Dr. Hina Shaikh
My life’s story is a bit different from others. Due to some complications during my birth, I ended up losing my hearing permanently and later, my parents learnt that they can’t have another child due to Allah (swt)’s will.
As I grew up, I learned that I’m little different than others and I had to work three times harder than other kids. I had been dependent on hearing aids all my life, and had to take speech therapy classes and tuitions
When I was young, I used to ask Allah (swt) why this happened to me; I used to question His will. No one said this test of life was going to be easy, but Allah (swt) did promise that He will be there with us every step of the way. Indeed Allah (swt)’s (swt) promise is true. He helped me in ways that way no one could imagine. As I grew up, I learned and understood His love for me and never questioned His will ever again. He guided my parents for me. People suggested that I be enrolled in a school for the deaf and dumb, but Allah (swt) made my parents’ hearts such that they placed me in a regular school.
Allah (swt) guided me in beautiful ways through people. Sometimes I met wonderful people, but sometimes I met really brutal people who would really hurt me and predict I won’t even pass matriculation. But by the grace of Allah (swt), I passed with a scholarship and Alhamdulillah I’m the one only who’s gained this honour from amongst my relatives.
I consider every moment in my life to be a miracle. I was accepted into the best college with the help of Allah (swt). However, the moment that truly changed my life was when I came to the point of choosing a career. People suggested I should go for something very easy and shouldn’t aim too high.
My father suggested I become a doctor but this wasn’t possible due to my hearing problem because I couldn’t use a stethoscope. Hence, he suggested I enter the dental medicine field.
Allah (swt) tested me a bit at this point; everyone around me created mayhem. There was a lot of negative talk and pressure about me in a medical field. They all were sure that it’s really a stupid decision to aim so high. I used to feel really scared and depressed.
I was so confused. One night after Salah, I cried a lot and asked Allah (swt) to help and guide me. While making this intense supplication, I felt as if a burden has been lifted off my chest. The next day I told my parents to give me a chance in medical college, Insha’Allah, I won’t disappoint them.
I started medical college with Allah (swt)’s beautiful words in my mind: “And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah (swt), then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah (swt) will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah (swt) has set a measure for all things.” (At-Talaq 65:1)
From the first day in medical college, there was no looking back. My final year was the toughest one. I worked as hard as I could. When the results came, I got to know that only 30 students out of 80 had passed. I also learnt that I was one of those who had flunked the programme. It was very shocking but I stayed patient.
A few days later, I came to know that I had failed two of my strongest subjects. I was extremely disheartened and lost all the patience I had because I had never flunked any exam during medical college.
I was preparing for my supplementary exams with a heavy heart when I got to know that due to an unusual result amongst students, the university has decided to re-check the exam papers. I didn’t pay attention to the news and continued studying.
Two weeks later, we received a call at home from my friend. My mom answered. I saw her face. She was looking stunned so I asked her what had just happened. She choked on her words and said: “Beta you have passed final year along with others. They need your mark sheet back for correction. You are a dental surgeon! That means you are officially Dr. Hina Shaikh now.” I was speechless with tears in my eyes. Allah (swt) the Lord Almighty had showed all of us again that nothing is impossible.
I cried in shame for losing my faith and trust in my Lord and asked for His forgiveness as much as I could and thanked Him for His unlimited bounty. I realized that I have to keep holding on and praying hard, for what we see as impossible and possible are merely concepts of our mind; to Allah (swt) nothing is impossible.
Now I understand the purpose of our life is Allah (swt) and Allah (swt) only. We all belong to Allah (swt) and we shall return to Allah (swt) and life is a journey from Allah (swt) to Allah (swt). We cannot understand the love of Allah (swt); it’s simply unlimited for us. He has His own ways of showing it to us. Allah (swt) says: “Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards me, I will run towards you.” (Hadith Qudsi)
I want you all to learn from my story.
“…And whosoever fears Allah (swt) and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah (swt), then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah (swt) will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah (swt) has set a measure for all things.” (At-Talaq 65:2-3)
This story was one of the finalists in “A Life-Changing Experience” – a short-story writing competition organized by Hiba Magazine