…down under…bbrrrrrr…

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Alhumdulillah.

Two weeks today ‘down under’.

Two extremely busy two weeks: establishing a home in a quaint little house in very small country town, where it has hardly stopped raining, SubhanAllah! The first few days upon arrival were in the minus temperatures! Teeth shattering shivers! Amazing contrast to the high forties we left behind in Madinah al-Munawwarah. Tears are permanently welled behind the eyes. The yearning so many of you used to express when I was there now fills this heart. Khair Alhumdulillah.

Apologies for being so absent, not only from this space but from individual emails and whats app, but we have discovered the location we are in does not have the correct cables for connecting to the net. We are still investigating other options. Meanwhile we are on very limited access.

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The area is stunningly beautiful. Surrounded by forests, bush trails, historical walks, waterfalls, spectacular coast line an so much more. Google Otways Victoria for an idea. The local flora and fauna vibrantly displays Allah Ta’ala’s unique array of artistry. If the wind were not so icy I would be sitting watching the birdlife in the garden all day. The antics of the Rosellas and King Parrots are hysterical. This site calls the area a bird lover’s paradise. The Southern Right whales have been wowing the locals for the past few weeks. Kangaroos, koalas, echidnas are close by. Insha’Allah once almiskeenah has a reliable connection more will be shared. There has been no time for serious photography as yet. The misty mornings creating atmospheric scenery, but so far we have been on various priority missions preventing stops and starts on the country roads. Spring bulbs are bursting treating us to jonquils, daffodils, snow drops, hyacinths and an all time favourite lily of the valley, SubhanAllah!

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The local community is wonderful! We needed a jump start one morning and had no idea what to do as we knew no one. We walked to the local store, which is also the post office as we do not have mail delivery, one of the super friendly staff immediately dialed ‘Sam’ who within minutes was at out car connecting the leads. One afternoon we heard a knock at the door to be met by one of the young locals presenting us with a magnificent hand baked sourdough loaf as a welcome to the area! These are people who probably never seen a niqabi or a man in a dress! Everywhere we go we are met by friendly and chatty people. SubhanAllah! So refreshing and totally unexpected.

Alhmdulillah spinning is back in my life! A beautiful wheel was found, similar to one I used about four decades ago! And a visit to Tarndie last week, where I also used to buy fleece from all those years ago resulted in a gorgeous silvery grey to black fleece. Then looking at the local community notice board the other day I saw a sign saying there was a spinning wheel in need of TLC to be given to one who would use it. Within hours of calling the number a sad neglected wheel was delivered! After a few hours tending to it, it was humming away with wool spun on the bobbin. So for the moment there are two wheels in the house!! Amazing!

JazakumuLlahu khaira for all the previous comments many of you have made. So touching and loving, helping me to submit to this huge change in lifestyle. And as much as Allah Ta’ala has made the transition smooth Madinah al-Munawwarah is Madinah al-Munawwarah, forever calling. Allahu ‘Alum what is written for any of us. Alhumdulillah ala kulli haal.

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…final post from the City of Radiance…

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It’s enough honour, nobleness, eminence and virtue for the Muslim servant’s name to be mentioned in the presence of Allah Ta’ala’s Chosen One SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. This is elucidated in the words of the one who said:

Truly he deserves to rise and go forward

He who is brought to his attention

And another said:

Welcome to the one in whose presence I do not deserve to be

The statement of the bringer of good news,

Foreboding and opening after despair

To you belong glad tiding so cast away that which is upon you

For you were mentioned despite your faults.

 

Sending prayers upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is a means for the name of the person sending them to be presented to the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and having his name mentioned in his noble presence.

I call upon you, O Best of Creation

By whom Allah seated the Prophets and Messengers

The Prophet of guidance: were it not for you

I would not know any guidance

And were it not for you

The lawful and the unlawful I would not know

By Allah! Were it not for you

That which exists would not be

And the Merciful would not have created a part or a whole!

 

Al-Hafiz Rashid al-Din al-Attar:

O you who hope for recompense and reward

And expiation for past sins that weigh heavily on your back

See that you are assiduous in prayers

Upon Ahmad the Guide, the Intercessor of human kind

The best of Allah’s creation from Adam’s seed

And the purest scion and noblest pride

Authentic it is that Allah, Exalted in His Might

Sends ten prayers for the person who send one

So may Allah send prayers upon him as long as the dark night yearns

And the celestial bodies ascend the horizon at dawn!

 

O best of those whose bones are buried in the deep earth,

And from whose fragrance the depth

And the height have become sweet,

May I be the ransom for a grave which thou inhabit

And in which are found purity, bounty and munificence

You are the Prophet whose intercession is hoped for

And the Traverse when the feet slip.

 

Beloved who resides in the heart and is never absent

Your likeness is before my eyes and your mention is on my lips

Your abode is in my heart so to where will you disappear?

 

 

Indeed, you reside in a heart

A heart without needs for lamps

Indeed you visit the sick

 

He is living, filling the heart

I shall not forget him that I need to remember him

Despite his absence from my hearing and sight

He is in my heart, and so I behold him.

…from Sending Prayers Upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

 

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All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…submission…

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…long before this majestic Ramadhan full moon glided over Madinatun Nabi I have spent hours staring at a blank screen…wondering how and what to write. Sleep has been elusive with words crashing and pounding in a heavy head.  Do I explain all the nitty gritty details? layers of reasons? Right now I just want this to be said and said simply. We are leaving Madinah al Munawwarah on the 18th of July for an unknown duration.

Allah Ta’ala’s Hikmah is beyond our comprehension. We are His servants and move according to His Plans. We were moved here under the most amazing circumstances and gratitude will never be enough in expressing the beauty this blessing has been, and will forever be in my heart.  Alhumdulillah for Allah Ta’ala granting this space where I have been blessed with the most beautiful connections. Every one of you is so very dear and special to me. If it is written that we do not meet again in this realm then Insha’Allah may it be for Eternity in His Garden of Bliss, Ameen.

Just as I am not to question the why or wherefore of Allah Ta’ala’s Grand Plans, I ask for you to respect the emotional state I am in, by finding the grace as I am finding, in what Islam truly means: SUBMISSION and paying more attention to deepening our Tawwakul…may all the grandeur of this Mubarak Night of Power shower you and all your loved ones…Insha’Allah you find solace in these short but incredibly blessed hours…

Apologies, but I do not intend replying to any more comments…these last few moments are so precious for all of us…may our Ibadah be intense with a tight focus on the big picture…so much more effort needs to be devoted to what is more important during these final fleeting hours… we need each other’s dua…the ‘list’ is with me wherever I may be…may all who yearn to be ‘neighbours’ be called again and again, Ameen.

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…I humbly ask for your forgiveness for any harm or wrong I have committed against you and for all shortcomings you may have witnessed from this needy sinner…

…and this blog…Allahu ‘Alum what destiny is written for this space…more than ten years have been devoted to sharing…maybe it is time to ponder a book…may Allah The Almighty guide us all in all our affairs and keep us all on the Straight Path, Ameen…

…Insha’Allah I will be in contact as soon as possible from ‘down under’…maybe with some ‘retrospective’ reflections…

…leaving one imprisoned state for another…Allahu Akbar Kabeera…there is such an abundance of sweetness in submission…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.