As salam alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
“Algeria mon amour”…………. Algeria a love that never dies.
Year after year, spending time there, knowing people, growing in the din, my love for Algeria has started to grow bigger and bigger and now I can definitely say that I feel at home, my home, my dar al Islam.
This summer I left England with the hope in my heart that my hijrah could start but Allah had decreed that the time was not yet alhamdulillah.
Nevertheless, it was the first time that I spent more than 2 months in Algeria, enough to really feel the “routine” of a new life wa alhamdulllah.
Among the blessing of dar al islam is the Adhan mashAllah, it is absoluting amazing, it goes straight to your heart, subhanallah, is the call of the heart to pray, to obey our Lord, to please Him, to love Him. It’s a reminder of a duty, the duty which we were created for.
SubhanAllah for the people born in dar al islam the adhan is part of their lives, so when you are accustomed to something it becomes a routine; it does not really feel the same for us (i.e. me and my children), it’s a real blessing, a barakah, a beautiful gift from Allah azza wa jalla. And it is not just one adhan that you are about to hear when the time of the salat is up; an amazing eco of adhans shakes the air and your own soul wa alhamdulillah.
Living surrounded by the family is also a blessing, and when we say ‘family’ in Algeria we are not just talking about grandparents, uncles and aunts, but much more than that. You feel you belong to people, to a place, and the barakah is immense. The children were extremely excited, they felt alive, they learned a new relationship that is strong, of which they had only a taste.
At last the blessing of spending Eid al Adha, our first Eid Kabira there alhamdulillah!!!!
How great, how beautiful is Eid with family.
Leaving dar al Islam was a shot in the heart, especially when you look at where you are going back to, Allahu must’an!!! But, and I repeat but, by the Grace of Allah subhana wa Ta’ala these two months spent there fortified my nya, my understanding of what really Hijrah means.
But above all I had time to reflect and ponder on the hadith of ‘Umar bin al Khattab (رضي الله عنه); he narrated that he heard the Prophet sallallahu alahyhi wa sallam who said: “Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus, he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration is for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration is to that which he migrated for.” [related by Bukhari and Muslim]