How to know if your Hajj has been accepted is to see how your life is a year later. So said one of our Hajj teachers. It's been nearly a year since Mr. Rafia and I embarked on that journey of a lifetime. There have been ebbs and flows, I will not lie. Going to … Continue reading Hajj: One Year Later
Since I have been posting nearly weekly this month, I would feel remiss to not post one final time before Ramadan ends this year. The last ten days have been unlike any other last ten days I have experienced in the twenty or so years I have been fasting. And... *drum roll* they have NOT … Continue reading Day 29 of Ramadan
I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of … Continue reading That Post-Hajj High
Today is our first full day back home from Hajj. I start this post off knowing that this reflection cannot do justice to the multitude of emotions and openings I felt during this pilgrimage, often and appropriately called "the journey of a lifetime." You know that scene in The Return of the King after the … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Hajji’s Tale
It's been a while since I've done this, sipping my morning chai as I type away. I'm not really sure how to start blogging again after my month's hiatus. But I know that I cannot without at least attempting to give the previous month its due. Eid began yesterday. Ramadan is officially over. It feels … Continue reading Where do we go from here?