Assalamu aleikum ummah,
I hope it’s not too late to wish you a great Arafat. May Allah accept our fast and acts of ibadat, amiin.
I remember the old days when we used to travel to my grandfather’s (May Allah grant him jannat) on the day of Arafat. Each year, we looked forward for the day of Arafat so that we could be reunited with the big extended family in another town we would drive up to. We would cook plenty of food and take it with us. After we’d broke the fast, my uncle (legal guardian) whom I call Dad, would take us to the glacier (the ice cream boutique). Our joy was indescribable. We also loved that time of the year because it was the only time I think we got to stay in a nice and fancy hotel (we were prisoners as kids, lol! We were always home surrounded by a brick fence where a big court and backyard were the playgrounds). Because the compound house was too full with guests and other permanent residents, we stayed at the hotel and we didn’t mind. On the day of the Eid, we would reunite back to the compound and start the festivities. Cook, clean up, dress up, go to the mosque, come back, and finish dealing with the meat. I miss all this time and I hope one day I get to do it again insha’Allah. Have fun ummah, ‘stay classy’, 😉 and please keep our family in your duas. I pray for you and see you insha’Allah in the bliss of the next life 🙂 , ameen.