5 Years Of Sparking Joy!

This is my brother, Ali Omar Mukhlis. He’s brought light and happiness into our lives for so long…and today marks 5 years since he was brought into this world and began showering us with joy!

Ali is more than just a brother: he is an amazing son that surprised Mrs Mom and Mr Dad – their very own #SurpriseNumber3! He’s a best friend that’s always fun to be around – even the rainiest days seem like summer with him. His smile, his laugh, and his joking personality all make him a lovely lil’ guy, but what’s most important is that underneath that cheekiness is a kind, caring heart that loves and keeps all of his family and friends close. In his own way, Ali manages to love us and make us the happiest we can be. And as he grows, his love only gets bigger…as well as his hugs!

Today, this fun-loving, family-minded, part-time artist and full-time foodie officially turns five years old! In truth, it feels much longer than that – the joy-filled five years I’ve spent with Ali, from the moment I walked into that hospital room to greet my newborn baby brother, all the way up until now, has seemed like an eternity (and a very well-spent one at that). Me and Fatimah are so lucky to have him as our brother, and there’s no denying how great a son he has been to Mrs Mom and Mr Dad!

For his 5th birthday, I pray that Allah blesses Ali with all the good things He has to offer, and rewards him for the happiness he has given us by showering him with a hundred times the amount of joy he has given! I pray that these five years he has spent with us will only be the first few of many, and that Allah guides him on the right path and he continues to spread joy.

Happy 5th Birthday, Ali! Never stop making people happy…

Your Lalajee,

Omar Mukhtar

2nd July 2020

Happy 67th Birthday Dadijee!

There are certain people in life that you come across who give you warmth, comfort and happiness in a way you don’t understand. They’re those you love being around, that you keep close to your heart, and that you know will always be by your side no matter what. For me, my Dadijee is the one that ticks all those boxes!

In her own way, my Dadijee manages to be everything you could want at once. She’s an amazing mother – the amount of love she gives to all of her children is unmeasurable. She’s such a caring wife – she and Dadajee have a truly inseparable bond. And she’s the best grandmother I know – not just to me, but to all of her grandchildren equally! Dadijee has a bond with us that is unbelievable. There is not one day I can remember that we haven’t spoken to each other, whether that be in person or through FaceTime. We’ll share everything with each other – it’s as if we’ve been side by side the whole day! But most importantly, she’s there for us. In person. In spirit. Always. She’s got a presence and a caring soul that can shine on from halfway across the globe and comfort me even in my lowest times – that’s how much love she has for her loved ones! And after all we went through last year, seeing her lose her youngest son and watching her still hold her family together, that’s enough to show the amount of strength this grandmother of mine has! She’s been through so much and done so much for us. Truly, there is no way we all could repay her for everything she has given us – from her generation all the way to mine!

I’m writing this post not just as a post to commemorate Dadijee’s birthday, but also to commemorate her strength, her resilience, her humble character, and her unbreakable love for her family. On her birthday, I pray that Allah rewards her accordingly with abundant happiness and grants every wish she has. I pray that Allah keeps her safe, as she is so dear to so many people. And lastly, I pray that Allah rewards her with a huge castle in Jannatul Firdaus, cos she definitely deserves it!

Happy Birthday Dadijee,

Omar Mukhtar

p/s: คุณยายที่รักของผม…forever!

Ramadhan is over, but…

Ramadhan is over…but prayer isn’t,

Ramadhan is over…but fasting isn’t,

Ramadhan is over…but reading Qur’an isn’t,

Ramadhan is over…but lowering our gaze isn’t,

Ramadhan is over…but refraining from backbiting isn’t,

Ramadhan is over…but giving charity & helping others isn’t,

Ramadhan is over…but the angels are still writing down everything we’re doing,

Ramadhan is over…but Halal & Haraam still exist,

Ramadhan is over…but Paradise & Hell still exist,

Ramadhan is over…but our obligations towards Allah remains!

Have a blessed Friday,

Omar Mukhtar

#thepawsomelion

6th Shawwal 1441 AH

A Tripled Success!

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Alhamdulillah, I can’t thank Allah enough for the opportunity to khatam the Qur’an for a third time in this holy month of Ramadhan under the guidance of Mrs Mom! My parents have always taught me that quality is better than quantity – but Ramadhan is an exception. We want both quality and quantity in our Ibadah, as Ramadhan is a holy month for us Muslims.

In the beginning of Ramadhan, I planned to khatam the Qur’an as a gift for my Mamajee. At first, it seemed like an impossible mission to complete – one month surely wasn’t enough! But then, by the will of Allah, plus the unmatched guidance of Mrs Mom, I managed to khatam the Qur’an – in no more than 15 days…Alhamdulillah!

No words could describe the sweet feeling of success I gained from my first khatam. That sweetness gave me the urge to start reading immediately after my first khatam. At this point, I found myself more and more attached to the Holy Qur’an. I started to dedicate as much time as possible to reading the words of Allah. Every weekday, I used my one-hour lunch break, plus another two 20-minute breaks to read the Qur’an. As soon as I finished my online classes, I prayed, and then immediately continue reading Qur’an again. And in the evening until late night, there was nothing but Qur’an. I also used all day on Saturday and Sunday as bonus time for me to read the Qur’an as much as possible.

And the result I gained from all those sacrifices was beyond sweet when I successfully khatam the Qur’an for a second time. And this time, I managed to complete it within a week! Immediately after that, I started reading again for the third round and Alhamdulillah, today, after a week, I managed to khatam the Qur’an for a third time in this holy month of Ramadhan. All praise is due to Allah for the blessings He showered upon me which enabled me to khatam the Qur’an – not once, not twice, but three times in a month! And the best thing about it is the fact that after each completion, the satisfaction does not die away…instead, the proud feeling of being able to finish the holy book grows bigger and bigger each time! But of course this mission would be impossible for me to complete it myself had it not been for the guidance of Mrs Mom – my Qur’an Buddy.

But, like I have said from the beginning, #successisnottheend! My three-time success in this holy month of Ramadhan has motivated me to start preparing myself if I am destined to meet next year’s Ramadhan. InshaAllah, my Qur’an buddy (Mrs Mom) and I have many plans to continue our sweet success after this holy month of Ramadhan – may Allah make it easy for us.

I pray that my sharing will inspire others and help them to see that nothing is impossible if you work hard to earn Allah’s pleasure. And to those who have missed the opportunity to read the Qur’an in this holy month of Ramadhan, don’t despair. It’s never too late to start reading the Qur’an. Let this ending of Ramadhan be the start of your new beginning!

May Allah accept all of our good deeds in this holy month of Ramadhan and purify our hearts from riya’…

Have a Blessed Friday,
Omar Mukhtar

29th Ramadhan 1441 AH
Friday, 22nd May 2020
9:15pm, Birmingham

A Letter To Allah…

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Ya Rabb,

This is my second mother. Even though she isn’t the one that gave birth to me, You know that she has been with me since day 1. For as long as I can remember, she has been there alongside my own mother, supporting me, caring for me, protecting me, loving me unconditionally – You know how generous her heart is. In fact, I can’t imagine a life without her there as a guiding light and a role model every step of the way! Her love, her smile, her warm hug,  even her presence is enough to comfort me. I never have to ask for anything from her – she will always give, give, give and give! And together with all the love she has given to me over the years, every single bit added up, You know I would never be able to repay all of her endless gifts!

Ya Rabb,

Before this holy month of Ramadhan comes to an end, allow me to ask another thing from You, this time as a gift for her. All my life, You know that I have had her watching over me and caring for me as a second mother, but I’m afraid that I won’t always be able to do the same for her. So I ask that You send two of Your best angels to watch over her, to guard her, and to care for her, 100 times as much as she has done for me! Please don’t let her see a day without happiness, so she can be happy like how she always keeps me happy. And if there is anything that crosses her mind which You think is best for her, please grant her wishes as fast as lightning! I pray that You reserve her the most beautiful palace in Jannatul Firdaus, cos that is what it felt like when I was spending time with her – heavenly! I pray that when we leave this world, we will be reunited together again, cos I don’t know what I would do without her! And lastly, I ask for You to let her know just how much I love her, cos it would be impossible to tell it to her enough!

Aameen,

Omar Mukhtar

#thepawsomelion

27th Ramadhan 1441 AH

#alettertoAllah 💌

p/s: @drauntie.uk, if you’re reading this, please know that even though you loved me first, I will love you till the end…and I love you more!

One Year Later…

💌 Dear Mamajee,

It’s been a year since you were gone. How am I supposed to feel? Well, before this, I know I felt sad. No, more than sad. I was heartbroken. Confused. Speechless. I couldn’t think straight. I felt like looking up to the sky and screaming.

But at the same time, I couldn’t make a sound. In the days leading up until now, honestly, I was anxious. What would it be like, knowing that it would have been a year since you left us? How would I feel now when before this, I felt like I couldn’t live without you? Would I always be in grief? Would I forget you completely?

Yet here I am, one year later, loving you and remembering you. So what’s the answer to that very first question? How am I supposed to feel? It’s simple – I feel relieved. Relieved that I have made it this far. Relieved that you still live on in our hearts. Relieved that I still have so much to be grateful for – the loving, supporting family I have around me, and the memories in which I can still find you.

And after all, while we may not be able to talk to you, we know that you’re waiting for us all to be reunited again. All I pray for is that Allah accepts my special gift to you in this holy month of Ramadhan.

Love,

Omar Mukhtar

19th May 2020

Alhamdulillah!

All praise is due to Allah! Managed to khatam the Quran a second time in this holy month of Ramadhan under the guidance of Mrs Mom. May Allah accept all of our good deeds and purify our hearts from riya’. And now that we’re in the last 10 days of Ramadhan, together, let’s increase our Ibadah. And I pray that my sharing will inspire others to multiply their Ibadah too…

Have a blessed Friday,

Omar Mukhtar

22nd Ramadhan 1441 AH

Friday, 15th May 2020

12:45am, Birmingham 🇬🇧 

Success Is Not The End

A gem

To lead us to the light

That’s

What we held in our hands

We read

Its words from up above

We let

Beating hearts open up

The road

It seemed so far, so long

But we

Went on to find the end

Fifteen

Times the sun circled ’round

Until

At last, the end, we found

All of

A sudden, souls were cleansed

The road

We walked came to an end

This gem

Beautifully designed

Doused fire

With its flowing words

And now

I look upon the road

And smile

A sweetly quiet smile

Beyond

That sign of happiness

There lies

The sweet scent of success…

#Alhamdulillah

Written by Omar Mukhtar

15th Ramadhan 1441 AH

Friday 8th May 2020

7:32pm, Birmingham

p/s: May Allah accept all of our good deeds in the blessed month of Ramadhan, and as we approach the second half of the month, together, let’s increase our Ibadah…

Ramadhan 2020 In Lockdown…

The Covid-19 lockdown has brought to light many of the things we all take for granted, and one of those is spending time with the ones we love. Being in lockdown inevitably means that we’re with our family 24/7, and perhaps for some of us, it gets a little bit hectic! Most parents have to work from home and homeschool their children all at the same time, and that can get pretty bustling really quick. But as the weeks go on, I believe that we’ll learn to appreciate each other’s company, and make the most of the time we have together.

The start of the Summer Term has also brought upon us the start of Ramadhan. Last year’s Ramadhan marked the time when the whole family lost a piece of ourselves as our beloved Mamajee passed away. And this year, we’ve been thrown into another confusing, extraordinary situation! Thoughts are racing, the mind is blurry…but Ramadhan is the month of piety and reflection, and during this current pandemic, when we are all sat at home, Ramadhan could not have come at a better time for us to practise this! This lockdown has given me plenty of free time, so for this year’s Ramadhan, I’d like to use that time not only to strengthen my faith, but to do some serious self-reflection, and, most importantly, to value the family time I have been blessed with by Allah to start the holy month of Ramadhan!

Ramadhan Mubarak,

Omar Mukhtar

The Creative Teachers Of Lockdown!

A lot of lessons have had to compromise in some way or another due to both the lockdown and the new online learning timetable. However, some teachers have managed to make it work just how it would have as if we were at school. One example of this was with our DT lesson yesterday, where the teacher set us a task: we were told to make a model of a mechanical dog toy out of card! I know, really exciting, right? I know all my classmates had lots of fun doing it, and so did I…even though my dog toy didn’t look exactly like a dog! Honestly, it’s a good idea to throw in interactive activities like this into the mix, coz it means that the continuous routine of online lessons doesn’t get too monotonous. Plus, we won’t be missing out on the experiences we would be having if we were at school. And of course, none of this would have been possible were it not for the effort and time the teachers put in to planning this task to treat the students! So all in all, yesterday was a very exciting, enjoyable day – something welcome to take our minds off the global crisis we are all going through together…

Stay safe,

Omar Mukhtar