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My Hysterectomy

Posted by Admin on May 29, 2009

letter to Dr.Farhat Hashmi from Sana Dossal

Dear Dr Farhat,

Alhamdulilllah by the grace of Allah I have come home now after a hysterectomy and am recuperating.After having an ultrasound in March, I was told I had a huge fibroid in my uterus and there was no other way but to have a hysterectomy since the mass was pressing on my bladder, I had swollen feet and there were possibilities that it could eventually lead to other complications.I did istikhara and left it up to Allah. There is a beautiful dua that we had been taught to us on the Khalwa (retreat).

“Allahumma innee laa ureedu an ureeda illah ma tureed.”

Oh Allah, indeed I do not will to will except that which You Will.

Alhamdulillah it was tawakkaltu al Allah and I left it up to Allah.
My appointment with the doctor on the 2nd of April led to the finalization of my surgery date for Wednesday the 8th. I was to “check in” at the Agha Khan Hospital on Tuesday the 7th so that that they could prepare me for surgery which was to take place the next day.

Alhamdulillah I completed all the outstanding work with Rakshanda and Waqar sahab at 2/A by Tuesday afternoon and sorted out all my commitments that would need to be put on hold for the next month. It seemed that the days were too short leading up to my surgery. I had been told that I would need time to convalesce for at least two to six weeks, after the surgery and I would need to be watchful and vigilant for eight weeks, not climbing stairs, driving lifting etc. So it was quite hectic to wrap up everything that I could physically get done before I went to the hospital.

Mummy insisted on staying with me during the time I was there. There was to be no “ifs” and “buts” about it! By the time I reached the hospital, weighed,  given my hospital gown and pyjamas and “shown my room” it was about six in the evening. It was a beautiful evening and a beautiful room.

From my window I could see the most beautiful date palms, and during salah times, the sound of the muezzin was crystal clear as was the jamaat. I was truly blessed. Mummy Amena and I said our prayers in our own Jamaat for Maghrib, and Ishaa. When Mummy and I were up for tahajjud, that night,  Alhamdulillah it was Allah’s will that while I  was reciting the tenth para at the time He chose that I should recite in my Salah, the Ayat, “la Tahzan innallaha ma’ana ……” I kept reciting the words over and over again, and Allah was reaffirming to me that all would be well and there would Insha Allah be sakeenah.

The feeling that Allah was talking to me and comforting me was immense at that moment. Those words remained with me as I lay in the pre operation room waiting for the doctors and nurses to wheel me in. I was overwhelmed by the feeling of closeness to Allah and my eyes welled up uncontrollably. If anyone was to notice my face at that point would have probably thought that I was scared and sorry for myself. But my heart and my soul felt a certain closeness to Allah in those moments that I had never felt before. Feelings of love and thankfulness abounded and I felt so rich in every way imaginable.  A replay of events and conversations and people were just passing randomly through my mind at their own will and throughout Allah was with me in those moments, I felt it, and I knew it. How fortunate I was.  I was grateful and thankful that all that I could remember saying continuously was Alhamdulillah.

I was wheeled in for surgery at 1:00. By the time I was conscious and able to ask the time again it was 5:00 in the evening. I was drowsy and disoriented and kept falling in and out of sleep. How I reached my room or how I made it there I only have a brief  recollection of being told to slowly move my self sideways on to the  bed in the room  that  lay parallel to the one I had been wheeled in on. I had been told before the surgery that I would have a “pump” with non narcotic pain killers that I could press at ten minute intervals. In my mind I had thought that I was being given a drip of pain killers and the pump was there for me if I required an extra dose. Being quite comfortable I had not used the pump and with the grace of Allah the amount that I required was barely negligible, 6 pumps in the entire twenty four hours. I was later told that there had been no pain killers and the relief was only when I would press the pump. SubhanAllah! Whenever I felt any discomfort, or when I would turn on my side, I would say, Rabbi yassir walaa tuassir wa tammim bil khair.

These words brought strength and comfort to me and the pain or anxiety that I would be feeling would completely dissipate and I would be calm once more.
My recuperation was steady, but I had lost a lot of blood. I had been fortunate in that my doctor had worked hard to save my ovaries which were the reason my surgery had taken longer than usual.  I had to have two iron drips to stabilize my hemoglobin which had gone down to seven.
Throughout my time at the hospital I was taken good care of, the nurses were always smiling, and there for me whenever I needed them. The first day was the most difficult, but to me it seemed that I was not in as much pain as I had thought I would have been. Mummy kept asking me, “Are you in pain?” to which with all honesty I would reply, “Not really”.

While I slept, mummy would read the Quran, or say her prayers. Waking in and out of my drowsiness, I could see my brothers, my husband, my daughter, my sister, my relatives, I realized how fortunate I was that Allah had blessed me with so many loved ones who were concerned for my health and well being, and most of all my parents’ presence, love and duas. I could not thank Allah enough, for all His blessings in every way possible.
Before going in for surgery I had been worried about my hya. The hospital gown and pyjamas were comfortable and decent and I was covered with a sheet as well, all the way to the pre operation room, where they covered my hair with a cap and I had to return my chadar with which I had draped my hair and face. I returned my chadar to the nurse once they covered my hair with a cap and I covered my face with the sheet that covered my body. The sheet was soon replaced with the oxygen mask on my face. After the surgery, when I returned to my room I was still dressed in the very comfortable white gown and pyjamas and a sheet. It was covering and at no time did I feel exposed in anyway. It was Allah’s grace on me that He looked after my hya. Alhamdulillah.

I was told by my doctor that I could leave on Saturday but my family insisted that I stay two more days and leave on Monday instead. Amena spent the night with me on Saturday night; once mummy was sure that I was better and more able. Amena left in the morning and I spent most of Sunday on my own and Sunday night as well. I had wanted to hear the tafseer of Surah Sajdah and I really want to learn this surah by heart. May Allah give me the ability to do so, ameen. On our retreat we had been reminded about the importance of surah Sajdah, and that Rasul Allah (saw) never went to sleep unless he had recited it. The opportunity was perfect. I had saved the Canada tafseer on my Ipod which I had packed to take with me to the hospital along with my duas and Quran. I was fortunate enough to listen to the entire tafseer of the surah in my room. There was no disturbance except when the nurses would check in on me. And it was so serene and quiet, except for the sound of the azaan and the occasional pigeons that would coo peeping in through the low window sill. I could hear the baby beds being moved outside in the corridor but I was blessed with time and peace. It was truly moving hearing the meanings the elaboration of the Ayaat and then the qiraat made my heart and soul soar with understanding and I felt so close to Allah. The word Dhukkiru really touched me because this year has been an awakening from Allah for me. And really there are so many things that I had forgotten that resurfaced with such clarity. May Allah reward you for enabling me to understand the words of the Quran. There is no feeling or pleasure that can match the feeling of a soaring soul. May Allah open vistas to you, may He always bless you with the ability to open the treasures of this book and share your in depth knowledge with others, ameen. May all who hear it, submit to the One. Truly Allah is the Greatest. Allahu Akbar.

Love, hugs and duas to you.
As always inspired and grateful,
Sana

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The Eclipse

Posted by Admin on May 29, 2009

By Hira Hasan

Eclipse- the darkness of the objects considered to be the brightest in our universe. The darkness that is not actually there, but is an effect of the alignment of the two bright objects which results in the object dependant on the fluorescent to become dull too. A paradox… an enigma… what it all seems. The beauties, the enrichment and the perfection is distorted not because of a confusion or a mistake, but because it was meant to be. The slow process of the moon/sun being shadowed casts fear in us with the same rate. Fear that is unknown and hidden, fear that has nothing to do with our personal beings… a fear truly unknown.

The peak of the eclipse calls for the level of desperateness. Confusion arises amongst the species which do not understand. During a solar eclipse, the creatures of the night come out of their homes to have what is in store for them as a treat by the dark. Nocturnal plants blossom, not knowing that there will be light in just a little more time. Happiness, that is just a lie, flourishes for the creatures of the dark. The moon setting in between the source of light and the beggar of light creates discrepancies and incongruity.

Human beings, most of which are the ‘creatures’ of the dark, are living in the eclipse of life. For those who admire the Light and are dependant on it, find it hard to cope during the dark times. They know that the darkness is just there for a short time. The ‘dark’ and ‘evil’ creatures have a treat through out this period, enjoying what ever they want fulfilling their dirty wishes, craving for the materialistic things, screaming and acting insane when they don’t get them, fighting each other for possessions and in fact blooming in the darkest of conditions. This is beauty for them. This is life for them. The light is soon coming. When they are struck with the harsh reality that what they enjoyed was merely a shadow, not an object, they try to go back and find a refuge. But it’s too late.

A panic is created. For those who venerated the Light, the Truth is splendor. They achieve what they awaited for years. Their sixth sense which used to save them from the deceptions proved worth while and they are given what they wanted. The Light… the Truth… the Reward.

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Summer Courses for Children in Karachi

Posted by Admin on May 29, 2009

Manar Al-Islam (4-10 yrs Boys & Girls)

Ayeshs Manzil

22 June- 16 July

10:30-1:00pm  (Mon-Thu)

D-73, Block 5, Tahir Villa,

Near Ayesha Manzil, F.B Area, Karachi

Ph: 021- 6046241, 6800454

Gulshan-e-Iqbal

6 July – 24 July

10:30-1:00pm  (Mon-Fri)

E-80/1, Block # 7,

Near Bahria Foundation College,

Abulhassan Isphahani Road,

Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

(021) 4984272

P.E.C.H.S

13July- 31 July

3:30-6:30pm  (Mon-Fri)

Khawateen Club, 147-G,

Block 2, P.E.C.H.S, off

Khalid Bin Walid Road, Karachi.

(021) 4540856 , 4554102

North Nazimabad

6 July- 24 July

9:30-12:30pm  ( Mon-Fri )

F-102, Block B, (Adjacent to

Generation’s School),

North Nazimabad, Karachi.

(021) 6676674

Metroville

6 July- 24 July

3:00-6:00pm  ( Mon-Fri )

111-A, Block # 1, Metroville III,

Near County Garden, Scout Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

(021) 4268954

Clifton

6 July- 24 July

10:30-1:00pm   ( Mon-Fri )

Arts and Science Academy, Near Ziauddin Hospital, Clifton.

(021) 5346958-9

Alamgir Road

6 July- 25 July

11:00-1:30pm  (Mon-Thus)

Ribat-al-Uloom Islamia, Plot 268, Adjacent Alamgir Masjid, Alamgir Road, Karachi.

(021) 8277018 , 0321-2040347

Misbah Al-Quran  (11-13 yrs Girls)
Gulshan-e-Iqbal

6 July – 24 July

10:00-1:00pm  (Mon-Fri)

E-80/1, Block # 7, Near Bahria Foundation College, Abulhassan Isphahani Road,

Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

((021) 4984272

Ayesha Manzil

22 June- 16 July

10:30-1:00pm  (Mon-Fri)

D-73, Block 5, Tahir Villa,

Near Ayesha Manzil, F.B Area, Karachi

Ph: 021- 6046241, 6800454

North Nazimabad

6 July- 24 July

10:30-1:00pm ( Mon-Fri )

F-102, Block B, (Adjacent to

Generation’s School),

North Nazimabad, Karachi.

((021) 6676674

Tariq Road

8 June- 9 July

3:15-6:30pm ( Mon-Fri )

Near Sindh Lab, Main Tariq Road, Karachi. Ph: (021) 4558235

Nishat

6 July-31 July

10:00-1:00(Mon-Fri)

The Qur’an Centre,C3/C, Khayaban-e-Nishat, Phase VI, D.H.A, Karachi.

(021) 5346958-9

Reality Touch (14-25 Yrs Girls)
P.E.C.H.S

22 June- 31 July

3:30-7:00pm  (Mon-Fri)

Khawateen Club, 147-G,

Block 2, P.E.C.H.S, off

Khalid Bin Walid Road, Karachi.

(021) 4540856 , 4554102

North Nazimabad

6 July- 31 July

9:30-1:00pm  ( Mon-Fri )

F-102, Block B, (Adjacent to

Generation’s School),

North Nazimabad, Karachi.

(021) 6676674

Gulshan-e-Iqbal

1 June – 16 July

3:00-6:30pm  (Mon-Fri)

E-80/1, Block # 7,

Near Bahria Foundation College,

Abulhassan Isphahani Road,

Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

(021) 4984272

Ayesha Manzil

15 June- 16 July

10:30-1:00pm  (Mon-Thu)

D-73, Block 5, Tahir Villa,

Near Ayesha Manzil, F.B Area, Karachi

Ph: 021- 6046241, 6800454

D.H.A

25 June- 16 July

4:00-7:00pm ( Mon-Fri )

Phase 6, D.H.A, Karachi.

Ph: 0300-2820989, 030113376414

F.B Area

6 July- 31 July

9:30-12:30pm  (Mon-Fri)

11-B/2, Kaka Bawani Centre, Opp. Usmania

Memorial Hospital ,Hussainabad Chowrangi,

F.B Area, Karachi.  Ph:(021) 6376601

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O Bearer of The Qur’an: Do You Act Upon It?

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2009

Bismillah

Author: Sadaf Farooqi

I get amused to read the occasional newspaper article describing the chagrin felt by well-established members of society at how more and more educated Pakistani women are adopting the Islamic dress code, or hijab. Whether by spotting a university bus full of black-abaya-clad students, or attending a hotel conference dominated by a significant proportion of women in hijab, some people are definitely not too happy about witnessing this growing phenomenon of women willingly covering themselves up before men.

The reason behind this heartening or disconcerting – whichever way you see it – trend, is undoubtedly the upsurge of regular Quran classes among the country’s educated women’s circles. Gone are the days when the Quran was opened only on deaths of relatives, or to be recited without comprehension on other occasions for the sole purpose of gaining blessings. Now, commendable efforts are being made to understand its meanings and ponder on its deeper message.

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Allah’s Messenger [صلى الله عليه و سلم] said: “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari: 5027]

As a result, any random “aunty” you’d meet at a wedding, grocery store or tailor’s shop will tell you that she attends such-and-such Quran class. Most of these classes, usually comprising tajweed, translation, and tafsir, among other subjects, are held in people’s homes. 

Although studying the Quran is highly praiseworthy, the fact remains that the basic purpose behind gaining knowledge of it is to act upon it; to mould oneself according to its commands; to change ourselves to how Allah wants us to be. The Quran should, in short, have a visibly profound effect on a person’s character, conduct, demeanor, and overall dealings with people. This usually takes some time – perhaps by going through the Quran in-depth a few times – but nevertheless, the Quran should have its intended effect eventually; one that is openly visible.

It should be a cause for concern if a person has been teaching or studying the Quran for several years, for example, by attending duroos or classes, but finds it difficult to act upon it, or to submit to its commands at the level of ihsaan (superlative degree). Teaching the Book of Allah – whether conducting a tajweed class, translation review, or tafsir – is the best ‘professional occupation’ in the world, so to speak. It comes with the added responsibility of embodying epitomic Muslim behavior and upright Islamic character. Of course, no one other than Allah can grant a person this level of action.

The Companions of the Prophet [صلى الله عليه و سلم] would not learn a new ayah, until they had incorporated the ones they already had studied, completely into their actions. As for us, we might claim that we are full-time “workers of Allah”, or “da’ee’s” dedicated to serving the Quran, but how much have our actions and character changed according to it?

Ask yourself some key questions:

  • Why is it that my prayers are different before people, as compared to when I am alone?
  • Why do I need to be woken up by someone else for Fajr?
  • Would I confidently recite the Quran to a Qari/shaikh, or would it cause me shame, as I still make too many mistakes?
  • Why do I wear an abaya to my Quran class but not to a wedding, the market or a family outing?
  • Why do I cover my face from one man at the Quran class venue but leave it unveiled in public places when I am out with my family?
  • Do I still desire and buy clothes, jewelry and interior decorations with the same frequency and zeal as I did before studying the Quran?
  • When buying something, do I focus on the label or the thing itself?
  • Is there any activity in my life that is not in the Sunnah, or is a gross imitation of the cultures of non-believers?
  • Why do I still call up my friend/sister/mother/cousin to gossip when I’m bored?
  • Do I hang out with/befriend people on the basis of their level of taqwa, or their standard of living?
  • Do I at least try to pray tahajjud in any month besides Ramadan?
  • How do I react when someone points out my weaknesses?
  • What thoughts occupy my mind when I am alone?

Muslims involved in Quran education, Sunnah propagation and da’wah, have a greater responsibility to act upon what they are preaching, and to cleanse their hearts from diseases of the self (nafs) and desires of this world. So renew your intention today, and ask Allah to help you submit to every command of the Quran at the degree of ihsaan.

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