Tuesday 19 May 2020

Ramadan 2020/1441: Ramadan Gratitude Journal Day 26

What voyage are you grateful for?
Of all the holiday and trips I have been blessed to make, there is one that is more precious than all of the others.  It’s been 15 years since I made my hajj journey with my husband in unexpected circumstances.

That year my husband had been with the local Jamaat group in the path of Allah (SWT) leaving me with a two-year-old and a two month old baby and caring for my grandmother. This was the first time he went since we were married and it drew the ire of both my family and his. On his return he had to spend a long time trying to bring them round.  That year we managed to save some money and book our hajj trip. We left behind both of our children, one with my mum and one with my aunt on the reasoning that now we had the money Hajj had become an obligation, and having children was not a reason to put it off.  I will always be grateful to my mum and aunt for supporting me to do my Hajj, may Allah (SWT) reward them with equal reward.

Once there we spent five blessed weeks, on one occasion my husband came back from tawaf and met me at the hotel with a big smile on his face. He told me that every member of his Jamaat group had been on umrah (the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah) that year except one, he wondered why.  He found him that day in the Haram (the holy place Ka'abah), he had been blessed with hajj too.

You can read my hajj journal below:

What voyage are you grateful for?
May Allah (SWT) bless you and I with the opportunity to visit his house again and again insh’Allah. Ameen.

You can find the original Ramadan Gratitude journal challenge here and my take on it here.

We have rendered the shrine (the Kaba) a focal point for the people, and a safe sanctuary. You may use Abraham's shrine as a prayer house. We commissioned Abraham and Ismail: "You shall purify My house for those who visit, those who live there, and those who bow and prostrate." ~ Quran 2:125

Abu Hurairah (radhiallahu‘anh) narrated that he heard Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or transgression will return [free from sins] as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abdullah ibn `Umar (radhiallahu‘anh) narrated that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The one striving in the cause of Allah and the one performing Hajj and the one performing `Umrah are all the delegation of Allah. He calls them and they respond to His call, and they ask Him and He answers their supplication.” (Ibn Majah and authenticated by Al-Albani)

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