Bon Voyage, insha'Allah!


My sister just e-mailed me a copy of her itinerary which kicks into effect in two days, insha'Allah. I can hardly believe that she'll soon be on her way to Pakistan, a place that she has wanted to visit for a long time.

It goes without saying that I will miss her. Probably more than she’ll miss me since she’ll be too busy with other things and will probably find just enough time to miss her boys (naturally). Nonetheless, I am really happy for her. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for her to visit a place that has intrigued her, and of course it’s an especially nice chance for her to meet some of her husband’s extended family.

I pray that her trip goes well. I pray that no one gives her or her mother-in-law a hard time wherever they may be. I hope that during their tremendously long flight they both remember to pray for the family and ummah, and the betterment of our world.

Often through partings the soul learns to appreciate what it so often takes for granted. “Distance makes hearts grow fonder,” isn’t it?

Many months ago, as I talked about my own smoke-filled travel ideas, my mother shared some of her motherly greatness. I was telling her that if I went anywhere and never returned, such would be my fate. My time to return to my Creator is written. Of course, my mother knows this (and probably was the one to teach me this), but I thought that perhaps her motherly love was still trying to protect me. Instead, she showed me her love, insight, and strength through words that I will never forget. She said, “It’s not death that I’m worried about… I’m worried about all the possible things, other than death, that may happen to you.” Ya Rabb… ya Rabb…

O Lord, please take them safely and bring them home safely. Ya Allah, we all have our destined time of return to You. I submit to that. Please let that be our best and sweetest moment in life, and please protect us all from the evils of mankind, jinn, and Shaytan, ameen.


Shireen said...

"Don't wuo-ryy 'bout a thing cos ever lil thing 'z ganna be a'right"
-in the words of BOB himself :-P

Okay on a more serious note faween of course I'll miss ya lots, but I kinda feel like it's just a weekend (cuz it's almost just a weekend). I'm not excited, i'm not nervous, I'm not anything. The decision happened so fast it's kinda like I'm just gonna let it play out. Kids won't be there don't have to worry 'bout anyone but myself (and ami of course, but it's not the same ya know).

As I said before, Allah swt doesn't place us under a burden heavier than we can bear, so Insha'Allah whatever it is (even if i hate driving)... it'll all be A OKAAAAAAAAAY :) Insha'Allah. It's worse knowing family would worry than it is having to go through whatever hardships life brings (ya know?)
Mwaaah mah sista... :)

iMuslim said...

Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah

Aww, it's lovely to see loving, sisterly interactions. Take care, Shireen. Remember us all in your duas, please!


Farzeen said...

Assalaamu'alaykum Shir

I'd sing the next line for you, but I don't know it!

You're not excited?? Well.. not yet! But I hope by the time you land you will be. Just don't let this all pass you too quickly without realizing it's happening and enjoying it! Insha'Allah :).

Will you miss me more or less? ;) was typo..I'm sticking to my story :).

Habeebti, I know that insha'Allah it's all good. Allah always takes care of us, whether we realize it or not. No matter what happens to any of us wherever we are, insha'Allah if we never lose our trust in Him, we'll be alright. As long as you're alright sunshine, I am too, insha'Allah :). Much love!

IMuslim: Wa 'alaykum assalaam wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakaatu sis

*smile* -- AlhamduliAllah for all :).

Gina said...

Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen :)

Ameera said...


I thought your family had some link to Pakistan - well, I guess it was obvious from your name! :) Anyhow, I hope your sister has a good trip InshAllah.

Smoke-filled travel ideas? You want to come to Karachi? I could show you around some of the intensely polluted areas... though you wouldn't be able to see anything... err... :S

Farzeen said...

Wa 'alaykum assalaam Ameera

I don't have any direct links to Pakistan..not through lineage at least. My sister's in-laws are there (so by the extension of her in laws, I have a link there...) :) if ever I do get the opportunity to visit Karachi I must be prepared to expect less than fully functioning lungs, eh? hehe.. It'd be interesting to visit. But my smoke-filled ideas were illusory. As a person once said, "In the absence of reality comes the spectre of illusion." AlhamduliAllah for all.

"Do you think that you will enter the Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: 'When (will come) the help of God?' Ah! Verily the help of God is (always) near!" [2:214]



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