This blog is all about my little sister, Asma, who lost her life in the battle against cancer on February 11, 2005 at the age of 12.

All About My Baby Sister, Asma

Feel free to pass this blog along to others, Insha'Allah. (To read the very first post/entry, click on "February 2005" under "Archives" and scroll all the way to the bottom and you should see the first entry). Please keep my parents and family in your dua'as. Jazak'Allah. May Allah reward all of you and keep you guys on the straight path. Ameen May Allah reunite us with Asma once again. Ameen

Sunday, June 25, 2006

For the Sake of Allah vs. Sake of Dunya.

Assalaamualiakum Warahmutallahi Wabarakatuh,

Subhana'Allah, I'm going to start updating this more often, Insha'Allah. I love this blog and it increases my Imaan whenever I go through my old posts on here. I like this more than my other blog.

Anyways, I was talking to someone last night and earlier today and it got me thinking about life and short our stay is here. I started to think about how much we do to prepare for the akhirah. Lets not even think about our akhirah right now...death is right around the corner. Death is near. We arent too far from our graves. Imagine what is going to happen to us in our graves. Are we ready?

When my sister was born, who would have thought that she would be with us for only 12 years? No one thought she would die so young. She was a healthy, normal kid when growing up until 8.5 years of age.

One of the things that I really admired about her (still do) was that she was never into materialistic things. I noticed some kids her age were all about money. They were into which brands of clothes and shoes were in style. They wanted to do anything and everything (dunya wise) to keep up with their peers. Trust me, I have witnessed this myself. Im not making this up.

Asma was the opposite. Of course, she wanted to look pretty and wear nice clothes. She liked to do her hair and wear nice necklaces. However, there is a difference between looking nice and spending tons of money to buy clothes every so often just to keep with fellow classmates.

Asma didnt care to spend money on such things. What she cared about was so pleasing Allah Subhanawataa'la. She used to tell me not do certain things as I may anger Allah. She used to tell me to fear Allah if I did something wrong or was about to. Subhana'Allah.

She was afraid of dying. She was afraid because she didnt know if she would go to Heaven or Hell. She even asked me if she will go to Hell for missing prayers. Allahu Akbar!

She cared about making people happy. Whenever guests would come over, she would play with their kids. Asma had a candy box which she made out of a shoe box. On it, she wrote "Asma's Candy Box." I still have it to this day. Insha'Allah I am going to take pics of her belongings and post them up.

All the kids would gather around her and stick their hands out for some candy. Asma would glady pass out pieces of candy to the kids. She would have the biggest smile on her face.

When Asma was sick, we had a guy come to our house to help Asma after the doctors had given up on her. He would spend hours and hours day after day trying to help her. Sometimes it would be frustrating. Sometimes we were full of joy when we made some progress.

One day it was late at night. It was probably 9 PM by the time we got done. He came to our house around 9 AM. No one had eaten anything as we were all busy with Asma. Asma was very weak and tired. Of course, she was sick and in pain as her tumor on her leg was painful. Out of nowhere, Asma told my mom to get some food ready for him because he didnt have anything to eat all day. She added that my mom should pack some food for him so he could take it home for his wife and child. Subhana'Allah we were all struck in awe. The guy had tears in his eyes and was surprised.

Thats how Asma was. Instead of caring about materialistic things, she cared about what really mattered. Most of all, she did things for the sake of Allah.

Subhana'Allah when I saw kids her age doing things for the dunya and then saw Asma do things which truly mattered, it put a smile on my face. Not only that, it taught me a few lessons; lessons that I still think about 'til this day.

Moral of this post: Forget about doing things for this short dunya we are in. Whatever you do, do it for the sake of Allah. Who cares if people have more money, better clothes, nice shoes, new cars or jewelry? Seriously, who cares?

Are you, I, WE prepared to die? Asma was a living example in my life. I saw her live and die right in front of my eyes. Literally.

We spend so much time back biting and slandering people. Honestly, ask yourself, can you afford to do that? Do you even have time to do that? Look at how much we have to learn. Memorize. Look at how much we have to implement in our lives.

Subhana'Allah. Scary. Very scary. This dunya seems so long, but its nothing compared to the akhirah where you will either be in Hell of Heaven.

Im so grateful that I have spent time with Asma who taught me many lessons.

May Allah reward Asma and elevate her status in Jannah to the highest level. Ameen
May Allah forgive us of our sins and guide us all to the straight path. Ameen
May Allah reunite us with Asma once again. Ameen
May Allah open up our hearts and clear them of evil. Ameen
May Allah keep us from going astray. Ameen
May Allah protect us all. Ameen

Assalaamualaikum Warahmutallahi Wabarakatuh.


  • At Monday, June 26, 2006 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous maria said…

    "Asma was a living example in my life"...and u are helping us all to see that example to remind us of death and fear Allah. Thank you.

    May Allah grant Asma the highest level in Jannah. Ameen. May Allah show us the right path and reunite us with Asma in Jannah. Ameen

  • At Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7:10:00 PM, Blogger Al-Hajeji said…

    asalamu alaykum wa rahmat Allah

    Those are words that touches the heart my brother in islam...Inshah'Allah when you get married and if Blessed by Allah with a daughter, then for sure her name should be Asma.

    wa asalamu alaykum.

  • At Saturday, July 08, 2006 10:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    May Allah grant Asma the highest level in Jannat al firdous and may she be among the pious ones, Ameen

    -your brother Rio

  • At Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At Wednesday, September 20, 2006 7:44:00 PM, Anonymous SafiaPT said…

    Salaamu Alaykum,

    Hey bro, long time no see..masha'Allah beautiful article, may Allah forgive all of us.May Allah give your sister Jannah, ameen!

  • At Wednesday, April 04, 2007 4:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    may Allah (swt) reward asma and elevate her status in jannah to the highest level and forgive us and guide us all.. ameen..
    tnk u for this blog it made me cry and strengthened my imaan.. she also passed away on my birthday which scared me.. i'll keep her and your family in my dua'z inshallah.. iv been struggling with starting to wear hijab and kept holding back the day where i would start.. and after reading this, this morning.. it gave me the courage to start today and stop procrastinating.. alhamdullillah


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