Who We Are–The Writers’ Intros


Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh

(May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you)

Tears of Realization

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“Do men think that they will be left alone on sayings, ‘We believe’, and that they will not be tested? We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.” (29:2-3)

It all started during the summer of 2003, after my second year of high school. I was playing basketball with a bunch of family friends when fate twisted me in an undesirable way (more…)

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Asalaamu ‘alykum warahmatulahi wabarakatuh. (Peace be upon you.)

Darkness to the Light It was dark..I felt confused.. empty. things weren’t goin my way. You got alot but you still want more.. you don’t want to stick with anyone, you don’t want to make that commitment because you know its all goin to end someday anyway. So why trust them? It’s just a one man thing. That’s what I felt about life. Maybe that was one of the reasons why i went down the other road from my friends? I dno, but it was easy.. easier than losing them when i wasn’t prepared for it. People say you’re friendship can be so strong that you never give up on backing each other.. others say that a guy or a gurl can make your friendship crumble.. no matter how long it lasted. What if you lose both?

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It all began 18 years ago… I am the youngest and raised in a family which alhamdulillah has always been practising, and very much a part of the community (which in many ways is a good thing, but also a bad thing given the pain that comes with “fame.”) Having your parents as your role models as Islamic figures in your life is the best thing that can happen to any child, and my siblings and I were blessed with that. Many times we take our parents for granted, not realizing what they’re imparting to us is full of blessing. When you’re in such a family, you look inwards and realize your wrong doings are from yourself, and that on the day of Qiyamah who can you blame but yourself when you were raised upon the right path?

Elsewhere I’m usually known as Jawharah, which means jewel, and the reasoning behind the name was mainly cuz it sounded good, and well…it reminds me of the hadith:

…We asked, “From what is Paradise built?” He said, “Bricks of gold and silver and mortar of fragrant musk; its pebbles are pearls and rubies, and its soil is saffron. Whoever enters it is blessed with joy and will never be miserable; he will remain there forever and never die; his clothes will never wear out, and his youth will never fade away.”

[Mishkāt al-Masābīh, 3/89, no. 5630]

We chase after the jewels of this world, spending money on them which could have been better spent on the poor. Yet we so easily forget that we should be aiming higher, for the hereafter, where we can have such jewels as pebbles!

InshaAllah if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

May Allah make this effort a success and may He reward all those doing it sincerely for His sake. Ameen.

Bismillah

Allahoo Akbar

Asalamu aliakum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatoo,

My father’s bank account diminished greatly in an astonishing two weeks. And before you say it, no, it’s not because he has three daughters, but because of a series of almost unbelievable events. One laptop mysteriously “died”, and then, a few days later (perhaps finding it too difficult to go on without its friend), the other laptop soon followed. The radiator of the car was massacred- fixed- and then, ruined again. A graphic calculator worth around $100 was also ruined. And, then, in a hurried attempt to inform our father of the things going on, we broke the telephone. To you, it probably seems cruel that we kept informing him of our latest catastrophes. But, to us, his daughters…well, we knew he could bear it. Because when you know your place in this world, when you know that in essence, you are a nobody, that you are a servant, that you belong to the Creator, that to Him belongs all that is in the Heavens and the Earth, that He is the One and True Sovereign, nothing can really put you down. Because you know, no matter what problem, crisis, difficulty comes along…. He is a thousand times more Greater.

Two words, if felt by the heart and understood by the brain, can diminish the most mountainous hardship into a mere pebble. Allahoo Akbar. Allah [is] Greatest! (1)

He is Greater than all, and He is Capable of Everything! Allahoo Akbar! It is He who causes the non-living to breathe, the living to die, the mountains to crumble, the thunder to roar, the lightening to strike, the heart to beat (2), the sick to heal. Allahoo Akbar! It is He who can cause an arrogant rich man to die penniless, an infertile woman to give birth to a joyous bundle, a drowning child to be saved, a cancerous patient whom doctors have given up hope on to be cured, a blind person to see…Allahoo Akbar! It is He who caused a whale to swallow a man and then let him be free. It is He who created the stars, the sun, the moon- the Entire Universe. Not a word is uttered that He does not Hear it. Not a problem occurs, that He can not solve- not a thing in this world, that He is not Greater.

When you know your place in this world, when you know who you are and who He is, nothing can let you down.

And that’s who I am.

A Servant of God. A Servant of the Most Compassionate.—–

Note-

[1]- Allah is the Arabic word for God. Many don’t know this. But it’s true. Even my Arab Christian friends use the word Allah 🙂

[2] The Heart Beats! If you wish to read a miracle that occured a few days ago: Miracle