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Madinah and Bab – Girls Daily Blog – Friday 22nd August, 2014

Jummah Mubarak to you all on the last Friday of this spiritual experience!

After a truly heartbreaking night filled with streams of emotions after Dua Kumayl, we were lucky to partake in the series of the Shahadat majlis of our beloved 6th Imam, Imam Jaffer As-Sadiq (AS). The night was longer and more emotionally draining for those of us who chose to stay in the blessed Haram until the early hours before returning back to freshen up for Fajr Jamaat followed by a beautiful recitation of Dua Nudba. Those who stayed for Dua Nudba shared that there are simply no words sufficient enough to describe the in depth beauty of the Masa’ib that were recited.

As exhausted as we all were, we eventually ate breakfast before heading off to our final set of inspirational classes in one of the classrooms within the Jamia Razavi Courtyard. Our first class was with Sister Najiya who beautifully completed the biography of Imam Ar-Redha (AS), allowing us to fully connect with the Imam whose presence we were remarkably privileged to be in. Sister Najiya has played a phenomenal role in continuously reminding us and providing us with practical ways to make the most of the short, precious moments we have in Mashhad. The final session was with Shaykh Kumail and he discussed the higher levels of our Nafs alongside examples and characteristics that identifies an individual's Nafs: Nafs-ul-Mutmaina, Nafs-ul-Radhiya and Nafs-ul-Mardhiya, which is the absolute manifestation of Allah’s attributes. This is the most desired level of Nafs, one that I personally would love to achieve as a token of gratitude for what all our beloved Ahlulbayt (AS) have sacrificed for me to be a Shia.

Soon enough, the Adhaan for Salaat-ul-Jummah could be heard from all the courtyards, and people flocked in hundreds to find a place to offer the Salaat in the closest proximity to any entrance that provided a clear view of Mawla's holy Dhareeh and glistening domes. Alhamdulillah, I was lucky enough to be sitting directly opposite the Dhareeh (in the Jamohouri Courtyard) facing the dome of my Mawla.  I was speechless by the sheer magnanimity of the view in front of my sinful eyes but I found myself lost in a peril of thoughts.  For days I have been struggling to comprehend one concept... How the Shuhada-e-Karbala dealt with the intense heat on the desert plains without a single drop of water? The Jihad of the 6th month old, Ali Asghar and the unwavering loyalty of Abul Fadhl Al Abbas who demonstrated the epitome of love and loyalty when he threw the cool water back into banks of Furat!  I am awed by their inner strength to not allow such things to cloud their ultimate goal in attaining nearness to the Almighty Allah (SWT). When I placed my head on the Turbah in Sujood, my heart skipped a beat and tears filled my eyes as I remembered Imam Hussain (AS) as he lay on the burning sands in his final moments with Sayyeda Zainab (AS) looking on with broken heart.

After taking a few moments to admire the massive crowds, I walked back to our hotel where we regrouped for lunch. All the girls then spent the next few hours resting, shopping, packing and making the most of the short time we had left with one another. At around 5pm, we gathered in the restaurant for the World Federation Closing Ceremony, hours that marked the end of an invigorating and spiritually uplifting experience. The ceremony consisted of gift presentation, brief reflections, and speeches of thanks (including those that were helping from back in England to the humble, silent workers behind the scenes here). We were honored by the presence of Sheikh Yaqoob who graced the atmosphere with a small lecture and profound words of advice on the importance of guidance. This reminded me of saying number 59 in Nahjul Balagha, 'One who warns you is like the one who brings glad tidings'. Shaykh gave us several valuable words to ponder, the most important of which included not to be stingy with the fountain of knowledge we have gained throughout these past weeks, to share it with others young and old so that we collectively enhance our journey towards Allah (SWT).

Maghrib time approached and we made our way to the Haram; Juloos and Sina Zani were still in full swing and continued after Namaaz. We dispersed to offer Jama’at as we each aimed to contemplate and take in the atmosphere around us one more time. Having prayed my Salaat, I sat in Azaadi Courtyard to catch a glimpse of the beautiful golden dome and the holy Dhareeh from a spot not too far from the entrance. Whilst reflecting, my heart strings were tugged by the Farsi Masaib of Sayyeda Fatima, once again the tears rolled down my cheeks and my heart was extremely heavy as the similarity of the tragedy that befell Imam Ali (AS) and Imam Sadiq (AS) was something that I was ignorant of.  I can truly say that the half an hour I spent weeping and pouring out my heart for our Imams and the pain they went through is something that made me realize that when things do not go our way, as long as we keep our Imaan there is always light at the end of the tunnel and Allah (SWT) is always there for us.

Following my emotional return to the hotel for dinner was an inspiring reflection session with the Madinah and Bab girls and Sister Najiya - each word that we shared is a gift to all of us and these words will be cherished for many years to come, InshAllah. We then said goodbye to our sisters and new family members who were leaving early this morning for their flights back home. Once again, the realization that this dream would be over shortly is something too difficult to digest. But the idea of how to share this experience in our home towns invigorates us as we anticipate the final day of this blessed journey.

Written by: Aliyah Bhimani from Peterborough Jamaat, UK

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