Day 25 – Dallas, TX
Peace and blessings to All. This is Hamza Abdullah checking in for the Abdullah Brothers Ramadan Tour. First and foremost I would like to say thank you to everyone reading this now, and to anyone who has read one of our entries. We truly appreciate you spending your time with us. At times I feel as though this is a very selfish trip for me. I am benefitting so much, and I just want to make sure someone else is as well. We are in the last few nights of Ramadan, which means the Tour is almost over. It is a bitter sweet feeling when I think of the last few days. Sweet because I get to see my family after such a long time away, but bitter because, I enjoy meeting all these wonderful people. During the last 10 nights of Ramadan, I pray we all take advantage of this blessed season. The good deeds are readily available, and we need to accept every opportunity.
I love this time of year, because it seems like everywhere you turn, a good deed is waiting for you. And some good deeds, seem to be more rewarding than others. Like the helping of someone in need. If you alleviate a difficulty of a needy person, Allah (God) will alleviate your difficulty in this world and the Hereafter. With that being said, I’ve caught wind of a Masjid in Detroit that needs help to have an Eid. Everyone deserves an Eid. The brothers and sisters in Detroit, have been Fasting just as we have been Fasting. We want for our brothers, what we want for ourselves. I’d like the best Eid ever, to go along with the best Ramadan ever! And God willing with our help, our donations, and our prayers, the brothers and sisters in Detroit can have an Eid. Please help them, and remember you’re doing this for the pleasure of God.
I sometimes have a hard time with giving, knowing the proper amount to give and who to give it to. What I started to do, was pray about it and ask God to make it easy for me.
Then I read Quran Surah (Chapter) 2 Al-Baqrah (The Cow) Ayah (Verse) 265:
“And the likeness of those who spend their substance, seeking to please Allah (God) and to strengthen their souls, is as a garden, high and fertile: heavy rain falls on it but makes it yield a double increase of harvest…”
Now I want to start giving like this. Dallas is where this brother resides, and if he’s that enthusiastic about giving, I may have to move to Dallas.
Like we already know, everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas may take the cake. Home of the biggest HD television in the world, it’s also home to a Jerry Jones like Masjid. The Islamic Center of Irving let’s you know what time it is when you first step through the door. I thought the current structure was big, but they’re only in Phase 1. They had about 5 more phases to go. This made me wonder if they were gearing up to host the next olympics. It was that impressive. Great facilities and great people.
I was really looking forward to the Dallas stop because one of my brothers from college lives there. Omar Demir, was one of the brothers from Washington State that held on tight to me. Omar, Guled and Irshad always had a hand out to help me. These brothers loved me. Truly loved me. Regardless of the circumstances, they always had my back. And the way they did it…SubhanAllah (Glory be to God). They’d see me somewhere and say things like “Did you get my email?”. I’d be thinking, “what kind of question is that?” They made no bones of where I was or what I was doing, they would just smile and say they couldn’t wait to see me again. But this time on their turf. I pray God blesses these brothers with any good deeds I have ever accrued. I can’t stress enough what a good brother/sister will do for you. It has helped me, and I pray it will help you.
We’re on our way to Lubbock, TX, and another college community. These are fun stops for me, because I grew up in a college town. I thank you for spending this time with me, and I pray we can continue to do good, long after Ramadan is over. But while we are in this great month, let us do more good. Please help out the community in Detroit. I pray God blesses you with 1,000 times what ever you donate to them. Please keep us in your prayers, and pray for anyone and everyone who is suffering a hardship. Thank you again. Peace and Be Blessed.