WHAT PEOPLE SAY + A DUA
Obviously, like anyone else, I am flawed and a lot of people say a lot of different things about me. Sometimes good, sometimes bad and that’s perfectly human. This post will focus on some of the most memorable things people have said about me over the past year and a dua I think is linked to some of the points, if not all.
1) One of my coworkers recently said, “Zainab, you’re like a really good book.” Upon further discussing what he meant, I was able to narrow down that he meant that given my vast experience, I have the capacity to teach people real life lessons through dialogue.
Commentary: This is actually one of my dreams to touch as many lives I can before I am no more.
2) My Shia co-worker recently mentioned that she felt that I transformed the work place environment, Islamic.
Commentary: Given the way the above statement was conveyed, I felt like she felt that I imposed my Sunni values. I asked my other two non-Muslim co-workers and they said, they didn’t mind my Muslimness and they enjoyed learning new things, hence, the terminology. Honestly, because everyone I speak over the phone is 90% likely Muslim, I greet them with Salam and now, I have one coworker who greets me with the greeting of peace. It’s incredibly cute how they ask me what haram and halal means because they feel comfortable enough to ask me and they incorporated such minimal terminology into their daily vocabulary and social media outlets. I don’t know, what I did or how I did it, but such terminology is used even when I am not present and even with their non-Muslim friends.
Incident: my coworker told me last week that a Muslim girl hugged him and he didn’t know what to do because he was under the impression it was haram because I am in the business of not shaking the opposite genders hands. Upon discussing this further he concluded that there are ‘part-time Muslims’ who pick and choose what’s they want to follow and they are Muslims like me. His words, not me.
3) Upon listening to a beautiful recitation of Surah Qafir, ayah # 3
My mom and I are usually on the same religious page. For example, I can start a hadith and she can finish it. Obviously, she had much more knowledge than myself, as she has been practicing since her late teens and I only have been for a few years now.
I recall approaching her dumbfounded of the profoundness of the following ayah:
“The forgiver of sin, acceptor of repentance, severe in punishment, owner of abundance. There is no deity except Him; to Him is the destination.“
After having a brief discussion with her about the ayah, She mentioned that my older sister confessed to her, how puzzled she was as she thought fulfilling acts of worship was easy for me.
Commentary: Subhanallah!! If only she knew how I am constantly in a state of making dua for myself and fighting my nafs.
4) By the will of Allah, my “best friend” also known as my mom’s childhood friends also knows as my sisters’ mother in law, stopped by as I was writing this post.
She mentioned, given my tender age, I possessed wisdom. Fully knowing I was gonna add this to this piece, I asked her how and what wisdom meant to her. She elaborated on that fact of how I set my life up and catered it perfectly in accordance to my current life situation. She also said, I am measurable and I don’t have the faintest clue what she meant but I am sure it’s good.
Commentary: Despite having a long way to go, I couldn’t agree with her more. This is one of the reasons why I am content because I am living on my own terms.
5) A brother I know once typed, “you’re the glue that holds everything together”.
As head of an organization, this is actually one of my goals in life; to touch as many lives as I can and bring fellow Muslim brothers and sisters together. This statement meant the world to me because I’ve expressed my desire to be ‘the glue’ that not only held everything but also everyone together analogy before with someone else and to have another individual whom I trust say that meant the sun and moon to me.
6) My cousin who is the inspiration for this series said that I inspired her to excel Islamically and she said, I had the ability to motivate other to start practicing Islam or practice more.
Just a few days ago, she never admitted it but I had inspired her to excel Islamically as my younger self used to stop whatever it was that I was doing and declare that I need to get my Duha prayer in. In my head, I could have stopped at the bare minimum but because I didn’t that uplifted her.
اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أسْـأَلُـكَ العَـفْوَ وَالعـافِـيةَ في الدُّنْـيا وَالآخِـرَة ، اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أسْـأَلُـكَ العَـفْوَ وَالعـافِـيةَ في ديني وَدُنْـيايَ وَأهْـلي وَمالـي ، اللّهُـمَّ اسْتُـرْ عـوْراتي وَآمِـنْ رَوْعاتـي ، اللّهُـمَّ احْفَظْـني مِن بَـينِ يَدَيَّ وَمِن خَلْفـي وَعَن يَمـيني وَعَن شِمـالي ، وَمِن فَوْقـي ، وَأَعـوذُ بِعَظَمَـتِكَ أَن أُغْـتالَ مِن تَحْتـي
“O Allah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in this life and the next. O Allah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth. O Allah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay. O Allah, preserve me from the front and from behind and on my right and on my left and from above, and I take refuge with You lest I be swallowed up by the earth.
I am a firm believer in these protective duas. I especially love the second segment of this dua. When I first read. “O Allah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay. O Allah, preserve me from the front and from behind and on my right and on my left and from above” I was ecstatic. I believed and I still believe that Allah will conceal me so long as I trust in him and seek forgiveness. I honestly feel like this is why people see in good in me.