On 16th January 2020, on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, at approximately 2:50 a.m., we set off from Karachi to Oman via UAE. One difficult aspect of this journey was that we were to take part in a live session of season 11 of ‘Zehni Aazmaish’ after ‘Isha Salah, and record another programme straight after that. It was imperative for us to finish both of these series by 1:00 a.m., otherwise it would have been difficult for us to make the flight if we were delayed.
With some effort, we managed to finish both series by 1:00 a.m. We had taken care of the luggage and passports etc. beforehand and the Islamic brother who was to travel with us was already waiting in the car. We immediately set off and boarded our flight which was to depart at 2:50 a.m. We firstly arrived in UAE where we stopped for 4 hours and were to take another flight to Muscat, Oman at 8:00 in the morning. We arrived at Muscat airport at around 9:15 a.m. and after passing through immigration etc., we came out at 10:00 a.m., where Islamic brothers were waiting to welcome us.
From Muscat to Salalah
When we arrived at our residence from the airport, we were extremely tired so we excused ourselves from breakfast and rested instead. We woke up in the afternoon, offered Zuhr Salah, ate and then had another flight to catch. We were to catch another flight at 6:15 p.m. for Salalah, another historic city of Oman where many Prophets عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام and companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم are buried.
Due to a delay in the flight, we prayed Maghrib Salah in congregation at the airport and many Arab devotees of the Prophet joined us in the Salah also.
According to our schedule, we were to first meet some members of the business community from Salalah and then deliver a speech at a Masjid at 9:00 p.m. We arrived in Salalah at around 9:00 p.m. Firstly, we met with some businessmen and then took part in an amazing Sunnah-inspired Ijtima at Masjid Khadra. مَاشَــآءَالـلّٰـه there was a large presence of Islamic brothers there. I had the honour of delivering a Sunnah-inspired speech at this Ijtima, and then we spent some time meeting people after this.
Four journeys in one day
After finishing there, we were to catch another flight in order to return to Muscat at around 3:00 a.m.; it was to be our fourth journey by air in one day. The flight from Salalah to Muscat was delayed also and by the time we reached our residence in Muscat, it was around 5:00 a.m. We prayed Fajr Salah and then rested. We woke up around 11:30, got ready for Jumu’ah Salah and then went to a wonderful Masjid nearby for Jumu’ah. After the Jumu’ah Salah, the devotees of the Prophet recognised us and thus, we ended up meeting many people there also.
After this, we travelled for approximately three hours to another city known as Sohar. On the journey to Sohar, we met an Arab Islamic scholar in the city of Saham and met up with him just before Maghrib Salah, where many heartfelt Du’as were made.
Readers of the Monthly magazine, Faizan-e-Madina! Please accept this suggestion of mine: Whenever you travel to a city or area, whether at home or abroad, then visit the shrine of a well-known Wali and meet an Islamic scholar who is a devotee of the Prophet. When visiting the shrine, whilst maintaining due etiquette, recite some Zikr or Quran etc., and convey its reward to the personage resting in the shrine and then make Du’a in the court of Allah Almighty via his mediation. When meeting the Islamic scholar, request him to make Du’a for you and present some money to him, according to your means.
After praying Maghrib Salah in Saham, we set off for Sohar, where we met some businessmen and then at around 10:00 p.m., we took part in a Sunnah-inspired Ijtima in which, I had the opportunity to deliver a speech on the topic of ‘respect and honour of parents’. After the speech, we met with Islamic brothers for some time and then returned to Muscat in the night. On the journey back to Muscat, I was overcome with tiredness and fell asleep in the rear seat of the car. We arrived at our residence in Muscat at around 4:30 in the morning.
The last day of the trip
Saturday 18th January was the last day of our trip. After Zuhr Salah, we arrived at the home of a devotee of the Prophet, where a Sunnah-inspired Ijtima’ took place for Islamic brothers and personalities that were affiliated with the Pakistan Social Club. Here, I delivered a speech on ‘the life of Sayyiduna Ibraheem عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام’ and encouraged those present to recite the Quran. Food was prepared for after the speech, and after eating, we met with the Islamic brothers and exchanged Madani pearls for some time.
During this occasion, I informed the brothers of the services of Dawat-e-Islami and also encouraged them to donate and to seek Islamic knowledge via Madrassa-tul-Madinah online. The Islamic brothers listened enthusiastically and pledged to abundantly aid Dawat-e-Islami.
After leaving from there, I delivered a speech to the responsible Islamic sisters of Dawat-e-Islami - who were gathered at a place, complying by the Islamic rulings of veiling, and then a question and answer session took place.
In the night, we took part in the Madani Muzakarah in the company of many devotees of the Prophet and then had the honour of presenting some Madani pearls to those who were present. In the morning, we caught a flight at around 5:00 a.m. and returned to Karachi.
May Allah Almighty accept this journey of ours, and especially grant success to the works of Dawat-e-Islami in Oman, and allow us to serve the religion with sincerity and steadfastness until our last breath.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم