#HiraHike reflection from an EarthWatcher, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Rustenburg
This article was written by a an anonymouse sister who attended the #HiraHike hosted by the
Zinniaville Go Green team in Rustenburg. The team took a group of girls, boys and adults for a trip to the Kgaswane Nature Reserve on the 23 August 2015.
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu
I pray that all is well with everybody. I would like to highlight our special trip to the Rustenburg Nature Reserve. For me, the trip was nothing out of the ordinary as I am a regular visitor. To join a group of amazing people was highlighted when their eagerness to explore the wilderness was so striking. To go out into nature is humbling. To witness the creation of Allah Subḥânahu wa ta’âlâ (The Exalted) in all it’s natural beauty is breathtaking and to engage the youth to appreciate this even more promising.
Let me tell you something about going into the mountains; it is a place of absolute peace and serenity. A place where one finds solace in the soul. Once you are up there, all the stresses of life disappear for that time. I write this from my personal experience. Being faced with many challenges, I personally did a lot of soul searching and received lots of solace and answers from there.
Another thing I would like to bring to your attention is that almost all the Prophets ‘Alayhimus-salâm (Peace be upon them) received divine intervention in the mountains. Most of the Prophets ‘Alayhimus-salâm (Peace be upon them) served as shepherds at some time in their lives. There was a purpose behind it. To find solace. To find Allah Subḥânahu wa ta’âlâ. Our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Şalla-Allâhu ‘alyhi wa sallam (Blessings and peace be upon him) was in the cave of Hira when Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala sent down the first revelation of “Iqraa”.
Coming back to our trip, it was a joy to see the eagerness of the kids. New friendships were formed, kids brimmed with excitement as we climbed up the rocks and breathed in the essence of the view before us. Everyone was absorbed at the marvel that lay before them. Alhamdulillah. The Zikr on Surah Faatiha brought appreciation to ‘Ihadinas Siraatul Mustaqeem’. May Allah Subḥânahu wa ta’âlâ instil ‘Ihadinas Siraatul Mustaqeem’ firmly in our hearts. Aameen.
A big thank you to Aadil, Naazneen and Fatima from all who participated in the field trip. May Allah bless you abundantly and may this exercise grow from strength to strength. Aameen.