Reflecting on my own inspiration reminds me of a saying of Umar, may Allah be pleased with him. He said that he is not worried about the answer to his supplication, because he knows that if Allah inspired him to make that supplication and put the words on his tongue, then Allah wanted to bless him through it. If Allah inspired me to write these words and then share them with you, He must intend good for someone through it.
Dhul Hijjah is the month of Hajj, the pilgrimage Muslims make to the Ka'ba in Mecca. While Hajj is steeped in traditions and rituals that may feel outdated and disconnected from our modern lives, when we understand the origin of these traditions they help keep us grounded, connected, and growing in our relationship with Allah.
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