To A Very Special Man

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Here is to a man that I run immediately to every time I get a problem. This is a man that I call immediately after receiving any good news. This is a man that can spend hours patiently listening to the talkative me blabbing about things that don’t even actually excite him. This is a man that taught me how to ride a bicycle and also taught me how to drive a car. This is a man that saw me in my struggling phase during my teenage years. This is a man who dealt patiently with the tantrums of my hormone-filled teenage self. This is a man who spent sleepless nights pushing me hard so that I can pass my A-Level Additional Maths. This is a man that console me every time he sees tears coming out of my eyes. This is a man that I run to for Fiqh questions growing up. This is a man that taught me Quran and in turn makes me fall in love with anything related to it, especially the recitation of it. This is a man that would fetch me and drive me anywhere for anything.

Ayah,
You revolutionised the definition of manhood. You don’t shy from cooking, doing the dishes, laundry and the many other so-called “feminine” chores. You even know how to sew for goodness’ sake that you even offered me if I wanna learn from you. (Sewing is like engineering to me 😐) You taught me that this world is limitless and constantly motivates me to pursue my passion and give my best in it. You taught me and the rest to have a compassion for other living beings by taking in a couple of stray kittens in the past. You and mak taught me and the rest the value of money by your awesome spending and saving fashion. (Well, they were both Accounting graduates you see 😏)

Ayah,
Thank you for all of your sacrifices, working so tirelessly in order to give us a better life than what you used to have.
Thank you for your over-protectiveness that I usually fail to appreciate its benefits.
Thank you for being an advisor to me on money, religion, health, relationships and LOVE.
Thank you for your awesome genes that I inherited from you such as your adventurous nature when it comes to foods (we both eat everything and are not scared to try anything 😎), your fondness for other cultures and languages, your love for cats, passion for Quranic recitations and our strange nerd habit of watching documentaries among many others😂

People that have known you would often be charmed by your gentleness and soft-spoken way of talking. You are also ever so helpful of anyone for anything reminding us that it will inshaAllah get paid by Allah. If Mak taught us the values of perseverance and patience, you taught us how to be gentle and compassionate.

Again, thank you ayah for teaching me that tiaras don’t make you a princess. Its your values and principles that do.

‪#‎EverydayIsAFathersDay‬

This post is taken from a previous Facebook post dated June 20th, 2016.

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Unity in Diversity

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It is often a rarity that I come out of a lecture bombarded with so much awe and hope.

Living in a world with so much intolerance for other people simply for their views has bothered me continuously all this time. Islamic history is replete with examples of tolerance, mercy and love for each other despite the differences in religions, sects or madhahib. Yet, today we are quick to label one another as that or this and argue over the most trivial and technical of things, i,e: the right way to put your hand in prayers. It is ultimately the khuluq (characters) of the poeple in the past that were able to attract large masses of people to Islam, stretching from the Balkans to the Indian sub-continent and to China. It is the respect, love and humility that we had for one another despite our diversities that bound all of us together, not our harshness or rigidity.

 

We need to get past the labels today and come together in the spirit of reviving the solidarity of brotherhood of the past despite the differences. We have to be able to nurture humility in respecting differences of opinions. And yes the opinions are diverse and that has always been the strength of this religion and it should be cherished and preserved.

 

And please for the love of God, go and seek knowledge wherever and from whomever you can. Be careful in attaching judgements towards someone based on what you hear or see from them before even affording them the rights to tell you what they have to say. I personally don’t care whether you’re Salafi or a Sufi. I have praises and criticims for both. I care for no labels. All that I’m interested and thirsty of is in what you have to say. This religion is too vast that it can include everybody. Sectarian minds dont take us anywhere. We have greater challenges that we have to face today instead of arguing among ourselves.

 

This is taken from a Facebook post dated May 7th 2016.

 

Captivating Beauty ﷺ

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These days looking up the sky night time, I would catch the radiant glimpse of a full moon. And inevitably my mind would be swiftly reminded of the beloved prophet ﷺ and how the companions, radiya Allahu anhum have described him, ﷺ using the full moon as the metaphor.

Ka‘b (ra) said, “When he was pleased, his face would shine so bright that you would believe it was a piece of the moon.”

His grandson Hasan (ra) would comment on his, ﷺ beauty by saying, “his blessed face shone like the full-moon.”

His best friend Abu Bakr (ra), mesmerized by his captivating beauty also composed a few lines of poetry about him ﷺ : “He is faithful, chosen (by Allah), and calls to forgiveness. He shines like a full-moon when it is far from dark (clouds).”

A famous Arab poet, Zuhair on the prophet ﷺ : “Were you other than a human being, you would be the brightness on the night of a full-moon.”

There is indeed something about the moon and its beauty that is quite inexplicable. Gazing at the moon, you are captivated by the serene and calm quality of its beauty, even if you turned around, you would want to catch its glimpse again and again. Indeed, the brightness of a full moon is the height of beauty and to know that our beloved master, ﷺ was described as such makes the heart forever yearn to one day catch the radiant glimpse of the blessed face of the best of mankind, Muhammad ﷺ.

May Allah make us among those….

This is taken from a previous Facebook post dated February 23rd 2016.

#WelcomeToCanada

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In the face of the bigoted statement made by Donald Trump earlier in the week, banning the entry of Muslims into America, Canada, its northern neighbor today stands lofty in manifesting its humanitarian vows, greeting the entry of Syrian refugees warmly into their arms, setting a high standard for all the other Western countries to race towards. And indeed the choir of “Tala’al Badru ‘Alayna” sends a powerful and significant message to humanity. This very song was originally sung to warmly welcome and celebrate the joyous occasion of the arrival of Muslims fleeing persecution in Makkah. Now, this very song echoed in a choir, a traditionally Western pride of musical ensemble welcoming the Syrian refugees which many countries have shut their borders to, into their new and safe home. This is undoubtedly another level of humanitarian gesture that the world has not seen in a long time. And if you’re aware what a winter weather is like, such a warm gesture will certainly force warm tears down your face :’)

#WelcomeToCanada #GoJustinTrudeau

This was taken from a previous Facebook post dated 13th of December 2015.

 

A Time of Great Trials

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Any loss of innocent lives has to be recognized and mourned over, whether it happened in Paris, Beirut, Jerusalem, Darfur or Rakhine. The Quran explicitly states:

“….Whoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind and whoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind…” (5:32)

Political grievances do not validate the taking of innocent civilian lives wherever they may be. And the fact that the media attention is predominantly given to the latest carnage in Paris and not in Beirut or to the rest of the Muslim world should not be a source of mockery to the innocent souls that perished and of the griefs felt by their families and close friends. The analysis of why the carnage took place, the indiscriminate media attention granted and what can be done to solve the terrorist activities affecting humanity, be it Muslims or non-Muslims should be actively debated.

This is a trying time for humanity in general and Muslims in particular. The sanctity of our Quran and the pristine reputation of our prophet SAW have been tarnished by those criminals who claimed to represent them. In this time of great fitna, the Muslims need to be more than ever vigilant of the Quranic injunctions and the prophetic traditions that engender love and mercy towards one another. Remember that our prophet SAW was sent as “mercy to all mankind”. The values propagated by our beloved SAW are those that universally appeal to humanity at large and not just the Muslims. It is upon us to exemplify his prophetic traditions in order to overcome the waves of trials ahead of us.

And Allah knows best.

This was taken from a previous Facebook post dated 16th of November 2015.