Muslims Inspired – Story #3 – Leave Your Mark On This World


Asalamwalikhum, I’d like to share an inspiring story to all of you about a man who has changed my life. Who has inspired me and changed my life for the better. Now, we all have these types of people but this man, was strong and committed no matter the circumstances. He is my grandfather.
My grandfather an Egyptian man. He wasn’t your typical aged man, who ends up sitting around after working his life away, he was different. He was active and liked to spend his day from morning to evening, but would take his rest in the middle. He was always committed to keeping ties of kinship, by visiting family members whether in other cities or other countries outside Egypt. Many of us, when our relatives move away to different cities, or even down the street, we hesitate or make execuses to visit them,  or to even pick up the phone and ask how they are doing, unlike my grandfather, he loved to travel and meet relatives. He loved to paint portraits as an hobby and also give them as gifts to relatives. He may have been old but to me, he was strong and always had time for the sake of Allah subhana wata’ala, praying salaah in his old age and reading the Qur’an daily and books to gain knowledge. He wasn’t lazy and he didn’t rely on his wife to do everything for him. Men, whether young or old, rely on either their mother or wives to do things for them but grandfather did not. He would make fresh meals all the time, without the help of others. He was neat, well mannered and loved to stay in shape. He would walk daily for salaah or even in his spare time just to stay healthy. If you ever met him, you wouldn’t know he was a middle aged man by the way he conducted himself and carried himself through out day.
Eventually, time passes and father time as people like to say, catches up to you and things begin to get taken away. In his 70’s he began to lose his hearing but that still didn’t make him stop from doing what he did all those years. People think, the elderly like to depend on others but not my grandfather, he was still independent after things starting being taken away by the permission of Allah subhana wata’ala. In his 80’s, his wife passed away. My grandmother(May Allah have mercy on her), was the kindest, nicest person you would ever meet. Of course that’s another story to tell, but unlimited words describe how amazing she was.
Few years later he was diagnosed with alzheimers and began forgetting things. In Ramadan, he wouldn’t know when suhoor started and when iftar started, and sometimes the praying times too, and so he had to be reminded by his children. Even then, he stayed strong holding onto the rope of Allah subhana wata’ala. He wouldn’t use a chair to pray salaah as many elderly do but he would insist on praying standing as if he was still young. As time went by, his alzheimers got worse and he was forgetting everyone around him, but Subhan Allah, the strangest thing he did not forget was the Qur’an and the duaa’s which he learned. My grandfather would pass away a few years later at 92 years old , May Allah have mercy on him.
What I learned from him?
My grandfather has taught me a lot of things through out his life. He would pretend as if, he was still young and still did things like any ordinary person.He did not rely on his wife or children to do everything for him. He exercised, he cleaned, he cooked, read Qur’an daily and would pray his salaah. My grandfather (May Allah have mercy on him) would spend a lot of time learning and educating himself about this world and about Islam. In other words, he would spend his time wisely.He didn’t waste opportunities that were given to him, nor did he use his age as an excuse to not do things as if he knew the blessings Allah has given him and so he didn’t want to waste them and that time is precious.
How will you leave your mark on this world?
My grandfather has left a permanent impression of my life for the better.
We all have a limited time on this earth and my grandfather taught me, no matter your age, you use the opportunities given to you in the present moment and you don’t use your age or health as an excuse to give up in life. Try to do the positive things and be a successful person in your job/position or in what you do,and always fear Allah and don’t use your power or authority in a negative or illegal way to gain money or other things in life. Like my grandfather used to say, feed your children with Halal (permissible), so that Allah will bless you more. You work in this dunya (world) and you build for your akhira (hereafter) by being a slave of Allah subhana wat’ala, reading Qur’an, keeping ties of kinship, looking after yourself as your body has a right over you. Having hobbies and never limiting yourself because of your age or because things start being taken away by the permission of Allah subhana wata’ala. We are all different, and Allah has blessed us with things diferent than others. Just take a good look and you will know them.You work with what you have and you make the most of it because many others don’t have what you have today. So just enjoy your life and and always have faith in Allah (SWT), and be optimistic because you never know what the future will bring.
Allah (SWT) says:
{But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.}    [2:216  AL-BAQARAH]
It is not your disabilities that matter nor your skin colour or race but it is the person you want to become and how you want to leave your mark in this world.
Allah (SWT) says:
{Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have enumerated in a clear register. }     [36:12  Yasin]
And finally, don’t forget to spend time with your relatives or your loved ones while they are still around and learn from them the positive things and do it like them and take thawab.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
” After the death of a person, his actions stop, except three things that he leaves behind: First, continuous charity, Second, a knowledge from which some benefit may be obtained, Third, a virtuous son who make dua (pray, supplicate) on his behalf.” Related by Muslim.
Thank you for reading and letting me share it with you. Insha’Allah, it has inspired you to spend your time wisely.
Please don’t forget to make duaa for my grandparents (May Allah have mercy on them)”
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihii raji’un ( Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return)
– L.K

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