We leave Malaysia/Singapore shortly for Oman by air and then towards Tareem, Hadhramout Valley of Yemen by bus.
We request your forgiveness and your prayers.
If all is smooth, the 14 hour bus ride begins at low attitude of Salalah coast. It then climbs to a vast plateau, before descending into the valley nearing Tareem. It sounds bad but not as you would think especially when you’ve not actually tried it. This will be our fourth time taking this route.
I was meant to meet many people (perhaps you), but it was not written. The trip’s main focus was to spend extended quality time with my two aging grandmothers. I too seek for you to pray for them.
Yang jauh kita dekatkan..
Secondary to that objective, was to contribute what I could to the internal team of Peace Meal. The above is a photo taken of the night prayers organized during Ramadhan.
I also took the advice of my teachers to focus on visitation which I’ve experienced much benefit. It begins by not making excuses to build some love.
One observation I made was that many feel that there’s problems everywhere. But most are clueless with solutions. Instead of writing a short note or calling a hotline, we rant on Facebook and as for Shares. In seeking justice for wrongs done upon us, we commit more wrongs by slandering, criticizing and backbiting.
Our heart feeds the brain. And ego.
Despite all information we accessed and (what we call) education given, we have become unintelligent and also too arrogant to consider that we are. In general, there’s a widespread tone of putting down others and not uplifting us all albeit half a step.
To clarify the question by many, we may be only returning home for good in two to three years.
To answer the curiosity of many, life in Tareem is very different, yes. Sometimes it allows you insight on meanings of fitrah, and sometimes to realign your life as you prepare for afterlife.
And no, it’s not a must to be in Tareem for this. But you’re welcomed. 🙂