Early in the year of 2020, my family and i were able to perform our Umrah, it was before the strict order of the pandemic restrictions started. Due to pandemic restrictions there was a ban on travelling to the sacred lands which is so sad, we really missed the ziarah of our two blessed masjids, Allahuakbar.
During this pandemic situation, every pilgrim have been screened, thus not many people are allowed to go to Umrah and perform our Haj. In these recent days, those who are able to reach the sacred land are really chosen and are extremely blessed people, Alhamdulilllah. During the pandemic restrictions, those who have reached the sacred place are not required to struggle to find their place of solah in the masjidil haram as everything is organised accordingly. The SOP was implemented strictly so as to not to spread the disease and the crowd also very few.
I still remember the time when we were there, everyone of us was fighting our own way to find a tiny place in the Masjidil Haram to perform our solah after having completed our tawaf for Umrah. O my dear Allah ! It was so wonderful, I am still unable to forget those moments when we heard the adzan and struggled to find a place wherever possible in Masjidil Haram but it was impossible. I couldn’t even find a tiny place to perform my sujood as we were all cramped in the tawaf area. Such a big crowd ! We had no choice but to do our solah with no space to do our sujud. Although i have travelled many times to do umrah and even my haj, I was not prepared to perform solah in standing position.
In my littlest knowledge, i thought that, i was only able to perform solah in standing position if we are unable to sit due to health issues. However i then realized that Allah swt. made His religion simple that i was able to perform the solah even in standing position. In the situations of “necessary” we are permitted to perform our solah according to our ability, SubhanAllah.
Allah swt. made His dheen simple and uncomplicated Allah swt says: وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ…..and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion….(al-Quran 22:78). Our beloved Nabi Muhammad (saw) reported to have said that : “Pray while standing and if you can’t, pray while sitting and if you cannot do even that, then pray lying on your side”. (Al-Bukhari ) SubhanAllah how beautiful Allah’s religion is! Allahu Akbar.
Ya Allah, we beg for Your forgiveness and mercy. Ya Allah please forgive us for our shortcomings and lack of knowledge and please accept our ibadah and grant us jannatul firdause. Ameen ameen ameen Ya Allah.