All Praise is due to Allah, The Most Beneficiant The Most Merciful, may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Al'Sayyidi Muhammad Mustafaa Sal'Allahualayhiwasalam, his family, and companions.

"And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and they establish worship and they pay the poor-due, and they obey Allah and His messenger. As for these, Allah will have mercy on them. Lo! Allah is Mighty, Wise."
~Surah Tawbah, Ayah Seventy-Two


"Meet people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they yearn for your company."
~Ali ibn Abi Talib RadhiAllahuanhu

Duaas are always requested...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

It seemed impossible...

Bismillahir'rahman'nir-rahim.

Allahumma sali'ala sayyiddina Muhammadin wa 'ala alay sayyiddina Muhammadin wa barik wa salim.

"Stay together, friends
Don't scatter and sleep.
Our friendship is made
of being awake."
~Rumi rahmatullahi'alay

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullah,

Forgive us for the lack of updates, and sorry for the wait.

So whats with the Poetry from Rumi [Rahmatullahi'alay] up top? Nothing but a reminder, perhaps it will come into play later. Now on with the post insha'Allah...This is a post Sister Mujahidah and I were planning to post together, but due to certain time restraints I am posting-but it is both our ideas put together insha'Allah.

Some of you may know, and many of you probably do not know but some time in the recent past Sister Mujahidah an Nafs and myself were given the opportunity to meet and spend a few days together. Alhamdulillah. We won't bore you with the details, but in general: Sister Mujahidah an Nafs and I met via "Blogistan" and eventually we became good friends, Alhamdulillah.

Modern day technology allowed us to stay in touch through various mediums, but meeting in person seemed pretty unlikely. Why? Well it's simple: We're quite far from one another, so meeting looked impossible, unless one of us was going to travel the distance, use the time, spend the money..not to mention get the blessing of our parents to actually go this far without any "real" reason... It all seemed impossible, something that would have to be put on the backburner till the opportunity presented itself.

Little did we know the opportunity was going to present itself less than a year after we became friends. Sister Mujahidah was given the opportunity of coming "pretty close" to where I am... pretty close compared to the distance now. So of course we seized the opportunity...well, we tried at leat.... She reached her destination fine Alhamdulillah and was there for a while, finally we started looking around for tickets... Lo and behold: Just when we needed them their prices were sky-rocketing. Subhan'Allah.. seemed so close..but at the same time we both felt it would be impossible. Oh of course the travel was covered, the time allotted was already being spent, the valid reason was there, the "go ahead" from the families even...The only thing that was stopping us was a direct flight which seemed quite costly, so costly that both of us agreed it would be too much to bother with, and the indirect flights were a serious hassle..making the journey 3x its length. So of course we were upset, so close yet so impossible..and indeed it seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

So what happened? Well at one point we seemed ready to give up and figured "Khayr Allah didn't want it, or it wasn't meant to be, why have it any other way? There's Hikmah in it." In the end we figured Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli haal. So the idea of us meeting up was abolished for a short period of time. But when you have your heart set on something for so long, and are planning for almost two months...only to find out that nothing was going through... there was bound to be persistence. So we persisted in our search for tickets, and finally sister Mujahidah found one...of the same value as the others we had checked out previously.

So someone (who I will be forever indebted to-for brining together two friends, may Allah give her more happiness than she can imagine in this life and the next insha'Allah, and may her spouse and children be the coolness of her eyes insha'Allah. [say ameen please]) So someone talked to Sister Mujahidah and (although I'm sure Mujahidah didn't need any talking to) this sister still made her see how this really is a once in a life-time chance because the chance of 1)VeiledKnight going to see Mujahidah were quite slim unless for special reason or it was on the way to elsewhere. 2)Sister Mujahidah [as it looked] would have been booked for the next year or so with her Pre-Reg, and the holidays were already booked for other occasions. Alhamdulillah this gave her that little push she needed and she booked the ticket and within a few days we met, spent time together, and Alhamdulillah all I can say is that to my Sisters if you don't know Mujahidah-well get to know her. Masha'Allah.

So what was the lesson to be learned? We both thought about this, and we came up with a few lessons, undoubtedly we probably missed a few lessons but at the same time here is one key lesson we picked up on:

If it's meant to be, it'll happen. Now this goes for all cases, but let's talk about Friends. Many a time we meet people online via Islamic projects, blogs, etc. Some we take as close friends knowing we may never meet in this life, and others we simply know as acquaintances. But MOST of the time our friends are people we know from around our area, people we went to school with, people we know from the masjid, basically meaning people we have actually met and interacted with in person.

Subhan'Allah it's so interesting how people meet and how they become friends, sometimes it makes you wonder "what triggered this friendship to work so well, and this one doesn't work at all?" Thinking of this reminds me of a saying; unfotunately i have not the slightest idea where this is anymore, but if anyone does have it please e-mail journeyends@hotmail.com immediately with the text. JazakAllahukhayr. Anyway- so I believe(tentative) it was Ali radhi'Allahu'anhu who said that Those people who become friends in this life are friends because they recognized eachother from that one time when all our souls were toghether-when we said to Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala that He was Our Lord, and we would worship none but Him. This is why we almost "instantaneously click."

Now does that go for "internet friends?"(btw try not to have exceedingly many.. just a tip) maybe it doesn't BUT Allahu'Alim..the point is: Sister Mujahidah and I ended up meeting because there was a reason behind it, Allah allowed it for a reason, and Alhamdulillah i can say nothign but good came from that few days we spent together. Had there been evil to be derived from it, surely Allah Azz'wa Jal would not have allowed it to happen. Even after we gave up trying, still in the end things worked out. Sometimes things are just meant to be? Perhpas also because our friendship is purely Fi'Sabilillah. Alhamdulillah, Allah has enabled us to have developed a friendship in which when we talk we mention Din, when we met we spoke of Din, anytime we interact theres some concept of Din tied to it. Only by the Will of Allah, Alhamdulillah.

We started this friendship Fi'Sabilillah and insha'Allah it will continue as so. As someone I know once said "The friendships made on His Path, indeed are unique." We have become friends on this long journey to Allah, and may the end of This Path be with Him, and His Habib Sal'Allahu'alayhiwasalam at "Al'Kawthar, The Fount of Abundance."(Talib al Habib)

So whats the point? Should we all go and meet friends that we have all over the world? Well thats not practical..is it? But the idea is...even if you meet, or don't meet... Keep those ties, not becuase one day you will meet but becuase it is the Order of Allah and His Messenger Sal'Allahualayhiwasalam. Till the last moment there was no guarantee Sister Mujahidah and I were going to meet, but we did, becuase Allah Allowed it. So what good happened by us meeting, how did this help the ummah? Not only did Sister Mujahidah meet me, she also was given teh chance to meet a
very dear friend of mine. One more tie Fi'Sabilillah, Alhamdulillah. Secondly, our families now know one another... two seperate Muslim families, miles apart, who would have probably never met otherwise, probably never gotten that chance to extend a hand Fi'Sabilillah, these two families now know one another, respect one another, have at least some sort of care and concern for one another, and insha'Allah are in one another's duaas...

Indeed we are One Ummah, it doesn't matter if we are near or far, it's about securing the Ties of our Ummah. If we know one another from the internet or if we know one another from the Masjid: Never forget- Our rope is one-. Indeed Maulana Rumi is right; "Stay together friends, do not scatter and sleep, our friendship is made of being awake."If we aren't awake, if we don't take the initiative to keep ties or to reach out to our fellow Brothers or Sisters..how can we even think to Unite?

We thank Allah Subhananhu wa ta'ala for giving us the chance to meet and we pray He gives us more, if not in this life then insha'Allah in The Best of Places.

May Allah enable us to make all our ties Fi'Sabilillah so that we may as the hadith says "keep our matter alive." Insha'Allah.

~Mujahidah an Nafs & Veiled Knight

Allahumma sali'ala sayyiddina Muhammadin wa 'ala alay sayyiddina Muhammadin wa barik wa salim. Rawdhina billahi Rabba wa bil'islaami deena wa bi'Muhammadin nabiyaa, wa akhirud'duana anil'hamdulillahi rabbil'alameen. Walaykumasalam wa rahmatullah

8 Comments:

Blogger mujahidah an nafs said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

:) Looking orward to it :)

Shud b calling u 2nyt Inshallah Ta'ala :)

Duas

Wassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

22/7/06 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam,

yep... looking forward to post.

luv dis blog :)

n e way... where r u apa?

ws
aish

1/8/06 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooooooooooooooh masha'Allah beautiful post :)

Two freinds meeting from 2 ends of d world.... Subhanallah!

:)

Dua me yaad

Ws

xmuslimahx

7/8/06 1:58 AM  
Blogger Veiled Knight said...

Walaykumasalam wa rahmatullah

sorry for the delay on our part.

Subhan'Allah indeed...Insha'Allah you both are well. take care, duas

walaykumasalam wa rahmatullah

7/8/06 6:42 AM  
Blogger mujahidah an nafs said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Mashallah, beautifully written..I couldn't have put it any better..It was a pleasure meeting you and your loved ones..Indeed it was something that we thought was impossible but Subhanallah, the power of Allah Ta'ala brought us together :)

Duas requested,

Wassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

7/8/06 12:45 PM  
Blogger Veiled Knight said...

Walaykumasalam wa rahmatullah

Alhamdulillah. I know i could do your words no justice but figured might as well post this since we had discussed it many times earlier.

Alhamdulillah. Duas.

Walaykumasalam warahmatullah

7/8/06 7:49 PM  
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11/8/06 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said: "may Allah give her more happiness than she can imagine in this life and the next insha'Allah, and may her spouse and children be the coolness of her eyes insha'Allah. [say ameen please]"

Ameen!

When you make du'aa, dont say insha'Allaah, as the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) has said:

“Let not any one of you say, ‘O Allaah, forgive me if You will, O Allaah, have mercy on me if You will.’ Let him be resolute in the matter, whilst knowing that no one can compel Allaah to do anything.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

4/8/08 4:06 PM  

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