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From the Front Part 16: After the Hardship Comes the Ease

Alhamdulillah, Mujaahid was able to call a couple of days ago. It was such a relief to hear his voice. I asked him if he was getting fat, now that the blockade was over.

“Oh,” he said. “The first two days were like an Eid!!” He went on to say that many aid trucks were finally allowed in, including another one from the Red Cross.

“There’s so much flour and rice! They filled up all the storage places, and the school. The stores have everything now. Even the day after the blockcade was broken, there was chocolate, and pop.”

“I saw Ahmar,” he tells me. “I was up on the mountain when they started taking down the Houthi barricades.”

He tells me how Ahmar ordered the bulldozer to begin destroying the barricades. Apparently one of the Houthi generals hadn’t quite gotten the message that the gig was up- he walked over and put his hand on the bulldozer to stop it. Ahmar aimed his machine gun at him. He got out of the way, quickly.Gotta love that tribal justice.

Each day they took down more, of the Houthi barricades, so now they are all gone. While the Houthis continue to fight in different areas, they are leaving Damaaj alone now. The students can move freely both within the village, and back and forth out of it. He tells me that one of my students, a wonderful Indian sister, left; her son was one of the ones killed in the fighting, may Allaah have mercy upon him, and she lost heart after his death. She is going to Saudi to join her husband. I wish I could find her, talk to her, give her a hug.

Mujaahid is back at work, there is fuel for the generators and such, and the internet is back on.

“I’ve been reading your posts about the blockade,” he says. I feel a little funny, knowing that he is reading them. Somehow it is different, it being someone so close to me, rather than strangers.

“So now you’re famous,” I joke, and am rewarded by his laugh. I tell him about how messed up the Western media is concerning the whole issue- just the day before I had read an article talking about the Houthis claiming human rights violations due to the breaking of the blockade. The hypocrisy of this leaves a bitter taste in one’s mouth.

Talk turns to our trip, and how things are here. He asks about the children and the house. Our conversation is easy and relaxed, without the feeling of anxiety that I felt before, while the blockade and fighting were still going on. I tell him the package we made up for them before we left should be in Sana’a. I picture little Suhayb finally getting his banana milk, toys, and sweets, and baby Yasmeen in the cute little outfits I made for her.

“Everything’s okay now,” he assures me. “Classes have started, everything is back to normal.”

I am thankful; both that the blockade and fighting are over, and that he has come through it alright. I know that his experience has to have taught him patience, and hope that it has given him some wisdom and insight into bigger issues. I enjoy the thought of his little family with all that they need again- as Allaah tells us in the Qur’aan, after the hardship will come the ease.

I pray for the Muslims everywhere who are oppressed, that they, too, will experience victory, and ease after the hardships they have endured, sometimes for decades. And always, I pray for guidance for all of us…

From the Front Part 15

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16 comments

Umm Sakeenah Tasnim al Biruaniyah on January 13, 2012 4:18 pm Reply

Ameen, Im happy the blockade and fighting are over, verily our Lord hear us.

And Allah is with the people of Tawheed, He help them through many ways subhana’Allah.

Verily a lesson for us as well. Baraka Allahu fiki wa as salaam alayki

UmmAbdillaah on January 13, 2012 10:32 pm Reply

SubhaanAllaah…such a beautiful relief. May Allaah help all of us to learn from this trial… May Allaah continue to guide and strengthen them in their firmness of imaan and taqwa and grant them even more ajma’een. May Allaah bless those Muslims who were killed with the Jannatul Firdaws. May Allaah correct the affairs of the Muslims there and all around the world, amin.
Jazaakillaahukhayran for letting us know about this.
With love
Your Sister,
Umm Abdillaah

Khadijah on January 16, 2012 2:37 am Reply

Ameen, and jazakAllaahukhairun to all of you for your support and prayers during these times.

Dani G. on January 15, 2012 2:18 am Reply

Whew!

Khadijah on January 16, 2012 2:38 am Reply

You and me both, Dani!

Lisa Shirah-Hiers on January 16, 2012 1:30 am Reply

I am so relieved to know that tensions have eased and your son is able to get in and out of the village now that the blockades have been removed! Such a scary time for them and for you and all those you hold dear. God Bless and keep you and your family and all those everywhere who face the possibility of violence and oppression

Khadijah on January 16, 2012 2:38 am Reply

Thank you Lisa!!

Abu Humairah on January 17, 2012 8:45 am Reply

Subhaanallah, your son Mujaahid is a person I love with all my heart because he gave me so much inspiration in Dammaaj and taught me a number of things. I used to sit in the Qur’aan./tajweed class when he was teaching Rashid Al Amrikee (the elderly brother from NY) and in the internet shop too, he would show me some of the graphics done by your husband. His recitation is soooo beautiful we would cry listening to him. Give my salaam to him pls and I ask Allah to increase him in all that is good.

Khadijah on January 17, 2012 11:37 am Reply

Ameen, Abu Humairah, to your du’a for my son. I will give him your salaams, insh’Allaah. Mash’Allaah, I remember when he was small, he would recite Qur’aan all the time- no matter what he was doing, or where he was. I would hear him reciting while cleaning his room, at bedtime, while playing outside. Thank you for writing and reminding me of this. May Allaah increase you in all that is good, Ameen.

Thurayah Stoehr on January 29, 2012 5:53 pm Reply

Khadijah, It is so good to know that you have talked with Mujaahid. That must have been such a sweet and lovely time. It is so good to know so assuredly of his safety and health and that of his family. Chad has been calling him also. Just this last week no one answered after numerous calls, and I am thinking of course, now everything is back to normal and everyone is back to work and school. And so we pray for Allaah’s continued guidance and protection. Thurayah

Khadijah on January 31, 2012 2:13 am Reply

One thing may be that they share a line with her parents, and the phone in their house has a wonky cord. Often they don’t realize it’s out for ages. Tell him to keep trying, insh’Allaah, and he’ll get them eventually.

umm abdillah on January 31, 2012 1:25 pm Reply

As salaam Umm Mujahid,
Its me, Mahrusa. I am so grateful this is finally over. Alhmadullilah .
Wa Lanabluannakum bishayin min al khawfi wal ju’ wa naqsin min al amwaal wal anfus wa thamaraat wa bashir asaabireen……Thanks so much for this blog. It was a blessing for me during this whole trial. So happy your family is well and may Allah continue to bless you.

Khadijah on January 31, 2012 10:59 pm Reply

Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
So good to hear from you, especially in these times…yes, alhamdulillah, the benefits of patience are so many, may Allaah make us from among the patient ones.

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Oem Ibraahiem on July 22, 2012 4:11 pm Reply

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh
Maa shaa’ Allaah, may Allaah protect you and your family and all the Muslims worldwide and give you succes in all of your affairs! aameen
I hope I’ll be the same good mother as you are, in shaa’ Allaah!

Khadijah on July 22, 2012 6:29 pm Reply

Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
Ameen to your du’a, and know that you are in my prayers as well! May Allaah grant you success in that which you seek, looking for His Face.