Thursday, August 11, 2011

Diversions of the Duniya`(POWERFUL!)True Story! [Quran ]


'Assalaamualaykum Wa Rahmatuallahi WaBarakatahu'

Diversions of this World…

I do not intend to pass any judgments neither belittle anyone.

 Only Allah knows what is in a person's heart and only Allah is the judge of one's actions. But we are told to take heed in what goes around us. May Allah forgive me, my fellow Muslims and guide us all to the right path.


"Insha Allah" 'Aameen' !


This is a true story of a sister, Naveeda!

who had moved in our city for a few years and then moved away. I have a very vague memory of seeing her once in the Masjid during Ramadan. A few years later, her aunt told me about her and when she showed me her pictures I couldn't stop looking at her face,

Masha Allah, she wasn't just beautiful, she was gorgeous!


The life of this beautiful sister was full of lessons, in her struggles to achieve her dreams. So, let me relate to you her story, as recounted by her aunt:


She was only 16 years old when she got married to a doctor in Pakistan. As beautiful as she was, her dream was to live "beautiful" too. Like many others, she wanted to live a luxurious life, envisioning a big, luxurious house, in a wealthy neighborhood of Pakistan. Doctors don't make out that well in Pakistan, so her husband couldn't afford what Naveeda desired.

A year after her marriage, Naveeda and her husband had a son, and her desire for a "good life" became even stronger. Why should her son not enjoy life as other rich children did, such as those who lived in Clifton or Defense (posh neighborhoods in Pakistan)! So she begged her husband to move to U.S. and kept insisting until he agreed to quit his practice and work in U.S. long enough to earn sufficient money to afford Naveeda's desired lifestyle in Pakistan.

Naveeda looked at U.S. as the land of opportunities, especially opportunities to save tons of money, and as the only way to fulfill her dreams. One of her distant relatives owned a few gas stations in U.S. So when the family of three arrived in the States, she and her husband started working at one of these gas-stations. The couple though earned very low wages, because they didn't have their work permits. After a few months, the couple recognized that all their earnings were being wasted in rent and bills. She didn't move all the way to the States to pay bills! She wanted to save whatever she could and as fast as she could. When a desire becomes an obsession, then patience seems to lose its place and hastiness takes over!


No doubt, rent was a huge sum of money to pay every month, but isn't it a natural need of every human being to live under a roof, and feel safe within the four walls? But Naveeda had a different plan. She had noticed the employee's room in Exxon and believed it sufficiently big that they could forgo an apartment! So eventually, she moved into the employee's room at the gas station, along with her husband and son! When her husband worked the night shift, she stayed in the "employee's room" with her son, and when she worked the morning shift, her husband stayed in the room with the little boy. She would go to her aunt's house every few days, and cook enough food to last the family until the next trip to her aunt's!

Life was moving along and she was beginning to save money for her dream house. As the savings started building up, she saw more and more glimmers of hope, and her dedication became even firmer. She had no time for herself, her family or her son anymore. She only had one and one goal alone: Earn and save! She kept ruling out the need of living in a house; she kept ignoring the need of her child needing a "real home".

I don't know how it feels to live in a gas station day and night, and I hope that I never have to find out either. I don't know what goes around in a little 3-4 year old child's mind when he sleeps and wakes up at a gas station, eats at a gas station and finds his mother and father standing behind a counter dealing with 'strangers' all day long!


But for Naveeda, that was the way to her dreams and she could only visualize one thing: her own luxurious house in Clifton!

Her plan seemed to be working, until someone reported their housing experiment to the gas station's owner, one of the relatives. The relative found this to be absurd and unacceptable and didn't approve of it, so they had to move out!


The question was where would she go now? She was not willing to rent an apartment again. It was a hindrance to her dreams and she was not willing to give it up especially after reaching half way there! She would rather live on streets, put up a fight with her husband ignore her child's needs of a "home", but she was not willing to spend a dime on rent from her savings!


Ultimately, her aunt (the one who related this story), who was living in the same city in a small apartment with her husband and a teenage son, offered to let Naveeda and her family move in with them. Naveeda accepted this offer in a heart beat. Her aunt, Masha Allah a very nice lady, had a big heart to make that offer: The tiny small apartment could hardly fit her owns family, let alone Naveeda, her husband and son!

Naveeda continued working day shifts. She would take her son along too. On her return, she would clean and cook. The poor lady wanted to reciprocate her aunt's kindness, and instead of resting and spending some time with her son after a 10 hour day-shift at the gas station, she felt "obliged" to help her aunt around, although her aunt never asked for it.


She was determined not to lose her aunt's sympathies. Or perhaps to redress her embarrassment of dumping her family in her aunt's tiny, cramped apartment. So, she practically made herself available as a maid to them, although again that was never asked of her.


Her obsession of saving money knew no bounds. She was practically 'saving pennies'. Naveeda didn't even spare two quarters to run the washing machine for the dirty laundry. She washed her clothes, her husband's clothes and her son's clothes with her own hands!

[ I wonder how, after a 10 hours work shift, then returning home to cook and clean did she have time or the energy left to hand-wash clothes everyday!]


 I wonder that after all this, did she even have time to open Qur'an? Or read some Islamic literature to learn more about her deen?

Or teach her child about his religion? Did she have time to take her son to the Masjid a source of a child's major connection to his religion in Western world?!


Her aunt's apartment was walking distance from the Masjid. We used to have our weekly halaqah there every Tuesday. Her aunt used to come sometimes, but of course Naveeda never had the time to attend. Although, she lived at a walking distance from the Masjid for four years, the one and only time she made it to the Masjid, was in Ramadan for an Iftaar.


So, as time passed, Naveeda collected enough money to fulfill her dream of a residence in Clifton.


But, right around this time, her plans adjusted. Naveeda didn't want to settle for just one apartment in Clifton; she wanted two apartments to live in, and one more for her husband's clinic!
She had enough savings to buy two apartments, and without delay, she put a contract out on two apartments, side by side, in the very ideal location she had dreamed of. Only one more left!

She had reached two-thirds of her "new" goal. Desires never end. The dream that once started with one house, extended to two, and finally settled on three!

Her life took another turn. Her relative, who owned the gas stations, informed her that she would have to move to a very small city, to work at another gas station there. Furthermore, she had no option but to move.


However, by this time, her lifestyle had stabilized a bit, because she had enough savings, and she was only one apartment away from her goal. So she not only rented an apartment at the new location (rents were quite low in this small locality), but she also bought a car! She spent another two years or so in that small city, struggling and doing even more rigorous work shifts to balance out the new spending. Obviously all hopes of getting any Islamic influence were lost in that small city, where the one and only Masjid resided in a tiny rented apartment.

Finally, the day arrived when she was within striking distance of her "adjusted" dream. She had enough money to purchase the third apartment. It seemed like all the blessings were cutting across her path; not only did she found the third apartment of her liking, but the seller was also in the same city as her. This wasn't all— she was expecting her second child, a baby girl – a daughter that she always wanted!

At the height of our happiest moments, what do we do? Do we bow down and thank Allah [ Azza wa Jal ] or do we emerge more in our worldly life?


Naveeda was very happy and obviously she had every reason to be. Her aunt went on to say [ and she has no intention of pointing out Naveeda's mistakes, rather she was full of sorrow and grief ] that the day before purchasing the final apartment, Naveeda set herself free to feel the moments of happiness and accomplishment; she spent the whole day shopping, then she went to a beauty saloon and got a nice hair cut and got her eyebrows' threading done. Ever beautiful Naveeda was looking even more beautiful, the happiness inside her was showing through her glowing face. The next day she was going to see the fruits of her 5 years of relentless efforts!


That day she invited the seller's family over for dinner. Here, she was going to make the final arrangements for the property transaction. Her husband was working the day-shift, while she was at home, cooking dinner for the guests. But her son, now six years old, kept bothering her. Naveeda was excited, and wanted everything to be perfect, so she thought of leaving her son with her husband.

She drove off to the gas station, but her husband told her that he was too busy to look after their son.

So she got back in the car. Her husband could hear the loud music coming out of the car; he saw her putting their son in the back seat and heading towards the main road. And then the Decree of Allah [Azza wa Jal] took over!!!!!!!!!!!

"Subhan Allah"! 


truck.jpgHer husband could still see her entering the freeway (the gas-station was just besides it), when Naveeda failed to yield, and missed the 18-wheeler coming at her. He saw the 18 wheeler, plowing into her car, and dragging it along, for quite a distance. He ran towards his family. The truck had finally come to a halt, the traffic was at a stand-still, and Naveeda's car was completely Totaled!



People were rushing towards her car, some calling 911 and some trying to pull her out of the car. Her husband reached the car and saw the remains of Naveeda. Her body was trapped in the car; she was dead, and her skull had cracked from several places. He looked at his son, who still had a heart beat.

TheEmergency responders rushed him to the hospital in a helicopter, but by the time he got there, he too died.


Naveeda couldn't be removed out of the car; the car had to be cut apart to remove her body. In a matter of few minutes, Naveeda, her son and her unborn daughter had completed the journey of their lives, and departed for the hereafter!

As news started to spread, friends and families started gathering at her apartment—the same apartment that Naveeda was busy cleaning a little while ago for her guests; little did she know that she was cleaning her own house for her mourning guests.

Naveeda had left her house in a rush for what she thought were just a few minutes. Did she know that she was leaving for the last time? Did she know that she was driving off towards her own death? She was preparing the dinner for that night, some food cooked, some half-cooked on the stove; the vegetables on the cutting board were still wet, as if someone had just washed them. The same food she was going to serve to her guests, was now being served to those who had gathered to mourn over her!

The very day she was going to purchase her third apartment, the very day she was going to fulfill her dreams, the very day she was going to reap the fruits of her nonstop efforts of 5 years—


that very day she lost everything… All that she had worked for was now there for others to enjoy! So what did she depart with?


"The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you,
Until you visit the Graves!
[ Quran~Surat At-Takāthur 102:1-2 ]

Her aunt told me this story some month after it had happened; she showed me Naveeda's pictures, the newspaper cuttings of her accident and pictures of her totaled car.

Even though I had never met her, I cried and grieved for her family for days.


Naveeda died at the height of her youth, age 22. She dreamed a big dream, and put her whole life and energy into fulfilling it. But alas, she was would never reap the fruits of her efforts. She would never see the Clifton apartments, let alone step into them; rather she left them for others to enjoy!

How often do we forget the reality of this world and the limited time we are here for?

Don't we all wish that Naveeda had worked towards a house in Jannah with all this dedication and perseverance that she expended on her houses in Karachi?



"But seek, with that wealth which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of legal enjoyment in this world…"


[Quran`Surat Al-Qaşaş -28:77 ] 


May Allah [ Azza Wa Jal ]have Mercy on her soul, forgive her mistakes and allow her to enter Jannah!



 ...My Salaams to you All...   


                                   Y a s m i n.                                          

  "All that is on earth will Perish. But will abide {Forever} 
 the Face of thy Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour"
 {'Quran'- Surah Al-Rahman-55.26-27 }

I Want to Die With my Forehead on the Ground,
The Sunnah in my Heart, Allah on my Mind,
Qur'an on my Tongue, and Tears in my Eyes!

'Insha Allah'! 

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