al najaf

My heart trembles holding this tasbih with the thought that it has simply traveled through halls and lands of those who are living proofs of Your Greatness: from Najaf al-Ashraf, to Kufa, Karbala, Kadhimain, Samarra, Mashhad, and Qom (visiting the resting places of Ali ibn Abi Talib, Amir Mukhtar, Hani ibn Urwah, Husayn ibn Ali, Abbas ibn Ali, Habib ibn Muzahir, Ganj-e-Shuhada, Hazrat Hurr, Musa al-Kadhim, Muhammad al-Jawad, Ali al-Ridha, jaddati Ali al-Hadi, Hasan al-Askari, Lady Narjis, Lady Hakeema, Lady Fatima Masooma, Tilla-e-Zaynabiyya, and the place where the present, living Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi was last said to be seen). This tasbih has traveled, has seen, has witnessed Your greatness, and has gathered the aroma of your Love…

the aroma of Your Love lingers in my dreams…

dreams - wandering in the boundless fields of Your Love, wrapped in the warmth of Your caress - renewed by Your gentle embrace - an ocean of emptiness, me reaching, You receiving - silent corridors with only echoes of my footsteps and a voice that whispers “come to me, I will find you…”

[make us among the ones who see nothing but your Love, those who will be near You and near those whom with each inhale and exhale emanate Truth, and beauty which numbs all senses and leaves souls in awe of You and only You…]

What I would give for an opportunity to go for my only remaining ziyarah…

Another year has come and gone, and pilgrimage to Iraq remains a wish. I don’t have faith in my journey beyond this world, nor in the certainty of intercession due to my actions; and so I seek it desperately in this world through pilgrimage, grasping at anything and everything I can, attaching myself to the holy rituals prescribed with whatever level of ikhlaas my sick soul allows me to practice.

“Ali is the door of servitude, and whoever passes through that door is a true believer.” -Prophet Muhammad (saw) Mustadrak Al-Sahihain of Al-Hakim Al-Nisabori; Kenz Al-Omal, 6/156; Al-Dilmi. #najaf #ahlulbayt #imamali

What do you feel every single time you hear the adhan?

Do you feel the urge to answer it by going for salah or are you among those who just hear it just like the chirping of the birds (it’s just normal)?

Did you know that adhan itself was a weapon of the Muslims against their enemies during the time of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum?

YES, the adhan itself brought such fear in the hearts of the disbelievers! Let me share to you a story that happened during the battle of Al Qadisiyyah. 

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When Emperor Rustam of Persia reached An-Najaf near Al Qadisiyyah, he spent a spy to the Muslim camp. This spy was such a keen observant that he was thoroughly studying the movements of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum. 

When he returned to Rustam, he told him about the character and all other information regarding the Muslim army. 

The army of Rustam reached Al Qadisiyyah and encamped between the River ‘Atiq and the fort. 

While taking a stroll, he heard the muadhdhin call for Fajr prayer and saw them preparing to stand up for it. 

Rustam immediately ordered his troops to mount their animals and be ready. When he was asked why, he said, “Can’t you see that the battle cry was shouted among the enemy and now they are getting ready?”

The same spy spoke up, “They are getting ready for prayers.”

Rustam exclaimed in Persian and said, “I heard a sound in the morning, it must have been 'Umar speaking to his dogs, teaching them some tricks. When they speak like this, be ready for battle.”

When the muadhdhin called again for Duhur prayer, Rustam lamented, “It feels as if 'Umar has eaten my liver!”

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May Allah forgive me but whenever I read this story I couldn’t stop myself but laugh at how scared Rustam was against the Muslim army. A fear of unknown, I must say, for Rustam couldn’t comprehend and understand such strength and from where do they get such strength. Allahu'akbar.

O Muslims, we should all realize our strength, that with Islam Allah Azza Wa Jall has promised us victory. Indeed, this story is such a great portrayal of this ayah:

“And never will Allah grant to the unbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers.” Qur'an 4:141

Allahu'akbar!

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Remember each time adhan is called, in every nation, the triumph of Islam is heard and every living thing attest to it! How blessed are those who answer this call and how blessed are those who recognize this blessing!

And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall makes us among those who regularly establish prayers.

Amin.

Zohayma

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Story from At Taareekh Al Islamee: 10/347

Emily Perez, was the first female African American Cadet Command Sergeant Major in the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was deployed to Iraq in December as a Medical Service Corps officer and killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near her Humvee during combat operations in Al Kifl, near Najaf. Aged 23, she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in the Iraq War.