Day 5 – Seattle, WA
Day 5 Seattle, WA
Peace and Blessings to All. This is Hamza Abdullah checking in, for the Abdullah Brothers Ramadan Tour. Alhamdulillah (All praises are due to God), we have made it to the top of the West Coast. Home sweet home for me. I have lived in Seattle for the past 5 years, and it is a blessing to be back. It was an even greater blessing to have my family here. My wife is from Seattle, and she came up to visit her mom, while we were here. Seattle is where I bought my first house, my first car, and even my first cup of coffee. I’m not a big coffee person, but the coffee up here is magnificent. One of the things I love about coming back to Seattle, are the major changes I see, when I get back. One of them being the new Masjid’s.
Today our travels took us to the MAC and MAPS. Two flourishing Mosque’s with more upside than a top draft pick. These structures are only a year old each, yet the communities seem as though, it’s been up for ages. One brother from MAPS, told me last night, they were skeptical about building the Mosque. But then he remembered, “If you build it, they will come”. They are now coming in droves. The MAC Center patrons, were eagerly awaiting our arrival. When we stepped out of the car, we were greeted by about 50 eager Seattleite’s. One of them awaited our arrival, sporting a Minnesota Vikings 39 jersey. It made me proud. To see someone wearing my brothers jersey, its a beautiful feeling. Accompany that with the waiting arms of two of our brothers, who went to Washington State with us, the day was off to a great start.
Want for your brother, what you want for yourself. I try and live by it, but my brother from Wazzu (short for Washington State University), lives it. Guled, is my brother in Islam. He has seen me in my brightest and darkest times. Yet, he never once judged me. He never once turned his back on me. He would always know, just what to say and when to say it. May God bless this brother. I know God placed him at Wazzu, so that I may have a brother to lean on. We all need that comrade. That person who will accompany you in that foxhole. That’s what Guled was for me. He always greeted me with a smile. For that, I thank him.
Which leads me to this. I asked someone close to me, what he thought of the blog, and he said “add a short lesson or word taken from the Quran”. This brother is not a Muslim, so it caught me a little by surprise. But, he knows me, and he wants me to be honest, and he wants me to be successful. During the month of Ramadan, we read the entire Qur’an. The Qur’an is broken up into 30 Juz (Juuuz) or parts, and we read one a day. I usually send one Ayah (Ah-yaat) or verse a day, to my family. The Ayah I choose, is one that I feel, speaks to me the most. So todays Ayah of the day was from Surah (Soor-ah) or Chapter Four- Al-Nisa or Women. The Ayah or verse was number 86:
“When a (courteous) greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah (God) takes careful account of all things.”
So this is why we greet people with “As-Salamu Alaikuum” or Peace be unto you. So I say As-Salamu Alaikuum, to all the readers. Hi, Hello, I’m not a big fan of those, Salaams or Peace, is much more fitting. I thank MAC and MAPS for being such gracious hosts. MAPS, you may have a new family joining you. I think the area with the Fathers and their children sold me. Thank you again, for your time and consideration. I know this post is long, so excuse me and forgive me. I pray we can continue to share our stories with each other. God willing, our next stop is Pullman. Home of Washington State University. So I’ll warn you in advance, you will hear and see a lot of “Go Cougs”. Thank you again. Peace and Be Blessed