Tracing The Prophets’ Footsteps

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As we leave the Arafat sunset,
And ride to Muzdalifa.
The whiteness of our ihrams
Gleams in the darkness.
“Hajj Mubarak,” a sister whispers,
As she embraces me tightly.
Her tear stained cheek touches mine,
In silent salaam.
“What are we doing here?” my ten year old sister asks,
As we lie on the sandy stones,
In the open of Muzdalifa.
“We are tracing the footsteps of our prophets,” my father replies,
As he raises his hands to the heavens.
Muhammad’s blessed footsteps from Mina to Arafat to Muzdalifa.
Ibraheem’s blessed footsteps to stoning the devil.
As we head to the large Jamrah.
With bags filled with pebbles.
A frail Turkish man on a wheelchair passes us by.
“Assalamu alaikum brothers and sisters!” he exclaims.
“Where are you going?” my brother asks him, curious.

“To Jannah,” he says,
With a huge smile.


Born and raised in the UK, Ruqaiyya Maryam shares a roof with a mother who is obsessed with organic eggs and a father who loves to spend his time on eBay. She is currently doing a degree in Social Sciences, finding a cure to her OCSD (Obsessive Compulsive Shoe Disorder) and writing her first novel. She loves photography, is hopeless at cooking and gets her sleeves stuck in door handles (don’t ask!). She is a part of MYM as she wants to reach out to the Muslim Youth of today through her writing and experiences and of course play a tiny part in spreading this beautiful deen of ours.


  1. Amazing job, Māshā’Allāh. I  had been blessed to go to Hajj five years ago, and this brought back so many memories. The earnest and youthful character of the elderly is definitely something that you see a lot at Hajj. Whereas we take it as granted, many of them have saved up everything for this journey so it really is a journey of a lifetime for them.

    • Ruqaiyya Maryam Reply

      You’re right, subhanallah it is something to witness. Its just been a month since I got back and I miss it all so so much. 

  2. BEAUTIFUL MashaAllah! Just like Raadia, I too couldn’t help but smile at the end. :)
    JazakAllah Khair for sharing such a precious moment with us.

  3. I got chills reading the wonderful ending! Thank you for sharing the joy. 

  4. Jawaad Salahudeen Reply

    As salaamu alaiky wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sister ruqaiyya this is brother jawaad salahudeen from the us. Just wanted to let you know that the books are completed and they look nice. Mashaallah. You had emailed me your Umrah story. I will need an address so I can send the book to you as I promised.

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