There’s hope for humanity after all…

The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said:

“There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade:

  • a just ruler;
  • a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah- the Mighty and Majestic;
  • a man whose heart is attached to the mosques;
  • two men who love each other for Allah’s sake- meeting for that and parting upon that;
  • a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse), but he says: ‘I fear Allah’,
  • a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity;
  • and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.'”

(Abu Hurairah & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (English trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Saheeh Muslim (English trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248)

I saw two people standing in jamaa’ for prayer on a sidewalk in Garhoud the other night.

They were teenagers, and they were praying Isha.

No older man/father/authority figure was leading the jamaa’, and there was no apparent need for the urgency in their salah- they could have prayed Isha later that night by themselves, at home on a rug instead of outside on hard cement in front of Fuddruckers.

May they grow to be righteous men, and may I be able to give them big, squeezy hugs in Jannah, where it won’t be a sin anymore. ย They made my day, and this old fogie of a thirty year old has a new respect for teenagers. ย Just because they dress like greasy, gangly doofuses in pink polo shirts with popped collars doesn’t mean they don’t have stronger Taqwa than I do.

May Allah grant them Jannatul Firdaus. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ameen!


Abez is a 50% white, 50% Pakistani, and 100% Muslim. She is also chronically ill and terminally awesome. She is the ever-lovin Momma of: - Khalid, a special little boy with autism - Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair -Musfira, an especially devious baby Spoiler, Abez is also Zeba Khan on

  1. Stranded

    I have always been vociforous in my advocacy for teenagers. They do get a bad rep thanks to popular culture and their wierdness (which I think sometimes cant be helped due to the confusion and mental state at that age). Ameen to your duas.

  2. Uncle Veirdo

    “…and may I be able to give them big, squeezy hugs in Jannah, where it wonโ€™t be a sin anymore.”???

    Ummm… Where the heck did that come from?

  3. Abez

    They made me so happy I just wanted to hug them, but because I can’t do that here, I can wait until it’s ok to later, InshaAllah. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Abez

    Uncle Veirdo, if wanting to hug other Muslims for their deen is an issue, then that’s a good problem to have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Saira

    I want to give you a hug for your sentiment, Abez ๐Ÿ™‚

    And jazakillah khair for a lovely, touching and optimistic post. Just today I was being pessimistic about the way Muslims are getting, but those guys are probably better than me.

  6. Uncle Veirdo

    Abez, it’s not the fact that you want to hug people that’s got me scratching my head, it’s the little tag that you attached to it.

    It’s like me saying: “Hmmm I really want to hug that person but I can’t right now. I will just wait till I DIE. Then it will be ALL RIGHT.”

    Sorry, as my name suggests I am a bit weird. And I am taking away from the original intention of the post.

    Damn fine of those rugrats to keep strictly to their prayers. IT IS a lesson to us to all. May Allah give us their determination and energy! Ameen!

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