Part 14 – When the Smell is in on Point

RS and ZS didn’t go to Masjid Kufa yesterday so a private tour was arranged to go – I tagged along for the ride.

We went to Masjid Kumayl first and we were the first ones there – what would you expect at 630am. It is recommended to recite some of Dua Kumayl at Masjid Kumayl (how meta). When Maulana Mohsen started to recite I knew this trip was going to be awesome simply based on his beautiful voice.

When we got to Masjid Sahla, you could see the crowd building up. Maqaam Imam Zaynul Abideen is beautiful, and smells on point. Unfortunately, because of the time we went, we didn’t make a wajib Salaat, last year that was one of my favourite parts about the whole ziyarat.

On to Masjid Kufa once again, I am clearly trying milk all the thawaab I can get. However, midway through all the Maqams I began feeling really tired. Not just sleepy but properly tired. So tired that I would fall asleep sitting down, which I can never usually do. I felt exhausted, I couldn’t even imagine mustering the strength to pray those 2 rakaat salaats.

When we got to Muslim, Hani and Mukhtar, I would just sit near the door and fall asleep sitting down. The actual Zarih is not even far away from the door, but I couldn’t even think about walking there. I would just fall asleep and wait for them until they were ready to go. It is really such a shame because I didn’t make full use of the Masjid Kufa or that beautiful Qiraat.

I’m not sure what it was, maybe I just needed a good sleep, but I felt good to go for Maghrib Salaat at the Harraam, not that I would’ve missed it, since the hours are counting down to leave. Through the main gate again and the golden dome was sparkling against the bluey huey sky that only God creates. Sitting under the sky is my dream come true in front of the Ameer.

“And speak not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, (they are) alive, but you perceive not.” – Quran 2:154

Midnight missions are always fun with good company. It was midnight and the city was still busy and we felt so safe wondering about. Something about the Mawla’s presence here makes us all feel safe.

I am very grateful to God for answering my hajaat for having good company on this trip.

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