It is different this time; truly is, because this is my first Ramadan after Hajj. I am not the same person that I used to be, considering how I have detached from a whole lot of worldly pursuits that used to trouble my heart earlier. I am not living the Hakuna Matata philosophy, of course, because “no worries for the rest of your days” is never an option. But my heart has found peace in its affairs and I have fully realized the Qadr of Allah SWT. The sights and sounds that I have experienced on my Hajj journey have left a lasting impression on my mind. Beginning from Masjid e Nabawi in Madina and the ziarah of historic places that boast of great Islamic legends, and concluding with a soul-shaking experience of Arafah, Tawaf and Sa’ee - my game changed!
We worship an unseen God, and we follow a beautiful Prophet (SAW) we have never met. Hajj filled in some crucial sensory requirements for me because it definitely feels now that I have met RasulAllah SAW and I have seen Allah SWT. There is heartfelt accountability this time because it feels like I know who I am fasting for and exactly whose Sunnah I am following.