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Travel Impressions - Moulana Hassan AK Murchie


All Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and Peace and Salutations be upon our Beloved Prophet Nabi Muhammad (PBUH)

I left Cedara on Thursday, the 19 September 2019 and reached Bangkok on the 20 September 2019. The next day, I travelled to Phnom Penh, which is the capital of Cambodia. Moulana Islah Busakorn. (Our ex graduate) and Moulana Moosa (his Guide) accompanied me on the plane journey. We landed and we met Brother Abdul Kader who was our driver and guide. The next day, we left for Phom Trea, a town which is 130KM from Phnom Penh along the Mekong river . The Tablighi Markhaz and a Darul Uloom is based there.

We met the Ameer Hajee Suleman bin Ibrahim. He welcomed us very warmly. He speaks fluent Arabic. We then explained our purpose of visiting. The Ulama were very surprised when they saw the Braille Qur'an. It was the first time that they had seen the Braille Qur'an in their lives.

Generally, most of the people here are very poor. They are living in houses which are made on stilts as it rains so often. They need the rain to harvest their rice crops. They allow for the water to go under their houses when it is the rainy season. The families are very big, with up to fifteen members in some families.

We met a young boy named Saleh and he told us that his dream is to become an Imam. He rendered the Azaan very beautifully and recited for us some Ayahs from the Holy Qur'an. Thereafter, we conducted a full interview with him.

The next day I travelled to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, which is in the south of Vietnam. I had the opportunity of visiting the Ja'me Musjid there that was built in 1938. It is in the hub of the business area near the Hilton and Sheraton hotels.

Alhamdulillah, this is known as the Indian Musjid and one experiences a sense of warmth and pride here, because you witness that when the Indian Muslim Diaspora settled around the world, the first thing they did was to build a Musjid. The Musjid is beautiful with a pond (Haudh) for Wudhu and the style of architecture exudes a sense of peace and tranquillity.

The fact that the people have retained their Deen, culture and tradition goes to show that when a person lays a good foundation, then people prosper. Moulana Ali who was my guide, studied at Darul Uloom Zakarriya, South Africa and he arrange a meeting between a young boy and I. The boy's name is Muhammad Ali. He was born in 2000 and he is completely blind. We had breakfast together. He had noodles which sighted people sometimes find challenging to eat, so I was amazed to see that he was able to polish his plate clean.

We talked about his dreams and ambitions. He said that his main ambition is to see again. He went on to express his sadness that this seems impossible so I asked him what his next dream was. He said that it was to study and become somebody great like an Aalim. May Allah fulfil his dream? We sat together and I gauged from our conversation that although he has never been to a formal school a day in his life, he is very intelligent.

As we were leaving the café, there was a lady with a cart selling food on the street. She called for him and put some money in his hand, saying that she knows him very well.

Subhan al Allah, it turns out that she is from his village.She explained that his father is late and his mother works out of the house mostly. He is a very good boy and she vouched for his good character.

The next day I flew back to Phnom Penh, and we visited the infamous genocide museum that was built by Pol Pot during the civil war between 1975 and 1979. It is a very ghoulish place.Thousands of people were mercilessly tortured, detained and killed here. The instruments used to torture people were exhibited. We saw photographs of Muslims crying and making Dua to Allah during those terrible times. Brother Abdul Kader mentioned to us that his mother is the only survivor from her family and thousands of Muslims were also massacred by the communists. May Almighty Allah save the world from these horrific conditions, Aameen.

The next day, many Ulema from different parts of Cambodia gathered at the Prikpra Tablighi Markaz. Moulana Islah recited a Qiraat and he recited Surah Ad Duha in Qiraat Sab'ah. He then demonstrated how a blind person accesses the computer and he read ''Al Fiqhul Muyassar"a Hanafi Fiqh kitab on his computer Braille display. Everyone who attended this programme was very amazed and inspired, Alhumdu lil Allah.

We then flew on to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. We visited the Home of Light School for the Blind. The little children welcomed us with a song and in the afternoon we met a group of blind adult masseurs.The government of Loas is very active in providing employment to the blind.They sang a song for us and Moulana Islah read a beautiful Qiraat. We then gifted everyone with Bar One chocolates and over some happy munching they told us more about their lives.

We then departed for Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. We met a family of 5 blind brothers and two blind sisters. They also have a sighted sister. Amazingly, this family live on a farm and they produce their own vegetables, crops and raise their own chickens. One could just sense the love and care between these siblings and it makes one wonder about how often we find two perfectly healthy relatives that cannot get along and constantly fight with one another. Here, Allah is showing us how a family can prosper by unity and love despite their disability.

Thereafter, we went to visit Sister Farida. She is a blind lady who has her own Madrassa. She was appreciative of the new Braille Quran's that were printed in individual chapters. She commented that this would make it easier to transport as it is much lighter. She then recited for us a few Ayats from the Holy Quraan with perfect Tajweed. Masha Allah.

Insha-Allah, a few students from the countries we visited will be coming to Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind in South Africa to study. Almighty Allah has given us the opportunity of making their Khidmah, Alhamdulillah. Any student of Deen is the guest of Allah and his Nabi (SAW).

We take this opportunity to invite you and your family to attend our Graduation Jalsa which is set for Sunday, 01 December 2019. Everyone including men, woman and children are invited to join us for lunch after the program.

Your Presence is greatly appreciated and we request your Duas. 

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