For the past few nights, I’ve been lying on my soft bed filled with plushy pillows, comfy bolsters, thick duvets, and cool air conditioning, but have been struggling to fall asleep. I’d go to bed at 11pm, only to be greeted by a screen that shows, “2:36am” when I thought that it’s only been 40 minutes. And this takes my mind to Tareem and Qabr Nabi Allah Hud…
There, we slept on bare bed frames with only a thin layer of bed sheet or plain cloth cushioning our backs from the rusting iron. 47 degree heat accompanied our nights and days. Boiling water caressed our skin as we made wudhu’. And little to no electricity aided our stay. And by God, that is what I am missing so much. Despite the extreme conditions, everything was so comfortable and just right. Everything felt perfect. Those were the nights where I slept soundly and peacefully, waking up feeling fully refreshed and energised to pray, play, and hike! Never in my life would I have thought that this place of nothingness, would provide me with everything that I need and so much more. In those 3 days, I felt the sweetest of ni’mahs.
Anybody who knows me would know how much I love and want to experience England and Europe with all of its beauty and grandeur. But truly, whatever I have experienced in Nabi Allah Hud has suppressed all of that. I dare say that no place could be more beautiful, serene, and grand. Now, this is my favourite-iest(!) place in the whole world. No other place could fill me with so much joy other than Nabi Allah Hud. Subhanallah, the sweetness of being in the company of a Nabi. Imagine what more it would be like if we were in the presence of our beloved Rasulullah ﷺ. How much more sweet? How much more happy? How much more peace? Allah, Allah… 😭
Allahumma Solli ‘Ala Muhammad! Allah yahfazh Tareem, Allah Yahfazh Gabr Nabi Allah Hud!