Sunday, 12 February 2017
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We have all drowned in the ocean of realization that President Trump had won the election. Came as a shock to most but, drowning isn’t that relaxing turns out. More so, one of the first actions as president is issue a controversial ban on all airlines flying in from the seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US. And man did the people learn to breath underwater. We had demonstrations from every corner of the Western world (metaphorically) with Muslims being cheered on for being Muslims and even some like Hassan Minhaj, being welcomed after landing in airports with balloons and hugs, because they were, yeah, Muslims. Couldn’t have seen better days right?
Ps. Watch Hassan Minhaj’s experience here.
The vanilla mood was then tipped off by an over ruling from the Judicial body of the country and as per now, the ban has been lifted. What a desert :-p. Its impact however, continues to cloud the skies of the world. And as Hassan Minhaj explains above, it is Mental; mental in a good way.
Not only did it make Muslims in the West celebrities, but also nudge the need to know why President Trump was acting all paranoia with the bans. Why is he so afraid of Muslims and their religion, what does this religion really say? I want to see this for myself if I am to protest for this.
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And so they poured in. In multitudes they came. Above is a picture showing just how many. And mind you, that is just a single mosque. In a single area. Of a United States of America. Notice the ‘s’ in the ‘States’. I mean, could you imagine the sheer number of people that might embrace Islam by the Will of Allah or even the number of those who just could remove all the phobia of this religion and ease the trials of other Muslims in these countries? What! In a land where Muslims were being judged from head to toe nails, this is great news!
I still can’t believe to have witnessed a Nationwide support backing the most evilly branded religion in our time, and still get new brothers and sisters from one of the least most expected country, existing also in our time. It’s a dream come true. But the more I think about it, the scarier these happenings become.
Allah swt promises that His religion will succeed, with or without its believers. The only part we can play is having the honor to take it to its ascertained destination. Now here we have all these new Muslims pouring in because the one person who tried to dishonor His religion, became its very cause. And history be my witness, we all know what the capabilities new Muslims have for this religion; the likes of Dr. Bilal Philips that has Muslims studying Islam in the millions, all under his effort; and many more like and even better than him. This means progress right? But where is me and you in this equation?
|Surah Muhammad Ch 47, V 38|
We are being replaced. With our unreasonable excuses, our pointless efforts and knowingly avoidance we are being replaced. Allah swt is withdrawing the honor He once put out for us to take and giving it others because, frankly, they’ve seen what the other side is like and they have abandoned it for the side we keep ignoring because they’ve seen the beauty in ours so yes, they are not the likes of us. They are better than us. But who is to blame, really?
I mean you are the one to have shown the world the ray of Hope in a world engulfed in the darkness of depression…the one to have given Trust in a world where even blood is considered enemy…the one to have in the least form of action, at least changed the perception of another, in a world where Islam is branded with terror and fear… You were meant to stand out because that’s what the truth does. You were chosen because you are a disciple of the best man to ever walk the face of this earth, and you CAN handle it. Otherwise you wouldn’t have been born Muslim, and so wouldn’t all new born children in this world.
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Now for some good news.
Just because you have read up until this point is another reason why Allah swt is just so beautiful. His Mercy. Even though a whole new ummah is being handed the honor, Allah swt is still offering you a chance to be among the ranks. For some, this might be the first chance, for some still a couple more left and for others, the last. He knows best. But one thing’s for sure, Allah swt is Just. Can you comprehend the odds of you reading this article, out of all the other articles in the net, among all the things available on the internet, of all the things you could have been doing at this moment, wherever you may be in this Planet (the ‘P’ is meant to show just how big )? Allah, Most Just, Most Merciful.
So please, do yourself a favor and don’t throw away your religion. Don’t throw away who you are. You deserve that much for yourself. Because when you do, you will lose yourself to the changing faces of this world and Allah subhanahu wata’ala promises to make sure you stay lost, forever wandering this earth only to meet an abide we all know too well not to wish for.
|Surah Al-Munaafiqun, Ch 63, V 3|
Take back the Honor. Be among those who succeed.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
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I was asked to write something about this new estranged world but I couldn’t come up with anything. I had nothing because honestly, I couldn’t imagine living in a world where everything is half full. Where life is one sided and sometimes had no sides at all. I was blank because I couldn’t imagine growing up shy to talk about all the things my parents bought for me or competing with my friends as I boast about all the things they were going to. I couldn’t imagine not running after a plane in the skies as I declare its ownership to my Dad even though everyone of my friends did the exact same thing. I could not imagine not crying for my moma when running from my neighbor’s dog or not threatening that bully with the wrath of my papa. I could not imagine how it feels when my friends have to go because their parents will get worried or the burn when I see someone disrespecting theirs. I could not comprehend trying to picture my dad’s face when he smiled or trying to remember my mother’s voice when she scolded at me…oh my just her laugh…please don’t forget her laugh… I could not imagine being ready to trade everything I have in this world just for one moment with them…tell them all the things I never used to… tell them how much I loved them…how hard it has been without them… how painful it is as I watch my guardians slowly grow tired of me and start using me as their house keep…mummy you took our home when you left and I am not safe anymore daddy…I miss you…I miss you soo much and I will never forget you. I will never replace you… How hard that is, I couldn’t.
But these children at MICO, these Orphans, they could. They do. Every single day of their lives because for them, it’s not an imagination, it’s their reality.
The Malindi Islamic Centre for Orphans (MICO) is a non-profit organization first established in 1994 at the coast of Kenya, Kilifi County, in Malindi district. MICO is currently working with over 500 orphans from Malindi and Watamu area. It provides them with basic education; from Nursery to University/ college; feeding services in school and health services which actually has one beneficiary; Dr. Khadija Awadh; who went up to university level through this program and is now working as a health officer.
MICO is only able to do what it does with the help of well-wishers and beneficiaries like Dr. Khadijah. And with the increasing number of orphans in this testing world of today, it’s going to need all the help it can get.
I cannot really speak out for these kids, but the aid MICO is providing for them, it makes this life worth living for and even worth changing for the better, like Dr. Khadijah and many others, and many more like them to come God willing. They have lost half of who they are already, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to try and put the other half back together. I know nothing of what it’s like living with one or both parents gone. But I know I can help make it easier for the ones that do, and one of the hows is through MICO. So spare a little of your time and check it out by clicking this link: malindiorphans.org and maybe you can learn to spare a little more than time, in shaa Allah, God willing.
I really hope you’ll consider them.
May Allah (God) increase you in goodness.