I can watch this over and over again. My parents singing to “Wada Karo — Promise”. I promise to make them proud sooner than they think. Love them so much ❤️😭

​So for the first time ever, that too in the blessed month of Ramadhan and so aptly on Father’s Day, my father and I did a duet on stage :’) it wasn’t perfect. We didn’t practise much but we understood each other and that made up for it.

For restoring my faith time and again with your tenderness. For reminding me that God works wonders but it’s all a matter of time. For being there for me when the world shunned me. I love you Papa. Thank you for loving me. 

Thank you for loving my Mom and showing me what a real man is. A real man doesn’t just stick around when things are easy and his woman is in her best form. A real man stands by her even at her worst and reminds her that she’s beautiful and that she’s irreplaceable. 

You’ve worked so hard everyday of your life. I watch you hustle by day and labour in the course of God by night. Perhaps the world will only see you in a certain way because they’ve not been given the chance to really get to know you. But I’ve lived with you for 23 years and dare I say, you’re the most caring, loving and patient man in my world. 

I’ve seen you when things were going your way and things weren’t. It didn’t change you one bit. You remain consistent in your faith and you pray to Allah to never make you amongst those that are ungrateful since He has blessed you with so many other things. 

You’ve always reminded me of the supremacy of the Quran and to never take it for granted. You’ve always laid my pettiness at rest when I compared myself with girls who are having such a great headstart at life and I’m still finding myself. You’ve created a sense of identity in me rooted in my religion despite me wanting to run as far away from it as possible given that any association to it makes me appear like a freak of nature in the eyes of my less practising friends. 

I’ve said it then I’ve said it now and I’d always say this — You’re a great man. And you’ve done wonders in my life. I pray I’d marry someone as great as you with the amount of hair you have (minus the occasional temperament heh). 

Love you Pops/Papa/Dad/Dadda 💝

Everything I am that is good, is because of you Papa. I love you more than life itself. Thank you for bringing me up like a kite. You let me roam wild and free. When I’ve strayed too far, you yank the line and reel me back in. I love you. I may not like your  ways. I may feel obligated to do certain things. But I know I’d appreciate all that you do once I’m way older. I love you, from cradle to grave. 🥀🌹

When someone oppressed you, you are given three options to choose from. They are all considered your right and you are free to choose which ever one you like:

1. To make dua against the one who has oppressed you. And if you made dua against him then Allah will take your right from him/her in this world before the Hereafter. Because the supplication of the oppressed is surely answered and this is your right.

2. To NOT make dua against him in this world but to wait so you take back your right from him on the Day of Resurrection. Because if you make dua against him in this world, you will take back your right in this world what will equal the oppression he oppressed you with or you will give him from your bad deeds. Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم said, “If he has good deeds, those deeds will be taken from him according to his oppression which he has done, and if he has no good deeds, the sins of the oppressed person will be loaded on him.” (Bukhari)

3. But there is a third option and it is the best option of all, and this option only few people do. What is this option? The third option is to forgive the one who oppressed you. Do you know what that means? Do you know what forgiveness means? If you forgive the one who oppressed you it means punishment will not befall him in this world because of you. Also, you will not take from his reward on the Day of Resurrection. You will say, “How will I bear not making dua against him in this world?” and then I also don’t take from his reward on the Day of Resurrection? Then what will I benefit?? You will benefit more than if you were to take from his reward on the Day of Resurrection. Allah will give you reward but not from the reward of the oppressor because it’s over, your forgave him. Allah Himself will give you the reward even more than if you had taken from the reward of the oppressor. Allah will give a greater amount. So you are the winner at the end. Allah said, “And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and make reconciliation – his reward is due from Allah” (42:40). So the best choice is to forgive the one who oppressed you and I know that it is difficult to push yourself and overcome your wound

– Mishary Al Kharaz