Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
(بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم)
A few words of explanation regarding the online fundraising campaign
"Hugs for Aishah's Grandchildren."
"Hugs for Aishah's Grandchildren."
Although Aishah has, over the years, become somewhat of a public figure, that cannot be translated to her being independently wealthy. lol. On the contrary, this is a trick of Shaytaan; when we PRESUME to think, act, or judge without having knowledge of the facts. (Read: Why Do We Judge Others?)
From the first day that Aishah became Muslim 14-years ago, she has dedicated her life to serving Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala (in ways demonstrated below and above via photos and links), and the Muslim community at-large, as well as others.
On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (ra), who said: The Messenger of Allah (saw) took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” [Bukhari]Additionally, Aishah believes wholeheartedly in the hadith that tells us to live in this dunya as a traveler. She lives a simple life; even her clothing is still kept in suitcases; and you will not find decoration in her home. In fact, the one pair of sandals she wears is was bought secondhand for just 50 Egyptian Pounds ($6USD), and anyone who knows her, recognizes that her wardrobe is simple; in fact, 9-10 times you meet her, she is wearing a simple cotton abaya that Egyptian women typically wear only in home for prayer. Aishah finds the cotton garment comfortable and wears it simply for that reason.
In this fundraising campaign, Aishah does not bare the personal details of her struggle for the sake of grabbing your attention or pulling on your heart strings; on the contrary.
Instead, at risk of personal backlash from hardened or blinded hearts and minds, she sets out a simple plea for your support.
No, there was nothing forcing Aishah to remain outside her country for eight years, she was simply submitting to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's Plan; He brought her to Egypt in 2007 for Ramadan on a gifted airline ticket and gifted accommodation.
At the end of Ramadan, much to her dismay, Aishah was gifted a kitten as an Eid present; at a time when she was preparing to return to the U.S. - pre-purchased return ticket in hand - a kitten stole her heart. Aishah took it as a sign that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala wanted her to remain in Egypt - and so she did.
You may say, "It's just a cat!" But no creature of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's has been viewed as expendable (well, there may be exceptions, like mosquitoes and cockroaches!), in Aishah's eyes. Thus, as you might imagine, she brought the kitten a companion as well.
That is how Aishah's journey continued in Egypt. It is really as simple as that. No tricks. No smoke-screens. But oftentimes people are skeptical of the simple things in life; and Aishah can't change that; but she does trust that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala can change hearts.
So if you feel Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala touching your heart, and it is within your means to help reunite Aishah with her family, please do make a contribution toward her journey.
|Landen's 3rd birthday; he will be 12 in Nov.|
And to feel her own arms once again around the daughter she gave birth to...32-years ago (her second daughter has not spoken to her post-Islam and refuses to see her; yet another burden on Aishah's heart - which she cannot manage from 6,000 miles away...).
Aishah's greatest fear is not seeing her family again before Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala returns her to Him...and that's because Aishah's eldest daughter once said to her that she felt like Islam hijacked her mother. Aishah's second greatest fear is that this will be the thing that hardens her daughter's heart toward Islam...Aishah is the only Muslim in her family; and other family members have disowned her over the years - a phenomenon that happens often among reverts, and is sadly so common in American culture - so the nucleus of her family consists of her own offspring, grandchildren and 75-year old mother (all other elder family members have passed on).
It is a great big world filled with endless difficulties; this is not a struggle on the level of a catastrophe, but why should it have to be a catastrophe to have merit? Isn't not seeing a single one of your family members in eight years catastrophic enough for any human being?
Islam teaches Muslims not to be estranged from family; all she is asking is for help in ensuring that she is reunited with hers.
And Ibn Umar (ra) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.” [Bukhari]If you cannot contribute, don't step away from reading this thinking bad thoughts. Instead, offer dua; it is the minimum one can do. And maybe share the link in your social circles, insha'Allah.
Hugs for Aishah's Grandchildren
Jazakallahu khairan for your time and attention.
Wa'Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu.
Video Story of Aishah's Journey to Islam from Tunisia (2012)
Mini-Documentary (in Arabic Voice-over)
Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA)