Three months later a dearly loved grand uncle arrived at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg not long after (his wife) our grand aunt passed on from cancer within a short span of time
اللهم اغفر لها و ارحمها و سكنها فى اعلى درجة الجنة
In order to recieve and welcome him I accompanied dad to the airport for a short unprompted trip.
After our meet and greet was done, dad went to pay the parking fee and folded the wheelchair while I seated myself into the car, window open, I peered ahead thoughtfully..
Whatever the circumstances or how far-fetched the possibility to fly may seem
With undying hope in the All-powerful, I am certain life will set into my dream
Wordlessly sent a plea into the sky then quickly captured two images for future remembrance before the vehicle was revved home to beat peak traffic. These pictures were not marvelous or captivating in any way, but they became snapshots of
Iconic moments in time
ان ربي لسميع الدعاء
As I expressed this longing from the recesses of my heart, attentive to my helplessness, Allah listened
Time continued while I had no clue of a surprise in process until 3 months later when it happened
The long awaited day for which I prayed to materialize someway and somehow, was accepted and approached sooner than imagined.
Tearfully, I drifted back to that precise pictorial moment and remembered…
I remembered a graphic sent to me by a dear friend one year ago with the aforementioned aayah printed on a background of waves.
Little had I perceived it as an indication towards the acceptance of feeble silent supplications. Little had I perceived it as an aayah – a definite sign mercifully sent from above via someone on earth as a form of encouragement..
You’re fighting hard and long. I know how demanding and draining it can be. I see the times you become worn out. I know you wonder if there will be any light in sight. I see all that no one else can. I see far beyond your capacity. My foresight stretches into the unknown of your future…
Oh enduring one: bear a little more and hold tight onto my promising words. No period of patience simply fades away without reprieve and rewards. I assure you of goodness that will be granted in this world, while others are being reserved to beautify your place of eternal peace.
So hang in there and keep going. After some time you will behold waves colorized by a spectacular sky in a place you have long yearned to be present with people who’s love is an extension of mines…
انه سميع قريب
Many dreams were carried and requested from within the heart, few were the words I had spoken
But Allah hears the cries that carry no sound or echo, he turned these into happiness on the horizon
و اسألوا الله من فضله
انه كان بكم رحيما
So ask Allah from his bounties
Surely he is most merciful with you
When we ask he delivers in a manner most befitting. How moving it is to know we are exhorted to ask without confining our needs and requests. Human nature is to have limits and we tire if people constantly ask from us even if it be the kids we love wholeheartedly. Yet here – the king of all treasures who’s generosity is limitless, encourages us to ask, pray, plead, beg.
The most generous who’s analogical hands are always wide open would not spark a feeling in us to ask if he were not to give forth…
How the response will happen is often not placed in the comprehension of man. We have to only ask with firm conviction, hope, and reliance. Then either of 3 promises will be the result. Entrust your matter over entirely and Allah will do as he pleases…
قَالَ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِى غُلَٰمٌ وَقَدْ بَلَغَنِىَ ٱلْكِبَرُ وَٱمْرَأَتِى عَاقِرٌ ۖ قَالَ كَذَٰلِكَ ٱللَّهُ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَآءُ
Zakariyya عليه السلام naturally questioned how can such an inception come about –
“My Lord how will I have a boy when I have reached old age and my wife is barren”
The angel responded with a powerful reminder:
“Such is Allah; He does what He wills”
Likewise; when Allah wanted and commanded it to be
The light appeared…