When I nodded I was asked to go towards the right by the black kajaled eyes of one of the many ladies ushering at the Roza e Mubarik at Al-Haram Madina.As I quickened my pace and joined the “Pakistan” group I saw a sea of women leaping, lurching and wrestling their way in through a door that led to the Roza e Mubarik of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
Taking a deep breath and praying for extra doses of patience I joined the group keeping my pace and gaze steady. An early morning view of the green dome of Masjid-e-Nabawi from below set things in motion and I was ready to combat the very aggressive, very determined and very impatient women who nudged and pushed their way in to pray and pay their homage to our Holy Prophet (pbuh).
I saw women falling in an elderly lady’s lap while the poor lady tried to pray sitting on her wheelchair. I saw lots of women taking selfies and wrestling for space at the same time. I saw women attaining a man’s strength and boasting it off. Luckily I didn’t see myself slapping anyone!
As a friend often says “Everyone has a right to live their life to their fullest” I suppose the women there were leading theirs. However, in that insanity I also gathered some peace, some glory, some sensational views and lots of patience sans selfies! All praise be to Allah!
And that is the reason why I could not post a blog last week. As I bring my Twisty Thai series to a close, here is one salad recipe, which also helps you, cool down, on a hot sweltering summer day. Presenting the very suave, very cool and extremely simple to slap together, Papaya Salad!