I am so impressed with this sisters articles, I am going to share as I receive them.
- Written by Naadira Chhipa
Just last night she shared a happy home with her husband and children, today he is lying on the living room floor covered in white kafan.
Just last night she felt his heart beat against hers as he pulled her close for a hug, today he is cold and motionless.
Just last night the house echoed with family fun and laughter, today the silence haunts her.
Just last night she had the strength and security of her husband, her garment today she feels exposed and vulnerable to the world.
Just last night he made her feel so special as he sweetly told her how dearly he loved her, today she feels empty.
Just last night she had a husband and four children to care for, today she has nobody to take care of her.
Just last night, she had the company of her husband, children and extended family, today she sits in a house all alone with only beautiful memories for company.
Just last night, she shared all her sorrows, thoughts and opinions with her best friend her husband, today words fail her.
Just last night she had her garment from Allah to love her, protect her, maintain her financial and emotional needs, today although covered from head to toe she feels cold and naked.
As days turn into years she is left all alone in a house which was once her home,with tired eyes staring out the window waiting for her children and grandchildren who may or may not remember to visit her.
Be kind and caring towards our mother’s and sisters who are widows. Her battle is great and so is her reward. Always remember these beautiful sisters in your duas.
What will you be sacrificing this year?
Written by Naadira Chhipa
Will you be sacrificing a bull, camel, sheep perhaps a ram?
How much did you pay per share? Why did you pay so much at that farm, I got it way cheaper. Let us rather give the money away to slaughter in another country as I just bought a new sports car and I cannot afford a sheep now. Our house will get so messy and smelly rather only the men go the farm to slaughter this year at least we get saved from all the messy jobs as I bought a beautiful new dress also and I want to look smart for Eid not wash sheep intestines.
What will you be sacrificing this year?
Sacrifice your pride, vanity, greed, ego, lies, jealousy, boastfullness, ingratitude and arrogance as you sacrifice that sheep.
Sacrifice your nafs, anger, stubbornness, rudeness, vulgar language, desires, hours infront of the television, haraam indulgences, wastefulness, being misey, bad habits and enmity as you sacrifice that bull.
Sacrifice your sorrow, darkness, despair, grief, tears, heartache and pain as you sacrifice that camel.
Sacrifice the evil within as you sacrifice that animal..
Sacrifice your love for this dhuniya in order for it to be replaced by eternal bliss..Jannah.
Let us reflect on this beautiful day of Eid-ul-Adha as we remember the beautiful sacrifice made by our beloved Prophet Ibraheem (A.S) and his son Ismaeel (A.S). We should introspection, and as you place that sharp knife on the throat of your animal let us slaughter the evil that resides in our heart, mind and soul.
Remember to also recite the amazing lesson and purpose of Eid-ul-Adha to our children and include them in celebrating the Eid of sacrifice.
What will you be sacrificing for your creator?
A heartbreaking message
Written by Naadira Chhipa
I received a very emotional message from a dear sister last week. I say emotional because her every word brought tears to my eyes. I share her story with you(with her permission) , as there is a lesson for each and every one of us.
A young woman, a wife and a mother to two beautiful little children. She lived a comfortable life, her world was a bright, warm and happy place. Her husband was her first and last love, her garment of protection, her best friend, her soul mate, the coolness of her eyes and the warmth of her heart. Her happy family of four, her picture perfect life was shattered within the blink of her eye.
That night she took a pregnancy test and as the two dark lines meant she was positively pregnant her heart illuminated with happiness and joy. She could not wait to share this beautiful news with her husband and their two little girls.
As she walked into the living area with the brightest smile that illuminated her heart, her soul and her face she noticed that her husband had already tucked their girls into bed by then. She anxiously waited for him to walk into the living room before she could embrace him and tell him the wonderful news.
Her happy thoughts were soon interrupted by a commotion of noise outside. She quickly peeped through the window only to see a family member being hijacked outside the gate. She could clearly see the gun being held against the head of her elderly father in law. She ran, shouting for her husband she quickly handed him his gun so that he may rescue his parents from the trigger that was about to be pulled. He was trembling at the thought of his parents being shot or worse killed as he rushed outside to save them. He shot at the hijackers several times before taking two bullets to his heart and collapsing into a pool of blood. Yes..he did save his parents but he could not save himself. Alas that was the last image she saw of her husband.
His lifeless body lay outside the gate in a pool of blood. She screamed for him to listen to her voice and come back to her. Her heart wanted to tell him that he was going to be a daddy again, her soul wanted to tell him that she loved him but her mind knew that he was never coming back.
In a blink of an eye her world shattered, her garment of protection was ripped away from her body, heart,mind and soul. Her love and best friend was called back to his creator. Her companion was no more, the father to her two little children and her unborn child was never coming back. He would never get to hold his baby or see his children grow.
This is not a story, this is a sisters real life experience and test, yet she is stronger than anyone I have ever spoken to. I was broken when I read her story but after speaking to her I realised she has so much strength and trust in Allah. After going through all this trauma while pregnant she is in her iddat period, yet her faith, hope, reliance, courage and love for her creator amazed me. Her strength and trust in the will of Allah inspired me to make my imaan stronger by trusting that Allah sees the entire puzzle while we are busy looking at a piece. Her heart was broken into a million pieces but she firmly believes that the pain will heal and Allah will reunite her with her husband in eternal bliss.This is total tawakkul in Allah’s plans and his will. The strength and unwavering faith she possesses reminds me of examples of our beautiful sahaabiya.
My lesson: we think our problems are bigger than us. We may think Allah is being unfair to us, we may question why me? Why my family or my children? Why my marriage? Why my job?Why my life? But remember we have no control over our next breath, what makes us think we have control over everything?
Appreciate every second of everyday that you have with your loved ones. Speak with love, care and kindness. Express your love and appreciation to them regularly. Ask for forgiveness and mend family ties. Visit relatives more often. Smile, laugh,love and live for you may never have the gift of another minute with them.
May Allah grant this beautiful sister more strength and the best of ease, comfort and happiness in this world. May Allah reunite her and all widows with their husbands in Jannah Ameen
Written by Naadira Chhipa
Today we live in a world that craves and appreciates extravagance. Everything has to be picture perfect, we are always busy trying to upgrade, upload and update our gadgets, houses, clothing, food and our life. Shaytaan has lured us into his glittery designer web and we are entranced by a false light which then traps us inside the depths of his darkness. Materialism has become the order of the day, we place more importance on beautifying our image instead of enhancing our imaan. This temporary world has enslaved us and shackled our heart, mind and soul. We want to outdo the rest, upstage the best and post a picture perfect selfie of our designer made lifestyles on Instagram. It is so sad that today even the food that we eat needs a selfie.
What happened to simplicity? The simple things in life have become rare and almost extinct. Simple clothing, simple homes, simple food, simple speech, simple lifestyles and simple people are such precious and genuine treasures in this extravagantly busy world.
Let us all strive to go back to the basics and live a life of simplicity as our beloved Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w) chose for himself and for us as a means of attaining the mercy, barakaah, protection, forgiveness and love of Allah securing your place and home in the extravagance of all extravagance, Jannah. AMEEN