Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Hopeful Sister - USA

Not too long ago, my marriage of of several years crumbled to pieces.  While my heart knew divorce was the answer, it also knew that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life alone.  With everyone telling me that no one would ever marry a divorced Muslim woman (especially one with a child), divorce seemed like a bleak option.  They also told me that in the off chance I did get married, my new husband would be awful to my son.  And finally, as a full-time mother and new entrepreneur just beginning her career with minimal and inconsistent income, they said there was no way I could financially support myself or my child without my husband.  It seemed like a lose-lose situation, each choice with dire consequences.  After a year and a half of praying to Allah (swt) to guide me to the best decision for my son, myself, and his father in this life and the next, I finally decided to move on with a divorce.  Soon after, I met and began communicating with a brother through a Muslim matrimonial website.  He turned out to be an amazing person, an amazing father, and best of all, an amazing Muslim--all in one!  Shortly after that, I was hired for a full-time dream job perfectly aligning with my career goals and doing what I absolutely love.  I recently had my katb kitab (Islamic marriage contract) with the brother I met online, and we are, insha'Allah, planning to move in with each other sometime next year.  I know he will make me happy, keep me on track with my deen, and help me raise a healthy Muslim family in His service insha'Allah.  While my life is still far from perfect and still has its ups and downs, I am, for the first time in my life, hopeful of what the future holds.  Whenever things seem like they can't get any worse, I remind myself to put my trust in Allah (swt), to remember the following Quranic verses/hadith, and to say ALHAMDULILLAH!

"Indeed, with every hardship will come ease." (Qur’an 94:5)

"Allah does not place on any soul a burden greater than it can bear." (Qur'an 2:286)

"Whenever a believer is afflicted with a hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression, even the prick of a thorn, Allah expiates his sins because of it, as a tree sheds its leaves." (Sahih Bukhari)


I - My House

My best friend and I are so close, that I always seem to pick out her AHL moments posts even though she never uses her real name. AHL.

Kashifa binte Karim - Florida, USA

The other day I was watching a documentary on TLC called Islamophobia, which featured the two groups called English Defiance League (EDL) from England and Act for America in the USA. It was a behind the scenes look at how these groups hate Islam and spread hatred for all Muslims. While watching this I thanked Allah (swt) for giving me hedayat (guidance), making me Muslim, giving me a loving Islamic husband and family, and not making us like these astray people. AHL.

Eliza - USA

I just had an exam and a presentation today. I was nervous about it for about a week. Alhamdulillah that it is finished. Insha Allah I hope the results will be good. Alhamdullilah that God has given me this great opportunity to study. Alhamdulilaah for everything. AHL.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rashelle - USA

This morning, I lost my wallet on a bus. It contained all of my cards, money, etc. I got off the bus, realized it was gone, ran to the bus's next bus stop, got back on, and realized someone had taken my wallet already. I prayed super hard and within a few minutes I received an email letting me know that it had been found in one of the nearby buildings with all of my belongings still inside. AHL! <3

Khadija - Canada

Aisha Khan was found safe and sound. AHL!

Afghan Girl - California, USA

Today, I realized that ever since I have started visiting this website, I have become much more aware of all the blessings in my life that I use to take for granted and now I just can't give thanks to Allah (SWT) enough. AHL

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Muslimah - Keele, UK

A few days ago, I dreamt that I was participating in an athan competition where all the young teenagers who participated were lining up in a queue to get their chance to be in front of the microphone. When the first, or was it the second participator (I honestly can't remember) recited the athan, I woke up suddenly. I was worried that I had missed the Fajr prayer. but when I checked the time, and it was around 10 to 15 mins until Shuruq. I guess that dream had a meaning. Maybe it was waking me up so that I would not miss the Fajr prayer that day. AHL.

Grateful Muslimah - Earth

On Thursday, I found out that I was accepted to dental school!! AHL.

Ama - Phoenix, Arizona

Two days ago I had a painful medical procedure and the doctor made a mistake which has caused much pain since. I can't even walk on my own yet and I've cried more than I've not. But sometimes you pray for the wrong thing. I've been praying for pain relief as a sign of mercy when the sign of mercy I've needed all along was in the amazing friends and fiance who've kept me occupied in conversation the whole time so I'd know I wasn't going through this test all alone. AHL for the people placed in my life. AHL for the life events that bring us closer together. And AHL for placing enough love in my heart that I can properly care for these wonderful people. I love all of you. So, SO much. AHL.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tahmina - Toronto, Ontario, Candana

I used to cry and pray to Allah swt to be married, and I used to make MANY duas about what type of husband and married life I wanted. Now I realize that Allah has accepted every little dua I made and what I used to think was impossible, Allah made POSSIBLE! So I am amazed... AHL!

Amie - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Today, Imam Suhaib Webb became the new Imam of ISBCC, the Cultural Center I go to in Boston, so we went there for dhuhr (part one of his 3-day inauguration). After the prayer, a new brother took his Shahada. It was my first time seeing someone take their Shahada in real life. It was amazing. AHL.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Issa - Brooklyn, NY, USA

Every day I say AHL that I have Br. Peter as a Social Studies teacher at Al Noor School. The best Social Studies teacher a kid can have... AHL.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sharmin - USA

Today I had two exams which I had been nervous about for the entire week. Since the information was cumulative, I had to pull an all-nighter two nights before in order to study. The next day, I ended up sleeping really early, ending up not studying as much as I wanted (since the test was the next day). When I randomly woke around 1:00 a.m., I decided that since I was up, might as well pray Tahajjud right? I prayed to Allah to make things easier and help me to get through the week. It turned out that both my exams weren't as bad as I thought they would be and I ended up finishing early. Now there's one more test to go and insha'Allah it won't be so bad either! :) AHL

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Muslimah - Florida, USA

Its been only one week at my seasonal job. Still praying to Allah that it turns to a permanent position. Although that hasn't happened yet, after only a week I was told they like my work and they offered to have me take on an additional task for more money. Getting closer to saving up for Hajj... AHL.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Anela Zlatic - Canada

Today, during my exam, someone asked a question out loud and I was very confused for five seconds until I realized he and the professor were speaking in French. It was such a small thing but it really made me appreciate how blessed I am to be able to get an education and to study, and under amazing teachers to boot. AHL.

A(J) Big Sister - Chicago, IL

Yesterday, I was supposed to help set up and attend an event, and perform as well. I was unable to go and I hate canceling something I committed to doing so I was trying to find someone to fill in last minute. Alhamdulilah my little sister filled in for me and my other friend helped out with the event. AHL.

Optimistic - Chicago

Tomorrow/tonight at midnight the results of something I've wanted for so long and worked so hard for, will be revealed. I've been feeling anxious all day. No matter what the results indicate, whether in my favor or not, I know that insha'Allah it will all happen for the best. Alhamdulillah for whatever happens tonight. Alhamdulillah for everything. AHL.

Yasmeen - UK

So I'm 18 from the UK and I really wanted to get into this university which is like top 10 in the country. I even took a year out to try and get the grades needed for it, but even though my predicted grades were higher than the ones they needed I was STILL rejected due to a high volume of applicants.

I was SHOCKED & distraught.

I did however get into my second option. Not so 'prestigious' but a decent school non the less.

Well I soon discovered from friends that the university that rejected me was not very supportive of students and muslims there were a minority and some found the members of the school not very tolerant of muslims.

Meanwhile, at the school I've started it couldn't be more welcoming and supportive. I've even found a group of muslimahs who I can go and pray with in our prayer room. They're doing SO MUCH for us. They even had a meeting about getting halal food. AHL AHL AHL. Allah truly is the best of planners, He will truly give you something better to replace that which He took away. AHL :)

Reyhana - Germany

Last Thursday, our American Thanksgiving day, I celebrated my 11th year of being muslim, AHL!

Thankful Muslimah - Chicago, IL

This morning, I was able to wake up alive and mention Allah's name without hesitation! AHL!!!!

Mr. Snuggles - Houston, Texas

That moment when I realized she will always be there for me. Alhamdulillah Allah (swt) has blessed me with such a wonderful friend. A friend that I could trust with anything. Her heart is as pure as an angel's. Her smile is as breathtaking as the sunset. AHL

Muslimahdanoun - Shreveport, LA

This past week I got the strength to start wearing Hijab properly (abaya, etc)! May Allah SWT keep me and all the Muslims on the straight path to Jannah InshaAllah, Ameen! AHL

Jazz - Lone Star State

Alhamdulillah, I thought I failed my politics exam, and woot woot! subhanallah, I got a B! Can you say alhamudulillah enough? :) AHL

A Sister - Earth

AHL for not being able to decide which AHL moments of my life to be submitted because there are too many..... AHL