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A True Story

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A true Story.....

October 31, 1983, born to young, well to do, spoiled

“Muslim†couple. They named her Saman, meaning flower.

The gorgeous mother delighted to have a baby daughter

at the age of 20, planned to raise her like she had

been raised as delicately as a flower. Honest father

running a successful family business was thrilled to

welcome a new member to the family. Both filled with

pride, mother of her beauty and father of his success,

had never had a glass of water on their own,

surrounded with servants and raised with moral values

and the idea of “Modernism†were going to teach the

same to their new born.

As she grew up her parents pampered her and loved her

more than anything in life. With their moral values

and a little God consciousness, they had to teach her

the Quran. Father had long forgotten how to read it,

as he had closed the Quran after his last lesson with

his teacher and never opened it again, though he never

missed the Friday prayers. Mother completed her

rituals on Fridays as well; she read the book but only

at innovations/Biddahs such as “Khatam-e-Quran.†For

the task of labelling their daughter as Muslim they

appointed a Quran teacher (Molvi) who did his job,

taught her a few extra things and was on his way.

13 years had passed by and now this little girl was a

teenager. Mother and daughter had a strong bond of

friendship; she followed in mommy’s shoes. Never seen

in anything but designer clothes, latest sandals and

adorned with finest things of life. Respecting her

father’s moral values she was saved from being a snob

and kept within her limits set by her parents.

Unfortunately those limits far exceeded Allah’s

boundaries. By the age of fourteen she was into music,

parties, guys etc… Influenced by the Islamic classes,

she had been going to out of respect for her

neighbour, she stopped wearing short clothes and

controlled her desire for guys, though she was friends

with lots.

Meanwhile her mother’s consciousness called upon her

and asked her what she knew about Islam, unable to

answer she began attending classes too. First day

quickly covered her head with a see through chiffon

hijab while entering the class and pulled it off

immediately on leaving. Eventually she was guided to

the righteous path; she now said her prayers regularly

along with her previous social life. She also began

influencing the family towards Islam, her husband was

always a cultured person and now he was also Allah

conscious. Allah blessed them with the opportunity of

Hajj; mother started hijab and abaaya, once again the

most expensive and designer abaayas that defeated the

purpose but it was just the start.

Saman was now stuck between two worlds, without her

mother nagging her she seriously began taking interest

in her classes and dars. She began going through an

internal conflict, should she choose to continue being

a trend-setter or should she rebel against her own

rules and take hijab? The power of Islam convinced her

within four months and now at 15 she began her journey

to the truth. She was ready to get back to her friends

after a month’s vacation as a slightly changed person.

First day in school, her friends’ mouth dropped

opened, “Oh my god! What’s wrong with you? I wouldn’t

be surprised if you showed up in a mini skirt, but

this!!!†She just smiled and shook her head; within

seconds received another comment from a passer by, “ I

know you are daring but please don’t play around with

hijab, have some respect for religious beliefs.â€

She was known for being outspoken and didn’t delay to

announce proudly, “You guys this is not a joke or a

dare, I’m seriously following Allah’s orders.â€

“Is this a miracle or what? What happened to your “I

wouldn’t be caught dead in hijab, its for conservative

people, spare meâ€.†Ashamed of those harsh words she

had said out of ignorance, Saman begged for

forgiveness and went on with her new life.

Unlike other people, taking hijab was her first step

in Islam, she still fed on movies and breathed music

and nurtured on ICQ. Not to forget it had only been a

year since her family reunited with Islam and truly

four months for herself. As those initial stages

gradually passed by. Her cloths became more decent;

her mom started wasting less money on lavish clothes

and gave it in sadakah and zakah instead. Saman cut

down on movies and chatting except with her closest

friend, since the 5th grade, they both were famous for

their playful and mischievous behaviour, friends

called them “The inseparable duo.†Unfortunately her

best friend was a guy, if she could leave him for

Allah she could do anything for Allah. Once she

realised that, her decision was abrupt, as usual her

determined personality lead her to tell her friend

that Allah is dearer to her than he is. Automatically

everything became easier onwards, her ICQ had totally

ended, quitting movies and music was a piece of cake

as now she was no longer under the strong influence of

her friend asking her to watch this movie listen to

that song.

Alhamdulillah she started jilbab as her Iman became

stronger and stronger day by day. Naturally from an

extended family like hers there were a million and one

oppositions but Allah guided her and she kept telling

herself “Allah is more important than family.â€

Fighting with her own thoughts was easy, though they

were more convincing than family. “Maybe I should wait

till university or wait till I get married. What if no

one talks to me? I have my entire life for Allah,

right now is too early.†These thoughts were over come

by the fear of Hell, “What if I die tomorrow? What am

I going to tell Allah, I was waiting till I got old?

This is just Satan working on my mind, I have the

guidance, The truth, The Noor, The Light, The Quran,

don’t need to worry about the world.â€

The attitude of “My hijab is an act of worship and

none of anyone else’s business†helped her from

darkness to light. Now she strives hard to follow

Islam not as a religion but as a way of life. Praying

to Allah for forgive and thanking him for the guidance

and for letting her younger brother be brought up in a

Muslim home. There is one issue she doesn’t

understand; if she can understand the truth why can’t

others? People are not stupid so why doesn’t everyone

follow the path of Allah? Even the so-called

“Muslims� May be you can help her find out. Do you

have an answer to that?

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Aua wr wb,

The guidence is from Allah {SWT} & it is not given on the basis of how intelligent or educated one is. That's why sometimes you see a scholar go astray while an illeterate person becomes a saint. So the people like Saman are heavily lucky to be blessed by Allah's guidence.

We must strive to help people choose the right path, get them out of their ignorance & PRAY from Allah {SWT} to change their hearts just as He changed ours in His love.


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Aua wr wb,

The guidence is from Allah {SWT} & it is not given on the basis of how intelligent or educated one is. That's why sometimes you see a scholar go astray while an illeterate person becomes a saint.


You are very right. This is exactly way RAZAQ has nothing to do with intelligency you have often seen people very intelligent and educated earning below normal wages and people look like stupid (Bay W Koof) earning very high income. Allah S.W.T has his own rules and reasoning which we can not imagine and understand.

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