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For those who were at the PennState conference many months ago,
this was a
letter that I had translated at the end of the lecture: Destination
Hereafter - Have you packed your suitcases?
A long time ago I translated it and just a few days ago, going
files, I came across it once again. You can find this letter and
others similar to it in the book Az-Zaman Al-Qaadim compiled by
Al-Qasim. All the letters were translated and in sha' Allah i'll
send out more of these Iman filled words.
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- Muhammad Alshareef
"Faith is believing what we do not see. The reward of this faith is
what we believe."
She's My Sister
A true story translated by Muhammad Alshareef
Her cheeks were worn and sunken and her skin hugged her bones.
didn't stop her though, you could never catch her not reciting
Always vigil in her personal prayer room Dad had set up for her.
prostrating, raising her hands in prayer. That was the way she was
dawn to sunset and back again, boredom was for others.
As for me I craved nothing more than fashion magazines and
treated myself all the time to videos until those trips to the
place became my trademark. As they say, when something becomes
people tend to distinguish you by it. I was negligent in my
responsibilities and laziness characterized my Salah.
One night, I turned the video off after a marathon three hours of
watching. The adhan softly rose in that quiet night. I slipped
peacefully into my blanket.
Her voice carried from her prayer room. "Yes? Would you
With a sharp needle she popped my plans. `Don't sleep
"Agh ... there's still an hour before
the first Adhaan!"
With those loving pinches of hers, she called me closer. She was
like that, even before the fierce sickness shook her spirit and
in bed. `Hanan can you come sit beside me.'
I could never refuse any of her requests, you could touch the
sincerity. "Yes, Noorah?"
`Please sit here.'
"OK, I'm sitting. What's on your mind?"
With the sweetest mono voice she began reciting:
[Every soul shall taste death and you will merely be repaid your
on Resurrection Day]
She stopped thoughtfully. Then she asked, `Do you believe in
"Of course I do."
`Do you believe that you shall be responsible for whatever
regardless of how small or large?'
"I do, but Allah is Forgiving and
got a long life waiting for me."
`Stop it Hanan ... aren't you afraid of
abruptness? Look at Hind. She was younger than you but she died
in a car
accident. So did so and so, and so and so. Death is age-blind and
age could never be a measure of when you shall die.'
The darkness of the room filled my skin with fear. "I'm
dark and now you made me scared of death, how am I supposed to go
now. Noorah, I thought you promised you'd go with us on
the summer break."
Impact. Her voice broke and her heart quivered. `I might be
going on a
long trip this year Hanan, but somewhere else. Just maybe. All of
lives are in Allah's hands and we all belong to Him.'
My eyes welled and the tears slipped down both cheeks.
I pondered my sisters grizzly sickness, how the doctors had
father privately that there was not much hope that Noorah was going
outlive the disease. She wasn't told though. Who hinted to
it that she could sense the truth.
`What are you thinking about Hanan?' Her voice was sharp.
I am just saying this because I am sick? Uh - uh. In fact, I may
longer than people who are not sick. And you Hanan, how long are
to live? Twenty years, maybe? Forty? Then what?' Through
reached for my hand and squeezed gently. `There's no
us; we're all going to leave this world to live in Paradise or
Hell. Listen to the words of Allah:
[Anyone who is pushed away from the Fire and shown into Jannah will
I left my sister's room dazed, her words ringing in my ears:
guide you Hanan - don't forget your prayer.
Eight O'clock in the morning. Pounding on my door. I
up at this time. Crying. Confusion. O Allah, what happened?
Noorahs condition became critical after Fajr, they took her
the hospital ... Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un.
There wasn't going to be any trips this summer. It was written
would spend the summer at home.
After an eternity...
It was one O'clock in the afternoon. Mother
hospital. `Yes. You can come and see her now.' Dad's
mother could sense something had gone deathly wrong. We left
Where was that avenue I used to travel and thought
short? Why was it so long now, so very long. Where was the
crowd and traffic that would give me a chance to gaze left and
Everyone, just move out of our way. Mother was shaking her head in
hands - crying - as she made dua' for her Noorah.
We arrived at the hospitals main entrance.
One man was moaning, another was involved in an accident and a
eyes were iced, you couldn't tell if he was alive or dead.
We skipped stairs to Noorahs floor. She was in intensive care.
The nurse approached us. `Let me take you to her.' As we
aisles the nurse went on expressing how sweet a girl Noorah was.
reassured Mother somewhat that Noorah's condition had gotten
what it was in the morning.
`Sorry. No more than one visitor at a time.' This was the
unit. Through the small window in the door and past the flurry of
robes I caught my sisters eyes. Mother was standing beside her.
two minutes, mother came out unable to control her crying.
`You may enter and say Salam to her on condition that you do
long,' they told me. `Two minutes should be enough.'
"How are you Noorah? You were fine last night sister, what
We held hands, she squeezed harmlessly. `Even now,
"Alhamdulillah ... but ... your hands are so cold."
I sat on her bedside and rested my fingers on her knee. She jerked
away. "Sorry ... did I hurt you?"
"No, it is just that I remembered Allah's words
[One leg will be wrapped to the other leg (in the death shroud)]
... Hanan pray for me. I may be meeting the first day of the
very soon. It is a long journey and I haven't prepared enough
in my suitcase.'
A tear escaped my eye and ran down my cheek at her words. I cried
joined me. The room blurred away and left us - two sisters -
together. Rivulets of tears splashed down on my sister's palm
held with both hands. Dad was now becoming more worried about me.
never cried like that before.
At home and upstairs in my room, I watched the sun pass away with a
sorrowful day. Silence mingled in our corridors. A cousin came in
room, another. The visitors were many and all the voices from
stirred together. Only one thing was clear at that point ...
I stopped distinguishing who came and who went. I couldn't
they said. O Allah, where was I? What was going on? I
Later that week they told me what had happened. Dad had taken my
say goodbye to my sister for the last time, I had kissed
I remember only one thing though, seeing her spread on that bed,
that she was going to die on. I remembered the verse she recited:
[One leg will be wrapped to the other leg (in the death shroud)]
knew too well the truth of the next verse: [The drive on that day
we be to
your Lord (Allah)!]
I tiptoed into her prayer room that night. Staring at the quiet
and silenced mirrors, I treasured who it was that had shared my
stomach with me. Noorah was my twin sister.
I remembered who I had swapped sorrows with. Who had comforted my
days. I remembered who had prayed for my guidance and who had
many tears for so many long nights telling me about death and
accountability. May Allah save us all.
Tonight is Noorah's first night that she shall spend in her
Allah, have mercy on her and illumine her grave. This was her
prayer mat and and this was the spring rose-colored dress that
me she would hide until she got married, the dress she wanted to
for her husband.
I remembered my sister and cried over all the days that I had
prayed to Allah to have mercy on me, accept me and forgive me. I
to Allah to keep her firm in her grave as she always liked to
At that moment, I stopped. I asked myself: what if it was I who
Where would I be moving on to? Fear pressed me and the tears began
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar...
The first adhan rose softly from the Masjid, how beautiful it
time. I felt calm and relaxed as I repeated the Muadhdhins call.
wrapped the shawl around my shoulders and stood to pray Fajr. I
if it was my last prayer, a farewell prayer, just like Noorah had
yesterday. It had been her last Fajr.
Now and in sha' Allah for the rest of my life, if I awake in
I do not count on being alive by evening, and in the evening I do not count on being alive by morning.
We are all going on Noorah's journey - what have we prepared for it?
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