اللهُ أكبَرُ ، اللهُ أكبَرُ ، اللهُ أكبَرُ، سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ، وَإِنّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبونَ، اللّهُمَّ إِنّا نَسْأَلُكَ في سَفَرِنا هَذَا البِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ ما تَرْضَى، اللّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ، اللّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ في السَّفَرِ، وَالْخَليفَةُ في الأَهْلِ، اللّهُمَّ إِنّي أَعُوذُبِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ، وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ، وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ في الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ
Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great. Glory is to Him Who has provided this for us though we could never have had it by our efforts. Surely, unto our Lord we are returning. O Allah, we ask You on this our journey for goodness and piety, and for works that are pleasing to You . O Allah , lighten this journey for us and make its distance easy for us . O Allah, You are our Companion on the road and the One in Whose care we leave our family . O Allah , I seek refuge in You from this journey’s hardships, and from the wicked sights in store and from finding our family and property in misfortune upon returning.
I decided to go back to Bradford today, since I’ve got my first exam on Tuesday it seemed like a good idea to go as early as I could. I delayed going back, because my grandmother was finally granted a visa to stay for 6 months, Alhamdulillah.
Yeah well I forgot to make the travelling dua’ so I can’t very well complain to God or about National Express here, even though they are prone these days to brake down. Well we did at least, in the middle of the road. The Coach just refused to move, I guess I could relate this to the war elephants of Abraha…but I won’t. Something about the air pressure was wrong or so I understood, so we sat there talking amongst ourselves.
It’s quite interesting how people come together and interact when something like this happens. You’ve got those people that are almost disinterested in everything going on who are also most likely used to it, then someone who will moan or curse the whole way through and a few who will keep everyone’s spirits up, jokes being traded around.
Generally as I’ve observed on three or four such occasions the passengers never put the driver/s at fault even if they’ve had a meeting or are late to work as one passenger was today. There usually is at least one person at the front constantly conversing with the driver, also often someone who’s travelled often or sometimes even knows the driver personally.
I think situations like these are a test of patience, of sabr I remember a saying of Umar ra. I’m not sure of its authenticity but here goes.
”Umar (Radia-allahu anhu) asked about a man who had given testimony, wanting to find out whether anyone could vouch for him. A man said to him: “I will vouch for him, O’ Ameer al-Mu ‘mineen, ‘Umar asked, “Are you his neighbour?” He said, “No.” He then” asked, “Did you mix with him for a day and come to know his character?” He said, “No.” He asked next: “Did you travel with him For travelling and being away from home reveal a man’s true essence?” He said, “No.” ‘Umar said, “Perhaps you saw him in the-mosque, standing, sitting and praying?” He said, “Yes.” ‘Umar said, Go away, for you do not know him.”
[Fiqh al-l’tilaf by Mahmood Muhammad al-Khazandar, p. 164.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, by Salih ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman ‘Abdullah, p. 66]
I think we can all relate to this, we can learn a lot about the people around us and ourselves on a journey, of course a somewhat longer journey is meant.
Well this journey was supposed to be 3 hours long and had an hour and 15 minutes delay, so in accordance to my theme this month being thankful, what did I take out of this?
The first thing that I’m grateful about, is that I did arrive in Bradford though late. I should say the bus broke down after the first round-about we encountered still in Nottingham. Getting back home would have been alright, the bus I would have to take actually passed us a couple of times. If I were now in a country where the infrastructure and transporting system is not as stable I would most likely have had to walk back home not considering the weather conditions whether extremely hot or cold.
Realising that this is just a minor inconvenience, as annoying as it might be in that moment and how easy it might be to curse up a storm. Fact is you will most likely be able to get home somehow, except if God decides something else for you that night. Realising that this is the will of God and you may cuss all you want about it but nothing will change it, except what He accepts such as dua’. That people are working on the problem through Gods will and therefore being thankful to them as well as to God. I mentioned yesterday that Abu Hurairah ra. narrates that
Rasulullah saw said: “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)
Being thankful to those who do a service to you no matter how shabby you think they did, is important lest we be ungrateful of the blessings that God swt. has granted us. And this is a reminder to myself first and foremost.
Note: As mentioned above I don’t know how authentic the saying attributed to Umar ra. is, it’s floating around the internet and I’ve had one person mentioning it to me before. I do think the message is sound and I don’t know of anything contradicting this from Quran and Sunnah, please correct me if I’m wrong wa Allahu ‘Alam.