When you leave for holidays, you take with you only what is necessary… but later you realise how many useless things you have, you understand you could live with much less.
When you live in a place where poverty is a reality, you don’t throw away anything because you could easily give it away without fear of offending anyone… and you realise how we are used to pride, arrogance and waste.
When you are among people who, one by one, leave for the call of prayer, who praise and thank Allah despite their problems, your faith grows and you do your best to improve, with the help of Allah… and you realise how often you are lazy and complain about silly things.
When you are about to leave a country where people welcome you with kindness, where nobody judges clothing and faith, where the days go on with tranquility and the desert as background, you get ready to go back in an atmosphere of racism, ignorance and intolerance.. but you realise that they won’t be able to hurt you anymore because you are so happy and ‘shielded’ by the energy you gained during this holiday. Nothing and nobody will make you look down, lower your head and dignity!
We are Muslims, alhamdulillah and whoever tries to mock us, doesn’t deserve our sadness rather our condemnation… masakeen!
Everyone of us should travel at least once in his life, to the deep part of his own soul and, once touched the bottom, re-emerge upwards!
Alhamdulillah this holiday is almost at the end but I go back more in love than ever with our wonderful Islam!
Amina Umm Samir
Laghouat, January 2016