We are leaving Istanbul in the morning inshallah-- back to life in Canada. I am excited about returning home for numerous reasons, but especially since there are ,many courses and seminars being offered in Toronto when I return. May Allah (SWT) increase our knowledge and keep us on the straight path teaching us only what is of His religion. May He help us to remember what we learn and apply it to our lives and of course share it with others. For those of you curious about what is going on, Al Kauthar, Al Maghrib (Muhammad Al Shareef), Al Huda Institute and Abu Huraira Center are all offering courses within the next month.
As a traveller I will inshallah be making as many dua as I can for all of my brothers and sisters in Islam. Inshallah Allah will accept the dua of our family as we travel back home. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (SWT)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]
Allah has really blessed us this winter. I had an amazing opportunity to learn more about myself, this religion, meet Muslims of many different backgrounds, go to Syria and spend time with my Muslim family. Alhamdulillah alhamdulillah alhamdulillah. The last months have been an incredible way of increasing unity between the ummah even if it has only been a small cirlce of people that I have met and grown closer to. I mention this because it is an issue I hope to discuss more in the future. Being out of Canada for so long and talking to so many people I have really had a chance to reflect about the unity (or lack there of) facing our ummah. It is a tragedy. All too often we would rather point out our differences than embrace our similarities. The result isn't changing the ummah for the better from what I see. It is feeding into the plot of Shaytan as he works to divide Muslims. The more we scatter the weaker we become. I pray that Allah unifies us, keeps us on the straight path, and protects us from sin.