Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
To begin the New Year, here is a letter sent by our dear Sister Sabbie, who organized the Book Drive for Iraqi Kurdistan. It was a great success, with fifty-eight large shipping containers filled with all manner of books sent. Alhamdulillah! Thank you all who participated with books and donations. It was truly a blessing.
Salaams to all from Iraq and Kurdistan:
May Allah bless all and their families during blessed Eid.
Allah has been most merciful to your sister in Iraq, showing
unexplainable miracles and gifts each day. I would like to share three stories with you, the only gift I can give at this time, while working my community action work with my blessed Iraqis.
Normally during the winning of special events, like Iraqi soccer, one can hear celebratory fire from AK47′s …and what goes up, must come down. There was one early evening, after Maghrib prayer and listening to my Shaykh’s zikr over the internet…. I heard the sound of drums, dafs, and then La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasool-Allah, coming from a
nearby mosque over the microphone… and then more zikr, an imam or leader chanting and many strong, loud voices behind his, through the microphone. My eyes and heart filled with love and awe. The International staff began to knock at my door, please tell us…what is this, should we be worried? I sat with them, heart full and explained zikr and the beauty of broadcasting zikr so publically, in a region where just an
individual’s word can cause attacks and violence. Celebratory gunfire has been replace by zikr, alhamdullah.
The second story, after a long and stressful day, I took the time for meditation playing a thunderstorm mp3 meditation, over and over again, then several zikrs, owwww….I wished to hear real falling rain, perhaps see snow, but I was too far south for snow. The winter has been unusually dry and warm, so much so we worry about drought. In the middle of
the night, Allah blessed us with rain, which turned to snow the next day. It was for 24 hours, a Huge blessing. Everyone was so happy! so I ask for dua, that we receive more rain for the crops and to calm the dust, but we give the greatest thanks to Allah for his blessed gift. I shout to the world – Allah is real, this is from knowledge and not simply belief,
The 3rd story is short. Waking up very early on Christmas Day, the Chaldean Church, Assyrian Church, began prayers in Aramaic, broadcasting over the microphone, and the Imams from several Mosques, even though they had completed salat earlier, joined with the churches in Arabic, a
prayer different from salat. All voices joined together in prayer and zikr recognizing Isa’s, (peace and blessings be upon him), birth and life on this earth. It was amazing show of interfaith at its best.
Most people see Iraq through the media, the violence and sorrow. Truly I believe and know that Allah has blessed this place, if only we the people love him with pure hearts and intentions, there can be peace and prosperity. In the past when I visited Iraq, and finally moved here, I had seen and experienced the most fantastic, amazing and beautiful
gifts of Allah, like a vortex. It starts with each individual, and I know that many miracles are possible, inshAllah.
In closing, again, I wish you all a good Eid and many blessings for 2007 and a lifetime.