I came back to the states more than a week ago on August 1st. I’ve been delaying writing this final post for a number of reasons. As soon as I got back, I juggled jet lag, reverse culture shock, the Ramadan rumble and the Ramadan routine, and preparation for medical school that started August 6th. Now after a couple weeks of Tampa, Florida and after a week of school, I guess it’s been long enough for me to finally say goodbye. Goodbye to this blog. Goodbye to Salalah, Oman. Goodbye to the CLS program.
I’m not a man of many words. Especially when it comes to expressing my emotions. Especially when it comes to saying goodbye.
These last two months have been one of the most amazing in my entire life, second only to last year’s pilgrimage. The people I met, the friends I made, the language I studied , the things I learned will stay with me for a lifetime, will benefit me as long my memory stays strong. I really cannot express to anybody how much I feel for Salalah and it’s people, the teachers, the students, the language partners, the administrators, the taxi drivers, the restaurant workers, the laundry man, the random people on the streets, in the masajid, even that dude that sells phone cards and nuts—- I miss them all so much.
And it is with obligation and determination, that I seek their forgiveness for any of my transgressions and wrong-doings. I am sorry for anything that I have done. There are many things I could have done more and I sincerely apologize for my shortcomings. Inshallah they may accept my apologies and accept me as their sincere brother.
And since I cannot truly express my gratitude, I cannot express my appreciation, I cannot express fully how I feel, I will instead turn to prayer and pray for all the people have helped me, that I have met, that have made the experience it was. Everyone played a part in my education and they deserve so much. My words will not suffice and I can only pray and assure that their reward is with God inshallah. May Allah accept my prayers in these last ten days of Ramadan.
Jazakumullah khairan O amazing people of the beautiful city of Salalah in the wonderful country of Oman.
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله