Last March, I was blessed to visit our Prophet ﷺ and His blessed city. The journey was planned as a time of prayer and supplication for the success of the Quran Club ahead of our major launch in Ramadan, a project I had given everything for.
During my visit, I went to see a 91 years old shaykh I met on my second trip. I visit him every time I go as he sits in the old mosque of the Prophet ﷺ giving out iftar every day as he has been for the last 36 years. As we sat giving out the food, he asked me a question: “Are you working for the sake of Allah?”
I answered in what has become the typical western response to such questions: “Insha’Allah”
He slapped my leg, looked me sternly in the eye and replied “What do you mean insha’Allah! You either are or you aren’t”
The moment stuck with me, answering a doubt I had been having ever since I started this project…
Over the last few weeks, you will have undoubtedly seen a host of different messages from me promoting both the Quran Club and its donation feature (if not – where have you been! 😄 )
But perhaps what has been less clear is why – what is it all for?
4.5 years ago, I left a lucrative career to build what I felt the community needed. I made a plan, studied it, and went about implementing it, putting everything on the line. After years of struggle, we’re finally at the cusp of what will be the beginning of a momentous change in our society.
For years, I battled with ensuring my intentions were sincere in this project. I know the impact this could have, and I prayed Allah accepts it and makes me worthy to carry it. But the answer is, I know I’m working for Allah’s sake, and all I ask is He accept it!
Surrounding the first courtyard of the Prophet’s mosque ﷺ are the names of the great companions who helped him in his time of need. The first name on the right-hand side is one I have always hoped to emulate: “Talha”. Perhaps I can build a legacy like this great man did. Perhaps I can please our Prophet ﷺ as he did.
I have had this picture since I first visited Madinah soon after starting work, and have used it as my profile picture ever since
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