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Alhamdulillah, in the last two weeks I have received gifts in the mail from students. Mash’Allaah, it was beautiful to have that real connection made, the step beyond the internet acquaintance, to see the actual handwriting instead of typed words across a screen. Truly, as the Prophet, may Allaah’s praise and salutations be upon him, said, “The giving of gifts unites the hearts.”

BarakAllaahufeekunna to all of my students, past and present, may Allaah guide us, increase us in knowledge and action, and make us from amongst the successful.

So here we listen to our hearts sing

celebrate life

goodness and light

cherishing gifts given freely

out of the blue

a package

no return address

a book

the cover brings back

cold Damaaj mornings

hurrying to claim my front row spot

memorized words of wisdom circling

free flowing in my brain

but not so easy when they reach my

tongue, tripping over this word

or that

getting it right at last

another box smelling of Grandma Mary’s

kitchen in fall

crisp autumn breeze mixes exhalation with

apple pie and spice and woodstove warmth

paper wrapped parcels

each small treasure more beautiful

than the last

I pack them securely back

to open again

as if I didn’t know the surprises

that await

new day

search for courage strive for

patience foster


to carry the love of truth

with a clear heart


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