She! No she isn't dead! She is still alive, feeding her soul on the heavenly fruits! Just that its beyond our perception. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) mentions in the Holy Qur'aan in Surah Baqarah verse:154
And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah , "They are dead." Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.
She achieved what she lived for! She attained the status that she strived for! She left a legacy behind! She is a Legendary!
This piece is about this lady whom I barely knew before I really knew her but now even a tiny single thought about her makes me dive deeper into my ocean of thoughts, deeper into my worries about my Aakhirah!
Encourages me, inspires me!
It was one of the Wednesday evenings of the late week of March, 2014 when one of my closest friends texted about a revert lady on a common whats app group that she is in need of help and is under serious supervision due to her delivery complications. She asked if anybody would be willing to help her as her husband also wasn't allowed in that section. I read through the entire post, thought of her pain, made a small prayer and somehow it got off and I was back in my routine. the next day that is Thursday my friend again updated about her health and asked to keep her in our prayers. Then the following Friday I was quite occupied with my stuff since morning and hence checked my cell after the maghrib salah. I opened my whats app to check my messages. I opened the common group to check the posts and one of it was by the same friend which said that 'the revert lady she talked about, passed away the same afternoon while giving birth to her premature baby!' (Verily to Allah we belong and to Him is our return!)
I was numb. A shudder of coldness ran across my body. And then suddenly I was hit! She died a Martyr! Subhan Allah! Tears started flowing down my cheeks, unstoppable as if I lost someone very close.I was left with an unpredictable astonishment until I started to figure out. Until I started to realize the status Allah swt granted her. The status of Martyrdom!
I was bombarded with questions. How had she been? What had she done to attain this level? What acts of her made her so beloved to Allah swt? ?????.... and they continued... It drived me curious. to know her, to adopt her acts, her lifestyle. Along with the news of her demise, we were also informed about her funeral which was to be held the next morning. ( one of the events that will never erase from my memory) Her funeral again left me in wonder, when i witnessed how people poured in, unstoppable. None of them were her blood relations but the bond was a greater one, the bond of love for His sake! The room was echoing with her praises and with silent tears of the ones who knew her. After the ghusl the body was bought and I struggled myself through the crowd to see her blessed face. All that i caught of the short glimpse was the peace that rested, the calmness with which she lied there waiting to be honored again in the garden of her grave. I again lost myself in thinking of How after some time her soul in the crops of green birds hanging down the throne will roam freely in paradise! How she will be honored by the angels?
The janazah salah was led and 3 saff! forget 3 saff, they were uncountable! Ya Rubb! what would have been her virtues!
It was the same day when I was introduced with the struggles she faced since she reverted. She was a born in a Hindu family. Her search for truth and peace led her to Christianity. But during the same period she was introduced with holy Qur'aan, which impressed her so much that she decided to embrace Islam. She had hardly been 13 or 14 when she reverted. Thrown out of her house, she struggled to survive in the way of her lord. Wandering she sometimes landed up in an NGO or in another place. Times were so tough that she even lived on mere 10 Indian rupees per day.(being an Indian I am aware of the worth of 10 rupees, that too in Bangalore) And there were many trials that she underwent until she she came across an Islamic dawah center which helped find a spouse. She was one of those people who don't lose hope in Allah knowing that good days will come. After things fell into place for her, she boosted her productivity levels. From running workshops, to being a light for other reverts, running blogs, arranging activities, publishing a magazine. U say it and she did it. Subhan Allah. From being a pious wife to an amazing mother! She played all the roles until her commerce prospered and she eventually won. Won what she struggled for! The love of her Rubb!
One of the very beautiful things about her is this,
She led her life as per the following Qur'anic verse :
Say, "Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the world.
If only we all live by this! SUCH WAS SHE!
May Allah swt guide us all and grant us all a beautiful end! An end of a martyr! May Allah purify us! #Aameen
P.S. Its time I break the secret. The legendary lady's name is Sumaiyya Naidu (she live by her name) Please make du'a for her maghfirah! She opened up an organisation called Al Balagh in Bangalore which focuses on motivating the youth towards the path of Allah swt and does a lot of amazing work.