From Darkness to Light


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Humaira Aleem

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LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS 1I am the eldest of two brothers and one sister. My father died when I was in ninth grade and suddenly, life became very difficult. We shifted to another house. Our source of income was a meagre amount of pension; my mother used to write for magazines in order to support us. By the grace of Allah (swt), all of us worked hard and I did my Masters in English and Bachelors in Education. I started teaching in a private school. While I was teaching, I got married to a man who was living in United Kingdom.

After 15 days of our wedding, he left for UK and never contacted me. I lived with my in-laws for 3 years. One day, my husband called me and told me that his family couldn’t live with me anymore; therefore, he was divorcing me. For me that was the end of my world. But by the grace of Allah (swt), I had a friend who told me about an international organization in Islamabad. I joined it and completed a one year course of Quran and Hadeeth. Later, I started teaching there as well.

I read this verse of the Quran:

“Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness. And indeed, there are stones, out of which rivers gush forth, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which split asunder so that water flows from them, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which fall down for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.” (Al- Baqarah 2:74)

Divorce was a test for me, like imprisonment was for Yusuf (as) and ailment for Ayub (as). Alhumdulillah, instead of going astray, I turned towards Allah (swt) and He rewarded me with an understanding of His Deen.  

I felt this verse was for me. I was so grateful to Allah (swt) for choosing me to spread His Word among His people. Divorce was a test for me, like imprisonment was for Yusuf (as) and ailment for Ayub (as). Alhumdulillah, instead of going astray, I turned towards Allah (swt) and He rewarded me with an understanding of His Deen.

While I was teaching, I got selected for a course. My colleagues and students wished me luck for attending that course. At that moment, a girl came and hugged me. At first, I couldn’t recognize her but then I realized that she was my ex-sister in law. My ex-husband and his family later apologized for what they put me through. I thanked Allah (swt) for granting me this honour. Now I am married and have a three and a half year old son. I am happy with my new life. Although, my story is a very usual one but that incident became a turning point in my life, as I headed towards the light of Islam Alhumdulillah!

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