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|The Road to Dubai|
|02/14/02 at 00:06:16|
This was sent to me by a friend. SubhanAllah the depth of this poem...strikes the heart with full intensity, Masha'Allah.
THE ROAD TO DUBAI
On the road to Dubai, my husband stopped at a small
masjid to make the
asr prayer. As I sat in the car, I saw a figure
the direction of a small group of houses. It took
some time before
I realized it was a man, crawling toward the masjid.
He wore rubber sandals on his hands. His lower body
the hard, rocky ground. The 110-degree temperatures
had beaten sweat
out of his entire body. By the time he reached the
masjid courtyard I could
see he was soaked and his face was flushed.
Many men passed him on their way to the prayer,
to seeing him. One man came out of a shop and watched
him for awhile.
He went back into the shop and came out with a cold
drink. He opened
it for the crawling man and they sat together for a
minute. I heard
them talking, the one man offering to help the man and
the other insisting
he could make it up the stairs to the masjid. He was
making it on time, so he excused himself and continued
his slow, labored
journey to the prayer.
I did not watch him as he mounted the stairs. I could
how to help him. I was crying by then, remembering
the hadith of
the Prophet (pbuh): "The hypocrites find fajr and
isha prayers in
congregation very oppressive. If they could know the
virtues of these
two prayers, they would certainly join them, even if
they had to go
crawling." (Bukhari, Muslim)
This man, who literally did crawl even in the heat of
did not find the congregational prayer oppressive at
all. May Allah
reward all who struggle to please Him and may He
always remind us of our
own weaknesses through such people.
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