Assalamu alaykum wr wb
Today has been a well deserved rest, I managed to get a lie in and ended up missing breakfast but I think the sleep was more needed than the food. I’m still tired, but inshaAllah a good early night tonight should do the trick. Although having a lie in I’m still in debt to my body and owe it a few more hours of sleep. I need to make up for the night we spent in Gazientep, Turkey, when I only got three hours sleep trying to get my clothes washed. Most people from the convoy ended up going on an excursion to the town center today, but I’m being a bit boring and decided to stay and relax in the hotel. I have been to Syria before so I’ve seen most of the sites and I’ve had a cracking headache for most part of the day so I decided it would be nice to have a break from sitting in a vehicle. Damascus is not a place where anyone would want to be caught in traffic.
I forgot to mention yesterday, that last night when we finaly managed to negotiate with the police to allow us to stop for a bite to eat, when we came accross a restaurant who actually had food ready for us to eat, we tried to negotiate with the manager to give us a good deal because we were about 20 in number. After he realised where we were going he refused to take any money for the food, subhanAllah, the provisions of Allah are abundant. After finishing our food, we thanked the owner and brought him a viva Palestina T-shirt that we signed and gave to him. We then headed to the vehicles and noticed a man with a small girl and boy. He approached us and handed over a pair of gold earings and a bag of jewellery, subhanAllah, he took all of his wife’s gold and his poor little girls ear rings and handed it over to us. He said “This is for the people of Gaza”.
He then reached into his pocket and gave us some money. Upon seeing his wifes and daughters jewellery and his yearn to help in anway possible, our eyes started to water.
Allahu Akbar! Despite the oppression of the Tyrants, there still remains good amongst the people. I always ask myself, if the supression were to seize what would be the outcome when we have so much goodness that remains within this Ummah of the messenger (saw), the final Ummah, the best of Ummah’s. Oh Allah remove those who bring about this humilliation and bring forth those who bring life to this deen. Earlier I was watching the news where they were showing the developments of the wall being built by the Egyptian governemnt between Gaza and Egypt. Our reality will not change as long as the internal elements continue to serve and side with those who oppresss the Muslims.
Tomorrow we will be leaving the Hotel after breakfast, which will be served at five in the morning, so I’ll have to get an early night inshAllah.
Jazakum Allah khayr
Wasalamu Alaykum wr wb