....by the sun and its morning glow
by the moon as it follows in tow
by the day as it reveals its glory
by the night as it conceals it totally
by the heaven and He who built it
and by a soul and He who proportioned it
inspiring it with depravity or piety
he who purified his soul has succeeded
and he who stifles it has failed....
..on the 4th of November, 2011, the 8th of Zuhiljah, 1432 we left for the plains of Arafat...towards the Mount of Arafat, Jabal Rahmah...it was a Friday... some walked the distance..some took a ride on the roof of a bus, in the cargo hold, as it were...but for pakmat and wife, it was a comfortable ride in one of the Muassasah air-conditioned buses...bus no. 16...
|..for some, the journey was on top of a bus..|
|..silhouetted in the evening sun..|
|..'by the moon as it follows in tow'..viewed from|
within the tent of Arafat as pakmat pondered...
|..pakmat with his brethren, all in ihram..|
|..missus with her sisters...pic taken upon their request..|
...he who purified his soul has succeeded...