“Ammi, how awesome would it be if the men laying these bricks were Muslim,” I sighed as we passed by a beautiful new masjid being built in our area.
Ammi looked at me and then at the construction workers. She felt what I felt.
While taking a brief tour together, I shared with Ammi the story of Ammar ibn Yasir (radhiallahu ‘anhu) – the first Sahabi to build a masjid for the Muslims in the early days of Islam. SubhanAllah, after losing both his parents to the hatred and intolerance of Quraysh, he realized the need for a masjid – a home for the one who has no home. It was because of this internal desire to be a part of something greater, that he, radhiallahu ‘anhu built Masjid Quba with his bare hands. He carried two bricks at a time, while others carried one after another, indicating the sense of urgency he felt to establish the first home for the believers. Covered in dust, the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) wiped his face clean and brushed the dust from his clothes with his mubarak hands, a sign of his deep love for the one who rushed to lay the first bricks of Quba.
That afternoon, we came home to find my dad talking on the phone with a friend about the need for Muslims to broaden their circles and get to know other communities of believers. Ever since he saw the new Masjid being renovated, he has asked anyone and everyone he knows to give generously and support in any way possible. You would think a surgical procedure would slow him down a bit, but subhanAllah, he had come home from the hospital with so much energy.
Abbu stopped by the new building after ‘Asr the next day to find that all the construction workers were hurriedly laying bricks down before it started pouring.
“Assalamualaykum,” said one of the constructors.
Abbu responded with Salaam and asked, “Are you Muslim?”
“No,” he said.
….and then it began. An epic da’wah conversation lasting three and half hours and ending in this man reciting his Shahadah. Sensing a bit of hesitation from the brother, Abbu allowed others to speak to him while he went to the side and beseeched Allah to grant him Hidayah. A Jamaat from Egypt just happened to stop by the new Masjid and the brothers joined in on the conversation alhumdulillah. Abbu took them all to the temporary Musalla they have been using until the building is complete so they could meet more Muslims and feel the sense of community. There, the Imam met with this brother, formally explained the Shahadah, and introduced him to the younger brothers in the Masjid. The Imam also assigned another brother to follow up with him and make sure his transition to a Muslim lifestyle goes as smoothly as possible. Abbu, crying, gave him a hug and asked him how he felt after accepting Islam. “I can’t explain it,” he said.
The Imam helped him make wudhu and asked him to join Maghrib Salah.
Now a Muslim, he went back to continue constructing the Masjid after Salah.
Allah heard my du’a.
My father will be having an invasive surgery next week to remove blockage from his carotid artery. The Cath he had last week showed 99% blockage in the artery, which, if left as is, can cause a stroke at any time. I sincerely ask anyone reading this to please keep my father in your du’as in hopes that all goes well during the surgery and afterwards, bi’ithnillah. You may not know him, but all I can say is that anything I have amounted to today is a direct result of Allah’s mercy and my parents’ efforts. My mother has been through a lot over the last few years, having to take care of us and see my dad go through two heart attacks and a bypass. I wish nothing more than to see them continue working for the deen and inviting others to what Allah and His Messenger (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) are pleased with.
اللهم اهدنا فيمن هديت.. وعافنا فيمن عافيت.. وتولنا فيمن توليت.. وبارك لنا فيما أعطيت.. وقنا واصرف عنا شر ما قضيت.
اللهم قنا واصرف عنا شر ما قضيت.. فإنك سبحانك تقضى بالحق ولا يُقضى عليك.. وإنه لا يذل من واليت.. ولا يعز من عاديت.. تباركت ربنا وتعاليت.. فلك الحمد يا الله على ما قضيت.. ولك الشكر يا الله على ما أنعمت به و أوليت.. نستغفرك ونتوب إليك
O Allah, guide us along with those whom You have guided aright; and grant us well-being along with those whom You have granted well-being; and protect us with those whom You have protected. Bless for us all that You have given us; and save us and keep away from us any evil that You have decreed. O Allah, save us and keep away from us any evil that You have decreed. O Allah, save us and keep away from us any evil that You have decreed, for verily You decree in truth, and none can decree over You. And none is abased whom You befriend, and none is honored whom You oppose. Blessed are You, our Lord, Exalted. To You, O Allah, all praise is due for what You have decreed, and to You, O Allah, is due all thanks for Your blessings and bounty. We seek forgiveness from (You) Allah, and we repent to You. We seek forgiveness from Allah, and we repent to You.