Letter from a Reader #5

Poppies in sunlight

Salaam brother,

I have been browsing your website for several weeks now, just reading through various articles. I just felt the need to thank you and let you know how truly inspiring you are.

The past few months have been a tremendously difficult for me, and reading your post about heartbreak really uplifted me in a significant way. Your insight is truly amazing, and reading your work soothes my pain amazingly well. Your words are further adorned with the truth about Allah, the Beloved Messenger and the reality of love and life. It is truly a gift that you have been blessed with, and may Allah reward you for sharing it with us.

I pray Allah blesses you with His eternal Love, Mercy and Kindness – and that He keeps us all on the loving and noble path of the Beloved Messenger, our Leader Mustafa, upon him be peace.

Hope you and your daughter Salma are well, and that you are having a great Ramadan.
Keep me in your prayers. Stay blessed, always!

Wasalaam
Sister Zee

Letter From a Reader # 4

Dandelions blowing in the wind

Salaam,

I came across this wonderful site of yours in search of relief for my own problems, mainly on the subject of forgiving those who have hurt us. I have been reading it for the past hour. Mash’Allah, it has opened my eyes and my heart. May Allah bless you and your efforts to share and spread love.

From,

Saima (fasting in this holy month of Ramadan) from London

*****

Response from Wael:

You’re welcome, sister Saima, I am glad the website helped you. Letters like yours keep me motivated and remind me that what I am doing with this website is needed, Insha’Allah.

You may have seen these already, but here are some posts on the subject of forgiving others and yourself:
http://islamicsunrays.com/category/forgiveness/
Ramadan Mubarak,
Wael

Poem By a Reader: As the Seasons Change

Fall Leaves

Sister Wafa submitted the following poem:

As the Seasons Change

As the seasons change
The leaves turn yellow, orange and brown
eventually falling
the trees are looking bare now
The sky is grey
Winter has arrived outside my door
The most merciful the great is protecting me from it all.
My heart is filled with warmth from his grace upon me.
You are the one and the only that will make the seasons change within my heart.

– Wafa

Letter from a reader #3

Sunlight shining through a lava tube, into a cave

Alhamdo lillah for this site.

May Allah protect you and keep you safe. I came across this site in search for a dua that I was desperately requiring for my despair, anxiety and depression i was experiencing.

Keep up the great work.

Is there somewhere i could contribute to poetry?

– Sister Wafa

Letter from a Reader #2

Sunshine over a golden lake

Assalaam alaikum dear brother,

I came on this website through ‘googling’ my feelings.. I typed “never despair in Allah’s mercy” on google, hoping that something would pop up to help just push my faith up and make me feel better.

I’ve been recently divorced and find this whole ordeal very disturbing and painful I have a daughter from my ex too. And she has just gone to him now and every time this happens, its a very uncomfortable and upsetting time for me..
she just went a little while back so I needed something to remind me of the mercy of our Lord and his infinite wisdom behind everything.

Getting a link to your website I think was Allah’s way of helping me. Reading a few of your inspiring stories, as well as seeing how so much of what ive been through and still feel is SO similar to yours was so comforting because alhamdulillah if you can go through it, then inshallah so can I , or anybody, with Allah’s help. 🙂

This page is definitely on my ‘Favorites’ now!

You truly are a writer, gifted by Allah so continue using this gift which he has bestowed on you to help others and use it Fisabilillah.

My thoughts, love and prayers are with you as my brother in Islam.

May the Almighty always be with you and and strengthen you more. May he envelope you with his mercy,
Ameen, Ya Rabbil Alameen.

Was salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

-Um Imaan.

The Wisdom of the Prophet: the Incident of the Epileptic Woman

Beautiful mountain meadow

By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com

There is a hadith narrated by ‘Ata bin Abi Rabah:

Ibn ‘Abbas once said to me, “Shall I show you a woman of the people of Paradise?”

I said, “Yes.”

He said, “This black lady came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, ‘I get attacks of epilepsy and my body becomes uncovered; please invoke Allah for me.’ The Prophet said (to her), ‘If you wish, be patient and you will have Paradise; and if you wish, I will invoke Allah to cure you.’ She said, ‘I will remain patient,’ and added, ‘but I become uncovered, so please invoke Allah for me that I may not become uncovered.’ So he invoked Allah for her.” – Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 70 :: Hadith 555

This hadith was published recently on MuslimasOasis.com, and I was fascinated by the many comments from readers who have epilepsy and have been inspired or comforted by this hadith.

One sister wrote:

“(This hadith) was a comfort to me as an epileptic when I had a seizure outside of a masjid on the pavement in Philadephia during a busy Jumaah afternoon. When I came to, my niqab was removed, my hijab loosened, and my husband and a brother were helping the paramedics that had arrived. Because of this hadith I felt comfort in spite of being such a spectacle, alhamdulillah.”

Another said:

“I too am an epileptic. When I first reverted to Islam over 3 years ago, one of the sisters who witnessed my Shahada wrote this hadith out and gave it to me. It is a HUGE comfort to know this. May Allah ease the trials of all epileptics and those who suffer from any disease and grant us all sabr. Ameen!”

And there were other similar comments, from men and women, ma-sha-Allah.

I don’t have epilepsy or any other serious sickeness, Alhamdulillah (praise God)  for all His blessings. But as I read the comments of people who do have some illness and have been tremendously comforted by this hadith, all of a sudden I realized the huge wisdom of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in what he said to the epileptic woman. He could have simply invoked for her and she would have been cured, and then all of us 1,400 years later would read the story and say, “Ma-sha-Allah, another miracle to prove his Prophethood.” But it would have no lasting personal significance.

Instead, by asking the woman to be patient and promising her Jannah (Paradise), the Prophet (pbuh) has sent a message of hope down through the ages to all the other sufferers in the world:  Allah sees your suffering. Your pain will be compensated, and your patience rewarded with the greatest possible prize.

Even today epilepsy cannot be cured, though it can be controlled somewhat through medication. So even now, all these years later, in this age of medical wonders, this hadith still has immediate significance for people who suffer from this illness, and in fact from people who suffer from any illness, from cancer to leprosy to bipolar disorder.

Another point of note is that every Prophet was sent with certain types of miracles appropriate to the understanding of their people. Musa (Moses, peace be upon him) was sent with the staff of power and the white hand, because his mission was to a people steeped in sorcery. “Medical miracles” – curing the sick, even bringing the dead back to life – were the hallmark of the Prophet Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary, pbuh), because he was sent to a people who specialized in healing arts.

If the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had made it his habit to cure the sick, the Christians might say about us Muslims, “Oh, you are only taking Biblical stories and applying them to your Prophet.”

Instead, though the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) performed his share of wonders, he was given the greatest miracle of all, the Quran, a living proof through the millenia, and a source of eternal guidance. This is appropriate because his immediate mission was to a people of poetry, of language and eloquence; while his greater mission was to all of humanity.

“Say: ‘If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they backed up each other with help and support.'” (Quran 17:88)

Did the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), a mere shepherd and trader living almost one and a half thousand years ago in the lonely deserts of Arabia, realize the lasting significance of his actions? Did he perceive the way his words and deeds would echo down the annals of history?

Sure he did. He was a man of great wisdom, courage and natural intelligence. He did not do things randomly, especially in matters of worship. And he was guided by Allah in these matters, so that his actions could serve as an example for humanity until the Day of Resurrection.

Letter from a Reader #1

Minarets of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt

Minarets of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt

Dear wael abdelgawad,
To me as a 17 year old teenager going on 18>>>
You are my light & guidance in this duniah >>>
The day you published ‘ the transformative power of a child’s love ‘ >>>>
That was the day when i had lost hope >>>there was no more Allah , no more myself, no more the people who care about me

Everything went black in my baseerah !?>>>
I felt lost>>
I had 2to choose between 2 swords >> whether 2 commit suicide
>>>or to runaway & get detached from my family completely & forever
–i didn’t want to live in this harsh life full of misery & injustice >>>
You’re the one who raised me up again when it didn’t work out with anyone who tried to do so with me >>>>
As you know that Allah loves wael abdelgawad & protects him anywhere & gives him al basseerah everywhere>>>
You ‘re there in america
& lifted me up here in egypt>>>
Subhanallah====
So the reason am sending you this is 2 show you:::
That you , wael saved me 4rom fire & hell that were waiting for me>>>
Therefore>>>>>>
I don’t think that my life was worth living if you weren’t born & created this website >>>>
Wael, >>>>
You’ve got no reason to cry anymore>>>
Whenever you feel down in the dumps>>>
Remember the people you got out of the huge, tremendous ,
Deep wells of duniah,
Are now living happier as angels in duniah>>>
May Allah protect u & ur daughter salma >>>>
& i hope one day i get the chance to meet you, inshallah 🙂
Yours sincerely,
– Sister M.

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