Shaad Hamid

Oxford SEO and PPC Consultant/Blogger

Letter to my nieces and nephews

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Bismillah wasSalatu was Salaamu ‘ala Rasoolillah – In the Name of Allah, I begin by asking Allah to send Greetings and Peace upon our Messenger (Sal).

My darling nieces and nephews, masha’Allah I can’t imagine how fast and how much you all have grown. Some of you are already adults and more mature than I ever was at your age, some of you are in your teens (may Allah help your parents :) ) and some of you are at the age I’m not too embarrassed to say you’re a niece or nephew of mine :) (you guys make me feel so old!).

First of all, know how awesome you all are! I thank Allah for blessing me with nieces and nephews who have so much concern, care, love and affection for me. Know that you all are in my duas and that each and every one of you is special to me. In every storm I’ve faced, you guys have been the shade that’s eased my pain (whether you guys know it or not). I ask Allah to grant you pure hearts and to keep your hearts filled with concern, care, and love for others in a way that truly pleases Allah.

I don’t know what made me put these following words together for you, but I had a deep urge to share them with you and I pray that these words will be a part of you as long as you may live. I must warn you that this letter is slightly long and may be boring, but I hope and pray that you will stick along till the end, I promise it gets better :)

My darling children, know that there is only One God. I know you already know this, but I want you to truly know this. I want you to truly know who our Allah is. How loving He is, how caring He is, how perfect He is, how powerful He is. That He alone is our best friend, that He alone is our protector, He alone is our provider, He is the Creator of all things big and small. Out of nothing, He, subhanahu (Most Glorious), made everything. He has knowledge of all things, not even a seed in the ground grows without His knowledge. He, subhanahu, knows what was, what is, what will be, and what would be. He is the one who opens doors for you when you think there is no way out. He is the one who mends hearts and feelings that are broken. Know that His door of mercy, love and forgiveness is always open, no matter how far away you feel you may be from Him.

No matter what you do in life or how busy you feel, ensure that you establish your prayers regularly and with humility. Nothing in your life is more important than your salah. It is a gift from Allah from above the seven heavens and is one of the greatest gifts Allah has ever given us. Prayer is your connection to Allah. It is your weapon. There will be times when your faith fails and your salah begins to slip away from you. Know that this is normal and that every single one of us goes through such dips (even the scholars). But when this happens, return to Allah quickly and make up that which you miss. Do not let shaithaan deceive you. I pray for your success in this. For if you’re successful in this, then Wallahi you will be successful in everything else in this life. Without salah, life itself is meaningless.

My darling children, if we are prosperous now, thank and praise Allah. Tomorrow may not be the same as today. If you are less fortunate in days to come, be patient and equally thank Allah and praise Him. Put your trust in Allah and work hard as taught to us by His Messenger (Sal). Give to others from what Allah has given you, treat your mother and father well, and spend your money in only that which is permitted (halal). Give loans to those who ask, and repay quickly those you owe. All the while, be content with whatever little Allah has given you and be generous with whatever in excess Allah has given you. Speak well of all the gifts Allah has given you and be charitable to your neighbours, family and community. Ask forgiveness from those you harm and do taubah to Allah regularly.

I pray that Allah grants you a true appreciation of Allah’s Book – the Sacred Truth. It is through the Qur’an that you must see the world. It will lead you upon the straight path. The limits you set for yourself and the boundaries you need to set yourself are of that of the Qur’an. The Qur’an is Truth. Know that a time will arrive when you may try to fill your heart with something, be it your work, your sporting careers, your children, your husband/wife, etc. but also know that the only thing in this world that can truly fill your heart is the Qur’an, so make extra effort to learn it and make it a huge part of your life. You will never ever go wrong…

My darlings, as you mature you will come to realise that life is not easy and Allah will test you every so often. He has tested me in many ways, He has tested your parents and maybe even yourselves too. When you are tested, make sure you read of the life of the Messenger Muhammed (Sal) and seek to follow his tradition of life. This will help you be more resilient and strong in the face of trouble. Any kind of hardship you can imagine was shouldered by him, Salaa allahu ‘alihi was Salim. He experienced, in his 63 years of blessed life more tribulation than you and I can ever imagine. He, Salaa Allahu ‘alihi was Salim, was an orphan, a widower, battle scarred, and unjustly outcast. He outlived many of his children and buried some of his grandchildren. His uncle, Hamza, may the Mercy of Allah be upon him, was martyred and his body desecrated. He, Salaa allahu ‘alihi was Salim, was defamed, mocked, lied to and about. He was poisoned, stoned, and had to witness his companions tortured on account of their faith in his Message, Salaa allahu ‘alihi was Salim. So know that whatever trial you go through, it could always have been worse and thank Allah that our tests are easier than that which He tested those that came before us. Also never forget to send our master, our nabi-e-kareem (Sal), salawath everyday at least once. Know that your salawath reaches our Nabi and Allah makes sure that he knows it was sent from you :)

My darlings, know that our Islam is not in the books we read, not in the Qur’an we memorise, not in the number of classes or bayans we attend but in our character. Our Islam is in how we deal with people and how we portray ourselves to others. Speak the truth always, even if against yourself. Avert your eyes from immorality, pornography and junk TV. Keep your chastity and guard yourself from any stage of immorality. Know that a friend is a window to your soul, so choose your friends wisely. Follow your heart and be true to your firasah (instinct). Be just, firm and gentle in your dealings. When you are hurt, recover quickly and thank Allah for the difficulty that extinguishes sin. When you are well and all seems to be at peace, don’t relax, be on guard and anticipate a brewing storm.
When you err, repent to Allah. The greatest lessons you will learn will be through your naive misjudgement of peoples’ character, your over confidence and because you did not heed our advice as your parents and elders :) . When you err, we are there. As bad as you may think it is and as embarrassing as you may find it, step up to your parents and they will come running over to you. If you want, I’m only a text message or an email away :)

My darlings, remember that your mother carried you and sustained you in her own body. For nine months she protected you and nurtured you. She loved you with an amazing intensity all throughout. The day of your birth and all that days that followed have only increased that love. Your illness is her illness, your success is her success. Know my dearest darlings that your mother and father possess nothing of the dunya that is equal to you. They love you and will continue to love you as long as they live. Eventually, insha Allah, you will have children of your own. Make sure you write them a letter too :)

I ask Allah to forgive you, guide you, and protect you. I ask Allah to put love in your hearts for humanity and to use you in the assistance of others. I ask Allah to protect you and honour you with the Qur’an. I ask Allah to increase your rizq, lifespan and allow you happiness in this dunya and in the akhira. I ask Allah to make you the coolness of your parents eyes. I ask Allah to make you role models for others to follow; may Allah through you guide others. I ask Allah to grant you all palaces in Jannah. If palaces sound boring, may Allah grant you awesome theme parks in Jannah so you will never get bored :) May the theme parks have no long queues, and May all the rides be better than the last! :)  May Allah grant us bowling alleys in Jannah where we will all be awesome however much we sucked in this world :) May Allah grant you children and spouses who will be the coolness of your eyes. May your children be on the straight path up until the day of Qiyama. May your children be among those who will fight in the army of Hadhrat Easa alaihissalam. I ask Allah to protect you from a heart that does not tremble in the fear of Allah, from a dua that will never be answered, from a self that will never be satisfied, from an eye that does not cry for Allah’s sake and from knowledge that does not benefit. I ask Allah to reunite us all in Jannah and may He make us from those who are truly successful!

Ameen!

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Author: Shaad Hamid

Shaad used to be an Oxford based SEO and PPC blogger, consultant and citizen journalist. He has recently moved to Dubai and is currently working as an SEO Account Manager at DigitasLBi. He is passionate about internet marketing and is the SEO lead for numerous clients from diverse sectors such as FMCG to Travel & Tourism. Find Shaad on Google

  • Khushal Khan

    Ameeen!