Day 30 – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Peace and blessings to all. This is Hamza Abdullah checking in for the Abdullah Brothers Ramadan Tour. From sea to shining sea. I now know what that means. We started in Southern California and made our way around the country, not knowing what the outcome of this trip would be. Now here we are, back in SoCal, with a sense of accomplishment. Not of personal accomplishment, but of a communal accomplishment. This trip is and was never about an individual. This trip was about a family. A community. A country. A society. A world. We have been praised for our trip, but I would like to deflect that praise. First, let’s give the praise to God. Alhamdulillah (All praises are due to God). And if we must praise someone, please praise all of the people that allowed us to come into their communities.
As I ride this squeaky beach cruiser, I first feel like Deebow from Friday, then I feel a sense of strong appreciation. I took a 30 minute bike ride when I got back to my mom’s house, and it gave me a chance to clear my head. A chance to think about all of the individuals who emailed, texted, tweeted, facebooked and called us. The ones who created petitions to lobby for our arrival. The ones who stayed up all night to make sure we were comfortable. The ones who forfeited time with their wives and children to make sure we had everything we needed. The ones who gave us symbolic piggy back rides, when we were hurting. The ones who allowed us into their homes and fed us like they didn’t want to us to leave. The ones who embraced us as if we were long lost friends. The ones who said they’d pray for us. The ones who wanted for their brother what they wanted for themselves. Those are the people we should praise. These brothers and sisters were nothing short of amazing. When I get back on twitter, they will definitely be getting personal Shout Outs! I’m so appreciative of you all. Thank you.
So here we are. The last day of our trip, and God willing, the last day of Ramadan. It was a nice quiet night. Just us, our families and the few families from the local Masjid. It was good to see the people who inspired us to go on this trip. They gave us their blessings, and sent us on our way. To them we are just Abbas, Hamza and Husain. Alhamdulillah. They’ve known us for so long, and they keep us grounded. We are truly appreciative of all the warm welcomes we received, but Allah knows we don’t deserve it. All we need is a handshake and a smile, and that will suffice. Thank you to all of our brothers and sisters around the country. You make me smile every time I think of you. I now have a very positive memory in each city. Thank you for welcoming us. Thank you for coming along on our tour, and making this thing happen.
I pray God continues to shower you with his grace and mercy. You should be proud of your efforts to make the people around you, and the communities around you, a better place. When we all want for our brother what we want for ourselves, we’ll know we’ve won. I thank you again for coming along on the trip. We finished what we started, and now its time to party! EID MUBARAK!!! (Have a blessed festival). God willing I will put up a “Reflection” Post tomorrow. Thank you again, and go enjoy your family. Peace and Be Blessed.