My First Weekend in a New Place Had to be 9/11/2011

By the grace of Allah the blessings of my Shaykh (DB), I moved to a suburb of Dallas, Texas.  Contrary to popular stereotype, not everyone here wears cowboy hats and speaks with a thick southern accent, not even the regular locals.  The masjid that I attend is very beautiful on the outside and a glimpse of the masaajid of our elders can be seen on the inside.

This past Sunday, I had ventured out to do some shopping and the heat was a bit too intense for me.  It reminded me of the hadith of how the heat is from the breathing of the hellfire.  I was surprised to notice that despite the heat, most of people here were dressed fairly decently.

The only awkward moment was walking through a few stores wondering why people were giving me weird looks.  It was only a bit later that I realize that it was September 11th.   I do not mean to commemorate this day or any such thing.  However, I do wish I had a drop of wisdom and that I used it.

I was walking through the stores minding my own business and moving about as if I own the place.  We were taught humility by our mashaayikh and it should reflect in our actions.  This is just part and parcel of rectifying our character. But the dirty looks I got from people was very humbling. Also, the heat forced me to look down as opposed to looking all over the place.

My first experience, Alhamdulillah, was a humbling experience. I love how Allah makes our islah in His own unique ways.  My Allah is so Kareem.  He bestows upon us even when we are not deserving of it.  He does beyond our expectations.  In anything new, it is crucial that one begin with the name of Allah and show gratitude to Allah.  This will bring about an increase in whatever good that exists.

Consider this post a lesson for myself and others that initiation with the name of Allah is the key to success and increase in any matter or affair.  The reality of gratitude is to utilize the bounties of Allah in a manner that would be pleasing to Allah.  We should praise Allah and thank Him verbally and also through our actions.


I pray that Allah allows all to be among His grateful servants because Allah has said that a few of his servants are the grateful ones.

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4 Comments on “My First Weekend in a New Place Had to be 9/11/2011”

  1. abdur Raheem Says:

    Assalaamu’alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,
    Hadhrat first line on the article My First Weekend in a New Place Had to be 9/11/2011 “by the grace of ALLAAH the blessings of my shaykh (db)”… Hadhrat just want to bring into your notice a incidence that occured between our Beloved Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) & a sahaabi (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu)…
    one morning a sahabi (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) presented himself before Nabi (‘alaihissalaam)…Nabi (.’alaihissalaam) enquired something from the sahabi (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) to which sahabi (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) replied “what ALLAAH wills & what you will (jo ALLAAH chahe aur jo Aap chahe)” to this Nabi (‘alaihissalaam) replied “are you joining Me with ALLAAH” say “what ALLAAH wills (Maashaa-ALLAAHU wahdah)”…
    Hadhrat we love you & respect you…humble request of du’a . Wassalaam

    • Nabeel Khan Says:

      Bismihi Ta’ala,
      Wa ‘Alaykum Assalaam,

      Jazakallahu khayran for your comment, however I feel that what I wrote and what you wrote are not analogous to one another. In the hadith you quoted, the concept of mashiyat was attributed by the noble sahabi (RA) to both Allah and Nabi (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). That is why he was corrected. On the other hand, I had attributed fadhl to Allah and barakah to my shaykh. This is not a foreign concept to the senior mashaaikh of our silsilah.

      I’m sure the great khalifa of Hazrat Maseeh-ul-Ummat (RA), Hazrat Shafeeq-ul-Ummat, Mawalana Haji Farooq Sahib (RA) was well aware of the intricacies of tawheed. Yet, he starts off every lecture and majlis with the words I started my post with. I’m beyond comfortable with the tradition of our mashaaikh, for this I am thankful to Allah.

      nabeel khan

  2. MARIPAT Says:

    Ya Maula salli wa sallim daimun abdan ‘ala habika khairil khalqi kullihimi.

  3. Shazia Says:

    Mashaallah, its nice to read that Islam is still strong in all parts of the world. Please make dua for me and my family. Please make dua that Allah gives Hidayah to all members of my family especially my niece.

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