For those who are not able to do Hajj this year, reflect on the beautiful words of Imām Rajab al-Hanbali رحمه الله who said:
Whoever is not able to stop at Arafah, then stop at the limits Allah has set.
Whoever is not able to spend the night at Muzdalifah, let him spend the night in obedience to Allah to come close and attain nearness to Him.
Whoever is not able to slaughter at Mina, then let him slaughter his desires so by it he can reach his objective.
Whoever was not able to reach the house because it is far, then proceed towards the Lord of the Ka’bah, for He is closer to him than his jugular vein.”
[Lataa’if al-Ma’aarij, p.g. 6]
Part from the days where you used to do as you wish
And restrain your soul when the decree of Allah is ordained
And don’t despair over the events of the past
Fore none of the events of the dunya were ever meant to remain
And be a man who is firm upon his affairs
And whose character is that of pardoning and nobility
And there is sadness or happiness that is continuous
Just as there is there is no comfort or pain
If you are a person who is satisfied with what he has
Then you and the owner of all possessions are equal
And upon he who’s open valley death descends upon
Then there is no earth or sky to protect you from it
And the earth of Allah is vast but
When the ordainment of Allah descends even the open valley congests
~ Imaam Shafi`ee’ ,