Alas, today was the last full day of our trip. We took a two and a half hour journey to a coastal town called Essaouira, which was historically one of the main ports the Moroccans used to trade with the Europeans.
On the way to the town, we first stopped on the side of the motorway to observe some baby goats sitting on the branches of Argan trees!
Thereafter, we stopped at a factory which processes the Argan plant. The oil from plant has many properties including being excellent for skin conditions as well as a healthy cooking oil. We were amazed to see how there is no waste in the production process as even the shells from the nut are used as fuel. This reminded us of the blessings that Allah (swt) has bestowed on us.
We reached Essaouira at around 1.30pm and prayed salaah in a local mosque before heading out for some lunch. Some of the group enjoyed the Shawarma and others went to the seaside to eat some fresh fish. After lunch, we wondered around the town before heading back to the villa at around 5.30pm. When we reached the villa, we prayed Maghrib before having our final meal together. It is now that we've begun to realise that the first part of our journey is coming to an end and that the next part of our journey will begin from tomorrow.
This part of our journey will perhaps be the most challenging as we'll need to implement the theory we have learned over the last few days. After dinner, we discussed ways in which we can keep progressing on this journey. One of the key ideas we discussed was that of taking some time out of our day to reflect on how well we are progressing.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed the trip, have learnt much and also made friends with so many new people. We thank Allah (swt) for giving us the opportunity of embarking on this trip. We would also like to thank the organisers from CoEJ for forward planning the trip so well. Finally, we would like to thank our two spiritual teachers, Sheikh Arif Abdulhussein and Sheikh Mohammed Hilli for imparting their immense knowledge and always availing our questions.
Thank you for reading.
Salaams and Du'as