Real Heroes Don’t Wear Tights

My daughter Salma, 7-9-2011

My daughter Salma, 7-9-2011

By Wael Abdelgawad |

Real heroes don’t wear tights and capes. They work to feed their families, support their ailing parents, cook and clean, sacrifice for their children, and try – in this confusing, bruising, joyful, beautiful trip we call life – to pursue their dreams and make something happen.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. María M says:

    As salamu alaykum,

    This post is funny, this morning my son asked me: mum who is your favourite hero? I said: You. And certainly he is. He fought for life since conceived and Alhamdulillah he did it, after birth, more problems and Alhamdulillah, he did it again, during all the struggles his unconditional love towards me has taught me the most beautiful lessons I could learn in this world, his fight to be for me and with me since he was conceived, have gained all my respect for him as the most special human being I ever met in my all life. He is my hero. He has helped me to be the woman I am today, Alhamdulillah.

    I have no words to thank his Presence in my Life.



    • wael says:

      How beautiful, ma-sha-Allah.

      I would like to hear from you other readers. Who is your hero?

      • Faith says:

        Mashallah she has grown!

        My hero? My mother.
        And my daughter made me realise this. Alhamdulillah, thanks to her existence, I have come to appreciate my own mother and her sacrifices alot more than I ever did without her in my life.


        ps: Mashallah she has grown. 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    MashaAllah, she is beautiful Wael. May Allah (swt) bless and protect you both always!

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