As I took my seat on another amazing creation of Allah, the giant Emirates Air Bus A380 parked at Heathrow Terminal 3, I instantly felt overwhelmed with the mercy of Allah as I recalled the roller coaster of a weekend I had experienced whilst remembering the following verse:
Allah Almighty says:
وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ سَيَرْحَمُهُمُ اللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy upon them, for Allah is Almighty and Wise.
(Surat al-Tawbah 9:71)
I have been blessed by Allah Almighty to participate in several Islamic and Community Development related programs in a range of different countries and cities. Each program, travel & endeavor brings with it a personal set of positive emotions, unique lessons, priceless relationships and eloquent inspirations. In fact, after Allah Almighty and the purpose of building ignited communities that benefit humanity, it is my excitement to meet my newly found friends, whom I love for the sake of Allah, that actually gets me onto an aircraft again & again! Brotherhood and meeting people who remind you of your Lord, once experienced, is an addiction!
This particular weekend, I was blessed to attend the ever popular Family Break initiative run in the U.K. It is a non-profit unprecedented event which aims to bring together families for a four day break in a ‘halal’ environment over a long weekend. The event not only gives all attendees a chance to break away from the daily grind of life, but also instills within them the necessary rejuvenation to return back home with the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental renovation required to truly become the change that each attendee desires to see. If success is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration; then this event in my estimate, makes up all of the one percent required to get us transcending the levels of ascension towards our very own podium of excellence.