→ 20 May 13 at 9 pm
Liège-Guillemins Railway Station,
on the way to brussels, i had to switch trains at this station. the moment i stepped out of the old train from aachen, i was like “WHOA”. it was really pretty and all new. probably the nicest one ive seen so far in europe.
and there were not many people as well. after walking around abit and taking photos, i went down and saw a man, he had a beard, sporting a golf hat and a brown blazer with relaxed grey pants and a simple leather slip-on.
and subhanAllah, he was reading the quran. he was probably late twenties or early thirties. and with God’s permission, He made me went up to him to give the salaam.
his name was abdul haqq, he spoke very little english, but we still managed to communicate with the very little english he knew and the even littler arabic that i knew.
he was going to take the same train as me so we talked the entire time till we reached our destination in brussels. he had a wife, and two children and was looking for a job in brussels. and subhanAllah, what i love about him was his mannerisms, the way he spoke and his attitude about life.
the constant remebrance of Him and trust in His plans. he shared hadiths and reminded me about the importance of us muslims to always be one. how we should always uphold the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet, keeping the beard, using the siwak etc. reminded me about death, and that every soul shall one day taste death. reminded me about how us muslims, though from different parts of the world are brothers, one.
when i asked him if he had facebook or email, he said no he did not have one because he is afraid of the maksiah and the fitnah surrounding these mediums of modern interaction.
the way he had a smile on his face and the beautiful character when i see him interacting with some passengers on the train, subhanAllah.
it has really been a tough, spiritually i have to be honest, living in europe. back at home, it was easy, we take all these for granted. if you wanted to pray asar when you are out, you can easily find a mosque wherever you are or find a place in a stairwell of a mall. you have halal food at every corner and there are always many classes and majlis that you can attend to boost your spirituality and iman every week.
dua for me, and my brother abdul haqq, and for your family and friends and all the muslims in the world, that Allah continues to shower us with the many blessings, of food and water, of shelter and clothes, and to give us strength in iman to overcome our greatest enemy, which is the shaitan and our nafs. to grant us patience through hard and testing times, and to make us in constant remembrance of Him. may Allah also make it easy for us to make our lips wet with the constant praise of Him and His beloved Prophet, and to grant us beautiful character and mannerisms when dealing with people and animals, and may Allah also make it easy for us in everything that we do. and also, may Allah grant us great iman to always believe and have faith in His plans.
this reminder is especially for me, and I thank Allah that He has allowed me to think about this and contemplate about such things. always remember Him, always act in the best of character even with non muslims, everyone really and never look down on anyone, because who are we in the first place to judge someone when we were nothing to begin with.
haha whoa ive said alot! if you have read all the way though, i hope whatever i said helped, and if there is something that displeases you with my words, i would like to apologise.
the good things you’ve heard from me is all from Allah and the mistakes are mine.
Peace, Assalamualaikum! :)