Lost and Found
Asalamu Alaykum wr wb
I hope everyone is in the best of health and emaan. JazakumAllahu khayr for being soo interested in the convoy and taking the time to read up on it. The brothers do really appreciate it.
SubhanAllah, Glory be to Allah the One who has made His earth so vast and placed in it signs for people who ponder. The amount of things a person comes across when traveling is innumerable, and seeing the ruins of those who Allah destroyed from previous nations gives hope that Allah destroys the Zionist state and those who ally it from the east and the west. As the all mighty says in his final revelation:
|40:82 افلم يسيروا في الارض فينظروا كيف كان عاقبة الذين من قبلهم كانوا اكثر منهم واشد قوة واثارا في الارض فما اغنى عنهم ماكانوا يكسبون|
“Have they not travelled through the earth and seen what
was the end of those before them?
They were more numerous than them and mightier in
strength, and in the traces (they have left behind them)
in the land, yet all that they used to earn availed them not.”
Also you get to see how the people differ from place to place, and surprisingly, the Greeks haven’t been too bad, in fact a lot of them have been friendly. This is something we did not anticipate, we thought they would be worse than the Germans, Austrians and Italians, but apparently they have a large support here for the Palestinian cause. A lot of them seem to see the hypocrisy of America, which is something I did not know prior to meeting some of them, although we still get stared at, but that could be due to curiosity.
One thing that I have realised from this trip and the last is that you can never be surprised with people and the things they do. This is quite funny, one brother who couldn’t find any toothpaste decided to brush his teeth with hand soap from the dispensers in a service station. Disgusting!!! He thinks it’s weird that I found that strange. Some of these people, if you saw them, you’d think they’re from another planet. Especially the Bradford brothers, they’re another species, but lets not go there.
Today felt pretty cold, more so in the morning. Getting out of a warm sleeping bag into the freezing cold is very challenging in the morning, I am sure you all know how it feels to get out of a warm bed, well it’s a lot worse than that sleeping in a van. Some people slept in a sports hall provided by the local municipality in Thessaloniki, but I preferred to sleep in the van, I have a very warm sleeping bag alhumdulilah.
After Fajr I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn’t, so I stayed up until it was time to leave the premises. Today we had a day off from traveling, but we were requested to leave the vicinity as there was a basketball match on.
Oh by the way, our friend Tom made his way back and rejoined the convoy, and the story is even worse than I thought. Apparently he did wake up, and he walked pass the room where his luggage was kept but realised his luggage was taken, so he thought he would go to the toilet and then make his way to the deck where the vehicles were kept, so off he went to find a toilet. When he found one, he fell asleep on it,
and then woke up some time later on the toilet and then panicked and looked out the window to find himself in the middle of the sea with no land in sight. It was then explained to him that he was on his way to another destination in Greece 6 hours away. To add to the problem his passport was in his luggage which was taken with his vehicle and he only had 40 Euros. Fortunately, he managed to get a bus back and rejoin us at Thessalonika later on last night. I will try and get a mug shot of him, when I find him. A story I think no one will forget.
Today we spent the day in Thessalonika which is the second biggest city in Greece after Athens. It is amazing that this city was in the hands of the Muslims for 5 centuries and and until this day there are buildings that were erected before and in the time of the Messenger (s.a.w). This city has much history and as mentioned earlier you can get a real feeling and understanding of how mighty and powerful these nations were yet their ending was appointed and they remain no more. Despite their might, Allah is more greater in power and His decree is final. We can only be certain that those who posses such dominance will have it taken away from them, it’s not if, it’s more a question of when, and we just hope our eyes will feel the tranquility of such a sight and the Ummah is alleviated from its sorrow and mourning. Ameeen.
We managed to jump on a tour bus which was enterprisingly cheap 2 Euros, although the bus just drove around and we watched a video on a little screen giving a brief background to the various sites it passed. It’s a shame the video wasn’t in time according to the sites it passed, I guess it’s a reflection of the price. The lady on the bus was helpful though, and it was interesting, as we drove up a hill giving us a spectacular view. I am glad we went on it, I didn’t know anything about this city before, I am still getting to grips with pronouncing it, and spelling it is a nightmare. Not much is written in English here as the Greeks have there own script. I think its called Cyrillic, please correct me if I am wrong.
Greece seems a bit behind, if I must say. For example, they don’t have a ban on smoking in public buildings, even the bus driver was smoking. Things like this make it feel like your in some of the middle eastern countries or the break away soviet states.
I was informed that there maybe a possibility that Egypt are trying to stop the convoy coming or entering Gaza. I haven’t heard anything yet, but sometimes you guys back in the U.K are more up to date and informed than us here. If anyone does know anything about this topic, your information and views are most appreciated. Just add a comment or include it in the section ‘your say’.
Ok bros/sis’s thanks for reading I need to go and get something to eat, I don’t think there’s any halal here but you never know.
Please keep the dua’s coming