Sent by: Hareem Raza
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, "Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him." (Bukhari)
My dear cousin Farhana, a young woman of 30 passed away. She was an only child and was a joy to her parents and family. Three years ago, Farhana got married and moved to Lawrence, MA. However, she returned to Stockton last year after becoming ill. She had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.
Throughout her life, she always had a kind word and sweet smile for those around her. This remained true even as she faced many obstacles during this past year when she was ill. She showed great courage throughout her illness of a whole year and preferred to remain positive and be thankful for all the blessings that she had in her life. She became very focused on strengthening her relationship with Allah, the Creator, appreciating her family, and imparting words of wisdom to those around her.
One of my beloved aunts described her last moments in this world by likening the exit of her soul to a silk thread being drawn out of a delicate flower. May Allah make that moment for us as easy as Farhana's.
Her short life gave her enough time to exemplify the sincerity and simplicity one can live one's life with. As she lost function of various facilities -movement, sight and then speech - she used what remained to bring the way of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم into her life. In fact, for the last week of her life, as she lay on her bed immobile, she used the only hand she had left to use – her right – to make dhikr on the tasbeeh and use the miswak. All she wanted us to recite was Ya Salaamu (O Peace – referring to Allah) and Surah Yaseen. Her last actions on this earth were doing her own miswak and holding on tightly to the Qur'an after making tayammum. She knew where she was going and wanted to leave in the most excellent way.
In her last year, Farhana purified herself and got prepared to meet Allah. She got closer to Allah, found her purpose, was able to have a peaceful death and was full of noor (light) at her passing. Now we must all make that same decision and get closer to Allah. This is the legacy that Farhana has left for us.