Chronic Case of Homesickness…

*Home of the Believers*

*Home of the Believers*

I have a severe, severe, severe case of homesickness.  I want to be sitting right now on this beautiful white tile and to actually have this view of the Ka’ba.  I miss home.  Sure this was not EXACTLY my home, but this was the center of barakah (blessings), and my home in another city was in the range of that radiating barakah (blessings).

Blessings in Sustenance, Blessings in Time, Blessings in Worship, Blessings in your peace of mind.  You are not in a hurry, life doesn’t pass by you in fleeting seconds.  It is fast, but at reasonable pace.  At Prayer time, the whole world freezes.  The shops close. The restaurant close.  Everyone must stop to pray.  And the beautiful sounds of Athan can be heard from every corner.  And your heart remembers the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him when he would tell Bilal to “Relax them with It”…Where ‘It’ is the prayer. 

I may be able to post images and sounds, but never can I post the exact feelings, tastes, and smells that have become a source of nostalgia to me.  Oh how I miss reading Quran upon someone of more knowledge than me.  How I miss the opportunities and and unfulffiled dreams I never took nor will return to me.  I lived where barakah was so close, and never took full advantage.  And now I am limited so greatly by distance, and all I can do is wish, almost pathetically, to pray upon those white tiles again.  The tiles that reflect heat, but never allow become cold.  Because everything is in balance.  It is the only place where people are constantly walking a circle and you are not confused or dizzy.  It is the only place where walking in a circle is worship and is unity.  Even the birds above are circling the ka’ba! And here I am walking in circles so far away, but out of confusion, out of lack of destination, out of chaos.

The nostalgia is building up more.  I miss you Meccah.  I miss the land that surrounds Meccah.  I miss the land that was the answer to the supplication of Ibrahim… All the world is a home for the Believers in Dunya, because a believer carries his Jannah in his heart.  But Meccah, Meccah is that special room inside your house, perhaps your kitchen, or your bedroom, or your living room…The one you miss the most  and first think of when you are tired.  The one you just want to relax in and reflect.  The place that really makes your house a home.

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5 Responses to Chronic Case of Homesickness…

  1. hiddensouls says:

    WOW…BEAUTIFUL!
    I love it…I long to go 😦
    I loved how you added the caption underneath the picture…how did you do that? (I’m gonna see for myself lol) It’s a really nice caption by the way…Home of the believers…mashaAllah…I hope my heart deserves to be a home for those feelings and I hope my eyes witness this scene soon inshaAllah and for my ears to hear the athan….I pray I can smell the air that surrounds the home of the believers 🙂

  2. DaughterofPearls says:

    Translation of Surat Ibrahim 35-38

    ‘And recall when Ibrahim submitted, ‘O my Lord make this city secure. and save me and my sons from worshipping the idols.

    ‘My Lord, verily the idols have led astray many people. then who sided with me is mine and who disobeyed me. Then you are certainly Forgiving, Merciful.

    ‘O my Lord, I have caused some of my children to settle in a valley wherein there is no cultivation by your sacred House, O our Lord in order that they might keep up prayer, then You make some people’s HEARTS incline toward them and give them some fruits for food, haply they may be thankful.

    ‘O our Lord, you know what we conceal and what we disclose. And nothing is concealed from Allah in the earth or in the heaven.

  3. DaughterofPearls says:

    And from Surat AlBaqarah..

    125. And (remember) when We made the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah) a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety. And take you (people) the Maqam (place) of Ibrahim (Abraham) [or the stone on which Ibrahim (Abraham) stood while he was building the Ka’bah] as a place of prayer (for some of your prayers, e.g. two Rak’at after the Tawaf of the Ka’bah at Makkah), and We commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) and Isma’il (Ishmael) that they should purify My House (the Ka’bah at Makkah) for those who are circumambulating it, or staying (I’tikaf), or bowing or prostrating themselves (there, in prayer).

    126. And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said, “My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” He (Allah) answered: “As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!”

  4. dania says:

    sisters think alike.. i miss Meccah *sigh*

  5. Seen says:

    MashAllah, this is beautifully written and now I really wish I could go to Meccah!

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