From The Editor
When a star is born, it illuminates everyone’s path. And everybody that comes into contact with this star, shines brighter for knowing this person. This star sheds light which rubs off on everyone that comes into contact with it. And this light never dims, even though it may one day be extinguished. It will shine in whoever’s path it has crossed. And it will forever be radiant in every one’s heart that comes into contact with this star. And this beautiful, radiant star was my dear sister-in-law Naazneen Choonara, married to my brother Azhar. Alhamdullilah we are only better people for knowing her, for loving her and for being in her company. Allah Ta’ala in His infinite mercy has granted her a great honour, the honour of a shaheed’s death. And she was taken away from us, much to early, as we needed to bask in her presence for longer. But we accept the decree of Allah Ta’ala and we beseech Allah Ta’ala to grant each and everyone in her family a beautiful patience.
Naazneen was more than a sister-in-law, she was a sister to me. She came into our family as a young bride, and became part of the Roodepoort community. She welcomed everyone into her home with a sincere welcome and a smiling face. She would take extra care when she baked and cooked and it was always with a sprinkling of an extra touch that made her dishes outstanding. Her concern for her family and friends went beyond the call of duty and she would always go the extra mile to bring comfort to those that needed it. She lived by the adage that we should always be good to people, even if they are not good to you.
Many people have lost loved ones in this the third wave of the pandemic, and we are all heart-broken and shattered by our losses. Some have lost siblings, others, both their parents, spouses and grandparents. Each and every martyr that has passed on, had distinct and unique qualities that Allah Ta’ala loved. I have heard this over and over again from family members of the deceased. These martyrs are hand-picked and chosen by our beloved Allah.
In a garden there is always one flower that draws our attention and we are likely to choose that flower over the others so we take comfort in the knowledge that Allah Ta’ala has hand-picked and chosen these special people as martyrs. If this was a war, they would have been our fallen heroes. They are the blessed ones; They are the chosen ones, and we need to take comfort in that. We make dua that our beloved Allah, grants each and every one who has lost a loved one, sabran jameel (a beautiful patience) and Allah Ta’ala grants our martyrs the highest abode in Jannatul Firdoze, aameen.
Allah Ta’ala in the Qur’aan addresses with the following,
INDEED ALLAH WILL ADMIT THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND DO RIGHTEOUS DEEDS TO GARDENS BENEATH WHICH RIVERS FLOW; THEY WILL BE ADORNED THEREIN WITH BRACELTS OF GOLD AND PEARL AND THERE GARMENT THEREIN WILL BE SILK. 22:23
Alhamdullilah, and the promise of Allah is true.
Johannesburg, South Africa