November 21, 2005
What Are You Grateful For Today?
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu! Today I was sooooooooo happy! Al-hamdulillah! And therefore I am officially launching the "What Are You Grateful for Today" post that my e-group members have now grown use to seeing pop into their inbox's now and again. It just serves as a reminder of the many blessings that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala bestows upon us...be they big or small; sometimes it's the little things in life that mean the most. And today was one of those days. After only being able to speak to my heart-adopted daughter, Hanane (from Morocco) only one time during all of Ramadan, this morning the phone rang just shortly after fajr. With the hour being what it was...something told me that the call was for me. My mother-in-law answered the phone. For a minute or two I held my breath as it seemed she was chatting away with someone and perhaps, after all, the call was not for me. But knowing Hanane as I do, I am sure she was just offering a healthy greeting with the foresight of knowing that the woman answering the phone was my mother-in-law. Al-hamdulillah, my husband finally re-entered our room, having also risen to see who the caller was, and announced that the call was for me; the caller being Hanane. It was so nice to hear her excited little voice and to finally get the long overdue report of her current status. She has just returned from Morocco after a three-month hiatus, and Al-hamdulillah, even though she was gone so long, her employer allowed her to come straight back to work; that is how much she is respected. Subhan'Allah. *grins a motherly grin* We spoke of so many things, and yet it seemed nothing at all when suddenly the beep came on the line and our conversation was interrupted so that a recording could gently prompt us that we had one minute left to chat. With promises to talk again soon, insha'Allah our call came to an end. Is there someone who would be just as happy to hear from you? What are you waiting for?!?! Pick up the phone...and CALL! Don't procrastinate another minute! Every minute that we are blessed to have life is a minute for which we should be thankful, as each minute is ripe with opportunities for good deeds; don't let another one pass you by...a missed opportunity is a missed blessing, indeed! Copyright © 2005 Aishah Schwartz Permission is granted to circulate among private individuals and groups, to post on Internet sites and to publish in full text and subject title in not-for-profit publications. Contact author for all other rights, which are reserved.