one of Allah’s guest on the same year and reading your posts brings back wonderful memories. Subhanallah! I will definitely come back to read more – Nida, Malaysia

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  3. mashallah , Haaj Mabroor inshallah , every Time I read something you wrote I picture it in my mind…….. like a movie , Imagination (if it is the correct word) .or I see it live while I am reading ……. it also happens to me when I am listening to Dr. Sweidan . don’t know if you know him…

    • Asalaam o alaikum Azza, It is interesting that you say that but that is exactly how the post comes to me……….. complete as a picture.
      I just have to type it fast enough and sometimes if in the press of work I don’t it gets dim and fades away leaving a remote memory of it.
      Thank you your comment.

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  5. Asalamu Alaykum sis,

    Sorry I am going through all your articles and I just had to reply again🙂, I hope you don’t mind.

    I like this article a lot mashaAllah, did you go yourself or are you describing a story of another Muslim sister?

    I really like the thoughts of the Muslim sister, two comments which I really like were :

    (1) I smile at the power of Allah Subhanawataala, He gives to whom he wishes and takes away from whom He wishes. My conclusion is that American Muslims have a long ways to go before they can please Allah. Perhaps they need to cut down their luxurious way of living, give more to the poor and needy and cut out the A from the arrogance…but who am I to say I am one of them, and cleansing of the heart and body begins with ones own self.

    A lot of people seem to forget that before pointing out the mistakes of others, they have to look at themselves first, very well said! I totally agree.

    (2)I also like when you said: “I haven’t watched a movie over twenty years”. Do you mean by this, specifically Bollywood movies?? or TV in general, and what is your motivation behind this decision? And Masha’Allah it takes a lot of strength/effort to focus on Dhikr only, but the rewards are worth it mashaAllah.

    The reason why I am asking, is because I have stopped watching TV and movies for a while..as I feel it distracts me from my path, my inner self and my inner peace.

    May Allah(subhanahu wa-ta’ala) bless you!

    Allah Hafiz

    • Walaikum Asalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatahu1
      This story is from my experience in Hajj 2010 for my mother. I did an experiment to cleanse from the inside by cutting out TV, movies, radio etc. It worked, check out the article I wrote on this blog about “why we should follow Prophet Muhammad pbuh in everything?”
      May Allah reward you for practicing the faith in your days of “shabaab”

      • wow mashaAllah.. I hope I can go one day as well, when I am married one day inshaAllah.

        Yeah it really works lol, I’ve tried it as well.. especially during difficult times, you must refrain yourself from such things. I will read your other articles as well, really find them interesting and I can related to the way you describe things. MashaAllah.

        May Allah subhanahu wa-ta’ala grant you with Jannah insha’Allah. And please check sharing your thoughts🙂

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