Today, 22nd August 2014 is a day of mourning for Malaysia as we welcome with a heavy heart the return of the remains of twenty Malaysians who were on board flight MH17 that was shot down on July 17. Someone's beloved daughter, someone's beloved son, someone's beloved person is coming home at long last.
Inna lillah wa inna ilai hira ji'un.
To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.
Our prayers and deep thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of the MH17 tragedy.
"Our children are not ours. Our spouses are not ours. We were all born single and alone. No one was born as a couple. No one was born with a family of five. They are all His. Everyone who is in our life, is in our life, on loan. They are all His. We are His." - Ustaz Harryanto Rizal Rokman as quoted on TV Al Hijrah yesterday, commenting on people who tend to be overly possessive of the people in their lives. The ustaz also quoted Shaykh Ibn Arabi's du'a so that Allah would not fault him for that which is not his - that is his heart - because he is not able to control who is it that his heart may be fond of, because his heart is not his, but His.
Someone asked Muhammad Wasi: "how are you?"
Wasi answered: "What do you ask of him whose life is daily diminishing, whilst his sins are constantly growing!"- Tazkirat Al-Auliya
So there, for us who are still alive, until it is our time to return to Him.
Inna lillah wa inna ilai hiraji'un.