Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I am not of this world. That I come from a distant place, not bound by time and space. That I am here on earth for only a moment or two, a pitstop on the journey home. That when I gaze up at the night sky, home is there, somewhere. I have to remind myself that I came from Adam, and Adam was not from this world. He was born in heaven, gardens beneath which rivers flow. That no matter how intricately beautiful this world may seem, it is no match for my real home. It’s no wonder that my heart can never be satisfied here, because I was never meant to stay. I have to constantly remind myself because, it’s easy to forget home when you’ve been away for so long.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, any one of them (believers) will be more familiar with his dwelling in Paradise than he was with his house in this world.” [Bukhaari]


Stargazing with friends at Anzac Park back in 2012. Photo by Nadly Aizat.

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