Tuesday, 4 October 2016

A mother's dream

*How a Mother’s Lifelong Dream of Living in Madinah Came True Against All Odds*

_by  Ammar Al-Shukry_

This is a story which demonstrates the power of Du’a & conviction. My mentor’s mom had been making du’a to live in Madinah since they were children. After every prayer she would pray to live in Madinah. He said she did it so consistently that they grew up absorbing it almost as one of the rituals of prayer.

When they got older, they began to question her unrealistic supplication. All of her children lived in America with no plans to leave it, how would she end up in Madinah ...� She would simply recite to them some of the virtues of Madinah &  then put an end to the conversation by saying, “Besides, is it too big for *ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل* ...�” Though she had a 4th grade education, she knew more about *ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل* than them all.

Thirty years of making that supplication later, one of her sons- though he was married & with kids- decides that he wants to leave America & settle in Sudan. His mother, to everyone’s surprise declares she’s going with him. She had been here for decades, was advanced in age, & it may be difficult for her to resettle there. She laughed & said, “I’m not staying in Sudan, I’m going to Madinah!”

True enough as soon as they got to Sudan she kept requesting for her son to get them a umrah visa & off they went. Not before being met by a final obstacle though. At Jeddah airport they were shocked when the immigration officer told them that their visas were no good. It seems the travel agent had sold them expired visas. The officer was frustrated & harsh, saying that if it wasn’t for the mother’s advanced age and her being in a wheelchair he would have put them on the first flight back. His mother however, retreated & did the only thing, & the greatest thing, she could do…she made du’a.
They had no idea where he came from, but a man with a pleasant face appeared & asked what the problem was, when the situation was explained to him he told them not to worry, pulled them aside, &  while offering them tea granted them entrance & simply said, *“Enjoy ur umrah.”*

Her son was telling me this story while shaking his head in amazement at how it all came about & the persistence of his mother in her du’a.

She would always say, “Stay truthful with *ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل*. Be sincere in ur actions. Only then *ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل* will make ur wish comes true!”

Two & a half year’s later, she passed away in the city which she longed to be in. Her funeral prayers were held in the Prophet ﷺ’s Masjid just a few steps away from where the Prophet ﷺ is buried. She was laid to rest in Baqi where many companions  رَضِيَ ﷲ͜ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعَنْهم of the Prophet  ﷺ are buried.

May *ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل* gather her with the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) in Jannah as He brought her to his city in this world, & may her family be granted patience at her loss.

I wanted to share this story with u because u too have aspirations & dreams. Aиϑ u have a Lord who makes them come true. Worry about being sincere & committed in ur asking & don’t worry about how it will come about, for nothing is too big for *ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل*

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