Monday, April 18, 2005

Long Weekend

During the long weekend, I decided to make my way over to London so that the change of environment could be a form of relaxation.

I set off, leaving all the commotion and hassle of my "normal" life towards London where the change would relax me both physically and mentally.

The trip all in all was great fun, I spent a whole day travelling in the tube, busses and walking for hours on end, exploring the sites in London and examining the stores.

It was definitely a good change of atmosphere and something that I wouldn't mind looking forward to again.

What I really want to mention though is some of my thoughts before, during and after this short trip.

Before:

Before I set off to London, I really was really happy, cheerful and excited... Why? Because of the hard work that went into my life before my trip. I knew that I had enough money to get me there and allow me to enjoy myself while I was there.

Point: The point is, isn't that what life is about? To prepare for the hereafter? If we worship Allah in this world will we not get rewards (money) for the hereafter? Is it not our faithfulness towards Allah that will make us look forward to meeting Him?

During:

During my trip to London I was calm and at peace. I knew that there was nothing that would cause me discomfort; I had packed my bags and was prepared.

Point: Have we packed our bags for our journey to the hereafter? Can we be at peace and say that we have prepared for our journey to come?

Another thing that I noticed during my trip was the different types of people. The tube, the busses, the streets and even the shop were like a market full of people on display. Each and every person doing their own things, living in a world of their own; people of all colour, background, styles and beliefs.

Point: Are we not lucky that out of thousands of people we were chosen to carry the message forward? Are we not lucky that we were the chosen to reside in Jannah by being given the gift of Imaan? Is it not our duty to save the others? Are we doing our part as Muslims?

After:

In short... Back to the same old lifestyle. What was I expecting? But, I knew it was coming. A little tired and down, but that is the pattern of life.

Point: Our life here is limited and temporary just like my visit to London. This life may be dull and tiring with all the responsibilities, but it is through these responsibilities that we are able to enjoy the life to come (like I did my visit).

Point: No matter what lifestyle we choose, what ways we decide to take. At the end of the day, the reality is always there, the truth will always shine and the single path of Islam is where we shall all have to return.

5 comments:

mujahidah an nafs said...

Salam,

Mashallah amazing post
Loads of points to take from this..

May ALLAH (swt) bless us all to remember him (swt) in all that we do and may he elevate us to the status of Ihsaan, so that whatever we do we do it for the sake of ALLAH(swt) and we do it as if we were standing in front of our Lord.Ameen.

Wassalam

Sajeda said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

I like the way you structured the post on your visit to london: before, during and after.

The points mentioned are very good, it's amazing how all these thoughts occur. Subhan'Allah.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala grant us the ability to seek knowledge and practice upon it and may He keep us steadfast on Deen and take us from this duniya in the state of Imaan, Aameen.

"Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower." Aameen!

Wassalaam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah for the comments Mujahada an Nafs. Ameen to all the Du'aas. May Allah accept them.

Wasalaam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alykum,

Jazakallah for your comments sister Sajeda. Glad you liked the structure of the post. Good to see you here.

Dua meh yaad.

Wasalaam

ابدلرحیم said...

Bhai, your reflections are inspiring and insightful. MashAllah. I know what you mean. Sometimes I like to go to Boston, which is definatley small in comparison to London, but still it's nearby and it's a change, and walk around by myself. Haha some day i'm'a be heading from Leicster to London inshALlah.