I think everyone has a number of moments in their lives that they will never forget. I am lucky enough to have been able to experience one of these moments twice, and I do indeed count my blessings for it. This moment is one that mere words cannot do justice but recalling the memory is enough to make my heart skip a beat and ache with yearning to experience it again and again. The moment is a juloos (procession). But not just any juloos. It was the juloos we undertook both this year and last year on the night of Arbaeen, in the Holy land of Karbala. It was the juloos engraved in the hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to be there, lucky enough to experience this moment along with the figures reaching 27 million in the blessed land. How do I explain the emotions? It’s entirely ineffable. Walking first towards the blessed shrine of Aba Abdillah (sa), going through the inside of the haram, down Bayn ul Haramayn and reaching his brother Abul Fadhl (sa)…all whilst listening to the words of stunning latmiyyah and having the entire group doing matam like never before. Whilst listening to various chants of Labbayk Ya Hussain. Labbayk Ya Abbas. Labbayk Ya Zainab. Labbayk Ya Mahdi. Abad Wallah Ya Zahra Maninsa Hussaina. Ya Sayyidi Ya Abbas, Ya Abul Fadhlil Abbas. Tears streaming down faces and sheer awe at being in the presence of these great figures. For some, grins whilst approaching Babul Hawaij and standing right beside the blessed shrine of the epitome of courage and loyalty. Some may say that I post a lot about Karbala and ziyarah. But honestly when you have experienced that can you really not? When it is all you can ever think about. When you can still hear the chants, smell the sweet fragrance from the blessed shrines, when you can remember the adrenaline you felt when approaching your role models. It is surely a moment I know will never be erased from my mind and I sincerely pray that Allah swt allows each and every one of you to experience what I have been lucky enough to experience. Ameen.
A single leaf does not fall without His permission. Do you really think that He hasn’t thought about your future?