The Brother my Man has been conversing lately regarding Hajj asked us if we were interested to go for Umrah seeing as we didn't make it for Hajj. Yah of course!! Who wouldn't want to go?! He advised us that it would be a special invitation from the Muslim World League - man, we were ecstatic! ...However, when he got in touch with the Saudi officials about it, they didn't seem to be very keen on the idea. They told us to write them a short letter explaining our situation so here's what I wrote:
His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdelmohsin Al-Turki
Secretary-General of Muslim World League
29th November 2011
Bismillahi rahmani rahim
Dear Brother Dr Turki,
I pray to Allah (swt) that this letter reaches you in good health and emaan. I write to you with a kind request in hopes of your generosity and approval.
My name is xxxx, born on the 23rd May 1978, currently residing in Melbourne, Australia with my wife, xxxx (25th July 1990). I am an Italian revert of 11 years alhamdulilah. Due to the mercy of Allah (swt), He chose to guide me to Islam having been a non-practicing Christian at the time. I recently got married earlier this year to a Malaysian sister who has also turned back onto the straight path of Al-Islam not long ago, alhamdulilah.
As you may be aware, we both applied for Hajj 1432 through the Muslim World League via Brother Saad (may Allah (swt) reward him). Initially, the brother informed us that our chance of getting accepted was very likely. Nevertheless, Allah (swt) had better plans for us and thus, we weren’t invited to see the house of Allah last year. We hope that perhaps a sponsored trip to perform Umrah would be part of Allah’s greater plans. It would definitely be a dream to go for Umrah and Hajj, seeing as we both are not financially capable to do so ourselves. Hence, we would be forever grateful and highly appreciative if you, on behalf of the Muslim World League, were to invite us.
I end my letter leaving my full trust in The Al-Mighty with certainty that He will grant us what is best in this life and the next, as He is The All-Knower, All-Wise.
Jazakum Allahu khayran.
I felt that I could've done a better job ending the letter but it was late, I was getting tired and I needed to send it in that night. Khayr, nothing much we can do now but wait.
In Allah I trust.