I’m lucky to have this transition period – a time to say my “See you again soon”-s (I refuse to say Goodbye, cos in the words of J. M. Barrie:)
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
I’ve built my own little reality here, living independently and socialising with friends whom have all grown to be like family. I guess that’s what happens when you’re studying abroad – you build communities and support networks to help you navigate life in a foreign land.
Then you get comfortable.
And leaving becomes very hard to do.
Staying in this house (aptly named Baitur Rizq – House of Sustenance) with 5 other sisters has been an emotionally and spiritually rewarding experience. Growing up with boys meant I had to adapt to their tumble-and-rumble ways, while at the same time (try to) take on the sisterly, nurturing role since I’m, technically, the eldest female. I naturally take on the big sister/mummy role amongst friends, so being very well taken care of here is a refreshing change. In fact, I love being taken care of. This house is absolutely overflowing with love, care and generosity! I was welcomed with such open arms and hearts; they share everything and keep feeding me with so much food. Heeeee. I cannot have chanced upon a better group of people, alhamdulillah.
Their practice of doing prayers together also meant that I’m praying in congregation 5 times a day, without needing to head to the mosque. That, in itself, in such a great blessing. I cannot explain how this very practice unites everyone and maintains the ukhuwwah needed to run a peaceful household. Trust me, when you have 5 females in a house, you’d probably need a whole lot of effort to refrain from all the bitchfits and tantrums. Jemaah prayers does just that! The very reason why families are urged to do jemaah prayers too!
I knew what I was getting into when I moved into this house but… Have I mentioned that there is just so much barakah here? Ahhhh. I guess that’s what happens when you’re living in the company of God-conscious individuals whom are constantly striving for His blessing. 🙂
This house is truly a haven! I couldn’t have possibly found a better place to spend my last days in Manchester.
Here’s to strengthening relationships and making more everlasting memories before I fly back to the other side of the world!