Surely my prayers, my service of sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah Almighty. This dedication is to my faithful husband Roy (Abdul) Razak, and my two precious children, Shazeena and Aslam Razak. Alhamdu-lillah I am very proud and very pleased with my husband and my two children, for their hard striving against the Shaitan’s plot Alhamdu-lillah.

They fought and they struggled to overcome their tests and tribulations through prayers and the remembrance of Allah (swt) and His Beloved Rasool (owbp). They are examples of how Jihad should be treated; they never turned their backs from seeking Allah’s (swt) help and His guidance. Alhamdu-lillah they were able to pull themselves out of the devil’s clutches.

Thanks and gratitude to Allah (swt) for my husband, who is a very strong soldier of Islam, a faithful, peaceful and sincere servant of Allah (swt) and a true lover and follower of our Beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (owbp). I chose to dedicate this article in loving thoughts of my husband and my two children in the hopes of showing them how much I appreciate all the kind and wonderful things they does for me. The topic of this article reminds me so much of their struggles in their lives. Jihad is not to be carried out with conflict and brutality, if, however, these things arrive they should be treated with justice and understanding. And this is exactly how my husband usually takes control over conflict; he exercise patience and he humbly seek Allah’s (swt) help through Zikr (Allah’s (swt remembrance) and humble supplication.

From the time that I met him in 1969, he was very active in an Islamic Organization called The Muslim Youth League in Guyana. After we got married and migrated to Canada in 1978, a couple of years later we both decided to form an Islamic organization in Canada. So with Allah’s (swt) help we formed the Sunnatul Jamaat of Ontario, and again years later we formed the International Muslims Organization of Toronto, which is now one of the most highly recognized organization Alhamdulillah. My husband did not just plant the seeds of these two organizations and walk away from them; he nourished them with firm faith and patience after numerous odds that were against him, which even resulted in him being hospitalized for two weeks. He put up with lots of insults and provocation, but his patience and trust in Allah (swt) helped him to overcome these issues, so he was able to nourish the two beautiful seeds, which grew into two beautiful, leading organizations that Alhamdulillah many of the Ummah are benefitting from today.

This is how Jihad should be dealt, with patience and prayers and as such, good virtues will arrive from the hard struggle (jihad) that is done with the remembrance of Allah (swt) as seen in the way which my husband and my two children conducts their lives. I am very proud of them and I am very grateful to Allah (swt) for this blessing. Through the great love that my husband has for our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (owbp), Allah (swt) has blessed him with a beautiful voice to recite Naats. It is his favorite thing to do when he goes to blessed gatherings. Everyone who has the opportunity to listen to him sing, usually their hearts is filled with joy, and at times they don’t get enough of his beautiful renditions on the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (owbp), may Allah (swt) bless him with health, strength and a long life to continue the good work. I pray Insha Allah the doors of Paradise will be open for him and all of us. Ameen.

My husband is a very good provider for his family. He is very generous in giving his children anything they asked him for, even if he has to put his needs on hold. He loves us very much and we also love him dearly. We are very blessed and very fortunate to have him in our lives Shukr-Al HamduLillah. From the very first time I met him and heard his melodious voice, I knew right away that it was not a dream, but it was real, because all the corruption and pain in my heart was set free with the delightful feelings I received. With these feelings my heart told me that by the will of Allah (swt). I will get the opportunity to value and cherish this voice and this wonderful man for the rest of my life Shukr-Allah. My inspiration was right for I got married to this wonderful man in 1973. I owe him the greatest debt in my life that only my love can repay! Indeed Allah (swt) is most Merciful and Kind to those who have patience and trust in Him.

I asked Allah (swt) for just the right words or things I can say or do to let you guys (my husband and two children) know, how much I love and care for you. My heart fills with so much joy and gratitude to Allah (swt) for blessing me with such a loving, caring, and understanding family. I thank you guys for believing in me. Being a wife and mother has taught me so much in life, and I will always remember how you all encouraged me to be the best that I can be. You are my family and my friends as well. With that friendship, by your patience, understanding, loving support and encouragement, I love and trust you more than anyone else in this world, no woman could ask for a better family, and no matter what happens (Insha Allah) I know I will find you guys right there by my side. I asked Allah (swt) just how much to say to my family, the difference that they make in my life. Whenever they seem to sense when I am in need of their support and their encouragement to embrace my dreams and to stand by me through all my hardships, and Allah (swt) answered there is no better way to tell them all these things than to simply continue to love and cherish them with all my heart and soul, and not to forget to be grateful to Him for His favors. My dear husband! And my two loving children! You must know that your tender love and support makes my life complete. (Shukr Alhamdulillah) and thank you guys very much. May Allah (swt) bless us all and may He also bless all the readers of this article and also the believing people that passed away and those who are alive, Ameen. May He give us the wisdom and the understanding to live with love, peace and unity amongst each other, May He pour out constancy and patience on us, and may He make our steps firm and cover us with His mercies and His forgiveness. May He let our entry be by the gate of truth and honor likewise our exit, Ameen, A little advice to the readers of my article, if you have any worries, bring Allah (swt) to your remembrance, (and His Rasool as well) and He will help you to trust and believe in yourself, He will give you the understanding to know right from wrong, and to act with justice, He would make you feel the great joy of justice and the comfort it can bring and above all, He would teach you all about true love and trust and how important it is for your family and others. Giving yourself and allowing others to give in return would make your life the best example ever, and if anyone should say you are like so and so (righteous ones) it would make you very proud and happy. What can be more joy than to live a life knowing that Allah (swt) and His Apostles love and cherish you, even if the world is against you, it wouldn’t matter.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an in Sura 103:

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

Time is precious and should be treated with patience, prayers and in the remembrance of Allah (swt) (Zikr).

Take time to pray

I went to bed one night without praying to my Lord. I tossed and turned with restlessness I cried: “Oh my Lord bring sleep to my restless eyes!” I woke up early the next morning and I rushed to begin my day’s work. I had so many things to do that I forgot to pray. I was rushing home after work when I stumbled down and broke my legs, in pain and anguish I cried: “Oh my Lord why didn’t you protect me from falling?” He answered: “You didn’t ask for my guidance or my protection.” Due to the pain I felt from my broken legs, my nights were restless, sleep wouldn’t come to my weary eyes, in pain and anguish I cried again: “Oh my Lord! Why are you suffering me so much?” He answered “You didn’t seek my forgiveness.” So I woke up the next morning and I paused before entering the day. I had so much to be grateful for that I took the time to pray. I gave thanks to my Lord for the suffering he caused upon me, for it helped me to remember to pray. From now on I will begin the days with His name (Allah (swt) for it will help protect me from shame. It will help to guide me and not to depend on worldly fame, but I will practice and preach in my Lord’s name. I will love all his Angels, Apostles and Prophets so that I can gain my Lord’s Mercies, Guidance and His Protection from the Shaitan’s stain. Islam is my Religion which I will not trade for a mountain of wealth; it is also a Religion for all mankind, whichever color they are. Islam means peace, love and unity, which is exactly what I needed to help me take the time to pray. The things that we can do today shouldn’t be left for tomorrow, since there is no guarantee of a tomorrow. Death is sure to come and knock on our doors and his visit will not be in vain for he will surely take our souls to our destination with or without our permission; no doubt about it! We will not be allowed to take any worldly wealth or possessions with us, all that we will be able to take are our spiritual wealth from the good or bad actions of our conduct in this short period of time that was given to us in this fleeting life. How can we achieve spiritual wealth? The answer is easy; bring the remembrance of Almighty Allah (swt) to your mind all day long. By saying Glory be to You Oh! Allah (swt), All praises are for you, You are the Greatest, There is no God but You and Prophet Muhammad (owbp) is the Messenger of Allah (swt). Speak to Almighty Allah (swt) in whatever language you wish, but just speak to Him all day long. In whatever language you speak to Him, He will listen to you and your complaint for He is the grantor of bounty and honor. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:

That is (the Bounty) whereof Allah gives Glad Tidings to His Servants who believe and do righteous deeds. Say: “No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin.” And if any one earns any good, We shall give him an increase of good in respect thereof: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (service). 42:23.

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