An Example of a Mother’s Patience

In Surat al-‘Asr, Allah says, {Verily, man is in loss, except those who believe and do good deeds and encourage one another towards truth and encourage one another towards patience}.(104:2-3) Patience is a sign of the Muslim character. I know a lady who taught me a great deal. She probably does not even know how much she affected me, for it was not anything she said. It was purely her actions. This lady had a daughter who was about 11 or 12 years old. She had been sick for a few years. The young girl had been taken to the hospital because her heart and lungs were giving out on

As Long As You Are Not Angry With Me Then I Do Not Care

As long as You are not angry with me then I do not care, For me is the model of Musab bin Umayr, The best dressed man in the city, But that was for him a state of pity. Until there came to him the Message, All did he leave of his privilege, For the sake of Allah and His Beloved. As long as You are not angry with me then I do not care, For I think of Bilal when his chest was bare, On the burning sand did they make him lie, Until he thought he was going to die. They crushed him with rocks in the blazing

How Najma Taught Us How To Live

Najma Yasmin Gani from South London passed away at the age of 34 on 10 March 2012 after a six-year battle with leukaemia (blood cancer). Babar Ahmad writes about the correspondence he exchanged with her from prison during the final months of her life. The first letter I received from Najma was in October 2010. Enclosed with the letter was some money and words of encouragement for me. At the end of her letter were a couple of lines requesting that I pray for her, since she was in the final stages of acute myeloid leukaemia. I wrote back to Najma thereby starting a cycle of correspondence that was to

I hope you can SEE what I’m saying

Too often we have a negative perception towards people who have some sort of mental or physical disability. We feel sorry for them. It goes to the extent that you may even think that they are not worth giving dawah to, not worth that invitation to Islam. May Allah forgive us all for that. Have we ever considered… maybe its a blessing? Read what Abu Hafsah Abdul Malik Clare who was born without sight and embraced Islam in 1996 had to say: I get asked this question in almost every city of every country I’ve ever been in. “What’s it like to be blind?” I never get offended by this

Unfolding a rose

A young, new Ustaadh (teacher) was walking with an older, more seasoned Ustaadh in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what Allaah had for him to do, he was asking the older Ustaadh for some advice. The older Ustaadh walked up to a rosebush and handed the young Ustaadh a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young Ustaadh looked in disbelief at the older Ustaadh and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of Allaah for his life and ministry. But because of his great respect for the older Ustaadh, he proceeded to