Bismi Allahi ar-Rahmani ar-Rahim
Last October 2012, I went to Istanbul, Turkey to present the findings of my experiment at an international conference. The experiences gained at the conference were profound and educational. I cherished the wonderful people I have met and the insightful moments I have spent there. Nonetheless, the strangest or may be the inexplicable thing that had happened was, I met a very enthusiastic young man who in just few hours decided to jump into an airplane and travel half way around the world to be for better and worse with me in this country that is so foreign to him. A perfect stranger followed me home…strange but true.
Uncertainty leaves people in anxiety. But I always remember that we human can only plan but the Best Planner is Allah. Sometimes we do not even plan things that are unfolding before us, but Allah sure has perfect plans for our life…What is a person to do? Just depend on HIM and trust HIM wholeheartedly. May good things emerge out of this whole experience. The anxiety and feelings that are developing within me is scary yet pleasant at the same time for it makes me reflect on the power of Allah “Kun fa Yakun”. Further, I know for sure, even there might be heart ache and misery at the end of these experiences, what Allah has given me are the Best.
When my students asked what I have brought back from Istanbul as souvenir, I told them I brought a very big souvenir and his name is Hasan. They were very surprised and bombarded me with questions that I didn’t even know how to explain. I only can tell that when Allah wills something to happen, it happens. When we trust Allah, what people can do or will do to us does not matter.
|Eyup Mosque after Fajr prayer|
|Turkish young ladies|
|At a cabal car station|
|The Blue Mosque|
|Istanbul viewed from Camlica|
|Dr Norwati, Mr. Hasan Kuruz and yours truly|
Between Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque